In the aftermath of COVID-19 restrictions in Fiji, a recent report from Fiji Mission president Luke Narabe pointed out that outreach and small-group evangelism is back in full swing. Listed below are four successful ministries and what they are doing.
Peria Seventh-day Adventist Church
Peria church at Flagstaff has run a two-week evangelistic series as part of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission’s (TPUM) July harvest effort. Conducted by TPUM’s ministerial association secretary and global mission coordinator Ronald Stone, the programs aim to educate attendees about health and wellness.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m., guests are treated to a massage, hot and cold therapy, and charcoal treatment, then enjoy a healthy meal before the sermon starts at 7:00 p.m. The church uses World Changer Bible study guides in follow-up small groups to nurture and strengthen new members. A baptism service is planned for the end of the year.
Pacific Tertiary Evangelistic Centre (PTEC)
The PTEC began a new evangelistic series at the beginning of August with meetings conducted by TPUM youth ministry director Charlie Jimmy. The one-week program required attendees to bring a friend each night and featured Bible studies led by young people and a dedicated elder in each group.
These small groups have now transitioned to become Sabbath School classes. Most of the new members are students at the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University.
Nabua Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Kecisemani Sabbath School, a branch of Nabua church, has become popular in the community. Located at the Navasa settlement just outside Bayview Heights, church members hosted an evangelistic series. They connected with the community through cleaning, weeding, and clearing walkways and drains that had been blocked for years.
The settlement is without electricity, and Navasa residents were grateful when the young people contributed to the purchase of a rechargeable speaker and lamps to light the meeting venues at night. The young people played videos of Samu Koro’s series on Hope Channel each night.
Wainadoi English Seventh-day Adventist Church
Young people from the Wainadoi church recently visited the community of Vunisoco, where families, mostly made up of subsistence farmers and fishermen, were affected during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Having packed stationery for more than 20 primary and high school students and food packs for 12 families, the young people delivered their gifts, shared thoughts from the Bible, and prayed with the recipients.
This initiative was part of Wainadoi youth’s target to reach all families in Vunisoco in 2020. The Saturday (Sabbath) following the outreach, more than 20 children from the community attended church at Wainadoi.