Groundwork is being laid for future ministry.
by Viliame Saqusaqu
On November 27, 2013, Matthew Farley and I traveled to my homeland of Fiji, and we were there till January 14, 2014. Although Christians make up 64.5% of Fiji’s population, only 3.9% is Seventh-day Adventist, and the remaining 35.5% of the population is not Christian.1 So missionary work needs to be done in Fiji.
On the island of Kadavu, we conducted classes on conversion and righteousness by faith for the Adventist church members. Then we ran a nine-night evangelistic series, presenting talks based on the Three Angels’ Messages. Before each talk, we delivered a 15-minute health lecture. It amazed us to see the Holy Spirit at work in peoples’ lives.
One night, I met a young man who had been struggling with planting Kava—a plant used to make alcoholic drinks. He told me, “After hearing the messages, I was convicted that now is the time for me to forsake what I’ve been doing and to follow the Lord’s will.”
Five non-Adventists who had never heard the Three Angels’ Messages faithfully attended the meetings. The last night, we appealed to the attendees to stand up if they accepted what they heard as the truth and wanted to learn more. All five stood up, desiring to receive Bible studies.
During the day, we often visited villages, offering free blood pressure checks, glucose level tests, and counseling on how to live a healthy lifestyle. We even entered the village of Kavala, where all the villagers are Methodist, and don’t allow other faiths or denominations to enter and spread their beliefs. But because we explained to the chief that we were doing medical missionary work, he gave us permission!
We began our work with the chief and his family, and then we went to the rest of the villagers. It was wonderful to witness medical ministry being the opening wedge for us to take the gospel to the people. Now we are planning to run an evangelistic series right in that village in the near future.
In Rakiraki, we held a five-day camp meeting, covering topics like conversion and righteousness by faith, and how to study the Bible. Then in Suva City, Fiji’s capital, and on the island of Vanua Levu, we held revival meetings for the Adventist churches. We spoke on individual preparation for the end-times and the importance of seeking God’s righteousness.
We also spent time doing personal evangelism. While traveling in a boat from one of the Yasawa islands to another, I conversed with a young man. We ended up talking about prophecy, and he asked what my opinion is on combining church and state. I did not tell him my own opinion, but what the Bible and history have to say. Then I gave him Amazing Facts’ latest DVD—The Bride, the Beast, and Babylon. The young man accepted and appreciated the gift.
Matthew shares the two things that impacted him the most on this mission trip: “God showed me that missionary work is your entire life. Whether you’re in a grocery store, in a restaurant, on a bus, on a plane, or wherever you are—witness, and just share, and don’t be ashamed to share Jesus.
“The Lord also taught me that the greatest mission field is your own heart. I came to know myself more through this mission trip. I got to search my heart and to see myself for who I really am. The closer we draw to Christ, the more we see ourselves for who we are.”
I also learned that there are always souls to reach and opportunities to give the gospel to anyone who has not heard what we believe. And from all those little witnessing opportunities, God can use us to change peoples’ lives for good and prepare them for the heavenly kingdom.
Finally, I would like to thank all the donors who supported our Fiji mission trip. Through your sacrifice, we were able to reach many people, and only eternity will reveal the results.
1 The World Factbook, www.cia.gov