Thursday, January 6, 2011

Being renewed....and looking forward

Dear Friends!

It is truly a special time of the year! I am overflowing with joy to be home for the holidays. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the precious Savior of this world, and prepare for 2011, I am able to reflect on God’s constant faithfulness and mighty works during my time on the mission field the past six months. I love being part of the EE ministry in Fiji. I would like to share with you just how “action-packed” ministry has been since I returned to Fiji earlier this year in June.

Ministry Calender:
==> June 12 – July 21 Fiji Interns Course (6 weeks course where young people from overseas and locally came together to focus on identifying God’s calling on their lives as well as their strengths in ministry)
==> July 10 – 20 Vanuatu Hope for Kids Workshop (trained EE Staff to run workshops and churches to implement Hope for Kids programs with children)
==> July 23 – August 8 Visit from my sister Sheilah (my sister was able to taste and experience Fijian culture as well as my mission work)
==> August 14 Moved out from EE Centre (I took a step out of the EE Centre to another town into a flat with local EE field worker, Lavenia Aditora where we formed a mission team and created a place where youth feel loved and filled)
==> August 21 – 26 Assembly of God Conference (annual conference in the Northern Division of Fiji where I traveled to a different island to participate with the local youth groups during the conference programs)
==> August 30 – September 3 Indian Youth EE Clinic (assisted one of our Fijian-Indian field workers to conduct and teach a Youth EE Clinic)
==> September 4 – 12 India Hope for Kids Workshop (traveled to Mumbai, India to train EE India Kids Workers to teach Sunday School teachers and Children’s leaders to run Hope for Kids programs in local churches throughout India)
==> September 26 – 30 Local Church Ministry (participating in my Fijian home church’s special youth and children’s ministry programs)
==> October 4 – 8 Multiethnic Adult EE Clinic (assisting EE Fiji field workers to equip local churches in the EE Gospel Presentation)
==> October 11-18 EE Field Worker Training (trained overseas EE Staff from Kenya, Jamaica, India, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands to run Hope for Kids Workshops in their own nations)
==> October 25 – November 5 Fiji Local Interns Youth Course Preparation
==> November 10 – 26 Fiji Local Interns Youth Course (conducted a 2 week course with 25 youth from all over Fiji to build them up as leaders and witnesses to assist the EE Fiji ministry and raise their faith to another level)
==> December 5-11 Papua New Guinea Hope for Kids workshop (trained EE Staff to run workshops and local churches to implement Hope for Kids programs with children)
==> December 17 HOME! (arrived back in Florida for a time of rest, fellowship with family & friends, and additional fundraising for mission support)

Mother Theresa once said, “I am a small pencil in the hand of a big God who is sending a love letter to the world.” I love this statement! My prayer is that I do my best to proclaim God’s love letter of salvation in this world. I am continuously humbled and thrilled by the many ways God has used me to equip His people in ministry, share the Gospel with others, and build up youth and children in their walk with the Lord throughout Fiji and other areas of the world! An additional aspect of my life that has been a blessing for over a year now is a certain special someone in Fiji that has been a source of companionship, support, and encouragement. His name is Isimeli Maba and is also involved in full-time ministry in Fiji among youth and missions. We are very happy and surrendering all things to the Lord. The busyness of ministry brings along with it the sacrifices of energy, time, efforts, and finances. But God always shows up in His perfect timing and ways just like Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” When we declare our desires and surrender our will to His, the things we seek do come to pass. He has taught me to always be ready to be stretched in order to know Him more and make Him known.
I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support whether through prayer or financial giving. Your role in this ministry allows the work of the Lord to be carried out. I am so blessed to partner with you in reaching the Fiji Islands. Nothing makes me happier! Your support is touching lives in priceless ways!

Missions is always in the midst of our daily lives. And that is why I am also home here in the States to seek financial support. There is still much work to be done, and I am looking forward to going back to Fiji at the end of January to continue the work. The challenge is to be fully loaded and ready to be exploded for the cause of Christ! This Christmas season be reminded of our responsibility to witness however, whenever, and wherever possible. I hope that God provides an opportunity for you to share the Gospel with someone this Christmas season. Please pray about making a monthly or one-time donation to this ministry as I am in need of $1,500/month. There is much planned for the year 2011 which cannot be fulfilled without the help and giving of people like you. God bless you and your family and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Vinaka! (Thank you!)
Sarah Abadines

1 comment:

  1. Sarah,

    Have you considered working with OneHope? They might be able to provide you with some resources if you can do some work for them in Fiji. I'm sure there could be a lot of synergy between you and them. (And either way, if you haven't talked to Chad Causey in a while I'm sure he'd love to hear from you!)