The Lord is continuously working His perfect will in our path to Fiji! An unexpected delay in receiving my work permit with the Fiji Immigration office has opened the door to spend some time with Jordan’s parents in Japan. This is a sweet blessing as Taj and Tori get to spend some time with their grandma and grandpa before we arrive on the mission field! Please pray that the immigration process will go smoothly and everything will be ready for us to arrive in Fiji on June 5!
This Sunday, April 28, we will be saying goodbye to our dear friends at our home church Placerita Bible Church in Santa Clarita, California. For the past 5 years, we have worshiped the Lord, served the body of Christ, reached out to the community, and enjoyed sweet fellowship with this wonderful church! Jordan, Taj, Tori, and I will be around after each service. If you are in the area it would be an absolute joy to see you before we leave for Fiji!
It was a whirlwind leaving California. We celebrated Tori’s 1st birthday, said goodbye to family, friends and sweet neighbors we have come to love and appreciate so very much, and packed up our home. When we look back on the past years the Lord has given us during this time of preparation, we will always remember them as some of the sweetest times for all of us. They have been years filled with friendships, love, beauty, excitement and fruitful ministry and we are deeply thankful for them.
We had a wonderful time saying goodbye to Joni! She is such a blessing and gave tremendous encouragement to Jordan and our family in the midst of such a big move and life transition.
Packing the Shipping Container
We are continually reminded that man makes his plans, but the Lord directs his steps! Extremely dangerous fires in the Houston area delayed our shipping container and pushed back our plans for loading. On human terms, this seemed like a significant setback, but God brought the right help at the perfect time and we were able to load and lock the container!
This has been a continual season of saying goodbye. It was such a joy to see Tori loving time with Grandma Anderson (who is 103 years old!). Tori’s eyes would light up and she would wave excitedly every time her great-grandmother would enter the room. We are currently enjoying time with some of Jordan’s family and saying goodbye in the Dallas area.
The department of immigration in Fiji has been working on our work permit and requested additional documentation, so we are still trusting the Lord with every aspect of our move to Fiji! We are currently scheduled to fly out of Los Angeles to Fiji on April 28, but are confident in the plans that God has established. Please pray that each and every aspect of this process will strengthen our trust in the Lord and bring glory to Him as He continues to provide!
Our Fiji Planning Trip:
We had an eventful November and December that included trips to Egypt, Uganda, Singapore, Malaysia, and our planning trip to Fiji! It was a great opportunity to make preparations for our upcoming move as we evaluated housing, immigration procedures, travel plans, and every day life issues such as grocery shopping and medical care. The Lord provided many helpful meetings and gave us a better understanding of what it will look like to live in Fiji!
Transition from Joni and Friends:
The last three years have been some of the sweetest and most wonderful of our lives! A significant reason for this is the joy that it has been to be a part of the ministry of Joni and Friends. God has taught me so much through this season and we are looking forward to continuing the friendships and partnerships formed as we head to the South Pacific!
Moving to Fiji:
On March 15, we will be taking our moving truck from California to Texas to be loaded onto a shipping container out of Houston. Many of our dear ministry supporters have provided books and resources that will be a tremendous blessing to the ministry in Fiji. We are progressing through the immigration process and will arrive in Fiji once they give us the official green light, which will likely be within the next several weeks!
The Lord has been graciously providing for our ministry needs! God has provided ministry partners that are giving financially so that we can move to and serve in Fiji. A significant number of these are individuals, which means monthly support fluctuates as personal budgets and circumstances change. If you have a desire to become a monthly supporter (or give a one-time gift), we would love for you to be a part of this ministry!
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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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!
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 and 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 family 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.
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
Perhaps, 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!
We praise God for what He is doing in Fiji and around the world!
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!
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.
This 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.
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.
Michael 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 email@example.com with your mailing address.
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.
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!
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.
Current Ministry in Fiji
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) Ministry Partners – Our team of monthly supporters has been growing! This has allowed us to begin to cover many resources 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!