We moved to Lautoka in week 6 and started our work with the Personal Transformation Centre (PTC), which is a new YWAM ministry that runs kid's clubs, offers Christian counselling and skills training for the benefit of the local community. We are all staying at the PTC and (for the most part) enjoying living in very close community with one another. It's hard to imagine whaty it will be like having a whole house to ourselves again!
(1) We have helped to run
several kid's clubs in the local area with the staff from the PTC, which
has been great fun. Nearly 100 children came along the first club in
Natawonga, a council estate in one of the poorer areas of Lautoka - and
we organised soccer, face-painting, volleyball, story-telling,
gymnastics, and crafts, plus skits including our very popular Doctor
Skit! We all enjoyed sharing in the obvious enthusiasm of the children
and working so well together as a team. The following Monday and
Tuesday, we established a new kid's club at small house church and about
40 children came along at short notice, helping to put into practice
that pastor's vision to reach out to the many children living in his
neighbourhood. And, then there were another three kid's clubs on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - seeing those children's smiling faces
kept us going all week! Please pray that the new kid's club will
continue after we leave.
(2) Whilst all this was going on, some
of our team also found time to make regular morning visits to a local
older person's home in Lautoka. One of our team members had the idea of
doing foot and hand massages, which was really appreciated and helped to
overcome the language barrier. The next day, two translators appeared
from nowhere and we had a powerful time of worship and testimonies as
the Holy Spirit touched many of the older people there. Three people
gave their lives to the Lord and we were able to go back the next day to
encourage and disciple them.
(3) In the afternoons, team members
were able to visit the local hospital to entertain and pray with the
children and mothers in the children's and maternity wards. Two of our
team members dressed up as clowns and performed a comedy sketch for the
(4) On Sunday, the whole team attended the Victory
Centre church in Lautoka and enjoyed the joyful worship there. Some of
our team members performed an interpretative dance and gave a short
message on the motherly qualities of God (as it was Mother's Day here).
On Monday, we were able to do some door-to-door evangelism with the same
church in a poor indian village that they are trying to reach out to.
Five people gave their lives to the Lord - we were just sad that we
won't be able to return there before we leave.
(5) Looking back
on our time here in Fiji, it is clear that in the midst of all our
different ministries, God has also been changing our hearts as we have
lived out and shared our faith together. We will each go back with many
stories of how God has moved in and through us and will never forget our
Next week, we return to Nadi for two days for our
debriefing time and then fly back to the US on Friday. Thank you for
taking the time to read our blog and for all your prayers during our
time here and back in Chico. To all our friends in the Guatemala team,
we look forward to seeing you again soon!!! Heidi - we will miss you.