Fiji Pastor’s Conference Recap


(Michael Seehusen, Rick Holland, Kim Holland, Kelli Ramey, Ken Ramey, Henry, and Rodney)

Thank you all for your prayers and support of the 2018 Fiji Pastor’s Conference.  This year’s theme was on The Christian Family and it was truly an amazing time seeing God’s hand clearly at work in Fiji and the South Pacific!  The conference was held in the capital city of Suva, Fiji and over 200 pastors, teachers, and church leaders attended to hear what the Bible has to say about the family.  Throughout the sessions we covered topics such as how the family is designed to function, God’s plan for each of us within our own family units, and what to do when the family is not functioning the way it was intended.  This topic is of critical importance to the Fijian people as they begin to address issues within the church such as adultery, abuse, depression, homosexuality, and other threats to the Christian home.


Dr. Nair opened the pastor’s conference with a strong message regarding the authority IMG_5475and sufficiency of the Word of God.  Fiji is currently facing intense social pressures from the outside world to tolerate sin and sinful lifestyles especially within the family unit.  Dr. Nair’s timely message set the stage for Rick and Ken’s teaching to be accepted not as man’s opinion, but as God’s holy and perfect standard clearly communicated in Scripture.

As you get to know Fijians, you will learn that they LOVE music!  One wonderfully memorable moment occurred when Ken Ramey used the illustration of the Christian familyIMG_5370 compared to a choir singing four-part harmony.  When each person (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) sings their assigned part well, the end result is absolutely beautiful!  However, if someone abandons their role and encroaches on another, the song becomes dissonant and full of discord.  In the same way, God has designed the Christian family in a specific way so that the end result would be a beautiful picture of unity that brings glory to God as husbands, wives, and children please the Lord in their God-given role. This truth resonated with those attending and it was such a joy to see the Lord bridging cultures through a shared passion. IMG_5373

This year was also the first annual women’s conference where Kelli Ramey and Kim Holland spent time speaking directly to the Fijian women on their roles and responsibilities within the family.  The stories of the responsiveness and eagerness of the women – even from those living with extremely difficult circumstances – highlighted the need to continue having biblical teaching regularly available to these women who traditionally have fewer opportunities to participate in and learn from the truths of Scripture.

One woman who attended the conference wrote the following note to Lakeside Bible Church to thank them for allowing Ken and Kelli to teach at the conference.

Today was the last day of a 5 days seminar that I had been attending here in Suva, Fiji. I have been so incredibly BLESSED by the lessons imparted, with such real life illustrations by your Dr. Ken Ramey. His personal, and their joint experiences as a couple, that he shared as examples in how I can practically and realistically live out what God had instructed in the Bible has been so encouraging, inspirational. I know now how to put the biblical principles I had always know into action. It was such a huge relief to learn that I had not failed, and that it’s not too late, and just my being there to receive all that I did is proof that God has a purpose for me, and what I had learned have a usefulness. PRAISE the LORD. I am a widow, with 4 children, and a granddaughter. So yes, definitely so BLESSED to have been there

IMG_5436Perhaps, one of the conference highlights for me personally, was watching the Fiji Bible College students engage with Ken and Rick regarding life and ministry.  The students were able to have in depth conversations discussing the challenges and persecutions that comes from standing for sound theology and doctrine, how to communicate truth with love, and ways to maintain personal holiness as a minister of the gospel.  While the students will be returning to ministries that look far different from the American churches we are used to, the issues and hurdles that they face as shepherds of God’s flock remain the same. What a special time it was to see them learning from these seasoned and faithful pastors.

We thank the Lord for you and your prayers!  We are grateful for the generous support from those of you who made this possible!  It is truly a joy to serve the Lord together and we are thankful for God’s provision for the ministry in Fiji!  Our family has about 75% of the monthly support commitments necessary for us to begin full-time ministry in Fiji and we trust the Lord for His perfect timing!

We praise God for what He is doing in Fiji and around the world!

Fiji Ministry Update

The past few months have been a true whirlwind for our family. Shortly after receiving his ACBC Certification, Michael had the opportunity to lead a short term trip to Fiji to work on several exciting projects alongside Fiji Bible College and the Fijian Bible Churches.

