I'm now on my way to Fiji, sitting in my little seat several kilometers above the ground. Tomorrow morning I'll see our Haerenga Interns for the first time since they left NZ a few months ago. They are excited to see me as well - and I got a call early yesterday morning just making sure everything was in order for my visit... and to make sure I hadn't forgotten to bring them chocolate!
On Wednesday we'll spend the day filming footage for a new Haerenga promotional video. We'll also be documenting their experience as they take me on a tour of the village that has become there home over the past number of weeks. After that we'll spend a couple of days doing a mid-way debrief, processing their journey in Fiji thus far.
On Friday we'll be joined by a team of year 13 students from Middleton Grange School. We as NZCMS are assisting them with an Encounter Team short-term mission trip. I'm joining the team as the "mission consultant" (a nice title I think!) and for good measure we thought our Interns could join as well. We'll spend almost two weeks visiting churches, schools, orphanages as well as spending time meeting people on the streets and in the markets. These students are about to be leaving school, facing the great big world for themselves. What an amazing bridge into adulthood - a time of discovering the world and serving other people.
Here's a little message from Manaia, one of the team:
In the September school holidays a group of fourteen, year thirteen students from Middleton Grange School in Christchurch will be travelling over to Fiji for two weeks on a short-term missions trip. For many of us, this will be our first time on a missions trip. We will begin in Sigatoka, where will be connecting with the community through the church, schools and a hospital. After Sigtoka, we will travel up to Nadi and Lautoka, where again we will be immersed in the rich Fijian culture and actively involved in community life. This journey has the potential to be a life changing experience, so we ask for your earnest prayers for our safety and that God will use us to impact the people we encounter on this trip. We also ask that you continue to pray for the nation of Fiji, that God will continue to heal its people and bless its churches.
Please be praying for me and the team over the next few weeks. I'll be doing my best to write the occasional blog post - so long as the internet will allow me!
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