they challenged me to stand out from the crowd, and to be a true vibrant Christian, a vessel for God
PSFC Fiji has started a blog – what a great way to encourage, to inspire, to equip, to engage others! The two main posts so far express very different sides of being part of PSFC. One speaks of rekindling the fire – of love for God coming alive again at a camp. The other shows someone who is on fire with ideas about how God relates to the current political scene in Fiji.
Yet you can’t have the second without the first – without a burning fire of love for God, engaging the world is shallow and ultimately pointless.
The blogger from the camp wrote ‘The hunger for God was intense, and God met his dear children! God is stirring and refreshing the relationship and fellowship he wants from his dear beloved children.’
Sainimere Tadrau attended and told us how her ‘first love’ for God was rekindled for a purpose. ‘The camp made students like me realise that God still loved me even when I had failed Him completely at the start of the year.
‘Some time after the camp, God gave me a vision to get involved with World Evangelistic of Christ Ministry Fiji. For me, this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for God bringing me to the camp where he provided the right environment to prepare me.’
Board member Niumaia Karavaki, who also attended the camp, reflected in his blog post on Fiji Day, 42 years of independence and the recent move within his country to formulate a new constitution. He is asking some tough questions: What is it that makes the foundation of a nation? Is it landscape, wealth, culture, religion, people? Who decides what constitutes the foundation of a nation? What is the role of PSFC and students in setting this foundation?
You might ask if the camp helped prepare PSFC students for such a role. It is a huge step from the sheltered existence of a student, from what can sometimes be an insular Christian environment, to being an ambassador for God’s kingdom after university. But listen to what Kesa Funaki said after the camp:
‘They challenged me to stand out from the crowd, and to be a true vibrant Christian, a vessel for God… I learned that we still go through trials and heart-wrenching experiences… but we have the maker of the universe right by our side, who lets us go through these things to build our character and our testimonies, and who is always waiting for us, ready to forgive us and to strengthen us – the one who has prepared for us a future that our mortal minds can’t imagine or comprehend!’
Are these students ready to take their place as leaders in politics, economics, business, the church? Are we ready? In one sense we are never ready for the future that God has laid out for us – we are weak and sinful, we have not always lived our lives wisely in preparation. But if like them we have a hunger for God, if we are willing to be burn brightly for him, by God’s grace we shall all light fires that no one can put out.