Fiji mission a massive success
A GROUP of 16 Whitsunday Christian College students and two staff members had the experience of a lifetime during their eight-day mission trip to Fiji in June.
They spent most of their time at the Nasivikoso Village, about a three hour bus journey from Nadi.
Senior phase co-ordinator James van Gelderen was one of the two staff members to make the trip.
He said the villagers welcomed the group with big smiles and thanked them for coming to help them in the community.
“The need for service in these remote parts is great. The village is set near the banks of a picturesque river and surrounded by papaya and banana trees, lines of lettuce and carrots, and local crops,” he said.
“Students were allocated a host family and stayed with them in their bure (wood-and-straw hut).”
They were involved in a variety of helpful activities including mixing ce- ment, painting walls, planting gardens and many other jobs that need to be done to build a school.
“Working alongside their new village friends, the students certainly began to gain an understanding and appreciation for life in this special village,” he said.
“The group was also involved in the classrooms, reading books, playing music, leading arts and crafts projects, playing games, and supporting the efforts of the teachers who work with very few resources.”
Students were able to give the village many donations and gifts on behalf of the Whitsunday Christian College and they thanked the Whitsunday schools and businesses that provided donations for students to take.
This trip offered an indepth look at how the Fijians live from day to day, focussing on the cultural aspects of the Fijian way of life.
College principal Nathan McDonald said the mission program was a key aspect of their secondary school experience.
“The mission trip in- stils in students a desire to assist and support others less fortunate than themselves, and that’s something we continually strive to do as a school.
“We desire to shape and mould young people of character and providing opportunities for our secondary students to serve others, both overseas and locally, is an area we aim to develop further each year.”
The college is holding a tour of it’s new facilities and information session on Tuesday, July 30 from 5.30-7pm. For more information call the school on 4948 5100.
IMPORTANT TRIP: 16 Whitsunday Christian College students and staff meet with locals.
FRIENDSHIP: Year 10 student Ben Berghahn with Nasivikoso children in Fji.
SHARING KNOWLEDGE: Louisa Summersgill helps teach students.