Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DTS Ministry Update from Labasa, Fiji

Bula from Labasa! 

We are nearing the end of our
stay here in Labasa after a week of ministry.
We have been welcomed with open arms and amazing food here at YWAM
Labasa. Our week has been busy with all kinds of ministry including:
door-to-door, prison evangelism, children’s ministry, leading home cell groups,
hospital ministry and church ministry.

A few members of our team were
able to go to a place called Baily’s Welfare where they packed groceries to
meet the needs of some people in the community, and the rest of us went to an
old people’s home where we had a lot of fun, to say the least.  Most of the elderly could not speak English
so we spent time singing and sitting with them.
One lady decided to give her life to the Lord and it was so neat to see
God at work in the lives of these people.

From DTS & CDTS Outreach

Cynthia – We spent time offering to pray with the elderly. I had the privilege of
sitting with a Hindi lady in her 80’s. I prayed with her in English for a time,
but she only spoke Hindi, so I knew she could not understand. I was believing
that God would work beyond the language barrier. I started to pray in my
spiritual language and noticed that she was nodding often while I was speaking.
I know that God had given me a different language for that particular moment
with this lady, though I cannot say if she understood anything, but I knew God
was there. Afterwards, I got one of our Fijian friends who spoke Hindi to
translate the things I had been praying for her. One of the things was that I
had felt, was   that she had been forgotten, that she had no
hope. As I told him this, his eyes widened and he told me that while I was
speaking this to him, she had just said the exact same thing to him in Hindi!
Well, this lovely lady had been searching for many years, waiting for someone
to come and tell her about the Jesus she had once heard about while she was
young. We had the honor of leading her, to finally, meet the Lord and break
down all the walls of the many gods she had grown up with. She said that NOW,
she has hope!

Our team also led the whole
Sunday morning service at COC (Christian
Outreach Center
which is the church we have been working with.
It was a lovely Sunday morning with worship, testimonies, dramas,
communion, prayer and Michelle bringing the message.  It was absolutely incredible to see members
of our team reaching out and praying for different individuals from the church,
sharing with them what we have been practicing and learning all throughout
DTS.  It is just amazing to see the
changes God has made in every individual on our team. 

We spent two days reaching out in
the men’s prison.  The first day was on
Saturday, and we spent the morning leading a bible study with men who had
already made the decision to accept Jesus into their lives.  It was so powerful to sit with them, sing
with them, and share with them.  You can
definitely see the work God has done among some of these men.  We went back again on Wednesday afternoon and
had more of an evangelism focused time, where we ministered to men who did not
have a personal relationship with Christ. Near the end, Denis (who was sharing
the message) invited anyone who wanted prayer or to accept Jesus as their Lord
to come to the front.  Several men came
forward to ask for prayer and to accept Jesus into their lives.  Praise the Lord!

From DTS & CDTS Outreach

As a team we have also been able
to work along side the Labasa DTS during children’s ministry and hospital
ministry.  We spent one afternoon in
groups going through the hospital and praying for patients.  It was a really neat experience to have the
freedom to minister to the patients in need of healing as well as their

From DTS & CDTS Outreach

We have had a lot of fun here in
Labasa ministering, evangelizing, and creating more relationships with the
Fijian people.  Our team has also had time
in the evenings to worship and fellowship with the staff and students here at
YWAM Labasa and once again God has blessed our team with wonderful

We will be leaving Labasa Friday,
April 30th for the village
of Dreketi
where we will
spend 10 days before heading back to Lautoka.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.  We are excited to see how God will continue
to work in and through our lives to reach out to the Fijian people! It is
always an adventure with God! 

YWAM Chico, Winter DTS via Labasa

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