Fiji February 20, 2014

Yesterday I was able to have lunch with two of the men TUtP has been partnering with from 2003, the very beginning of our work in Fiji. I hadn’t seen Pastor Reggie for about 2 years since our outreach activity over that period has been in western Fiji and he lives on the other side of the island. It was great to catch up with what each of us has been doing and to plan for our August outreach. I gave the Mikita table saw motor to John for his electrician to fix it so we can get the table saw back in action at our Lomawai center. They need to make about 30 bee boxes before our arrival next August just to meet our own needs.

Cuvu, Ratu Osea’s daughter was able to get all of the biographical data and take photos of 20 students at Lomawai center. She will e mail that data to the students at Azusa Pacific University with whom we are working. The Lomawai students will be partnered with APU students in a pen pal relationship for long distance mentoring and encouragement. This is just the pilot project. We hope to link more than 200 students together in long-term discipling relationships.

After the dinner meeting, I met with Seniloli, a very talented woman who is widely respected in Fiji as a premier artisan. We visited with a number of crafts people she works with to determine what items I will buy and take back with me to APU for fund raising for the APU students who will join TUtP during our outreach next August.

Pastor Reggie picked me up at the hotel around 7:30 p.m. and together with his wife, we drove to the home of some church members who were facing some very challenging situations and had asked for encouragement and prayer. It was like old times being together with him and visiting and ministering to God’s hurting kids In past years we made several such visits together. We ate a very late evening meal with this family and had a great time of discussion and prayer together. Made some new friends. PTL!

I managed to reach the Permanent Secretary for Social Services, a good friend who heads the GIFT doctor’s ministry here in Fiji. This afternoon I will meet for lunch with him, the Permanent Secretary of Health and other GIFT board members. God is arranging to have everyone available at just the right time. This is a real answer to prayer.
Then I need to arrange for my ferry ride to Vanua Levu Island and my air ticket back to Nadi for next week.

So appreciate the prayers of those who love what the Lord is doing here in Fiji.