BY: Sione Veituna, Pacific Island Nations National Director
Pastor Kaipati Tekavei (AFCI minister living in Fiji), has been faithfully working this past year with the Methodist Circuit in the Veisari Methodist Community outside Suva. The Veisari Methodist Community is a land settled by descendants of immigrations from Pacific Island nations like Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga and others.
They speak multiple languages along with the local Fijian language and English. At church they read the Bible in all languages spoken by the members. Veisari is one the most diverse communities in Fiji. Although they are very proud of their Christian heritage, broken families and youth problems have been a big issue in these settlements. Kaipati and I have been trying to run workshops to help them realize that the Christ of the Bible surely offers solutions for these life issues.
Kaipati has started a small cell group meeting among the villagers and the leaders have invited Pastor Kaipati to run Bible studies and youth counseling in their community. As the youth experience the transformation that Christ brings, whole communities can be transformed.