Saturday, March 31, 2007

Week 1

We arrived in Nadi, Fiji early on Monday morning and have spent the week
finding our way around the town and getting to know people in the
church we're going to be working with while we're here in Nadi -
Emmanuel Worship Centre. It is a lively,spirit-filled church and we are
looking forward to working with, learning from and encouraging them over
the next four weeks.



Highlights of the week:

(1) a group of
us went to help a family whose house was flooded during the heavy rains,
cleaning out the remaining water and cleaning the muddy floors. We
won't be complaining about our accommodation anymore!



(2) three
of our group visited a local women's shelter in Navakai, one of the
poorest areas in Nadi, where the church runs a weekly Bible study group.
The team shared their testimonies and prayed with the small group
members, including a mother and son who both committed their lives to
Jesus. We are hoping to go back there next week.



(3) a group of
us visited a older widow in the church and did some gardening for her
with one other church member - she had been praying for help for several
weeks, because the grass was getting very long. She cooked a wonderful
lunch for us, including pumpkin curry, banana bread, and lemon-grass tea
- delicious!



(4) we visited another woman in the church and were
able to talk with her nephew who was staying with her. He accepted
Jesus into his life and then we prayed that God would give him the
skills to find a job soon as he was unemployed. The next day, he was
called and offered a job!



(5) we have also been spending time
with some of the prostitutes and other people that hang around on the
main road near our hotel at night, just showing that we care about them
and telling them the good news about Jesus. These are vulnerable people
who do not want to be where they are. Most of them are receptive to the
message and we have prayed with many of them.



(6) we went to our
first Sunday service at the Emmanuel Worship Centre. The children did a
great puppet sketch and also played a worship song they have been
practising - to great applause from the Fijians. Rob preached his first
message here on family roles and how parents can provide spiritual
protection for their children. All the families in the church came up
for prayer at the end of the service and the whole team were involved in
minstering to them.



(7) we have also been planning various
events, including the Good Friday service, a men's ministry, and an open
day on Easter Monday (including 6-a-side touch rugby tournament and
street fair), which is aimed at reaching out to people in the local
neigbourhood. Please pray these events go well.



More news next
week...

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