We are HERE!

Bula!

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

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8 thoughts on “We are HERE!

  1. Oh yay! So happy to see a post today updating us on your first few days and even happier to hear that you are all feeling welcomed. Love all the pictures of your smiling faces. Holding you all in prayer and sending love and hugs!

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  2. Dani and David, thank you so much for the pictures and glad you are settling in. Tell the girls that it is raining all week with mixed in snow. I am jealous of your beach time. Love you guys, so glad we can communicate this way.

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  3. David and family, Read your up date. So happy it seems to be going smoothly for you. I keep you in my prayers. Dennis Hammer

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  4. Everyday I miss having Allison and Clara on my School Bus, but I am so excited for all of you to be having this amazing experience! The other day, on the bus, the kids and I were talking about all the different kinds of fruit Fiji could have. Do the girls have a new favorite fruit? I’d love to tell the rest of the kids.
    Many Blessings,
    Sarah the School Bus Driver 😊

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    1. Hi Sarah! I apologize for the long delay in getting back to you! The girls really miss you all too. It’s different going to a new school–it’s close enough to walk! They have been eating a lot of pineapples and papayas! Pineapples are almost out of season so we are enjoying them while we can. The bananas are much sweeter as well, but we have to eat them quickly before they go bad! Thanks for checking in with us! Please feel free to email us if you wish: gobickleys@gmail.com

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