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Team members in the front row: Lucas, Michael, Grant, Hannah & Jonathan visiting a local church on Viti Levu, Fiji

Fiji 2017-68This past year, Michael has been working to secure grant funding for resources for Fiji Bible College and was able to purchase numerous resources for the college and local churches. Due to Fiji’s remote location, Bibles and theological resources are difficult and expensive to obtain. On this trip, the team was able to deliver boxes of evangelism Bibles as well as preaching Bibles for the graduates and pastors of Fiji Bible College and the Fijian Bible Churches. In addition, Michael was also able to help equip the college leadership and library with laptop computers loaded with Bible software which allows them access to thousands of Bible resources in a digital format to supplement their current library.

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The team was also able to begin a library assessment project. It is our goal to bring as many theological books and Bibles with us on our shipping container this upcoming spring. With the help of Grant Gates, the team was able to begin to evaluate the current library computer system as well as the current resources the college has for their students so we can ensure that we bring the best material possible to meet the needs of the students and local church pastors.

Fiji 2017-226Michael also had the privilege of preaching at one of the local churches that we will be serving alongside next year. It was such a blessing getting to worship with them and to share God’s Word on the life of Joseph.

We continue to be profoundly grateful that the Lord is allowing us to participate in His work in the South Pacific. It is truly exciting to see all that He is doing through Fiji Bible College and the faithful men who are teaching in the local Bible churches. We are eagerly anticipating this upcoming Spring when we will be able to transition into full-time ministry in Fiji.

We are currently working on sending out our annual newsletter with additional ministry updates of projects we have been working on. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please let us know! You can contact us at with your mailing address.


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Fiji Ministry Update

SeehusenFamily(091118)We have reached 90% of our monthly support, which has allowed us to officially prepare for our big move to Fiji!  Our family will be heading out March 31, 2019.

We praise God for his provision, but know there is still a financial need.  The preparations mean packing the shipping container, as well as visa requirements and arrangements for housing and a vehicle in country.  Those one-time expenses total $28,000.

This year-end, please help our family get to Fiji by contributing to that remaining 10% or giving a gift toward those one-time expenses.

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Ambassadors for Christ International USA
1355 Terrell Mill Road • Building 1462 • Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30067

(If sending a check, write in the memo line: “For the Ministry of Michael Seehusen – Fiji”)

Prayer Request: We will be in Fiji for the next couple weeks to prepare for our move! Please pray that the Lord will help us so that our upcoming transition will run as smoothly as possible!


Please Pray for the 2018 Fijian Pastor’s Conference!


We are in Fiji preparing for the 2018 Fijian Pastor’s Conference! Dr. Nair, Rick Holland, and Ken Ramey will be teaching on The Christian Family. Please pray that those in attendance (about 250-350 pastors and church leaders) will be eternally impacted and that the gospel will be clearly understood and received by any who have yet to repent and believe!

Along with this, a Women’s Conference will take place for the first time. Kim Holland and Kelli Ramey will be teaching the women on The Godly Woman. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for the Fijian women who will be in attendance. Pray that God will do much through this special time!

We thank the Lord for your prayers, encouragement, and support!





Why Biblical Counseling?

Last month, I received the honor of becoming a certified biblical counselor with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). This wonderful, biblical, and God-honoring organization has a three-step certification process: (1) Theological training; (2) Completion of Theological and Practical Exam; and (3) 50 Hours of Biblical Counseling Supervision. MichaelACBCHeathLambert

Although certification is not necessary for counseling and discipleship, there is great benefit to the preparation required and adherence to these standards set for biblical counseling.

As we have been preparing for full-time ministry in Fiji, many of you have asked us why we have a particular passion for and emphasis on biblical counseling. Here are three reasons why biblical counseling will have a central role in our ministry in Fiji:

1. Scripture is Sufficient to Help People in Fiji and the South Pacific:
Scripture is Sufficient for All Things Pertaining to Life and Godliness. We believe in God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring about change through the understanding and application of Scripture. This conviction leads us to study and apply God’s Word to our lives and in the lives of those we will be ministering to in Fiji.  The problems in the South Pacific Islands are great and range from suffering, depression, and suicide; to debauchery, abuse, and sexual immorality. Fijians, like all people, have problems, but the Bible promises it is sufficient to deal with these problems. Counseling is simply the platform for this biblical help.  As Heath Lambert writes, “The wisdom to confront life’s difficulties is most often communicated in conversations our culture refers to as counseling.”  We are eager to help bring Biblical Counseling to Fiji because we are confident that the Word of God has the solution to their problems.

