Church Planter among Urdu speakers – Fiji
Serve as part of a pioneer church-planting team, reaching the Urdu-speaking community here from Indian heritage. Many opportunities exist for evangelists, disciplers and mentors for believers from a Muslim background in a small fellowship.
Share your faith among the largely Urdu or Hindi speaking population, or assist the small team of local leaders with the fledgling fellowship. Patiently build long-term loving relationships with these South Asian communities in Fiji. Explore further pioneering opportunities as they emerge.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You are already a competent speaker of Hindi or Urdu, or willing to give time to acquire the langauge and culture. You are committed to sacrificially live out your faith with action, in order to break down the many barriers and prejudices they may have to coming to faith in Christ.
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Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.
Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The majority of Fiji's islands were formed through volcanic activity.
The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 898,760. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji's principal cruise port. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi or Lautoka.
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources. Fiji's main industries are tourism and sugar exports.
The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperatures in the cool season still average 22 °C (72 °F). Nice!
The population of Fiji is mostly made up of native Fijians, who are Melanesians (54.3%), although many also have Polynesian ancestry, and Indo-Fijians (38.1%), descendants of Indian contract labourers brought to the islands by the British colonial powers in the 19th century.
The concept of family and community is of great importance to Fijian culture. Within the indigenous communities many members of the extended family will adopt particular titles and roles of direct guardians. Kinship is determined through a child's lineage to a particular spiritual leader, so that a clan is based on traditional customary ties as opposed to actual biological links.
Rugby Union is the most-popular team sport played in Fiji.
[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about these beautiful islands here.]
Fiji has 33 people groups and one of these is considered unreached with the good news of the gospel.
The largest religion is Christianity at 63% and of these, 24% profess to be evangelical. The next largest religions are: Hindu at 29%, and Islam at 5%.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for:
Unity among Indigenous Fijians and Indian-Fijians.
The challenges of social problems: broken homes, alcoholism
The challenges of political problems: there have four coups in 20 years
Church leadership training
[Source: Operation World, 2010 print edition]
You can also pray using Operation World’s online resources.
WEC in Fiji and the Pacific Islands
We are seeking to reach various immigrant communities with the Gospel. We pray them into the Kingdom through God’s grace and gather them into groups of believers in Christ. We are also mobilizing for cross-cultural missionary work around the world.
We have great opportunities for service in evangelism, Bible teaching and practical work such as building projects. We currently need:
• an experienced English-speaking missions mobiliser
• Chinese church planters and disciplers
• English-speaking youth workers and lecturers
• Hindi evangelists and Bible teachers
• workers for immigrant groups
Join us. Fiji and the Pacific Islands needs you!