Pacific Nations are in a critical place. Poverty, addictions, and violence is on the rise. However, the answer is in the gospel!
Light the Nations is about meeting the practical needs as well as spiritual needs. God is still in the miracle working business.
Over 7 million Islanders live in poverty by Global Standards.
1 in 9 Fijians have a life altering disability. 1 in 40 have autism.
Use of hard drugs in Pacific Nations has increased 27%.
Many Fijians are struggling in villages living on Crackers. The issues related to COVID19 have only made things worse leaving 1 in 2 Fijians in poverty. The ministry for poverty alleviation is mainly focused in urban areas. However, rural poverty remains a serious issue for tens of thousands of Fijians.
The results of poverty overflow into addictions and violence. Claims of crimes against others have seen a major increase since 2020. However, the root of this is believed to be poverty.
Fijians in poverty
women report violence
Increase in Drug use
Light the Nations seeks to respond to this by serving the poor a healthy meal that is culturally relevant. The initial goal is to serve in five villages a week and grow it organically.
Light the Nations believes in the indigenous Church. Congregations are strongest when led by local nationals. The role of the missionary is to strengthen the churches, not compete with them. The focus of Light the Nations is John 17:19-23: Churches growing in truth and glory unto unity.
Churches are strengthened through training on hearing the voice of God, growing in missional living, praying for the sick and operating in the fullness of the spiritual gifts in partnership with Holy Spirit.
One of the most effective tools to reaching the lost is still doing gospel crusades or gospel festivals. Having an event that is in a central area where people who don’t normally come to church to hear the gospel, receive power and give their lives to Jesus still works.
The vision is to hold 10 crusades across Fiji in key cities or towns that last 4 nights proclaiming Jesus as Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Baptizer of the Holy Spirit. We will work with local Pentecostal or Charismatic churches to follow up.