2. We are Called to Make Disciples:
All Christians are called by God to both proclaim the Gospel and to also help others follow Christ. The format of biblical counseling lends itself to fulfill both these directives.  Evangelism often takes place during interactions as problems of the heart are revealed and addressed. Discipleship occurs as we teach others to repent, trust and obey God, and learn to follow Him. Whether this occurs in informal every day conversations or intensive issue specific discipleship, we end up counseling one another in our relationships.

3. The Heart is What Matters:
There is nothing more important than the condition of one’s heart. The heart is the center of our being. The heart contains your thoughts, beliefs, desires, mind, will, and emotions. By emphasizing biblical counseling in our ministry we are aiming to address the root of problems and sin which all stem from issues of the heart. We want pastors to be trained, lay people to be equipped, and churches to be strengthened and prepared to address the heart of those within the church and the world around them.

It is our desire to serve and love the Fijian people by training and equipping them to rely on Scripture, to evangelize and disciple others, and to forsake sin and love the Lord with all of their heart! We are thankful to God for the ministry partners and preparation He has given us so that we may serve them well!

An Answer to Prayer! – BABY #2

This is an Answer to Prayer!

Jordan and I have been praying for another child! After much prayer and discussion, we decided that it would be wise to try to have another child prior to moving to Fiji if the Lord so willed. Fiji is still a developing country and had a recent outbreak of the Zika virus, so being pregnant in Fiji is a legitimate concern. We talked with our doctors and determined it would be wisest to have a child here if possible, since we don’t know when the outbreak will be fully contained and the virus eradicated from the area we will be living in. Baby2

When Will We Move to Fiji?

The baby is due March 1, 2018 and we will move to Fiji as soon as our doctors give the OK. The Lord has blessed us with a world-renowned OBGYN who is familiar with Fiji and has a history of providing medical care for other missionaries who live around the world. Our original move date of December 2017 will now become Spring 2018!

How is Raising Support?

The Lord has graciously provided over 55% of our monthly support! Although my job as Manager of International Outreach at Joni and Friends is keeping me busy regularly traveling around the world, Jordan and I are visiting churches and hope to raise the remaining 45% for our ministry in Fiji.  Please join us in praying that the Lord would continue to bring vital ministry partners and provide the necessary means for us to begin full time ministry in Fiji!

Our Ministry with Fiji has Already Begun!

Jordan and I are so thankful for what the Lord is doing in Fiji!  We praise the Lord for the spread of the gospel throughout the South Pacific and we can not wait to be there in person! The great need for answers to life’s basic and common problems paired with a hunger for truth and desire to know what God says about these fuel our passion for the ministry in Fiji!

We are currently serving and doing the work of the ministry from the United States. Preparations for the 2018 Fiji Pastor’s Conference with Fiji Bible College are already well underway. We are making arrangements and finalizing details for this national Fijian conference scheduled for June. Our topic for this year is The Family, and we are thrilled to have Rick Holland, Ken Ramey, and Soon Yong Tan as the keynote speakers! We are also preparing the first women’s specific portion of this conference, which will be lead by Kim Holland and Kelli Ramey. We know the Fijian community will be incredibly blessed as they hear biblical truth on this vital subject.

In addition to the conference, we are building vital relationships with organizations across the US that will help provide resources and training materials. Through partnerships with several organizations we have received study Bibles, theology books, and biblical counseling resources for Fiji Bible College and we are currently working on securing funding to provide Logos Bible Software programs to the college and church leadership. The cost to obtain these resources and the remote location of Fiji normally makes these resources inaccessible to Fijian pastors, church members and islanders. It is a joy to be serving remotely and we are eager to be with the Fijian people soon!

Answers to Prayer:

(1) Bibles for Fiji – The Lord provided thousands of dollars of Bibles for the ministry in Fiji! I will be delivering these to Fiji Bible College and the Fiji Bible Churches this Fall!

