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This should have been our second day in Fiji, but our father in haven had other plans for us. We have been able to move our team to April 19th to May 3rd, 2023

Last day in Paradise! 11-4-19

Posted by modayjo on November 4, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Today, we took a boat over to Beachcomber Island Resort, a 30 minute boat ride over turquoise water! This is where we are planning to bring the team in April, for an overnight stay, just like we are doing tonight. We arrived about 10:00 am, and we'll leave about 4:00 pm tomorrow. Our flight leaves tomorrow night around 9:40 pm, and we want to spend some time with our house hosts, Marcos and Kimberley before we leave. We arrived here just in time for morning tea at 10:30, and the buffet lunch was at 1:00. After lunch, we went snorkeling, in a boat to a nearby reef. We saw some beautiful fish (black and white striped, blue, yellow, and green varieties) and got to feed them bread, which was amazing, as they swarmed around us! The meals and the snorkeling are all included. The only thing that is not included are the drinks, so we need to buy them separately, including water. There is also a nice swimming pool on the island. This is the perfect place and time to have our Debrief in April, before we head back home. We are checking out a few rooms that are suitable for that, while we are here. The Debrief will last about an hour, unless there is a lot of sharing. The main reason we are coming here is for some fun, relaxation and Debrief, after working very hard, doing ministry in Natunuku Village! Please go to the homepage of the website, to view a short video about the resort here.

Sunday church & looking at our April residence

Posted by modayjo on November 3, 2019 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
This morning, we hitched a ride on the open-air Marine Reach truck to church! We joined the team from New Zealand who are here on their Outreach, to worship at a C3 Church. The church was similar in style to our church, CCO, and the Associate Pastor preached on LOVE. As always, the people were VERY friendly, as they flash you a smile and say Bula! The church was a primitive building, and I could see the ground beneath the floor boards, but the worship was alive! After church, we went to the house where we will be staying, and took pictures. We were able to get some pics of a bedroom and other areas, although the house is occupied right now. We have posted pics of the kitchen, hallway, a bathroom, porch, meeting room, and the exterior of the house. We will have a Fijian cook, when we come in April. The house is not air conditioned, but there are fans. It might be a good idea to bring your own personal battery-operated fan (with extra batteries), to use in the house and in the village of Natunuku! After that, we walked to the mall for a coffee at Gloria Jeans (an American company), then to McDonalds for lunch! Then we had to come home to pack up our bags. Tomorrow, we are going to a resort to explore it for the team. We will stay overnight there on Monday night, and we fly home on Tuesday! There are pictures of the church and the house, and some cute village boys in the photo gallery!


Posted by modayjo on November 2, 2019 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)
This morning, we took a short boat ride to an island close by, in the hopes of checking it out for our team outing. It turned out to be great, but not an option for our April Team, because the American TV show, SURVIVOR actually films there every year from March through July! If any of you watch the show, the island we went to (Bekana Island), is used as the Ponderosa, the place where the losers go to after they are voted out of the game! The show and CBS restrict anyone from coming onto the island while they are there, as they want it to be secure and confidential. We enjoyed ourselves very much, swimming in the calm waters and having lunch there, too. We thought about it later, that Don possibly had a "Divine Connection", with a woman in the pool. She asked if we were there on holiday (vacation). Then he had the opportunity to share with her about the organization we are working with, called Marine Reach. She seemed interested, because she works for the Ministry of Health here in Fiji. So they ended up exchanging cards, and Don will try to connect her with the base directors, Daeseong and Rowena. Both organizations have a heart to help the Fijian people. Sometimes we think we are going somewhere for one reason, and the Lord has other things in mind! Tomorrow is The Lord's Day, so we are going to church with a team that is here doing their DTS Outreach, from Auckland, NZ. One of the couples is American from Florida and they attend a Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, Florida!

Friday night, 11-01-19

Posted by modayjo on November 1, 2019 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)
This morning was Praise & Worship time at the house where we are staying. Daesoeng and Rowena came over, and Rowena led us in worship, using a guitar. After our worship time, we talked about how smoothly everything went at the Natunuku Village (where we are going in April) yesterday. We really sensed God's favor, in how they welcomed us warmly, and we were able to meet the Chief, which never usually happens! Normally, new people have to meet with the Chief's Messenger. After our meeting, we had Morning Tea, which is every morning and consists of either coffee or tea and some cookies or cake. After lunch today, our hosts drove us to a lovely beach called Natadola Beach, which is famous. It was about 1.5 hours drive each way, just to take a look at a white sand beach. There are not that many of the white sand variety here, and if there are, they are in front of a 5-star resort, like the Hotel Intercontinental! The sunset tonight was unbelievable! I captured a couple of shots, but they do not do them justice! So today was a very nice and restful day. Tomorrow, we are invited over to Daeseong and Rowena's home for dinner. It will be either Filipino or Korean food, we are sure!

