STUDENT LED CAMPAIGN
Nadi Fiji, 10 to 15 of September, 2019
Students and Staff met at the school at 10:00 Tuesday morning to pray together and make final arrangements for a motorcade to Nadi, a 4 hour drive along the Coral Coast. After a leisurely drive, five vehicles arrived at the church building in Nadi around 5:00 PM. The upper floor of the church building is a three bedroom apartment, complete with bathroom and kitchen facilities. The men occupied one bedroom and the living room. The ladies took the two bedrooms in the back for privacy.
We had eight students, five staff, and a member from Raiwaqa in our team. Our purpose was three fold: 1st, to encourage the local congregation, 2nd, to establish new contacts in the community, and 3rd, to restore wayward members. To accomplish these goals:
JOINT DEVOTIONALS IN THE EVENINGS: These were conducted by our students with our team and the members of the Nadi church of Christ Tuesday through Thursday. Emosi spoke Tuesday night. On Wednesday and Thursday we divided into two groups. The women had a devotional upstairs led by two of our lady students, Moira and Nancy (1st year students). Those leading the men’s devotionals were Asher and Alphonsus (2nd year students). We had 30 in attendance on Wednesday and 35 on Thursday.
DOOR KNOCKING CAMPAIGN IN THE DAYTIME: In the day time we divided into three teams. Two teams were sent out into surrounding communities to pass out tracts and invite the community to a workshop on the family that would be conducted Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. The third team, led by Jone Qoro, the local preacher, visited wayward members to seek to encourage them to come back to the church. We were able to make contact in over 500 homes and pass out over 2,000 tracts.
WORKSHOP ON THE FAMILY:
Friday evening, our workshop was kicked off with a lesson by Etika, one of our second year students, entitled "The Home in the the Mind of God". We had 41 in attendance with several visitors from the community. The theme of the workshop was, "Building Stronger Families through Faith."
Saturdays’ schedule was: (we had 47 in attendance)
10:00 AM – "The Christian Home" (Colossians 3:18-21) – Kitione (2nd year student)
11:00 AM – Split Session (Ephesians 5:22-31)
Men: "The Christian Husband / Father"
Samuela (2nd year student)
Women: "The Christian Wife / Mother" – Jacinta (1st year student)
2:00 PM – "How to Raise Godly Children" (Psalms 127:3-4; Ephesias 6:1-4) – Jason (instructor)
3:00 PM – "The Household of God" (Ephesians 2:13-22) – Emosi (instructor)
Sundays’ schedule was: (we had 45 in attendance)
10:00 AM – Bible Class: "Man's Problem With Sin" (Isaiah 59:1-2; 1 John 3:4-8) – Rocco (instructor)
11:00 AM – God's Answer: "How To Contact the Blood of Christ" (John 3:16-21; Romans 6:3-11) – Jason (instructor)
The campaign went very well. The church in Nadi has been struggling. The last time I visited this congregation before the campaign, there were only 9 in attendance. To see the level of interest in this effort was very encouraging for both the students and the congregation. Members who had not been to church in a while were present at the services. We also had visitors from the community there as well. The workers were able to make several contacts that need to be followed up on. We have plans to assist with follow up on the weekend of 5 and 6 of October.
Please remember the Nadi Church of Christ in your prayers!