Saturday, February 26, 2011


My time in Fiji is coming to an end tomorrow when I fly back to Hawaii.  Wow, what a full and interesting time.  This ‘Liquid Continent’ is beautiful, with such a diversity of peoples and nations, but with such huge needs.

I have had an extremely rewarding time and a wonderful welcome at the Bible course here in Vunayasi, complete with the formal Fijian island welcome protocol.  The location of the campus is in the middle of a sugar plantation a few miles outside of the second city, Nadi.  Of the ten students on this school, eight are from Fiji and two from Papua New Guinea.  The significance of the amazing letter to the Ephesians believers began to take hold in the lives of all of us more and more during this week as we explored it together.  The eagerness of the students and the faithfulness they show in their studies continue to be an inspiration.

I was able to meet up for a couple of hours with Losaline Tuwere, a former Fijian SBS student and then staff from The King’s Lodge back in the mid-1990s.  Losalini went on to pioneer the work of YWAM in Bangladesh.  She is now married, living in Suva (the capital of Fiji) and working with Habitat for Humanity.  It was an inspiring time, celebrating what God has done over these in-between years.

A most unforgettable part of this trip was the 24 hours I spent with Mark Roche, the Director of Homes of Hope in Suva.  Mark and Lynnie are missionaries from Linda’s home church in Greeley, Colorado, whom we have known for many years.  They have a desperately-needed ministry in this land providing both a home and protection for abused and pregnant single women, often very young.  Not only is there an atmosphere of love and acceptance in the name of Christ, but they also receive training for a meaningful life ahead along with the clear presentation of the Gospel.

When I return to Hawaii we have just over five weeks left before we return to the UK, so we should make the most of the sun and surf!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Elisa's Solo Adventure

Elisa is becoming an experienced babysitter and we can see that she has a gift in working with children.  Her main family (children ages 4, 6, and 8) are DTS leaders this quarter and preparing to lead an outreach team.  Phil mentioned in passing that she needs to live in a Spanish-speaking country to make the Spanish she is studying in school come alive.  One thing led to another and an invitation came for her to accompany the family for the 5-week Mexico leg of their outreach as a helper to the parents.  Rough dates are the start of April to the first week in May.  We just have to get her there and they will cover her living expense in Mexico.  What an opportunity!

She will be able to get ahead with her school work to make this happen (a blessing of home schooling) and we believe this trip will be a landmark of growth for her.  This couple has our highest respect; I’ve known the mother since 1988 when we did our DTS and outreach together. 

The logistics are slightly complicated as our family is scheduled to leave Hawaii during this outreach period, meaning that she will probably have to fly from Hawaii to England unaccompanied in May.  Thankfully we can change Elisa's return date and Air France has a service available for unaccompanied minors.

Elisa has begun her own blog.  Click here to read about how she sees it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Feburary update

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

On-line Students En Masse

Bible overviews are often a part of a Discipleship Training School.  A Kona DTS leader and friend asked Phil to teach his students weekly, with on-line homework through the e-SBS site (giving Phil helpful feedback on the material, too!).  Now every Tuesday morning Phil begins their day with keys to understanding their Bibles. 

I had lunch with one of the students yesterday, and it turns out Phil is his favourite teacher so far!   He went on to say that Bible study would be boring but Phil makes it interesting.  We were told that one of the students was given a Bible by her parents as she left for DTS, but she came to her leader and asked how to read it; she didn’t know what to do. 

Lack of relevance ... no sense of accessibility ... this emerging generation struggles with their Bibles. 
But if the Bible can truly renew minds, conform into the image of Christ, and make disciples, we’ve got to help them.

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On the Plane Again

As the sole non-American in the family, we knew Phil would only be allowed 90 days on his US visitor’s visa, requiring him to make a trip out of the country during our stay here.  The best use of the travel would be to make it a teaching trip, so we began sending out feelers. 

Fiji, a cluster of volcanic islands, is the South Pacific location chosen to make Bible training more accessible to Islanders.  YWAM Honolulu has partnered with YWAM Fiji to solidly establish a Bible Core Course, and they need teachers.  That’s where Phil comes in!

On February 18, Phil flies to Nadi, Fiji, to teach the book of Ephesians to this group of hungry students. 

Friends of mine from Colorado have led the Homes of Hope ministry in Suva, Fiji for more than a decade, ministering to single mothers and strengthening families.  We are working toward Phil hopping over to see them and the wonderful things they are a part of. 

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