This was our last week in Nadi and time to say goodbye to our new friends there before moving on to Lautoka. Special greetings to the Guatemala team and we look forward to your next update. Where are you at the moment?
Highlights of the week:
(1) One of our team
was invited to present a series of seminars on conflict resolution to
the staff of one of the large resorts near Nadi through a contact at the
church we have been working with here. This was a real opportunity to
bring Biblical principles into a business setting and to address racial
discrimination and other sensitive issues. The staff responded
enthusiastically and she has been invited to come back to provide
further training. She also had an opportunity to minister directly to
some of the hotel guests and enjoy two nights of luxury at the resort.
Another of our team members has been teaching local women in Navakai to
make Fijian dolls out of local materials. They have prepared several
prototypes - one in traditional Fijian dress and one in Indian attire -
which we are hoping can be sold at local hotel shops to provide a
well-needed additional source of income for this community. Orders are
already coming in thick and fast from team members. Please pray that
this new micro-business will be a success.
(3) Team members made
two visits to Nadi hospital this week. We prayed for one young man who
had fallen out of a mango tree and couldn't move one of his legs as a
result of a ruptured disc. After he was prayed for, he started to move
his legs and was discharged from hospital two days later! We also drove
him home and were able to share the gospel with his whole family.
Another patient in the same ward and his wife, who saw what happened,
gave their lives to the Lord.
(4) One of our team leaders went
back to Navakai and was able to pray for an older Indian women who had
pains in her back and shoulders. Through prayer, she was saved, healed
and delivered from demons, as Jesus promised in the Bible (Mk 16:15-18).
The pastor has since visited the woman and her whole family became
Christians and they have asked to be baptised next Sunday. We have been
really struck by the openness of this Indian community in particular and
how God has been moving powerfully in this area in response to their
(5) On Thursday, the Emmanuel Worship Centre prepared a
wonderful Fijian feast to say thank you and farewell to our team. The
chicken, fish, and vegetables were all cooked in traditional Fijian
fashion with hot stones buried in the ground and lined with banana
leaves. Thank you for making us feel so welcome during our short stay.