30th December, 2011
Today was amazing! After an inspiring message from Bekele Shanko, which rocked everyone in the conference room. (A message which I will blog about later because I’m still kind of digesting everything he shared… so overwhelming) We went to a suburb just outside Indianapolis and had the opportunity to handout food packs to needy families and use that platform to share with them the 4 spiritual laws. It was outreach day and I was pumped. I didn’t really know what to expect and that’s what made it fun really. Knowing that God was going to move no matter what we encountered.
After our briefing and crash course in evangelism 101 – vinaka Mark Brown. Each campus was given directions to a local community church within Indianapolis to assist in outreach. We were so blessed to partner up with the students from Miami University and Tuxedo Park Baptist Church. Continue reading Outreach day: One of the many highlights of the IndyCC
28th December, 2011
The day had finally come, ‘twas a bitter sweet moment though as I was excited about heading up to Indianapolis for Christmas conference but also saddened by the fact that I soon had to bid farewell to the Fausts who had been such wonderful hosts.
The night before, I joined them (and some of Brian’s cousins) at the bowling alley to somewhat celebrate Mrs Faust’s birthday. It was great seeing the whole family have fun. A memorable night, topped off with pizza at LaRosa’s.
And although my stay here in Cincinnati had only been a week I had grown fond of this place and family. So that day after a final visit to Cooper and Ellie, we finished loading up the car and came back in to say goodbye. I did my best to hold back the tears as I thanked Mr and Mrs Faust for their generosity and warm hospitality.
I had been truly blessed here.
I prayed that someday I would get the opportunity to return but until then – farewell Cincinnati.
Thus Brian and I began our journey North toward Indianapolis but not before stopping at Brady and Michelle’s (and Sophie’s) to pick up treats Michelle had prepared for us. Thanks Michelle – you’re the bomb!
It was a rather quiet drive to Indy although Brian and I did have some good conversation. I guess in between our talks and the switching of radio stations I kept trying to imagine what the conference would be like and what to expect.
We picked up Nina from the Indianapolis International Airport who had flown in from California. Nina had been staying with family up in Santa Rosa since her arrival. It was great seeing her but it was obvious she was really cold.
Within a few minutes we were in downtown Indianapolis and navigated to the newly renovated J.W Marriot. We had finally made it to IndyCC!
Praise the Lord!
Merry Christmas everyone.
What a blessing it is to here in America and experience what Christmas is like. There’s been so much going on that I really haven’t been able to set aside time to commit to blogging. Brian has been such a fantastic host taking me to all the places he said he would when we were back in Fiji. Yep, especially the restaurants. I love it!
Thursday was quite rainy here in Cincinnati. It rained for pretty much the rest of the day after we had lunch with James at Chipotle. James is one of the pastors at Brian’s church and he looks after missions. It was great getting to know him and talking about the work Brian’s been doing throughout the year to impact students in Fiji. Continue reading America Trip Journal: Day 4
After a total of an estimated 25 hours of travel and transition I finally reached my destination – Cincinnati, Ohio. Home of the Cincinnati Bengals, Reds and Brian Faust (my good friend and discipler). The Faust family has offered for me to stay with them until the Christmas Conference begins on the 28th of December and they’ve been eagerly anticipating my arrival. We drove in a little after 3am and after a quick bite and a much needed shower I was out like a light.
I awoke at 11am to a really beautiful day, the sun was out. Yahoo! Continue reading America Trip Journal: Day 1
Adonia and I got into America safe and sound yesterday at about noon. It was a smooth flight and transition throughout the whole trip, we touched down in Columbus Ohio at about 12.30am. The stinters: Brian, Kori and Jenny were there to receive and welcome us at the airport. From there Adonia went with the girls and Brian and I drove down to Cincinnati which is about a two and a half hour drive south of Columbus.
It’s been great thus far and we just want to thank you all for your support and prayers. Looking forward to experiencing America and the upcoming IndyCC.
Thanks for all the support and God bless, more updates soon.
sorry for being absent from the blogosphere for a while. I now have only one paper left till I’m done with final school term for the year 2011. I can’t wait for it to be over and done with so that I can fully concentrate on raising support for IndyCC. So far the response has been good but I have to follow-up with people. There is still quite a way to go (financially) as each of us going has to raise FD$6000. So if you feel in your heart that you’d like to help please feel free to send a message so that I can forward you details on how you can do so.
I would also like to share that I have been chosen (alongside my good friend Biu – sick blog here) to attend a two week short film making workshop this December in Melbourne, Australia. This will be facilitated by the Global Short Film Network in partnership with Campus Crusade for Christ (Short Film School website).
I’m super excited! Thank you Student Life Fiji for this great opportunity.
The STINTers returned home last Sunday. Yep, back to the states. It’s been a blessing having them in uni. this year. And for me personally, I could say that I have learnt so much… especially form the guys (Dave, Rob and my discipler Brian). I really miss seeing them around the White Tables but I’m looking forward to visiting them in a few weeks time. Brian’s arranged for me to spend Christmas with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
But… Continue reading Mid-November Update
I can now reveal to you (finally) what I’ve been praying for for the last couple of weeks. Time is short and I’ve only just begun raising support but God has never failed me. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the latest as we gearing up to attend…
Theme: “God is Greater than”
Date: December 28, 2011 – January 1, 2012
Location: JW Marriott, Indianapolis IN
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