MALACHI KIDS IS NOW IN THE FIJI ISLANDS!
The first local church to utilize GCN’s Malachi Kids ministry platform in the country of Fiji is up and running. Listen to the story as told by Albertina, the children’s leader:
Last week my sister and I purchased new pots, spoons and cooking gas, as well as grocery shopping on Monday for the opening day on Wednesday. We were truly blessed to be a part of this new ministry. The children were picked up from school by the transport that has been arranged for them. They were waiting eagerly for the pick-up. When the children arrived, we all introduced ourselves to the children and gave them an opportunity to introduce themselves and say a bit about themselves.
The Pastor of the church, Pastor Semi Lutu shared a brief message (dedication) and prayer as a few ladies with my sister, have taken this on as part of their ladies group. I shared the story of Creation from the Malachi Kids curriculum with the children and then the ladies served the children a healthy meal of “Chicken Chopsuey with rice, a drink of cocoa and because it was the first time we celebrated a little with ice cream and balloons for the children. Seven of the children come from non-Christian background (6 muslim, & 1 Hindu) and the others come from Christian families. They were all very excited and listened so intently to the Bible Story. When the meal was served they ate heartily, I was actually surprised that they ate all their food as the servings were quite large. Nothing was left on their plates.
"I was so blessed, I went home feeling so encouraged, I even got a hug from one of the girls. God is Good!"
Next week we will continue our series of Bible Stories from the Malachi Kids curriculum called “God’s Big Story”.
Thank you again for your part in all of this,
p.s. I have attached photos and will continue to send more news in the coming weeks.
The South Pacific statistics are as follows:
This region includes the Oceania countries. Oceania includes the islands of the central and South Pacific. The countries of this region include Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Based on the latest United Nations estimates, Australia’s current population is nearly 25 million with the populous being about 0.33% of the total world population. Urban dwellers comprise 90% of this region. The median age in Australia is 37.5 years.
New Zealand has a population of almost 5 million with 86% of the population living in its urban areas. The median age of New Zealand is 37.4 years.
The population of Fiji is 884,88, as reported by The Fiji Bureau of Statistics.
They released their 2017 Census January, 2018. Urban dwellers make up almost 55% of the populous. The median age in Fiji is 27.8 years.
In this region, the other countries’ populations vary from 650,000 down to as low as 55,000.
There are approximately 29 languages spoken in the Pacific Rim. English is the official language for most of the regions except for a couple where French is spoken.
It is important to note that each tribal group speaks their own language, even though English is the official language.
Religion as declared in Australia on its census of 2016 is as follows:Christianity (52%), Islam (3%), Buddhism (2%), Hinduism (2%), Other religions (2%), Not stated or unclear (9%), and No religion (30%).
Even though New Zealand’s 2018 census was taken, it will not be ready until 2019. The data used for major religions is from the 2013 Census and is as follows: Christianity (48%), Islam (1%), Buddhism (1%), Hinduism (2%), Other religions (2%), Undeclared (4%) and No religion (42%). This information will be updated when they release the new 2018 Census for this country.
Christianity is the dominant religion in Fiji and is practiced by 64% of the country’s population. Hinduism is the second major religion in this region and is practiced by 28% of the populous. Islam in Fiji was introduced primarily by Muslim indentured workers brought to the islands of Fiji from India by the latter part of the 19th century. Today, Muslims constitute a little over 6% percent of Fiji’s population. A special note is that Fiji also has its own Muslim League that advocates for the rights of the country’s Muslim community, promotes Islamic education, and also actively participates in politics.
The other twelve countries of the this region also have high percentages of those who are Christians. Most of these countries have 85% up to 97% Christian believers.
Global Children’s Network Involvement:
We have partnered with one church in the Fiji Islands, and thus far, they are discipling 15 children. Fiji has two master trainers and 5 trained leaders.
We are planning exciting progress in the South Pacific region. Come join us as doors are opening all over this region to GCN’s unique emphasis on the church-parent partnership and the way we spiritually activate parents in the home. We need you, and we hope we can assist you in anyway to begin partnering with us!
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