(2) Individual Ministry Partners – Our team of monthly supporters has been growing! This has allowed us to begin to cover our 1 time sending costs, shipping of resources and materials, and 2018 Fiji Pastor’s Conference expenses.

(3) Partnerships with Organizations – It is a tremendous blessing to have like-minded organizations that want to spread the gospel and equip pastors in Fiji! These recent partnerships have led to significant donations of Bibles, training materials, and resources for outreach and evangelism!

(4) Baby #2 – We thank the Lord that, as Taj said (accompanied by exuberant hand motions) when he first hear the heartbeat in the doctor’s office: “The baby’s heart goes BOOM BOOM BOOM!!!”

Please pray with us for the work the Lord is doing in Fiji as we continue to progress through this wonderful journey!



Our 10 Year Wedding (& Fiji) Anniversary!

mj-weddingToday, by God’s grace, we are celebrating our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary!  10 years ago, as we prepared to start a life together, we could never have guessed all the Lord had in store for us.  We had no idea that 10 years later we would be preparing to return to Fiji, not for a honeymoon, but to serve and love the people there with the gospel of God’s grace!

Anticipating that the Lord might be calling us as missionaries, we chose Fiji as our honeymoon destination thinking we were likely to never return. Instead, the Lord was planting seeds a decade ago showing us both the needs and growing in us a mutual love for the people of the Fijian islands.  God’s ways are truly amazing!

As we reflect over the past ten years of life spent together, recounting the blessings and trials, we can so clearly trace the hand of God on our lives, family, and marriage.  We have been incredibly blessed to have been involved in churches, friendships, and family relationships that invested in us and our marriage.  Through all of these, the Lord has equipped us to love and serve others and has shown us the true joy and blessing it is to follow His path for our lives. Through changes in jobs, cities, churches, the addition of Taj, and even a few furry friends, God has been at work each moment of each day.

Today, we are reminded that God is the best steward of His children and we are so grateful for the way He has been at work to fashion us through the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our lives this past decade to bring us to a place that we might be of use to the church in Fiji.  We are beyond excited for the next step in this journey for our family.  We acknowledge that there are so many unknowns and there will likely be moments of uncertainty and of being stretched and fashioned in new ways.  Yet, we know that by looking back on the 10 years we have already been blessed with, God will be at work because He is faithful, good, sovereign, and wise.

10 years ago on our wedding program, we wrote Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations and watch, be utterly astounded, for I am doing a work in your day that you would not believe even if it were told to you.”  Contextually wise, this may seem like an odd verse to pick for a wedding as it comes in the setting of God revealing a less than exciting future for Israel, after the prophet Habakkuk is concerned about necessary spiritual reforms for Israel.  However, what is amazing about this, is that it reveals the nearness of God in uncertain times, the wisdom of God even when we can’t comprehend how things may play out, and the faithfulness of God to work out a plan for His people that will truly be for their good and His glory.  What a privilege we have to serve a God that can do this for His people and what a blessing it is to have a marriage that can have its foundation on a God that is so faithful and wise.  We are truly looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us!

The Joys of the Shepherds’ Conference

2017 has been an eventful year.  With travel to Singapore, Japan, Israel, Jordan, and throughout the United States, time seems to have gone by quickly.  This is one of the reasons why I enjoy looking back at the kindness of the Lord over the years.

What is the Shepherds’ Conference

For over a decade, God has used the Shepherds’ Conference in a unique and special way in my life.  The mission of the Shepherds’ Conference is, “to provide the opportunity for men in church leadership to be challenged in their commitment to biblical ministry and to find encouragement as together we seek to become more effective servants of our chief Shepherd.”  For me personally, it has accomplished that mission and so much more.

Dad2006 Shepherds’ Conference

My wife, Jordan, is the greatest treasure the Lord has given me apart from the gift of salvation!  During the 2006 Shepherds’ Conference, I had a conversation that would change my life.  Jordan and I had initially met about 5 months earlier and it had become apparent that we were going to be friends for a very long time (or a lifetime, in my assessment).  Jordan’s father just so happened to be serving as a volunteer at the Shepherds’ Conference and this was where I asked him for permission to pursue a relationship with Jordan.  The conversation went well!  This June, Jordan and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary!

