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IGNITED
Scripture Union of Fiji

APRIL-MAY 2010

The Biblical Counseling Workshop held on Monday March 1st (a public holiday) organized jointly by Scripture Union of Fiji and the Networks of Christian Educators went very well. One participant, a teacher, came from as far as Nadi. We would like to thank Master Joji Tabua, the Manager of AoG Primary School, for kindly providing the venue at no charge. We also thank those who provided morning teas and lunch. The next workshop looking at Counseling of Young People in Primary and High Schools is planned for the school holidays in May. Those wishing to attend should contact sufiji@connect.com.fj or joeveramu@yahoo.com or through his facebook.

Trusting in the Lord Just as David Did
We serve a mighty God Jehovah and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Just as the Lord protected David from the lion and bear and helped him defeat Goliath, the Lord can help us overcome obstacles and problems if we will only trust him. In your own lives as students, volunteers, parents and adults we can succeed at what we do if trust in the risen Lord in every aspect of our lives. 1st Samuel: 17:32- 37 “Don’t worry about a thing,”David told Saul. “I’ll fight this

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Philistine!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!” But David persisted, “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamp from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God. “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the Lion and paw of the bear will deliver me from the hands of the Philistines.”

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men and women in SU Fiji. All these three volunteer staff had been part of the visitation team for the past two weeks. Going through some personal problems? Remember David did the impossible by beating Goliath as the Lord was with him. I am just a worker in a low paying job. He directly disobeyed God in taking a census of his people. Often we do not seem to learn from our mistakes or the consequences of it. Giant Killer. Anything and everything can be a possible instrument for God. PSFC. 1st Samuel: 17: 37 “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the Lion and paw of the bear will deliver me from the hands of the Phillistines. Give your lives to the Lord in Building Up the Body of Christ. His confessions were from the heart and his repentance was real/genuine. I am just a housewife. In return God never held back from David either his forgiveness or the consequences of his action. workplaces. They are: Mr. your schools. ordinary things around us to accomplish his tasks in the world. Thank God! Mr & Mrs Nasilisili lent their vehicle (4 wheel – DK 615) for our use on 17th Feb as we visited Nausori & Rewa. the Lord would like to anoint and use especially the young 2 IGNITED I April 2010 VOLUNTEER STAFF We are blessed with 3 volunteer staff who have joined us this year. schools etc please pause now and offer up a prayer to God. We believe that school visitation is a vital component of school ministry and therefore must not be missed. Many heartfelt thanks to them for this great help. Like David. We take this opportunity to acknowledge their kind support towards SU ministry. We will continue with our visitations next week and hoping to see more schools added to our list when Term 1 ends. Seveci. Veramu and his team of donors for donating funds that helps us (4 people) in visiting schools these two weeks. Don’t be timid.” David more than anyone else had an unchanging belief in the faithful and forgiving nature of God.” The Lord will protect you from harm and will help you overcome difficult situations. “But I am just a primary student. He did not deal decisively with the sins of his children. We have witnessed in the past camps and other activities the low turnout of teachers and I would blame the inconsistency of our school visits. workplaces. Yes David sinned but he was quick to confess his sins. Salote Nawalowalo) supported by many other school heads during our visit in these two weeks. David as Role Model: David (Role Model): Shepherd. he did not sin repeatedly.A second lesson we learn from this story is that God often uses the simple. all praises & glory be to God for His Love and protection over us in these last two weeks of . your time. But alongside that list stands another: David committed adultery with Bathesheba. What do you have that God can use? A pen. He believed with all his heart in the Lord.” The good news is that God wants to use you. your churches. piece of paper. He learned from his mistakes because he accepted the suffering they brought. a high school student or a school drop out. That was the comment made by ACS Principal (Mrs. workplaces etc to do his work. it is possible for God. Poet. churches. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Miss Amelia Vesikula will look after Nadi / Lautoka based in Nadi. It is important only that they be dedicated to him for his use. Nasilisili who will work with Te based in Suva. The Lord would like to use young people and adults in his work in spreading the Good News and in the Great Commission in Scripture Union. difficulty in your school work etc? Remember nothing is impossible. David never took God’s forgiveness lightly or his blessing for granted. Don’t hold back. playing grounds etc. Mr Inia Nasoi who will work with Luisa based in Suva. Bathsheba’s husband.) Inia is an SPMTC student attached to SU for 1 year. Above all. Another big difference between David and us is that while he sinned greatly. David used small smooth stones to kill Goliath. We also thank School Principals and Head Teachers for allowing us in to be part of their school program and are also convinced that without God they can do nothing. The third lesson that we can learn is that no matter how difficult or impossible it is for people. Yet in spite of David’s failures God still refers to David in Acts 13:22 as “a man after my own heart for he will do everything that I want him to. David experienced the joy of forgiveness even when he had to suffer the consequences. Do you have a drug problem. You can overcome problems: You can overcome impossible odds and resist temptation through complete trust in the Lord. SU SCHOOL MINISTRY REPORT: VISITATIONS FOR FEBRUARY (by Te Niurua) Praise the Lord! We have started visiting schools yet again these last two (2) weeks and have seen open doors from both primary (10 schools) and secondary (15 schools) with some of these schools having started SUIS already (LBSS & GHS). King. Ancestor of Jesus: in short one of the greatest men in the Old Testament. He arranged the murder of Uriah. Those who would like to serve SU Fiji better or their mission field in churches. a few cents in your pocket. schools. The Lord is with us and can help us to overcome obstacles in our lives.

