We have been invited to preach at several funerals lately, with three just in the last week. Even though we haven’t met most of the people who have passed, the family invites us to come and be a part of their loved one’s service. Most funerals are two to three days long with several relatives and friends traveling far to be there.
A funeral service is a great outreach opportunity and an excellent time to share the Good News with many unbelievers. Some people receive hope in eternal life with Jesus while confronting the hopelessness of physical death. There can be good news at a funeral!
(Written on Mother’s Day)
This past week has been the hardest week for me as a mother. Our little Clara Joy has been sick since the first of May. We made three trips to the doctors in one week. On our third trip we were sent to the hospital because Clara’s illness had developed into pneumonia. She also developed a severe rash from her first course of antibiotics. With possible antibiotic allergies, it was difficult to treat the pneumonia at first. Then she began vomiting. She was so sick and weak that she didn’t talk for two days…just laid there. It was scary and heartbreaking. I wished so badly we were “home.” But…God was here. In the midst of this difficulty, He surrounded us with amazing people–many of whom we met only two months ago. They had our backs completely. They fasted and poured out their hearts in prayer for our girl. They babysat and had lots of fun with Allison. They cooked meals for us, brought us juice, sat with us, cried with us, called every hospital and major pharmacy in the country to find the right meds for our girl, gave me rides to and from the hospital. God’s love was evident and tangible for our family this week. Best of all, Clara’s health drastically improved and she is home tonight. I could not have asked for a better Mother’s Day gift! Thank you to those of you who support and lift our family in prayer. We love and appreciate you! Happy Mother’s Day! 🌺
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
JANUARY 31, 2017
Welcome to our first official monthly newsletter! We have some very exciting news to share with you… WE ARE MOVING TO FIJI in just three weeks! As you can imagine, the past few months have been filled to the brim with the holidays, spending quality time with friends and family, support raising, and downsizing all our possessions. This process has taught us many wonderful life lessons, especially about trusting God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6. These familiar verses have certainly been put into to action and have been resounding in our hearts over this past year. God has marvelously guided us on this path to Fiji and has surrounded us with an amazing team of support! We are in awe of not only God’s generosity, but yours as well. Thank you for being on this journey with us with your prayer and financial support. It is a privilege to serve the Lord with you!
While we wrap up our time here in the United States, we are ironing out some logistics in order to make a smooth transition. We will say our goodbyes and try to enjoy every second we have with our loved ones! It is a bittersweet time for us, but we are anticipating the work that is ahead of us in Fiji.
In December David had the opportunity to go to Fiji with a Pastor from Santa Rosa, CA who has been working with some of the local Fijian pastors with church planting. They have planted nine churches throughout the Fiji islands! David was able to meet the pastors as he traveled across three of the islands. It was an honor to meet them and we are looking forward working with and getting to know them more.
We are looking forward to sending you our next newsletter from Fiji. Newsletters will be sent out monthly, but if you would like to be even more up to date with what we are up to, please check our blog as we will update it more frequently. Make sure to check it out in the weeks to come at gobickleys.com.
Thank you again for all of your love and support! We are praying for each of you.
David, Danielle, Allison, and Clara Bickley
- Our final preparations for moving to a foreign country to go smoothly and without hinderance
- A good transition for Allison and Clara
- Unity and growth among leaders
- We find favor with everyone
- Health and safety
During my December trip to Fiji, I was welcomed into a family’s home for a meal with other stranded motorists while the roads were flooded from a tropical storm. We made new friends and were able to share the gospel and pray with them. One of the stranded motorists surrendered his life to Jesus! Praise the Lord for interrupting our plans with HIS plans!
We are working a video to show more parts of this trip. I am learning how to edit and will share as soon as I can.
Today I am leaving for Fiji for a couple of weeks. I am going to be traveling with Pastor Dan Boyd of Hope Chapel Foursquare Church in Santa Rosa California. Pastor Dan has helped to plant 9 churches in Fiji with Fijian members of his congregation. He will introduce me to the pastors and Churches of which he is associated. We will be traveling to a few different islands in Fiji meeting with pastors, families, and churches. We will also preach at a Pastor’s conference and a few different churches. While we are there, I hope to figure out where we will be living when we move early next year. The goals of this trip are to build relationships, listen and learn, share the word of God, encourage any who need it, and to figure out more of our moving logistics.
Please pray for good health, safety, and for peace.
I will update you via the Blog when I have access to the internet.
It is great to have you partner with us!