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October 2011 Mission Trip to Fiji

2011 Fiji Mission Trip

In October 2011 Pastor Michael and Fijian Lay Leader Lepani Verebasaga went to Fiji on a connectional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip to Fiji with Bishop Brown and 24 others from our California-Nevada Conference.

Below you will find photos and video that Pastor Michael took during the trip. He also blogged during the trip. You can read his blog here

The mission trip documentarian, Christoper Klein, also wrote a blog with lot's of good stuff, including more pics. Read it here.

A note from Pastor Michael

The Bishop's Delegation to the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma was a connectional mission trip. We were immersed in Fijian discipleship, culture, history, and current events. We met with Fijians at every level of the Methodist Church; from the President (an equivalent to our Bishop Brown) to the laypeople and children. We visited urban cathedral sanctuaries, villages churches that were little more than a tin roof on uprights, and every kind of church in between. We were received by the Head Office staff of the Methodist Church, the President of Fiji, the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister of Fiji, dignitaries from other denominations, and even had time for a briefing at the US Embassy. We come home having preached in local churches, listened to local stories, and seen many mission needs. Bishop Brown and the officers of the Fijian Methodist Church are committed to a bi-lateral agreement to be crafted which will describe and facilitate shared ministry between the people called Methodist in Fiji and the people of the Cal/Nev Annual Conference. We were refreshed in the Spirit, even as we were exhausted in the flesh. The radical hospitality of the Fijian people will tide us over until we are able to return, hopefully as soon as next year.

Vinaka Vaka Levu,

Thank you again for the privilege of representing the Fijian Language Fellowship of the First UMC of Palo Alto on this journey.

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October 2011 Fiji Mission Trip Photo Memories - Fiji Mission Trip

Day 1: October 15, 2011. Arrival in Nadi, Fiji


A big smile from Bishop Brown in Nadi International Airport


Bishop and Mrs Brown are welcomed


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Pastor Michael's Fiji Photo Album

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Lelean School Assemby and Choir

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Meke at Raiwai, Fiji (Video)

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Centennary Methodist Church Choir, Fiji (Video)

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Receiving the Tabua at Centennary Methodist Church, Fiji (Video)

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