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!