The Gospel Preached to 450 people of Fiji and Other Islands
From the 27th of November to the 30th, the 1st IT & Christian Camp in Fiji was established.
In this camp, which received direct support from the government, 450 of participants we gathered from Fiji and surrounding islands. Another 150 of the Good News Medical Volunteers also took part.
The servants of God, who received the heart of Pastor Park saying, ‘With the gospel to the last, to the end with the Lord’, began to preach the gospel to the islands in the Oceanic area. Those same people received the heart to prepare for this IT & Christian Camp from God through prayer. At first the camp was prepared within a small scale but God widened the view, and through the government of Fiji, the limits were overcome and the scale could spread to those outside of Fiji. Through this we could see that God was happy about holding this event and therefore began to do great works.
In order to provide for the large number of volunteers and students, the support from the local companies and businesses were vital. However, to receive this support, we needed an official document. God moved the heart of the Prime Minister of Fiji and we received a letter of enthusiastic promotion for this Camp. This was all the grace of God.
Also, the government promoted the recruitment of volunteers through mass media and universities, spreading the news about the IYF Camp to the whole of Fiji. Therefore, 450 students from universities and 85 volunteers were gathered.
With all the participants gathered in one place, at 6:20pm on the evening of the 27th, the Camp began with a ceremonial message from the Minister of Youth. This was followed by a modern dance performance from the short-term missionaries and a video introducing the IYF.
Moving on, a native dance team and local youth choirs brought out a great reaction from the diverse culture of students and gathered their hearts as one.
Among his sermons, Pastor Hyijin Park criticised the hearts that the students may have when they are living in poor conditions. He spoke about the heart of complaining and disdain that he had towards his parents when he was living under difficult circumstances. He also insisted on opening your heart to others first, emphasising the importance of the exchange of the hearts and becoming united. Once you open your heart, you will be able to listen to the words of other people around you and he explained that you will also be able to gain their hearts when approaching them. He hoped that, just as he learnt of the commitment and love of his mother, the students will be able to feel the heart and love of God towards us.
Fijian people have just as much of a pure heart than their beautiful and immaculate environment. We expect a lot from God as we know He will do the great work of salvation in their hearts. When we think of this Camp as not just an IT education but a chapter of the gospel we are hopeful for the seed of the Word to spread out to Fiji and its neighbouring islands.