Nothing could dampen the spirit and excitement of the Fiji mission team, not even the chaos of having to reach the airport three hours early for a 6.00am flight on a cold Sydney morning!
After months of preparation and prayer, Captain Matthew Moore along with cadets Rong Fu, Rita and Ashley Biermann, Paul Anastasio and Maryanne Lovering began their journey on 9 August to join Corps Officers Toto and Seva Wawa at the Raiwai Corps. The corps is a place where the homeless are embraced, the abused uplifted, where character-building opportunities are provided for youth, and men and women are empowered through the transforming Word of God. What a perfect opportunity for the mission team who have the same heart for the lost and vulnerable!
The two-week mission trip to Fiji was “truly a blessing to each of us,” says Rong. “Though challenging and stretching in many ways, it provided for the perfect opportunities for growth. Each team member engaged and embraced each moment the best they could. It was our honor to serve the people in the squatters, people on the street, men and women in the prisons, and adults, youth and children in the community in Fiji.”
Living in a different culture and encountering people who had limited resources and money, but gave generously and served tirelessly, was a humbling and rewarding experience for the team. Seeing what God is doing in the lives of the people through the prison ministry, hospital visit ministry and community works was incredible. The desire among the adults, youth and children to know and serve God deeply touched and inspired all.
Echoing the sentiment of every person on the team Rong shares, “our experience in Fiji was rewarding. Witnessing people’s lives being changed through the Word of God brings us both much joy and confidence.”
“I pray God will continue to open our eyes to the needs of the world, and the needs of people who we meet and connect with; partnering with God to bring hope and light to the world.”
The cadets from the Messengers of the Gospel 2016-17 session were on the mission trip from 9 - 21 August 2017.