As we look back over the summer, we are so thankful to see the different ways that God has worked. We have seen six of the Indian villagers in the Momi community come to the Lord and be baptized! We’ve seen personal breakthroughs in the lives of team members, people sharing things they’ve never told anyone before. We’ve seen several of the young people on the teams realize that God is calling them to full-time ministry or overseas missions. And we’ve seen the incredible impact of relationship-centered ministry. . . life on life. . .and how God uses this to change both the Fijians and the North Americans.
Overall, it’s been a great privilege to be involved in what the Lord is doing here through SI Fiji!
Each outreach team spent one week working in the west (construction and agriculture at the Momi Bay base, education at the Sigatoka pre-school) and one week at Homes of Hope in Suva. Here’s some photo highlights:
This summer, the first two teams stayed in the church in Sigatoka and worked at Momi to get it livable. Our last two teams were able to “camp out” at Momi and finish enclosing the lower level of the cement structure. It’s starting to look nice!
The Sigatoka preschool has truly benefitted from the encouragement and expertise of the summer workers–the teachers are all new, and loved having the fresh ideas and enthusiasm of the teams! The preschool is also thankful for all the supplies and books the teams brought out.
Homes of Hope:
The teams did an amazing job expanding the garden areas for the vegetable production at Homes of Hope–it was a lot of hard work, but so rewarding and needed. They were also able to help with education, health and computer projects while on campus.
Fiji Prayer Requests
–Staff for Fiji! (Our summer interns did an amazing job, but now that they’ve returned to the states, Ray & Laura Pittman are the only SI Fiji staff. We’re really praying for God to bring together a great team of Fijians and westerners to help run the summer teams and expand the local ministry in Fiji)
–The Momi Community. Our “base” in the west is located in the midst of a very Hindu and Muslim Indian community (Indians originally from India). They are seeing God’s work in the midst of them as the teams and staff continue working at Momi. Mr. Sharma was the first to give his life to the Lord and be baptized, followed by his son, and then four others in the community who saw the change in the lives of the Sharmas. Please pray for discipleship for these new believers and for more to come to Christ.
–Praise the Lord for all the local people who have come alongside the work of SI Fiji. We were blessed with an incredible summer staff and are praying through many possibilities for new local ministries. God is at work here and we’re praying for wisdom as we follow him into the next chapters of SI Fiji.