Thursday night

Posted by modayjo on October 31, 2019 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)
The visit to the village was amazing! They just happened to be having a village meeting, during the time we were there, and we were invited in to the Community Hall, where they welcomed us. Another surprise is that we were not expecting to meet the chief, but that's what happened! The biggest surprise was that she is a woman chief! Her husband was the chief until he died last year. We brought a gift to her which is expected, especially when we come to the village in April, and do the visiting protocol. It was just a box of 18 candy bars of Skittles and other candies, wrapped up. They welcomed us, and are very happy that we are bringing a medical clinic there in April. Don took a couple of short videos today, and he has posted one of them, which is of our hosts, Rowena and Daeseong Kang. The village is located near the coast, and it is a short walk to the beach. However, this beach is not for swimming and is more for fishing and for their boats to be anchored. Beverly still managed to find a nice shell there! Ha ha! The village is about 1.5 hours from Lautoka, where we will be staying for the rest of our time. There are 88 homes in the village of about 300. We were told that word will spread fast when we come, so that other villages nearby may also come to the clinics! There will be plenty for the non-medical people to do, such as minister door to door, and to the children who are not yet in school and to those after school. We will be sleeping in the community hall on the floor. We will need an air mattress, a sheet, a towel and toiletries and a mosquito net. It might be smart to bring our own toilet paper, too!

Wednesday 10-30-19

Posted by modayjo on October 29, 2019 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Bula to the team! This morning, we had a time of intercession/ prayer at one of their 3 YWAM houses. We had about a 30 minute walk to get there, at 8:30 am. Even in the morning, a walk can get you hot and sweaty! But when we arrived, we had plenty of time to cool down, as the Fijians love to sit and talk! We prayed for our trip in April and for everyone's personal needs, too. After our time of prayer, we had Morning Tea, which was tea, instant coffee and cookies. Then we sat and talked until lunch time, which was rice with a bean/pork gravy over the top, with a side of Kim Chee! The cook was our Korean host, Daesoeng. He is married to our Filipina host, Rowena, who is a dentist: a delightful couple! They will be our April Team hosts, when we come. In the pictures, there is a little girl named Sophia, by the map. She is the daughter of the house hosts, where we are staying. Their names are Kimberley (from Texas) and Marcos (from Brazil). You will get to meet them in April, as well. When we returned to our "home", Marcos made us some delicious papaya/ banana smoothies! There will be Brazillian food for dinner tonight! And tomorrow, Don and I will make them a Mexican meal. So tomorrow is the Big Day...we will be visiting the village where we will go in April! We must wear the Marine Reach uniform, to go to the village. Don will wear the suva and I will wear the scarf sarong, and both of us will wear our new Marine Reach Polo shirts. Everyone on the team will be getting these outfits, when we come in April! This is all for now! We will report on the village tomorrow night. Blessings

Tuesday meeting

Posted by modayjo on October 29, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)
BULA Everyone! Today, the husband and wife directors of Marine Reach came over to where we are staying, to discuss our team budget and to teach us many things about the Fijian way of life! There are so many different customs that are very important to them, and that we need to be aware of. There is a definite protocol that must be adhered to, when we go into the village. This Thursday, we will be going to the same village that we will minister in, when we come in April. We will try to take lots of pictures. We will not be able to meet the chief, but we will meet the Chief's messenger. One thing we learned today is that the "Head" of a Fijian person is NOT to be touched. It is just simply not done, but not exactly sure why! Tomorrow, we will be attending the Intercession time with the base here. It is held at another location at 8:30 am. We met a couple who are from Florida and attend a Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, Florida! We also met a couple who have family in Temecula! Thursday is the village visit, and we are excited to go there! People smile as they pass you with a greeting of "BULA"!

Monday Morning

Posted by modayjo on October 27, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)
We had the BEST night's sleep ever! We managed to stay up all day on Sunday and went to bed about 6:30 pm. We woke up refreshed on Monday morning and pretty much on Fiji time! After breakfast, we headed to worship/devotional time at another YWAM house. There was a DTS Team from New Zealand staying thee, with lots of children, too. We really enjoyed getting to know them, and hearing a familiar worship song in 5 or 6 languages! After the worship time, we met with the Marine Reach Staff of about 7 people, who will be our hosts when we come in April. They seen very organized, and they will make sure that we have a true Fijian experience!

Fiji--Spy out the land!

Posted by modayjo on October 27, 2019 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (4)
The flight was great-- only 10 hours and 45 minutes, and only one plane! That's a plus! We arrived in Fiji at 5:00 am, and we took one picture at the airport. We are staying at one of the base houses, with a sweet couple and their 18 month old daughter. Their names are Marcos (from Brazil) and Kimberley (from Texas) and their daughter Sophia. You will meet them in April, as they will go with us into the village. The WIFI is sketchy, so we need to get a SIM Card on Monday. Go to Photos to see the picture. Blessings to all of you!