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Dear Friends,

I first want to say a huge thank you to everyone that came out to Fiji this month. We hosted more visitors this month than I think we have in the last 3 years combined. What the! So awesome... 

Everyone had such amazing attitudes and hearts that were ready to serve. I loved seeing your eyes light up when you saw the beauty here; and you also kept a strong spirit and great attitude when we experienced adversity and discomfort —  it’s not easy working hard in the heat, dealing with mosquitos, foreign food, language barrier, sun burns, and pretty much never getting any alone time.  Ever adversity was faced with humility and love and I think we can all say we experienced the Spirit of God on the move, changing us, and blessing others.
 

I’m so proud of my two interns, Matthew Houser (17 yrs) and Hudson Zwahlen (21 yrs) who led the groups with such servant hearts and maturity. They did everything I asked of them and kept everyone jamming. Love you dudes!
 

 I love how, as a collective group, we represented the name of Jesus and the way we positively reflected who “Americans” are at a time when there is a significant amount of negative media going throughout the world about the US. Especially with the widespread use of Facebook in Fiji now.

Villagers don’t exactly get the best representation of Americans from social media… and with that said, the groups that came transformed the way Fijians think of Christian Americans. I saw wide eyes and speechless responses when we came and served, got in the mud, stirred cement, washed dishes, and ate everything they do. Fijians love to see us enjoy their food. It’s hard to say, but many fijians have never seen a white person wash a plate or sweep a floor before. I love pulling down this divide down... this type of "racism" where, I'm sad to say, Fijians often see white people as "above them". 

 

Thank you Teams! Once again, I'm so proud of this ministry and everyone involved!

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School of Discipleship

February 28th - March 8th

The first crew came February 28th. Thirteen men and women from a Uncharted School of Discipleship in Utah. We spent the first two days serving single mothers and widows in the village. We got to mix up some cement and do a little bit of construction pouring a new floor for two homes where single mothers were living in the dirt. 

 

Projects in the village are always a blast because so many people come to help. Then when all the kids come home from school its time to go wild, swimming in the river, playing volley ball, and joking around after a hard days work. Those days were demanding but so fun.

 

The group got to experiencing church in the village. It lasts a few hours of singing, worship, traditional dancing and action songs, then a big feast afterward. 

We finished the trip by taking some “hygiene kits” and gifts up to a village in the highlands of Fiji. Up in the mountains is a cave where entire villages used to hide during the tribal wars. We got to explore one cave where you actually have to crawl on your belly for a stretch to enter, then inside it opens our to huge rooms, with a river flowing through the darkness, steps carved into the side of the wall, and to exit its a fairly exposed traverse carved into the wall of the cave toward a small opening of light. 

In the cave we talked about the power of truth, represented as light, and how Jesus “way” and life is “the light of the world.” Darkness is pretty scary and heavy when you are trying to navigate a dangerous cave. Light is essential. It was so powerful to symbolically experience and feel the power of “light”. This was a great experience and the whole team made it through, even those who really faced fears of claustrophobia and going into the darkness. Powerful day.
Above is a bag of hygiene kits (tooth care, anti-bacterial, washing, etc) and some games and toys that we donated to the church family in the village. They were pretty pumped on it.
Above- one of the team members, Ben, decided to commit the rest of his life to pursuing truth and being a vessel of love. It was a powerful moment as he was baptised in the river around around Fijian brothers. It doesn't matter what nation we are from or what language we speak or whatever, there is such a powerful bond between people who share the common commitment to following God and learning how to let his love flow through us. Super special day.
good byes are always bitter sweet.

RUGBY 
DISCIPLESHIP CAMP


The team left and a group of young men from the village came up and we hosted a Rugby camp for a few days. We would wake up at 5am to pray, then go train on the field, come back for breakfast, Bible study, train, eat, Bible study, relax tell jokes, drink some tea, and sleep. It was an awesome time with the dudes. They went far in the rugby tournament that weekend, I think all the way to the quarter finals. 
~ one of the mornings when we woke up and Matthew led us into a scripture. My man Chew is only 17 but can bring the word and lead grown men to connect with God. Makes me so proud to see him stepping out and using his gifts.
~ Coach John

Fijian Pastoral Training

Multnomah University 

March 18th - 26th
Dr. Jay Held with his 5 students ready to roll.

After we wrapped things up with the Rugby Team, a group from Multnomah University came out for a week. Doctor Jay Held, lead us in two pastoral trainings that week on how to “enter the world of the scripture” and connect it to the “world of the audience”. Study tools were practiced and this really transformed the mindset of every pastor we talked too. We are trying to help equip the leaders with the skills to root their messages in what the Bible is actually trying to say, instead of reading in our own ideas. This process is extremely difficult and ever pastor struggles with this, but when we struggle through it together its so fun to see the new discoveries, power, and truth, of what Jesus actually said. 

 

Every pastor I talked to was incredibly impacted by the classes and were hungry for more. 

 

This trip was a lot different than the Uncharted Crew. First because we spent most of the time in the City and working in the classroom with the Fijian pastors. The multnomah students helped lead discussions, ask questions, and really stretched past their own personal discomforts to serve the Fijian people. I was so proud of these guys and I think we had a good time joking around and having fun through the whole process.

 

On their last day, each student got the opportunity to share a scripture and message in a Fijian church. They embraced the challenge and spoke words of truth while weaving in their own life experience. Very honest, authentic, and hope inspiring messages. 

 

Again, thank you to everyone who came out. I consider each of you as a dear friend now that we have “sweated it out in Fiji”. I hope everyone went home tired, exhausted, but with full hearts and really feeling good about the service you did. So amazing to see our young people charging and really desiring a strong relationship with their creator. So Stoked!

The men who attended our 3 day pastoral training in Suva.
Nathan, who is a 17 year old freshman at Multnomah (yeah he is a beast) getting behind the mic and sharing a few words to the Village leaders.
After every session the pastors would flock around jay and pepper him with questions until late in the day. It's amazing how hungry and excited the Fijian men were to grasp these preaching tools. 
During the session, David who is in the Pastoral Program at Multnomah, is working with one pastor in 1 Peter. We were practicing observation and going "into the world of the text" to understand what the author originally meant. This tool helps us not read our own cultural messages into the text. This was a tough process but all the MU students did so good helping the pastors wrestle through the language barrier and stretch their studying capacity. 
Bailey sharing her testimony and preaching a strong word about trusting God during the trials in our lives.
Corey and bailey serving with the Fijian ladies during lunch at the pastoral training.

Thank You!

We couldn’t do these trips without the families, churches, friends, and even strangers who contributed financially. Your investment was sown into the ground and I know that the work done in march will result in eternal fruit that “moth nor rust” can ever touch. Serving communities and impacting lives for the kingdom of God is a team effort and our donors are legendary for stepping in and sacrificing that part of a mission. Thank you!

 

I’ll actually be returning to the States this week to do some ministry in Utah, gear up for more mission trips in June, and attend my little brothers Wedding. 

 

Thank you again to my personal supporters who make it possible for me to use my time and energy to pour into the youth of this generation and cross cultural mission work. I love each of you.

 

Seth Coleman. 

 

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