Wednesday, January 29, 2014

December '13 Update - Anointed by the King

Celebrating Niu's wedding as an EE famil

Church small group end of the year celebration and Christmas party

Young people in church Christmas fellowship and gift exchange

EE family reunion at Wilson's wedding in Navua

Nuku's 10th birthday (nieces and nephews)

Christmas package from my family back in the US

House blessing for Ranjini and Vashneel and learning how to cook South Indian dish Palau

Gingerbread house party on Christmas Eve with young people

childhood friends, mission supporters, reunion for buddies :)

Christmas lunch with Maba's family at their family home

Sailing adventure with family - beautiful and so fun!

Amazing experience with the hubby

Surprise birthday party for one of the senior citizens in church

New Year's Day beach picnic (where we got married) with our church family

Dance team in church performing together

Psalm 18:32, 50
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect….He shows unfailing kindness to His anointed.”

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! We hope you and your families were blessed celebrating the birth of our Savior and welcoming 2014! This time last year Maba and I were in the States spending the holidays with my family and taking time off from the mission field to rest and raise financial support. We praise God for the opportunity to be with Maba’s family and our local church/mission family here in Fiji this past holiday season. Maba and I enjoyed having the Christmas spirit in our home and sharing that same spirit with others and pointing them to Jesus! We were encouraged by the verses above as we saw God’s favor upon us in special ways this past month.

Local Church Ministry:

·      Our church hosted a celebration service to praise God for all that He has done in 2013. Maba and I worked with the young people to prepare 3 different dance items. We had a great time performing the items during the special service! During our involvement with the young adult ministry this year, we saw God move greatly. The ministry came alive in marvelous ways and we have created special bonds with the young people. After the service many church members came up to Maba and I raving about the wonderful performances and how each dance blessed them. People also thanked us for investing in the young people by leading and teaching, mentoring, and opening our home as a safe place of fellowship and spiritual growth. We give God all the glory for using us in these ways!

·      Maba and I hosted a special Christmas party in our home the week before Christmas for our church small group. We organized the activities for the night: read the Christmas story in Luke 2, sang Christmas carols, played games, exchanged gifts, and feasted! I was even able to find candy canes for everyone (after searching long and hard) and share how they are reminders of our Savior (red stripes for His blood shed for us, white for His purity and holiness). When we were new in church back in March this group of families embraced us with love and care, and they were our biggest cheerleaders on the mission field. This group of people became family to us, so we wanted to bless them with a time of fellowship and fun.

·      We also organized an event for the Young Adult Ministry on Christmas Eve. It was a fun making gingerbread houses, delighting in sweet treats and a cup of tea, and reflecting on God’s goodness within the ministry for 2013. Maba and I were so blessed when the young people surprised us with a gift to say thank you for our involvement this year. They presented something for our home that we didn’t yet have – a wall clock! So thoughtful of them! We encouraged them and affirmed them as being incredibly special in the eyes of God and to keep seeking Him in all things.

Evangelism Explosion Ministry:

·      Maba and I visited one of EE Fiji’s Hope for Kids workers and her husband. We have been mentoring Ranjini and Vashneel for about 2 years now. They recently moved into a new home and we wanted to pray over them and their new place. Ranjini and her mom taught me how to cook a traditional southern Indian dish called palau which was so fun! It’s chicken and rice cooked in all kinds of amazing Indian spices and herbs, a fave of mine that’s for sure! It was a blessing to break bread with them, encourage them, and praise God for His provision!

·      Maba and I were able to follow-up with one of the Pacific Interns, Kitione, from this past year. He had been enduring some hardships in his home and church that caused him to be discouraged spiritually. Kiti had been praying for a time to meet with us and share his heart since he doesn’t open up to many people. We praise God for ordaining a time for him to come over during a youth fellowship in our home where we were able to take him aside so he could unload. We encouraged him with the Word, spoke into his life affirming his God-given gifts and his spiritual maturity, and challenged him to see these obstacles as a testing of his faith and God preparing him for greater things to come. Kiti sat in front of us tears streaming down his face with a spirit renewed and strengthened to persevere. He thanked us for listening and uplifting him. Kiti will be joining us on our upcoming mission trip, so we are excited for him to continue using his passions and gifts for evangelism!

