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Vanuatu Missions Trip 2017

Almost everyone I talk to agrees that a trip to the beautiful Pacific island archipelago of Vanuatu is on their bucket list. What an amazing life experience! Gasp in awe at the spectacular rugged highland views, relax on the golden beaches, explore the lagoons and hinterland on each island paradise and connect with local culture. What is even better, is being able to combine such a blessing with missionary work for God.

This year students from Faith Christian School of Distance Education did just that. Travelling to Vanuatu the students enjoyed snorkelling in the azure blue waters, walks in the forest hinterland, local food and culture.

However, there was a deeper purpose than ticking personal travel experiences off the bucket list. The purpose was furthering the love God has for all nations across the globe. The missionary team went to Vanuatu to do works of charity and give financial and physical support to the local communities and share the Good News of Christ Jesus.

It was great to see students getting involved in sharing and donating to the villages and needy communities. The team was able to bless each of the villages we visited with gifts, clothes and finances. Praise God!

The mission team performed over 14 concerts in 10 days! Whew! Great effort team! The students were so well received that we now have two additional invites to new areas, another island and an isolated mountain village in the highlands. God is great!

Additionally, the local leaders said that the impact on the local community, as the missions team sharing their faith, giving generously to families in need and witnessing with their amazing, fun and poignant messages through the concerts, was so profoundly heartfelt that the local villagers have been inspired to start a small church as well as support the local schools in whatever capacity they can.


We were very encouraged on this year’s missions’ trip to see many lives encouraged and souls saved, not just through this year’s work, but the work that has been happening in Vanuatu over the last 6 years through our students and mission leaders.

What an experience! Our students were amazing and worked together well as a team. I want to thank all the mission leaders and students; you were excellent ambassadors for the school and Christ. It was exciting to see each team member sharing such genuine heart felt devotional messages and testimonies. Tears of joy poured freely, and lifelong friendships were forged.

Parting is such sweet sorrow! It took all the students who shared this wonderful mission experience over an hour to hug, share tears and smiles and say their goodbyes. 

The only difficult part of the trip (tongue in cheek), was at the very end, on our return to Brisbane Airport, where the students put on a great impromptu mini concert. They were so bold, I thought security might kick us out!

On this trip, I felt God encouraging the students to be encouraged in the knowledge that they are never alone. God is with us! This year we had a special bond of unity and prayer on the trip. The fruit of such a powerful foundation was a blessing (Psalm 133). The students grew very strong in confidence, as a team and individually, as they stepped out for God in faith, drama, song and testimony.