Each year we take a team of 30 to Vanuatu for 10 action-packed and life-changing days. Organisers work very hard to keep the cost to just over $1000 per student, as we believe in "walking our talk" and giving our young adults the opportunity to grow in faith while learning to serve and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The family of God is global and the missions trip from Brisbane to Vanuatu helps us appreciate our family around the world, especially those in need!
Yes, it's that time again when our intrepid Faith Christian School explorers travel to the Pacific in hopes of acting with love, compassion and spreading the Good News to our dear brothers and sisters in Vanuatu.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
This year the missions team arrived in Vanuatu eager to share their faith and show their kindness to those in need. Almost as soon as the team disembarked at Port Vila they were eagerly preparing the songs and dramatic messages for the local communities and local school children.
This year’s theme we felt God was encouraging us to adopt was “Be kind to those in need’. The role of the mission team was to support the local communities implement support system to help needy children and their local schools.
Some local communities are very isolated and so really appreciated the concerts and kindness freely given by the missions team. It is exciting witnessing our Faith School students wanting to make a difference in the world through serving others less fortunate.
On each trip the mission team focuses on practical as well as spiritual support to the needy people in Vanuatu. For instance, we have installed rainwater collection and tank systems in one of the isolated villages so that the small school located there does not run out of water mid-way through the week. This allowed the local school students to flush toilets every day!
On the trip gifts were liberally and joyously handed out to the children at the local schools, who have very little. We always try and give practical gifts such as soap and face towels for washing.
It was truly humbling to see the students in the mission team grow in their personal walk in the Christian faith.
By encouraging a greater understanding of global missions, serving others selflessly, experiencing global travel and cross-cultural exchanges in food, lifestyle and cultural expression, challenging their comfort zones with outdoor educational and personal activities, the personal confidence of each student grew richly as they rose to each challenge and shared their faith in practical ways.
However, the trip was not all work! Much fun and excitement were had by all. Hiking, snorkelling and games was part of the experience too! The kids on Nguna Island and the missions team had great fun enjoying outdoor games.
Our Vanuatu trips are lifelong treasures. Great friendships are forged, miracles experienced, and personal growth felt by the students as they learn responsibility, leadership, team building and teamwork skills.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.
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.
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 have a team of 32 this year and plan to visit the villages and places we went to last year. Our biggest challenge is not being able to stay as long as each local village or school are asking us to stay for. They all want us to stay for longer than last year and give the good news message through drama, song, testimony or by helping with resources or practical projects.
We are excited to see what God does through us and others. We know those involved will come home different people as we believe the Vanuatu community will leave an imprint in hearts of God’s love, endurance and I am sure so much more.
We have recently been at a conference and loved the statement that we as Christians need to bring heaven to earth. How can we do this? I believe it is through our actions. We need to move and get uncomfortable and show people God, not just tell them! So you can be sure that God will show up because he will be in each one of us. We will be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I am a full time mum, grandma and great grandma. I have always believed that everyone should go on at least one mission trip and that one would never be enough once you went but my busy family has prevented me up until now. The reason I feel it is important is because life in Australia is so comfortable. We become complacent and bland unless we are vigilant ,something I must confess I have failed to do. I believe that I will grow as a result of my experience and that as I give, God will reveal more of Himself to me. As I prepare for this trip, although I am going to give of myself, I truly believe that I will be surprised by the way God will move in my life.
Hi my name is Sue Hill. I am looking forward to going back to Vanuatu to help strengthen and encourage the people we have already met, and all the new people we will meet too, with the Word of God and His love. I love blessing them with the clothing and other items we take over. It is such a joy to see the gratitude on their faces. My two favourite scriptures are: Nehemiah 8:10 “The JOY of the Lord is your strength.” and John 10:10 “Thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
My name is Loloma, pronounced how it’s spelt. I have five siblings, there are six kids in total. I haven’t really travelled a lot in my life so this will definitely be an experience for me. There are a few things that I would like to do and see in Vanuatu. What has really motivated me to go on this trip would probably be being able to experience a new lifestyle and being able to help with other peoples’ needs. I think that the most saddest thing in this world is that too many people take too many things for granted without knowing that there are less fortunate people who would do anything to just maybe to go to bed warm and not afraid of warlords or pirates.I would love to go to Vanuatu to help make a change and if possible help people get back on their feet and lead them towards the right path. That’s what I am wanting to get out of this trip.