But my youth group has affirmed and encouraged me to step out in faith and strengthen my mission field so I can extend God’s Kingdom. Deputy Editor: Iva Teilai. The office is located at Suite A16.com. he said patiently appreciating that because of the age difference there can be a huge gap in mindsets between ‘babyboomers’ and the Y generation. New Moon? No.Suva.” Josh also shared one of his favourite Bible verses with Ignited Readers. I am no longer shy.com. MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR We encourage all volunteers and readers of Ignited to send us letters.like Jonah Lomu or was it inspired by the Taylor Lautner character in Twilight. he had to develop a bigger solid physique to be able to handle the tough and rough world of full body contact. how do you handle temptations? As a young person. These can be sent to jveramu@connect. say drugs. He likes the Butt Street youth group “because we encourage each other and it builds up our faith in GOD. Was he always big like this?….au Editor: Joseph Veramu. He attended Suva Grammar School. testimonies.” Readers who might want to make contact with Josh can link up to him through facebook.” Josh says he loves being a SUIS Volunteers “because it gives me the courage to talk and also helps me to organize things and be responsible. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. my first question was how he developed the huge muscles and biceps. Being a volunteer has helped me to be confident and assertive for the Lord. Josh is currently studying for a Certificate in Sports Science at the Fiji National University. Keverieli Tavainavesi Josh. how do you handle. most of the time. When you are tempted. I used to be withdrawn in the past. And God is faithful. His hobbies are playing the guitar. he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. Correspondences to the newsletter can be sent to jveramu@connect.fj or joeveramu@yahoo. “If someone offers me drugs or wants to come on to me.com.” Josh says that he “spends much of his free time reading the Bible and praying everyday because reading the Word and praying is very powerful. I turn away from the temptation and trust in the Lord to help me deal with it.fj Phone: 3383322. But apart from that. Losalini Tabakei. reports etc. girls etc?” I asked. stories. Raiwaqa. your works are wonderful.com 3 IGNITED I April 2010 . The postal address is Box 1278. bebo and grounded. Since he took up rugby league as a sport.Profile: Josh Umu: Sportsman for God When I first met Josh. Psalm 139:14 (NIV) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. we spend inside the youth hall and not out there in the lost world. watching movies and singing worship songs. Kadavu lad attends Butt Street Church. none of this. Grantham Plaza. The Ravitaki. FIJI. Graphic Desiger: Saimoni Reporter: Laisani Vuibau.” He quoted 1st Corinthians 10:13 “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. If a girl approaches me for a ‘relationship’ I decline because the Bible states that sex is meant only for holy marriage.fj or ivateilai@yahoo.” IGNITED: Newsletter of the Scripture Union in Fiji Official correspondences and communications to Scripture Union Fiji must be sent to sufiji@connect. Josh plays for the Police Sharks and has represented Fiji in the Under 19 team.com. I know that full well. I won’t do drugs because they lead to mental problems and it’s not good.

The Speaker. After the prayer session. . The program began at 8am with Sing a Long followed by Praise and Worship which was led by the Nausori ANCF Music Team. The SUIS Rally committee faced a few challenges but indeed “The Battle is not ours but The Lord’s”. Indeed all were surprised that Vashist Muni College from Navua had attended the rally for the first time in history. There were also ice breakers which included a specific one where students sat not with their schools but with those from other schools. Our young brother is just in awe of how God is using him to encourage people around the world and the encouragement he is getting from great men and women of God like Dr Waugh and people like your good selves. The prayer points included the nation’s affairs ranging from the government to the people of the nation. Central Division.. without Him this rally would have been impossible. therefore in the end all GLORY AND HONOUR be His and His only. Chairman and Dr Veramu. He is inspired and blessed by the article and Lario's faith. who has faithfully provided for this rally.Praise God Sitiveni Kalou Editor’s Note If you wish to contact Lario. Fine Ditoka.First Term SUIS Rally By Vilimaina Cindy Waqanokonoko grounded or ning. While students participated in the prayer sessions. the teachers from the schools had a meeting with Sitiveni Kalou. Mrs. Geoff Waugh has published Lario Kalounivale’s story (which appeared in Ignited Feb issue) on his facebook page. bebo. I have also received numerous positive feedback over the last week on the February issue of IGNITED and especially the article on Lario. the program ended with a prayer and teachers. the volunteers from the School Working Group. Salote Nawalowalo gave a welcoming speech which was then followed by an item from the ladies of ACS.Letters to the Editor: Young Fiji Firebrand Lario Kalounivale Letter 1: Dear Mr. After lunch. The Speaker was Mrs. Students were put into groups according to their birth months and the groups were led by the SWG volunteers in prayer. we were brought back into the hall for an afternoon program. the Music team from Nausori ANCF and teachers and students from schools around the Central Division from Navua to Tailevu. Fine Ditoka talked about PRAYER where there was a great need to pray. Waugh's email and visited his page on FB. The theme for the rally was A LIGHT THROUGH THE TUNNEL. May 1 at 9:30pm Where: VODAFONE ARENA ALL WELCOME 4 IGNITED I April 2010 On the 23rd of March the first term rally for the Central Division was held at Adi Cakobau School. The rally was attended by the SUIS committee. Pastor Dr. NEWS IN BRIEF Event: YOUTH-NITED 2010 What: Rally Start Time: Saturday. This included items presented by each school and presentations from the Friends Rally Committee of the AoG Church and the Youth-Nited Committee. Best wishes: Romulo Nayacalevu Letter 2: Bula vinaka Mr Nayacalevu and Dr Veramu I have had a chat with Lario and he has also read Pst Dr. The host school’s Principal Mrs. volunteers and all present at the rally said their goodbyes and made their way home. May 1 at 6:00pm End Time: Saturday. we all hosted to lunch by the ladies of ACS. check hum out on facebook. After a day of fellowship and excitement. indeed as they say all good things come to an end. Indeed we serve a Great God. students.