Urgent plea for Medical Equipment

Suresh the blind administrator, has served here for 32 years

Suresh the blind administrator, has served here for 32 years

The team Nurses, Adele and Heather, have spent the last 2-days working with the nurses at a Health Centre and Maternity hospital. The Golden Oldies also presented the medical equipment and supplies to the poorly resourced facilities. Unbeknown to us a senior nurse had a desperate request for 2 nebulisers and guess what the team had with them to donate to the Centre. Two nebulisers!

Medical equipment donated by Golden Oldies and many supporters, presented to Medical Centre

Medical equipment donated by Golden Oldies and many supporters, presented to Medical Centre

The Golden Oldies Interns trekked inland through mud and slippery tracks to a squatter village near the mangroves.

This fish caught provides food for the village for the next two days

This fish caught provides food for the village for the next two days

They live solely by their crops and fishing. Rowing out to sea on a falling tide, rowing their boats out through the mangroves, fishing for sardines, then returning on an incoming tide. We arrived with their catch landed and being bagged for sale to other villages in the squatter area. Two days later they do it all again. That’s their life. But serene, and happy to chat to all the Interns.

Golden Oldies 'tanaloa'/dialogue with village people

Golden Oldies ‘tanaloa’/dialogue with village people

Their biggest issue. Securing ownership of the land they were born on. It’s one of the projects the Anglican Mission Board is supporting and it made the team feel proud of this part partnership already underway to fulfil their dream. 

Lynette chats to residents in a resthome

Lynette chats to residents in a resthome

A trip to an Old People’s Home grabbed the attention of the Government. They are now wanting to prioritise greater care and support for their elderly, and heard about the Golden Oldies. A senior Government Official met us at the Home and we spent time discussing aged-care. They are keen to continue that dialogue after the Golden Oldies visit, seeing they can learn much from them.

NZ lost to Japan!

We awoke the first morning to be told by every Fijian, I mean very Fijian, that ‘NZ had lost to Japan’ in the Rugby 7’s. Even before a ‘bula’ greeting! The excitement of Fiji winning the final grows exponentially hour by hour! Friday morning the Golden Oldies are leaving early to watch the final with all the students at Basden College in their school hall. College has been postponed till after the final game has been played/won?!

Praise and worship at St Lukes

Praise and worship at St Lukes

The first evening we attended a youth mission church for a youth service and meal. One of the new initiatives spoken about was their Men’s Group doing something unheard of in Fiji. They treated the ladies of the Church to a man-made dinner, where they cooked, served, waited-upon, and even washed the dishes to honour their woman folk. In a strongly male-led culture it was a sign of men showing the respect and value they place in their woman. It impacted significantly on our team with the humility shown by their men. They are also establishing a Men’s Outreach Group to serve the widows and woman of the local area who need any handy-man jobs done to build connections with their community. The Golden Oldies plan to offer support with helping to buy the tools they need to carry out this work.

A Tropical Winter

The Golden Oldies have arrived to a rather untropical weather welcome! According to the locals, its cold, a mere 22C, with low cloud and heavy rain.

Golden Oldies arrive!!But the warmth of the welcome by our Fijian family immediately made us feel ‘at home’ and amongst friends. Finally around midnight we were able to get to bed to prepare of our first day. Denise and Linda are off to Basden College to teach ESOL and provide training with students with special needs; Avila, Elaine and Norma are travelling with the Basden Chaplain to meet woman in the squatter settlements around the school; Adele and Heather are off to the Medical Centre; John and Roger are going to the Cathedral -John carrying out bible study teaching and Roger discussing small business opportunities with the Cathedral Dean.

Anyone seen my bag???

Anyone seen my bag???

The rest of team are travelling in open-air buses through the showers and mud into Suva city to buy their ‘sulus’. Tonight we hear the stories of a lady ministering to street kids and providing a safety home for these young children; then off to meet the youth of a local church for a ‘jam session’

2016 Golden Oldies Ready

This year’s 2016 Golden Oldies come from all over New Zealand, the 24 member team mainly aged 60-80+ years!

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Denise, ‘Junior Golden Oldie’ Luke and Heather receiving a traditional Fijian welcome

“My lounge is so full of donated goods to take with us, that I know it must be time to go!” says returning Denise from last year’s mission.

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Archer residents display some of the medical equipment donated for the Mission

Like other years the team, previous year’s Golden Oldies members, and Archer residents, staff and families have fund raised during the year.  Over $4,000 cash and donated goods on top of that are going to churches, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, old peoples home, orphanage, and the Bible College.

