23rd February 2012 by Narelle Unicomb
Narelle Unicomb tells MORE about the challenging three weeks the youth mission team spent in Nadi, Fiji from 5-24 February.
From the moment we touched down at Nadi Airport we felt like we were meeting members of our family that we didn’t even know we had. The welcome from day one was so warm and friendly – we felt like we fitted right in.
It wasn’t long after we got there that the blessing war began. Every time our team set out to bless the corps and community of Nadi, we felt like we were blessed way more by them, it was a battle of blessings that nobody won.
We spent our days scrubbing, prepping, and then painting the multi-purpose hall and kitchen at the church. We found out it was also a kindergarten so we were able to paint the alphabet, numbers and shapes around the room. There was also a council park behind the church that we were able to give a new, bright coat of paint. It would have been priceless to see the kids’ faces when they returned to school this year.
But our time in Fiji was about more than hard work. It was a time for our team to focus in on God and be blown away with how he can speak to them and how he can use them. Personal Devotions every day, team times and opportunities to testify, preach and minister to kids gave the team opportunities to realise when God is beside them, they are more than capable.
It was inspiring to see these young guns take up the challenges they were presented with, challenges that grew their character and maturity. Many walked away from the trip with clarity of where they would be heading in the next few years and ready to take up challenges that God will ask of them.
An impacting moment for our team was when we heard about the stories of some of the people we worked alongside and how significant sponsorship could be for them. To be able to receive an education can open up so many opportunities for children inFiji. Not all families in Fiji can afford to send their kids to school. When we learnt that sponsoring a child for $25 a month ensures that a kid gets food and an education, we were blown away. $25 for most of us is easily wasted but can mean the world to one of these kids.
If you would like to sponsor a child in Fiji visit the SAID website for further information.