Voices Raised in Song Cross Barriers “We didn’t realize that they were this good.” “We will have to invite them back here again so that more people can be informed and attend.” These were some of the reactions of the …
New Year celebrations were in full swing in Namoto village in western Fiji. It was after midnight, but loud music was blaring from the radios and groups of people were noisily drinking alcohol. Samu, a powerfully built man in his …
I woke up in the morning of Saturday, October 11, 2009, with a feeling of great delight and cheerfulness for it was the day we Fijians here in the Philippines were going to celebrate Fiji’s independence from Great Britain.
I couldn’t get over the scene — those two tall young Fijian women so friendly, so warm, animated and enthusiastic getting off their bus to greet my friend. They even started singing together some opening bars from a Fijian song they had taught Angelica earlier! All of this was occurring on the main street in the middle of Puerto Saavedra.
Sometimes when we go through an intense period in our lives, it is only afterwards that we can look back and reflect on the meaning of it. I had such a week in Fiji right before I left for my vacation last year.
There were a lot of things going through my mind during those times, and I gained more confidence day by day by building up a vision of what I needed to do and creating a different way of doing things. I kept on learning new things and that is what a missionary’s life is meant to be.
“Give me a good reason why the Canada Fund should finance your facilitation project here in Labasa. And don’t say that it is to facilitate a development project for poor women. That is what everyone says. Give me a unique angle that will convince my boss!”