 

Cyclone Winston Appeal

Cyclone Winston devastated many villages in Fiji with the worst tropical storm in living history. Archer as a Mission partner to Fiji, along with residents, staff -including a number of Fijian staff working in our Homes, and Golden Oldies members started a fundraising appeal. w13 fiji fundraiser (Medium)

Archer Nurse Manager Adele, Fijian Nurse Anita, and Chaplain Peter, loaded donated clothing, books and bedding for a container bound for Fiji.

Fijian staff member Anita said, “It has been so humbling to see the generosity of everyone contribute with money, buying crafts and veges , attending fundraiser afternoon teas, and donating cash, clothing, books, kitchen items for the people of Fiji. Thank you so much.”
Over this period the donated goods virtually filled a whole shipping container, and $14,000 was raised in cash. Fijian staff members families all received cash donations to help them rebuild their houses and buy new furnishings; and funds also went to squatter settlements to assist with restoring power to their homes, provide food and helping students return to school.

2015 Report Card

2015 Report Card

2015 saw 24 ‘Golden Oldies’ mobilised for mission to Fiji.

Missions create friends for life

Missions create friends for life

They visited and supported projects in remote villages, hospitals, schools, orphanage, street kids refuge, an Old Peoples’ home, prison, kindergarten, and a number of churches.

A real highlight being the day where we held workshops at the Suva Cathedral on Sunday school training, prayer ministry, crafts, painting, property maintenance, small business, to health checks for diabetes (did you know Fiji as one amputation every 12-hours?). It was through these health checks with our Archer nurses that 15 people were identified as needing urgent medical follow-ups.

Our Partnership-Project Investments

Donations towards the Golden Oldies Development Fund totalling over $15,000 have gone towards the following investment into individuals and village developments:

Archbishop Winston having his health check by Archer nurses Adele and Anita, with Principal Amy watching on

Archbishop Winston having his health check by Archer nurses Adele and Anita, with Principal Amy watching on

The Sigatoka Kindergarten setup –with children coming daily and many more on the waiting list… Basden College students being able to attend the SU Christian Leadership Camp …St Lawrence Church ministries to new mothers at the local Maternity Hospital, travel funds to develop the prison ministry, …at the ‘Tin Cathedral’ funds to support widows raising their grandchildren with a new shower facility under construction …recycled and serviced sewing machines delivered and used at St Christophers Orphange to make new school uniforms…education and  training support for the Bible College students, …support to nurture the Bible College chapel… and a new micro-finance fund to assist villages to start or expand their small businesses, including the hopeful purchase of a fishing boat for village women to catch more fish safely, instead of standing in the sea all day…

Who was entertaining who?!!

Who was entertaining who?!!

Golden Oldies Mission 2016
Now the 2016 mission is about to start. Its goal being to continue the partnership of Christian ministry and sharing Gods love to the people of Fiji.

VINAKA! Fiji

Saying good bye to our Bible College was very sad. They have cared for us with warmth of friendship and incredible hospitality throughout the past 7-days. We are indebted to them.

Golden Oldies and Bible College family share a final Thanksgiving service to God

Golden Oldies and Bible College family share a final Thanksgiving service to God

The Golden Oldies Mission in partnership with St Johns Bible College and the Anglican Church of Polynesia has seen the team learn so much. A sample of these things include learning about life in remote village for squatters communities, education to give students a second change to gain qualifications -even if you’re a young Mother, speak at a prison that has invited a new Christian ministry to continue there, establish partnerships with a small busy maternity hospital delivering an average of 3 babies every day, and the medical centre where Adele and Andrea spent time -being so appreciative of the donated medical equipment supplied by donation s form NZ supporters, to helping to offer further biblical insights to ministers and Sunday School teachers from the workshops run, and others gaining confidence to either expand or start a small business. And more…

The Golden Oldies also launched a Micro-finance programme to offer loans for small business start-ups. There has been 6 expressions of interest already, ranging from a ladies group in a squatter village wanting to buy a wooden row boat for fishing-instead of wading into the water up to their chest, and a mens group wanting to start a pig farm.

Finally. we express our thanks to our friends and supports, residents of Archer, and Golden oldies from previous trips for their prayers and support during this mission.

Nurse Adele thanks 85-year old 'Aunty' for helping to cook for us every day

Nurse Adele thanks 85-year old ‘Aunty’ for helping to cook for us every day

Thomas and Moses doing their 'penalty' press-ups!

Thomas and Moses doing their ‘penalty’ press-ups!

Nathaniel thanks Junior George for being security guard all week

Nathaniel thanks Junior George for being security guard all week

Jane thanks Principal Amy on behalf of the team

Jane thanks Principal Amy on behalf of the team

Principal Amy responds with her thanks to the team from the College family

Principal Amy responds with her thanks to the team from the College family

Everyone -Team Photo 2015!!!!

Everyone -Team Photo 2015!!!!

The final final farewell. Vinaka Fiji

The final final farewell. Vinaka Fiji