Island Night Extravaganza
Since it’s conception YWAM Marine Reach has had a heart to love the nations and the people groups of the Pacific. Over the past 25 years, through God’s favour – we have been able to travel to and minister to thousands of locals in Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu who have in turn blessed us with their beautiful God-given hearts of hospitality, kindness and generosity.
We have really been able to invest whole-heartedly in the discipleship of the Pacific nations and have recently committed to strategically focusing on Vanuatu!
As a part of outreach preparation for the July DTS, we as the Ministry Centre team decided to host an Island night in honour of our commitment to the Islands and our Pacifica staff and to also educate the DTS on what they can look forward to in terms of Island experience and culture. The night consisted of a traditional Fijian Lovo – ground slow-cooked meal including chicken, pork and cassava (root vegetable), as well as Island fruit salad with carnation cream for dessert! Isi – our staff who looks after Grounds and Registrar – and some of the youth from his church began the fire and cooked the meat in the Earth oven for 4 hours. To give the students an authentic experience, the dining room was cleared out and tradition grass woven mats were laid out covering the floor in two separate rows – one for women and one for men. Everyone was invited to wear tradition garments including sulus and Island dresses. (pictures down below)
The highlight of the night was by far the entertainment! Isi and his church family graced us by showing three traditional Island performances including singing and dancing. All in the Tongan native tongue wearing typical attire! All of the dances wove together a story about missionaries who, starting in Tonga, spread the gospel to the Islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and then back to Tonga. The students and staff were incredibly impressed with the display and left the night with a deeper love and knowledge of Island culture!
We are so excited to be able to sow into the nation of Vanuatu through this school, with most of our teams heading to Vanuatu, spreading out among the outer islands including Aneityum, Tanna, Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Tongoa. We plan to further strengthen the relationships with locals and continue to build upon the foundations of the Kingdom of God bringing love and hope to the isolated and unreached.