We made it to Fiji! We have been here for about five days, and are starting to adjust to life in Fiji. The hospitality and friendliness of the locals are very welcoming! Allison and Clara just beam every time we go somewhere because we are greeted with beautiful smiles and big “Bulas!”
A week ago (last Sunday), we were prayed over and “sent out” by our home church in Spokane, Washington. Words cannot describe the overwhelming love and support we have received from our family and friends. We are truly blessed with an amazing support team. David preached his last message at Roots, the Jr. High ministry, and passed the baton–so to speak, to Isaiah Hollister who has done a phenomenal job taking over for him. After the Jr. High service, we celebrated with friends and family at our send-off party. It was wonderful to share our gratitude for our team and say our goodbyes. The hard part was saying goodbye, but we know that God has called us here for a time, and we are so excited for what is to come!
During our first few days here we caught up on sleep (after 19 hours of travel), figured out the public transportation system, went to the market a few times-which was an adventure because it was payday, went to the beach, looked at houses, and went to a local church service! We feel pretty well rested now and are eager to get settled and meet the wonderful pastors we will be working with. We spent the day with one such pastor and his family yesterday and it was a joy to encourage him and the church with God’s word. Allison and Clara were wide eyed with the new experience of worshipping God in a different setting than they are used to. It will take some time to find our new “normal.”
Thank you for following and being a part of our journey! We are deeply grateful for all of the ongoing support we have received.
We would appreciate your prayers as we continue forward. Our current requests are as follows:
- To find the right home and vehicle.
- For the girls’ education. We are looking into a private school.
- To have an understanding of the culture and basic way of life here.
- We would love to build strong relationships and connections.
- And for us to be a blessing to those we serve.
Vinaka Vaka Levu! (Thank you very much!)
David, Danielle, Allison, and Clara