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June 2004
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Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Fiji

 Fiji Fact File An island group in the South Pacific Ocean, of about 7,000 square miles. Fiji comprises 2 larger mountainous islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) of volcanic origin, as well as 104 smaller inhabited islands and over 200 uninhabited islands.     Climate:Tropical.   Population:About 900,000.   Ethnic groups:Fijians 51%; Indians 44%; Europeans, Chinese and others 5%.   Life expectancy:Men 66 years, women 71 years.   Capital city:Suva (200,000).   Languages:English (official), Fijian and Hindustani.   Literacy:94%.   Economy:Fiji has the most developed of the Pacific island economies. Its natural resources include fish, forestry, minerals and energy – in the shape of (undeveloped)...

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Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji
June 2004
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Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji

Indigenous Fijians have professed Christianity for over 100 years, the gospel having first arrived through Methodist missionaries. But today the Methodist Church in Fiji has departed from its theological moorings and the biblical gospel. In the late 1970s a Baptist church was started in Lautoka, Fiji, with the aim of fresh evangelistic outreach to Fiji’s diverse ethnic communities. The work has progressed since that initiative, and there now exist about 30 Baptist churches. Problems   These Baptist churches are not reformed in theology. Some belong to the Fiji Council of Churches. But among both these and other denominational Protestant churches there are still evangelical Christians,...

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Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage
June 2004
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Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage

The Pacific islanders are well known as seafarers. With their huge canoes they have criss-crossed the Pacific Ocean, travelling from one island kingdom to another. As far back as the sixteenth century, Tongans traded with the Lau group of islands to the east of the Fijian group. This trading led to inter-marriage and a dynastic connection between the king of Tonga and the chief Lau family. In the providence of God, this connection would aid the spread of Christianity in Fiji. Exciting and tragic   The story of Fiji is both exciting and tragic. Nineteenth-century Fiji was steeped in paganism; with inter-tribal warfare, cannibal feasts, and...

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Missionary Spotlight – Fiji update
November 2000
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Missionary Spotlight – Fiji update

During the last two months the homes of ethnic Indians in Fiji have been stoned, looted and burned by thugs. Families have had to flee into the bush at night for their own safety. There is little law and order here.   All this could lead to a civil war if things are not settled soon. In spite of such problems, as missionaries we have to be positive that God is in control. He is sovereign and will continue to add precious souls to his church. New opportunities   Recently we have seen a few new faces in our church on Sunday morning. Most of...

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