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January.

Friends and Family,


In 2013 I took a step of faith to serve alongside a group of native Fijian Pastors. Now looking back, I see the hand of God in the way a Mission Family was raised up and is now making a tangible and real difference in the lives of the Fijian people.

And the doors are continuing to open. I'm so excited to share a growing and impactful vision for 2016, as well share with you a few thoughts from my brotha Dawson Taylor as he sacrficed four months to come and walk at my side and serve in the village.

Thank you for sharing in this ministry with us as we continue to walk by faith, slowly, step by step.


Sincerely Stoked,

           Seth and the Mission Fiji Family

"Trapped in Fiji."

By Dawson Taylor

Island paradise.  Coveted vacation spot.  Fun in the sun.  These were some of the images in my mind when I decided to come out here last fall.  “It’ll be awesome,” I thought, “four months with my best friend in the most beautiful place on earth.”  Man I was in for a rude awakening.

 

Those of you who have been out here to visit Seth in the village know exactly what I’m talking about.  And for those of you who haven’t yet made it out here, my aim is not to discourage you but rather to paint a realistic picture of what Fiji is like.

 

Social media and resort advertising display a land that looks nothing short of a slice of heaven.  However, as in most cases, there is what we see on our phone/computer screens and there’s reality.  My first days here were like pulling back the curtain and glimpsing the life underneath the facade of western tourism.

 

Fiji is very much a “third world” or “developing” nation.  The local villages consist of hundreds of people living squished together in what can only be described as abject poverty.  Most residences consist of one or two rooms strewn together in tin sheets or wooden huts with grass roofs.  And like the valley of ashes in Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, the villages often serve as a dumping ground for the waste and excess of the resort’s pleasures.     

 

Bathrooms are often shared between multiple households and the kitchens are separate from the main living quarters. In many homes there are no beds and entire families sleep sprawled out on the floor, lying on nothing but a weaved matt.  “Comfort” as most Americans know and experience it simply does not exist here in Fiji.

 

My first day Seth told me what has come to mark my time here: “Being a missionary means becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.”  That is to say, “uncomfortable is the norm.”  Add to all that unparalleled heat/humidity, sleeping on the floor, swarming bugs and mosquitos, always feeling dirty, language barriers, handwashing laundry, unfamiliar foods and bacteria, no personal privacy, crowded bus rides, no activities and entertainment to pass the time, and completely new cultural practices and you begin to glimpse into my Fiji experience.  

 

Heck, even the beautiful white sandy beaches are virtually non-existent. The coastline where we live is covered by mangroves or, in small patches, rocky beaches with broken up sharp coral from the reef.  My day dreams of running into the waves with a surfboard were not to be.  

 

All that said though, God has a way of using the hard things of life to transform us more into the image of his son Jesus.  Being a missionary is to be like Him who left paradise and came down to this tortured earth to assume the position of a servant.  Paul calls all believers to imitate this humility, going from positions of power and security to weakness and suffering (Phil 2:1-11).  In the earthly way of looking at things this may seem like foolishness until we enlarge our perspective and see our eternal place at the side of the exalted King in glory.

 

The classic words of Jim Elliot ring true in my life now more than ever: “he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”  Like the apostle Paul I feel as though in the past few months “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Phil 4:11).”  I may not be comfortable but I am learning everyday to be content.

 

All and all I’m incredibly grateful for my time here.  It’s been challenging and stretching no doubt, but I would never have grown so much any other way.  I’m so thankful for everyone that has made this possible for me: my supporters and friends back home, my family, my local churches in Corvallis: “The Branch” and “Calvary Chapel,” the beautiful people of Fiji who received me with big smiles and open arms, all the men and women on the “Mission Fiji” team who work so hard to make this happen, and most of all, my best friend and college roommate Seth who believed in me, trusted me, supported me, pushed me beyond myself, allowed me to come alongside him, and put up with me during these trying times for myself.  To all you guys: I couldn’t have done it without you.  I love you.  And I’m proud to call myself your teammate as we charge after Jesus to “make disciples in all nations”

 

Soli Deo Gloria,

 

Dawson.

 
Tala tala "pastor" Dawson.
Dawson and the dudes.
Dawson the local celebrity.
Escape to the movies:)
Bible teaching in a Fijian household.
Really enjoyed our "Study Sessions" together.

Mission Fiji

Vision 2016

Duavata
School of Discipleship


I briefly mentioned in a previous Newsletter how the chief in our village felt led to give us about 8 acres of land a mile down the coast from the village because he believes God is here to bless the people through us. 

I'm excited to share with you that it has formed into a reality and we built our first Fijian Bure Hut on the top of the hill. And a vision for a Discipleship Community on the Hill is being birthed.


"Duavata"

  • This is the Fijian Word that describes the "unity" that Jesus prays about for his followers in John 17. The aim is to grow into the "same unity with God, and each other" that Jesus himself has with God and "his bride."
 
  • This will be Discipleship Community that intentionally seeks to grow in our ability to love one another, love God, and practice living out the teachings of Jesus in our lives.

The location is amazing because it is overlooking the Village Elementary School, next to a local Church, and very present in the community of two villages. Oh yeah... and it is ridiculously beautiful. What a place God is giving us to serve this nation!

Discipleship School Vision.

  • Native Pastoral Training/ Ministry Training
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Bible Study Courses
  • Music Classes
  • Short Term Mission Teams.
  • Native Village Service Projects/ Cultural Exploration.
  • Mission Base
  • After School Program for Youth.
  • Local Farming and Fishing.
 
There are so many cool ways we can serve the community and creatively steward this land as we work "make disciples of all nations."  

Vision Casting.

 

I will be returning for a Visit to the U.S in March to meet with our Mission Fiji Board of Directors to plan and discuss the new opportunity and fundraising possibilities as we seek to carry out this vision.


 
(left to Right)

Local Mission Fiji Leaders: Pastor Dan, Our lead Construction Forman Mika, James. 

These boys are the future. Love these guys.

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Prayer.

 

"And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety." 

 

2 Corinthians 1:11


 

 


1. Favor with the Village.


- Pray that God would give us favor with the Community Leaders.

- The Families would experience the presence of Jesus as we live among them. 

- We will continue to have favor and a good relationship with the Chief. 
 


2. Pray for the Missionaries.


- Pray that God will keep us from temptation, and deliver us from evil as we live in the village. (Matthew 6:13, 2 Timothy 5:11-12)

- Anoint our lips to preach and teach the Word of God and the Good News of the Gospel. (Acts 1:8)

- We would take on more of the mind of Christ and His character. (Philippians 2:5) 

- God will grow us in our prayer life and reliance upon him. 

 

3. Duavata School of Discipleship.


- Pray for vision and understanding as we pursue creating a Discipleship Community on the hill.

- Pray for a leadership team to raise up, both local and foreign so that we can carry out this vision.

- Confirmation from God if we are to do our first Pastoral Training in September.
 

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."


1 John 3:16
 

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