"Turaga....." (see me? hehe)
the lovely girls (minus Lirae)
with Seru! (like my pretty sulu?)
Sally & I with the Primal Youth group
Now it's almost been 2 months that I've been in Fiji - crazyness. I was recently in Australia where I was mentally and spiritually renewed - Vinaka Jisu (Thank you Jesus). Last week I was able to devote my time and energy to planning/organizing for the December Fijian youth conference. I'm really looking forward to everything coming together. We are expecting 25 Fijian youth to attend from all over Fiji. The conference will focus on building up the spiritual foundations of these youth as well as in areas of leadership and evangelism. It will be an awesome time of growth, fellowship, and outreach. The details are slowly coming together, and I praise God that He is going before us in this task. I will continue to work on preparing for the conference in the coming months.
This past week I also spent time with Seru and the Primal Youth of a C3 church here in Nadi. Seru is such a great leader! He is so loved by the youth and is doing a wonderful job caring for the youth there. Sally and I attended their dance practice this past Wednesday where we were able to learn a mekke (Fijian dance) to a Fijian gospel song. The youth were so welcoming and fun, I truly enjoyed myself. Then Friday we were able to attend their church conference and perform the dance with the youth group. The conference included dance/musical performances from different C3 churches of Fiji as well as worship and a sermon from a New Zealand youth pastor. We had such a good time that evening. I love being able to build relationships here in Nadi and encourage youth.
I've also been learning more and more of the Fijian language which has been a blessing. I thank God that it comes fairly easy to me :) God is SO GOOD!
The first 2 weeks of September I will be traveling to Lomaivuna (a village in the highlands of Viti Levu island) and to Nausori(near Suva) to spend time with the Fijian EE IFWs(Implementation Field Workers) and their youth there. I'm excited to be able to serve and build up the ministries there. Please be praying for my time there, that it will be fruitful.
Also be praying for:
more preparation for the December conference(finances, promotion, etc.)
health and safety while traveling
EE World Network Leaders meetings in Nadi (Sept. 1-14)
Theology Course in Nadi (Sept. 14-19)
EE clinic at Evangel Temple Church in Labasa (Oct. 5-9)
Colossians 1:17 "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."