Finale with some final reflections

Rev Amy Chambers presents a set of Polynesian Shawls to Rev Wendy Robinson for Archer

Rev Amy Chambers presents a set of Polynesian Shawls to Rev Wendy Robinson for Archer

Our Monday farewells to our dear family from the Bible College was tinged with sadness. However there was also a profound sense of gratitude, and warmth of spirit that had been encountered every step along our mission experiences throughout the week.
Our wonderful Nurse Adele donates medical supplies and equipment to the Bible College

Our wonderful Nurse Adele donates medical supplies and equipment to the Bible College


So what have we learnt and what are some of the learnings we want to pursue from all of this:

1. The 55-year dream to build new toilets in a remote village has been completed.
2. The vision to establish a kindergarten at a church in a small town will commence from 2014 with the funding and building of a boundary fence for the children’s safety about to be completed.
3. A theological church library has been established with the donation of 50 books.
4. Children’s storybooks collected are going to be distributed to outer Fijian Island communities by Fijian youth in October.
5. Sports equipment and stationery were donated to Bishop Kempthorne Anglican Primary School.
6. Knitted clothing and blankets are being dispatched to families in Suva by the Anglican Cathedral family.
7. First aid equipment donated is being used to replenish first aid kits at the Bible College.
8. Medical equipment of blood pressure monitors and stethoscopes are being donated to a local Medical Centre.
9. Encouragement for an environmental project by Fijian youth at St Luke’s to cleanup a local beach covered in rubbish and take on a custodial care for it, with support from the Council has commenced.
10. A new Educational Scholarship Programme was launched. This is to assist students in remote villages, in partnership with their families and Basden College, to enable these students to be enrolled and secure a secondary school education.
So far commitments for 12 students for 2014 have been pledged by the Golden Oldies and residents at Archer Care and Archer Village.

Our 'Junior Golden Oldie' Lukee thanks 'Uncle George' with some traditional Kiwi 'Sheep droppings'!!!

Our ‘Junior Golden Oldie’ Lukee thanks ‘Uncle George’ with some traditional Kiwi ‘Sheep droppings’!!!


And along with this, there is a desire to support the e-learning with the student laptops from the University of the South Pacific to be introduced into the Fijian schools; to partner with Basden College to establish its vocational training centre to enhance future employment linked-training; and foster further missions that can transfer skills and strengthen partnerships between the Golden Oldies and our friends in Polynesia.

Finally we want to acknowledge the support from Rev. Amy Chambers and Jo Senagar for their partnership in Fiji; Steve Maina, National Director NZCMS; Archer Care and Village residents; Anglican Missions Board; and of course all the wonderful Golden Oldies themselves.
Its been a great and inspiring mission.

Vinaka Fiji!  From the Golden Oldies Mission Team 2013

Vinaka Fiji!
From the Golden Oldies Mission Team 2013


Vinaka from the Golden Oldies Team 2013!

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One comment on “Finale with some final reflections

  1. Jill Bennett says:

    Hi Graeme, Having just read your final blog of all 2013 ‘s Golden Oldies I am deeply moved by all you and the group have achieved, along the way also of course with many others in Fiji.An amazing list of future projects which we can all support prayerfully and financially, there is a lot to be thankful for and it’s so special that we can be part of the future journey. Wow, what plans are there for the coming year before the 2014 experience !!! God be with you all Jill

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