Meeting Old Friends

I forgot to mention in my last post that we were unable to complete the delivery of the two wheelchairs to individuals on the island of Waya LeiLei because the wheelchair mission had not included the 8 seats in the shipment that we had transported to the landing for us to take over to the island. We thought everything was there because there was a very large carton that easily could have contained the chairs. That’s what the person who picked them up in Suva thought as well. I’ve already contacted the necessary individuals and they will send the missing seats down to Lautoka this week. The pastor we were working with will transport them to the island, assemble them and get them delivered. A bit of a disappointment in that we will not be present, but only a slight delay for those who have been waiting years for these wheelchairs.

The couple that was with our team, Mike and Amy, were not scheduled to leave Fiji until tonight. They came a day later than everyone else due to a prior commitment and decided to stay an extra day to have some time alone on the beach. I gave them the second local phone I bought so the team could maintain contact when we were in separate villages during the outreach. Mike called this morning before I left Nadi town for Suva to say that Amy got food poisoning and was sick during the night. I delayed my trip up to Suva and arranged transport for them to the hotel where Paramount Chief Osea and I were staying until after the rest of the team flew out last night. Ratu Osea and I were able to begin our debrief in Nadi as easily as doing it here in Suva. We had a lot to discuss regarding this outreach and plans for next December. By the time Mike and Amy arrived, Amy was already feeling much better. They should be on the homebound plane in just a few more hours.

I’ve already arranged for some meetings tomorrow with partners here in Suva. It will be a very busy day, but it will be good to meet with friends again. These are individuals who have worked with us in Fiji from the very beginning in 2003.