Friday, September 14, 2012

Impact Fiji Update

New Church

Though we are currently on deputation, God is moving in Fiji! This is just a brief partial update of the many wonders Jesus is doing among His people.

Since we began deputation in May, 3 new churches have been started and in one village the chief donated land for a new church to be built as his tithe.

It is often difficult to start a new  church in Fiji, and there is frequently violent opposition in some areas; thus, this is a great and wonderful thing!

New Zealand Team Visits on Missions Trip

Brother Goodare from Christchurch, NZ brought a missions team to minister throughout Fiji in July.  During their time there, God moved mightily. There were 42 new people who received the Holy Ghost for the very first time! 15 People were baptized in Jesus name! There were 6 notable healings and miracles preformed. One paralyzed man was baptized and immediately healed. His back was recovered, and his limbs were restored to being able to have feeling.  

2 month old William was dead for over 20 minutes and being taken to the mortuary. Neither mom or dad were in church, but other family members began to pray. God brought baby William back to life as a testimony to both mom and dad. Now, both parents have been baptized in Jesus name and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. God knows how to get people to repent and be born into the kingdom; we simply have to ask and believe!

Our First Deputation Service God Met a Huge Need!

To reach 110 populated islands, a reliable boat is a good thing to have!

We were with Brother Jerry Dean of Jacksonville, FL for our very first official deputation service. After service we went for ice cream, and Brother Dean mentioned a friend that had a boat for sale. Bro Dean called Brother Don Rush in West Palm Beach, FL and told him that a missionary was interested in his boat. Brother Rush told Brother Dean, “for the missionary I will sell it to him for 1/2 of what I am asking, $5000.” We then called Brother Rush to find out about the boat, then looked it up online to see if it was really what we needed. Brother Rush called back within 5 minutes of our last conversation and said, “Brother, I just talked with my wife and we are just going to give you that boat.” In Fiji, this is a $70,000 USD boat!

A Special Thanks!
We would like to say thank you to all of our supporters! Without you, it would not even be possible for us to attempt to do the work of God. We truly appreciate those of you that are faithfully giving to the work, and especially those that are faithfully praying for the work in Fiji! We have many new personal supporters, church supporters, and even youth group supporters!

Truck Issues...And God Provides via His Church!

We love our 2001 Ford F250 even though it now has 295,000 miles on it. God blessed us with it in 2008 for $4000 out of our pocket. Up until we started deputation, we have not had many problems with this truck. Since we started deputation, it has become a challenge...We have replaced the clutch, the alternator, the accelerator pedal, the camper power outlet, 2 tires on the truck and the back brakes. The camper has had the shower repaired, 2 tires, and the power cord that attaches to the truck all replaced.  We also had an accident, fortunately on a parking lot, that damaged one side of our camper and we lost several lights. But God has been good, we have always been in the right place at the right time for something to go wrong. When our clutch went out, Brother Braneff in Crestview, Fl. loaned us his van to continue on our schedule, as well as took very good care of us! When our alternator died, I was rescued by the Bible World guys and used Pastor Cunningham’s battery to get my truck home. When the accelerator pedal quit, my father-in-law helped my 15 year old son learn to change the part. When our brakes went bad (we had no idea they were in trouble), Bother Calhoun in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada stepped in and saved the day. Bro Calhoun arranged for someone to fix the brakes, which turned into rotors, calipers and seals. The brakes were at the point of failure, and we had no idea. Not only that, but he arranged for the Fredericton Church to pay for it all. 


Mitchell and Gerri Fox

Mitchell and Gerri Fox began in missions in 2002 as part of the "Maxwell Team" lead by Pastor Daniel and Kay Maxwell of Calvary New Life Tabernacle in Gerald, MO. Jesus worked miraculously in their lives and provided a menas for them to be able to help build Bible schools in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. They have actively served in various leadership positions in the church: Men's Ministries, Audio/Visual Ministries, Ladies' Ministries, Sunday school teachers, ACE model school supervisor, teaching home Bible studies, outreach and preaching. They have been blessed by being able to help with several Church-in-a-Day projects in Missouri, South Dakota, and Virginia. With a burden for missions, the Foxes received approval as AIMers to Fiji in 2007. In 2008 the Foxes moved to Babytown, Texas with Pastor W. L. Atchinson. They were privileged to expand their ministering with a broader cultural and population base. Sister Fox was able to learn many facets of church finance and administration as the church secretary for Harvest Temple and Temple de Fe. She also started a bus ministry, taught Sunday school, and helped in the youth ministry. Brother Fox concentrated on outreach, bus ministry, preaching, home Bible studies, and teaching the ACTS class while in Texas. They both attended Soul Winners Boot Camp and helped in Galveston, TX with a blessing the community event with Bro. Tim Downs. In late 2009, the Foxes began traveling with their jobs at nuclear facilities, which has taken them all over the country. They have been blessed by being able to attend church with some of the greatest people in the UPCI. Working with a variety of Pastors, Ministers, and Evangelists broadened their view of ministry. In 2010, the Foxes, as a family, served three months in Fiji on AIM. They taught in the Bible school, spoke at different churches each week, spoke at several district events, and helped with the cultivation of the church farm. During their ministering many were baptized and received the Holy Ghost. The time was well spent in assimilating their children for a future lifetime of ministry in an unknown culture. During that short time, their daughter broke her clavicle; their son severely cut his foot; and Brother Fox contracted typhoid. Each trial they faces allowed them to see the reality of living in a different country. The rewards outweighed difficulty, and the Foxes proceeded to apply for full time appointment. In 2011, the Fox's decided to only work in Virginia and make Bible World in Chesapeake, VA their home under Pastor Jack Cunningham. Since being in VA, the Foxes have worked in Children's evangelism, outreach, and have reaped from the ministers training provided by the leadership. Each step the Foxes have taken has prepared them to be effective in ministry, both at home and abroad.

In March 2012 the Foxes received their first appointment as intermediate missionaries to Fiji. When the Foxes arrive back in Fiji, they will be in the capitol city of Suva. They will teach in the Bible School and follow the direction of the National work in Fiji; minister throughout the islands, 110 populated, as the opportunities arise; and encourage the brethren to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are also hoping to start a campus ministry at the University of the South Pacific to reach the surrounding island nations. And with Jesus on their side, all these things will be accomplished and many greater things to the glory of God.  

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