·      We have been busy finalizing plans to take a mission team to one of the outer islands called Kadavu to conduct an Adult EE clinic and Hope for Kids workshop. Both of us have never been there, so we’re excited for this new adventure! We have promoted to many pastors, gathered materials for the trainings, and started fundraising for the trip. We have a great team including other local EE workers, young people from our church, and a young woman from Australia who is studying to reach out to the indigenous people in her country. Our team will be fasting Tuesdays and Thursdays in preparation for the mission trip. We are seeking EXTRA FUNDS for this project so if you feel led to give please contact me or follow the directions below.

·      I was able to contact all the Hope for Kids workers here in Fiji and hear reports and testimonies of God moving in churches through children. In an area called Suva (about 5 hours from where we stay), our staff there have been doing a wonderful job helping churches implement the program. On another island in a town called Labasa our staff there have been following up with churches and providing refresher courses for using the materials to help their children’s ministries be effective in the area of evangelism.

Heart-to-Heart Ministry:

·      Maba and I were invited to help throw a surprise 73rd birthday party for one of the elderly women (a recent widow) in church whose birthday always gets overlooked since it is on Christmas Eve. We along with her grandchildren and other relatives celebrated with her on the 28th and she was moved to tears by the special and thoughtful gathering just for her birthday. The family asked me to pray for their grandmother which was such a privilege to thank God for the life of this mighty woman of faith.

·      This past month we attended 2 weddings. The first was for Niu, one of the young women who work at the EE centre as part of the catering team. In EE we always celebrate as a family! It was a beautiful and traditional Fijian wedding, and she was so happy we were there for her special day. The 2nd was for Wilson, a Fijian-Indian young man whom we have mentored and served on the field with. It was a beachside wedding with all kinds of Indian curries and sweets served during the special reception. It meant so much to him that we had taken a one-day road trip (10 hours there and back) to attend his wedding.

·      Recently, we had a sailing adventure on an 83-foot schooner. We were blessed with a daytrip pass and went with Maba’s family. It was a beautiful day of fun in the sun and swimming in the open sea! During the outing I met 2 Fijian ladies also enjoying the sailing trip. We got to know one another and they wanted to hear all about what I do in ministry and how Maba and I met. As I shared my testimony, I saw tears in their eyes and smiles that came from encouraged hearts. They said to me, “Sarah thank you for loving our nation. Thank you for serving our people. It’s so beautiful to hear your story.” It reminded me that there are always opportunities around to share with others the importance of reaching out and demonstrating the love of Christ!

Christmas & New Year’s:

·      We received a package from my parents and sister a week before Christmas filled with presents and treats! It was so special to receive gifts since we decided not to buy any for one another. I was so happy to have a piece of home come to us!
·      Christmas day we attended a morning church service then had a big lunch with Maba’s family at his Mom’s place. In the afternoon we went out for dinner with friends from church. It was a wonderful day!
·      New Year’s eve Maba and I made a special brunch in our excitement for all 2014 will bring! In the evening we attended a Christian Praise Jam (concert) with friends for a great time of worship and fellowship to ring in the new year! New Year’s Day our church hired a big coach bus to go to the beach (where we got married) for a picnic which was lots of fun!

Prayer Needs
o   To be refreshed spiritually to kick off 2014
o   Mission Trip to Kadavu Island for EE trainings
o   Opportunities to serve in the local community
o   Increase of Financial Support

Thank you for continuing to be partner with us through prayer and giving! We love sharing with you all the great things that are happening on the field by God’s grace.  Your support brings us overflowing joy and allows us to carry on! We hope you have been encouraged by this month’s update. Please share with anyone you know will also be encouraged!

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Abounding in His Grace,


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