After praying and hearing about the needs in Fiji, David and I (Danielle) decided to go on a little scouting trip to check things out before we officially made the decision to go there as missionaries. We had the opportunity to go in April 2016. It was quite the trip and we wanted to share some of the details with you!
To start things off, we almost missed our flight from LAX to Fiji. We sat at the wrong gate for about two hours…oops, and then ran for our lives to the other side of the international terminal! The good news is that we made it just before they closed the gates. Then as we were able to finally relax and catch our breath, reality began to sink in…WE WERE GOING TO FIJI! Nervousness and butterflies in our stomachs kept us up all night as we flew across the Pacific Ocean.
We were greeted early in the morning at the international airport in Nadi by the Foursquare national leader for Fiji, Pastor John. He took us around with him for the next ten days as we went from place to place doing ministry and talking about the needs in Fiji. There are many stories we would love to share, but for now, we will share a couple of our favorites.
As we went on our little journeys each day, we visited with many people wanting prayer for healing and deliverance. There was one family in particular that we will never forget (pictured above), and hopefully we will have the opportunity to stay in contact with them. Prior to this visit, they had not yet put their faith in Jesus. Their daughter, who was around the age of 12, was very ill. The doctors couldn’t help her because they couldn’t figure out what was causing the illness. She was not able to eat or keep down much food for months and her health was failing. They remembered that a cousin knew Pastor John, a believer in Jesus who could pray for her. They invited John to their home to pray for her and we were able to come along.
We talked for a while, we prayed for her, and one by one, each member of the household gave their lives to Jesus. We found out the next day that the girl was completely healed and was eating and having fun! The family removed the idols from their house and gave God the glory!!! We later found out that many unbelieving families in Fiji find hope in Jesus when they need healing. Aren’t you so thankful that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that he still heals!?!
The second thing we wanted to share is about a young pastor we met. One Sunday we were invited to share in a small town church north of where we were staying. We had the privilege to meet an amazing young woman who pastors two congregations. Her name is Moshme. She has such a heart for her community and for caring for her parents. Not only does she preach three times on Sundays at different locations, but she picks everyone up to go to church, checks on the sick or discouraged throughout the week, and runs a vacation bible school when the kids are on break from school. I went with her to the store one day and everyone in town knew her! She is one of the most kind, loving, and selfless people I know, and is doing wonderful things in her community. We wanted to share her story not only because of how dedicated she is to the Lord and to her community. She is one of the MANY incredible pastors who are leading multiple congregations. We are reminded once again of Matthew 9:37-38, “Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”
Our scouting trip was amazing! It ended on a low note though, since I came down with a mosquito borne illness and was really sick for a couple weeks. I am still dealing with some of the symptoms, but they are a constant reminder for me to pray for Fiji! We can’t wait to be back on the ground!