2015 Shepherds’ Conference

After multiple visits to Fiji, Jordan and I had developed a SC Premendspecific love for the people in the South Pacific.  In 2015, the Lord provided the means for Dr. Narayan Nair and Premend Choy to attend the Shepherds’ Conference.  During this wonderful time, God guided the conversation with these godly men to establish Jordan and my direction to begin to prepare to serve alongside them as missionaries in Fiji!

SC Bryan2016 Shepherds’ Conference

As many of you know, some of the greatest joys at the Shepherds’ Conference occur in seemingly chance meetings with strangers.  A friend of mine saw Jordan and Taj visiting during lunch and decided to introduce me to his friend who is the Director of International Outreach at Joni and Friends.  After spending over an hour talking about biblical counseling and international ministry, the Lord presented me with a new ministry opportunity.  A couple weeks later, I became the new International Church Relations Manager for Joni and Friends where I am currently working as we prepare for Fiji!

2017 Shepherds’ Conference

This year’s Shepherds’ Conference brought so many dear friends together from all over the world!  It was incredible to spend time with my brothers-in-law, outlaws (what we affectionately call extended-extended family), our church family, former classmates, and past/current/& future ministry partners.  In addition to sweet fellowship, the Lord provided additional supporters to come alongside us financially, so we are now at 50% of our monthly need to begin our ministry in Fiji!

These highlights provide just a glimpse of the joy experienced within the context of the Shepherds’ Conference.  It is a wonderful thing to have this reminder of God’s kindness, while looking back at His innumerable blessings and continued faithfulness!

A New Year, A Season of Change

If the Lord wills, this is the beginning of our last year in California before we move to Fiji to become missionaries.  Although we are only one month into 2017, much change has already occurred as we continue down the road to Fiji.

Goodbye to Our Dog Willow
According to our Fijian friends, Willow had the potential to be the first dog of her kind to set foot on the beautiful Fijian islands.  However, through much prayer willowand advice from our respected veterinarian, we decided that Willow would be much happier living a California life than being a missionary pup.  The parents of our dear friends Eric and Esther Lan were willing to become Willow’s new family and this past weekend the Lan family  welcomed Willow into their home.  She is already being spoiled rotten and besides Taj walking around saying her name, it seems like he has not noticed that his favorite snuggling companion is not around anymore.

A New Place to Live
In December, we said goodbye to PAC Properties where we had worked as apartment managers for over 7 years.  We are so thankful for the blessing it was to our family and for the friendships we made.  With this transition we also left our apartment that was our home through so many pivotal years from Michael starting seminary to bringing our son Taj home from the hospital when he was born.

The Lord blessed us with the opportunity to move closer to friends and family and we moved up to Castaic just before the holidays.  Our friends Ryan and Amanda Hobbiebrunken bought a home right across from the Tyson’s (Michael’s sister and her family) and have graciously offered to let us rent a couple rooms of their home as we prepare for this last season stateside.  Michael’s parents were a huge help with our move and drove a moving truck with the bulk of our things back to their home in Texas to eventually be loaded on the shipping container bound for Fiji.

While this has been a big change for our family, we have been enjoying being closer to church, friends and family, and Taj is loving playing with baby Sophie Hobbiebrunken and his cousins across the street!

A Right Hand Drive Jeep
In December, the Lord also blessed us tremendously with a right hand drive Jeep!  We are required to own any vehicle we bring to Fiji for at least 1 year before shipping and it was a huge answer to prayer to find a rural mail truck on the East coast that met the Fijian import requirements!

This season has become one of great transition for our family with both exciting movement toward Fiji and the start of sad goodbyes, but we see the kindness of the Lord each and every day.  We are constantly reminded that we are simply stewards, temporarily borrowing what the Lord gives us.  We praise God for His perfect provision in each and every season!


Praise and Thanksgiving


As I was preparing my heart for this year’s Thanksgiving Day celebration I came across this wonderful devotional from the book The Valley of Vision  entitled “Praise and Thanksgiving.” I am so thankful for you and hope this will encourage you and direct your heart toward our great LORD! We praise God for who He is, what He has done, and the joy we have in knowing we will one day see Him in all His glory!



Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee
in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.
I love thee above the powers of language
to express,
for what thou art to thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time
and eternity.