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Nation of Fiji

The nation of Fiji is made up of 332 islands and covers an area of 75,000 sq. miles; only 110 of these islands are permanently inhabited. The three major islands are Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and Taveuni. The majority of these islands were formed by volcanic activity and the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni still have activity on them today. The capital and largest city, Suva, is located on Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji.

With a history of different settlements and languages, Fiji has acquired a unique culture. The early part of Fijian history is filled with warfare and cannibalism between tribes. Fijians refer to those times as “time of the devil.”

Due to the fierceness of the lifestyle of the cannibals, European sailors would not come near Fijian waters; as a result, Fiji was unknown to the rest of the world. In the beginning of the 19th century, Europeans began permanently settling the islands. In 1874 the islands were dominated by the British who began bringing in Indian laborers to work the sugarcane fields. In 1970 Fiji became a republic, but a history of racism and segregation between the Indians and the natives resulted in many uprisings from 1987 to 2000.

The population of Fiji is around 903,207 from a July 2014 estimate. The religions of Fiji consist of 7% Muslim, 33.7% Hinduism, 58% Christian (any religion that is not Muslim or Hindu), and 1.3% other. For 150 years the Methodist Church has had an impact on the government and the lives of most native Fijians. In spite of the influence of the Methodists, racism and segregation are still a part of the culture and have slowed the church’s evangelistic effort.

With the Lord opening doors in Fiji for the spreading of the Gospel through the invitation of the Prime Minister to BIMI, over 200,000 Bibles have been distributed to the school-age children. They are now in need of a Phillip (Acts 8:30, 31) to guide them through the Word of God, and as a result, many in Fiji may come to Christ.

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Robbie and Amanda Leonard

Serving as your outreach to the people of Fiji. Going in your stead.

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Birthdays

Robbie January 19
Amanda September 3
Alyssa February 10
Brianna October 8
Benjamin November 30

Anniversary

January 17

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