Sunday, December 6, 2009

We did many house visits this week with families that Pastor Paula set us up with. We go out in teams, usually the Oosterhouses and the Munfradas are together, and the Derushas and Bill go out together. We also either have Pastor Paula or Uate with us. Some are believers and need encouragement or prayers for healing. Others need prayers for salvation and discipleship. So far we have seen 8 salvations in our time here. One was little 4 yr old Nathaniel from our team.

Sunday and Monday are our weekend, and our time to go to church, to get laundry done, and relax a little. We are free to do additional ministry in our free time or do tourist activities. Tuesday through Saturday are our days of ministry, these are the days that we do the house visits and other things.

This week in addition to the house visits, The Oosterhouses and Bill went to the YWAM bases at Vunayasi to do their children's program that they do every Friday. They dressed up as clowns and did songs, balloons and a Bible story.

Also on Friday the Derushas went and spent some time with a couple from EWC, Mary and Tameli. Tameli is in the military and is leaving on Monday for a year tour in Iraq. They spent some time with them in prayer and encouraging them and they prepare for this time of separation.

On Thursday and Saturday Chick and Dan went to Lautoka with Pastor Paula to help build a church building for a church plant of his. It was basically a pole barn frame with a big tarp for a roof. They will add to it as they have the funds, but for now this will suit them very well. Pastor Mike (different from the first Pastor Mike we talked to) is the pastor of 15-20 people, both Fijians and Indos.

On Saturday we were honored to be able to attend the first birthday party of an Indo-Fijian child whose family goes to EWC. The first birthday in the Indian culture is a very big deal so to be invited is an incredible honor. Unfortunately some of the men at the party were celebrating out back by drinking kava. Kava is a drink made by crushing a root found in the jungle. It has a narcotic effect and causes intoxication. Drinking kava is one of the strongholds that holds this nation captive.

On Sunday Bill gave the message at church and the Munfradas and the Oosterhouses helped with the Sunday school for the children that was during the service. The Oosterhouses led the kids in a couple of songs, and the Munfradas dressed up as clowns and taught the kids on self control. Bill's message was two fold, the first little bit was on how the people of Fiji have been ministering to us on the importance of not worrying, and taking one day at a time sometimes one hour at a time. The other half was on our class verse 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, and calling the people to step up and become the ambassadors of reconciliation that God has called us to be.

We are praising God because of the variety of things He has opened us up to doing. We are all being stretched physically, emotionally, comfortably, and spiritually. It's amazing the many ways that the Fijian people have been ministering to us. We continue to praise God for bringing us here and letting us be a part of the works He is doing here.