Experiencing Fijian culture
Fijian culture is an extremely welcoming culture. When we arrived at the training centre, the Fijians performed a traditional Fijian welcome dance. They went out of their way to make sure we felt welcome. On Thursday we visited a Fijian village, where the locals opened up their homes to us and welcomed us in with open arms. We visited the oldest woman in the village who was completely fine with all of us coming to her home. She gave us lots of hugs and kisses.
When we were walking, people would often stop us and ask about where we came from and why we were in Fiji. One of my favourite things about the Fijian culture was how happy they all were. They have less “stuff” than us, but are so much happier. The Fijian happiness is contagious and is definitely something I wish Australian culture could adopt. – Eliza
A week of service to the Fijian community
For the past week, 27 fellow students and I had the opportunity to serve in Fiji. We experienced many amazing changes occurring in ourselves and others.
Now, what does it mean to serve? Service is the act of helping others. It is expressed in action rather than in words. That’s exactly what we were able to do in Fiji. On Tuesday half of the group stayed at the Kennedy training centre and built an outside chapel. The outside bures, which are located around the centre, were painted. Over a period of two days we also dug a tunnel to improve drainage. The other half of the group went to Latouka and helped train Fijian men and women to be equipped to share the gospel with others.
To believe is to serve, to love is to serve. Serving is really being able to share what you have been given. In Ezekiel 3:17 it says ”Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel, so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” We have been given a command to be watchmen and we were able to follow through with this command on the trip by going out and preaching the gospel to the Fijians. Therefore, I encourage all of you to serve in whatever way you are able to, all for the glory of God. – Shemun
On mission with the gospel in Fiji
We spent eight weeks in preparation for the mission side of our trip to Fiji. Our aim was to reach out and connect with the people of Fiji. Most of the locals had a basic knowledge and understanding of God, but their faith didn’t go much further than that. So our job was to inform them deeper about God’s true love and grace.
Over the week, we spent days going out into town, markets and parks and approaching random locals. With guidance from our Evangelism Explosion training, we were able to overcome our fear and begin conversations with these people we did not know. Many of us opened up to these strangers and shared our faith. Unluckily for the group of boys I was walking around with, many strangers turned us down and did not want to talk about Jesus, but with persistence and trust in God, we kept looking and were able to pray for some people and have intimate conversations about faith and Jesus. The mission section was all about overcoming fear and trusting in God, which we all did and we successfully impacted the Fijians. – Dan