I love my work! I recently returned from an outreach in Fiji and it must have been the most international team ever assembled within SI. The majority of the team was made up of university students coming from New Zealand. Within that group there were students from India, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. They were joined by some students from Fiji and a few of us Californians.
One of the most meaningful times of the trip to me was the student led teaching time in I John each morning. This set the tone each day as we went out to the various ministry sites. The Fijian SI staff was amazing and engaged in the lives of the participants. Each site is so unique, yet all are very much designed for ministry that brings glory to the Father. There were some new believers brought into the kingdom and others who heard the good news of Jesus for the first time. Currently we have six full time staff on the Fijian SI team of whom all are Fijian. What a powerful group! They are very mature in the Lord and are passionate about their beautiful country and their Fijian brothers and sisters.
As SI Fiji develops, we are looking for new teams and participants. We still have some open dates for 2012, but they are filling up fast. Call our office for details: 559-627-8923. You will never be the same! In the words of one of our New Zealander participants:
“This trip to Fiji truly changed my life – and it would never have been the same if each and every one of you did not come along. It was amazing how lifelong friendships were formed over a brief span of 12 days. The lives we came into contact with and the opportunities we had for God to use us to help others gave us a deeper picture on how much He loves us all (and changed us forever). Giving God all the glory! Whoop! 1 John 3:16-18 was pretty much our theme verse during the trip!! ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”