Population: 850,000 (2012)
Official languages: Fijian, English, Fiji Hindi
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Pacific Students for Christ (PSFC)
Many cultures have joined the native Fijians on this Pacific island over the years, and Fiji is now a multi-cultural society – with the two largest people groups being iTaukei (indigenous Fijians) and Indo-Fijian (those of Indian descent). Fiji held democratic elections in September 2014 according to a new constitution. This is the first time such elections have been held in many years.
- PSFC has main groups in the two major universities, and is seeking to establish groups in a handful of tertiary institutions
- 3 full-time staff, 4 volunteer graduates
- largest student group: about 100 members
- smallest group: about 5 members
PSFC is setting up a consistent student leadership model across all its campuses so that the student groups have the necessary clarity and freedom to exercise godly leadership, well supported by staff.
The movement’s vision, ‘Students Reaching and Equipping Students so that they might be mature in Christ’, is taken from Colossians 1:28. This vision is being communicated, embraced and applied across the student groups in their various contexts.
For the first time in many years, 2013 saw the appointment of a dedicated full-time theologically trained campus staff worker. PSFC is excited about the work that has begun under this new staff member – and looks forward to the growth God might grant.
View from the inside
Ateca Rabukawaqa is the Administrator of PSFC. She says, ‘I love students and want them to have a relationship with God. The excitement is in seeing generations of students knowing God personally and desiring to tell others about him. Their lives change radically, and not only that, their families get saved as well and the impact of their changed lives then changes others.’
Colossians 1:28 inspires Ateca’s vision and ministry: ‘He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.’
- for the training, teaching and equipping of students – that it might reap a harvest of Christians faithful to God for a lifetime;
- for the establishment of student-led Bible study groups as the heartbeat of the student ministry;
- for more workers for the plentiful harvest;
- for the establishment of PSFC in the Solomon Islands, under the leadership of the graduates.