My name is Sila Tupou. I’m 14 years old. This is my first year in distance education and to go to Vanuatu. I’m the third eldest of six kids. I live in Springfield Lakes Brisbane. My ethnicity is Tongan but I was born and raised here in Australia. I want to go to Vanuatu because it would be a good experience for me, I want to learn about the people,the islands, their culture and much more. I’m looking forward to visiting different villages and meeting new people. Hopefully I’ll learn some Bislama while I’m there and see the beautiful sights. I also want to sing for the villages to bring hope to them or just lighten up their day.
I am 15.
My favourite colours are pink, purple, blue and green and reading is one of my biggest past times. I went on the missions trip last year and while I was there I had a God experience and recommitted my life to Him. This year I want to go back and see what God has in store for me this time.
My name is Ronin Correia and I am 14, I love hanging out with friends and I love sports. I love God and I am involved in Kids and Youth ministry. I have decided to go on this mission’s trip because my friends have been raving about it and they had amazing stores I have to go see it. I want to meet the people over there and show them God’s love. I am expecting to have a lot of fun and meet some amazing people. I am expecting exotic food and seeing a different side of life.
I’m in grade ten. I’m the third oldest in a family of eight, and I live near Ipswich. As a family we attend Vineyard Fellowship Church Brisbane West. We live on a small acreage with a
miniature horse and three designer dogs. I decided to go to Vanuatu because I heard there are a few new species of Pokémon roaming around on the islands, and I want to catch some and train them. I expect to be really challenged and put out of my comfort zone.
I’m in grade 8 this year and I’m an average type student. I’m a middle child in a large family.I’m enrolled in Faith Christian School of Distance Education and do all my studies from home. My two favourite subjects are Music and Dance.This year my brother Sean and I decided to join the group organised by our school that is going to Vanuatu on a mission trip. I’m both nervous and excited about this trip and I have no idea what Vanuatu will be like, because this is my first trip. I want to go to Vanuatu, because I know it will be a challenge for me and will help me grow in my faith. I also want to see and experience what poverty is actually like. I’ve read about people in poverty but I’ve never seen or understood what it’s like. I hope that by going to Vanuatu I will be able to do something that helps people who are really in need. I want to come home from Vanuatu as a stronger Christian in my faith and understanding of God.
For the past two years I have gone on the fantastic missions trips, and particularly enjoyed performing in the markets, visiting the islands and helping out at the schools. This year I am looking forward to snorkeling, seeing friends that I made in previous years and making more. As part of the team I bring experience at performing and public speaking. Currently I am in a theater school and on Friday nights I go to another club where we do singing, dancing and perform outreaches in the community . My favorite sports are Rock climbing and swimming and other interests are art and craft. Most importantly I want to see God move and I want to grow in my faith and make a difference in Vanuatu.
I love performing in front of large crowds, I have had experience in singing, dancing and drama, I regularly attend theatre school, was in a debating team this year, and enjoy playing piano and guitar. I am so excited to be on the 2014 team and am especially looking forward to feeling God's presence and playing with the little children in Vanuatu. Jumping off cliffs, swimming and looking at the colorful fish on the reef,will be a fantastic experience as well. While I am away I would like to hear from God and talk to him, to worship without holding back and gain spiritual gifts.I am praying that everyone gets stronger in their faith and for revelations from God.
My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me John10:27
y name is Josiah, I am 12 turning 13; I love maths and science. I like basketball and cricket, and I dream of being a professional basketball player. I want to go on a mission’s trip to help the community and to share my Christian beliefs. What I expect to get out of this trip is to learn to be a better person and to appreciate what I have that others don’t. I also expect to build a stronger relationship with my mighty God.
Hi my name is Charissa I am 16. I am a Christian and a leader at Dunamis Christian centre. I come from a big family of 10. I decided I wanted to go on the mission’s trip because I went last year and it was just amazing! The people were so kind and generally welcoming. I felt I became closer to God. I am eager to share His word with others. I believe there is going to be many life changing experiences on this upcoming mission’s trip. I am believing for miracles to occur and can’t wait to experience these things with everyone that is coming.
Hey I'm Bridie and I'm 16 years old. The things I love to do are photography, guitar, piano, singing, dancing, acting, art and sewing.I've been on the last two mission trips to Vanuatu and I can honestly say it was life changing and the best time of my life This year I want to go on this mission trip to Vanuatu because I believe God is going to use me. I'm so excited can't wait to go back again!
Of eight, I'm number five. My name is Liam and I was born and raised in a christian family. I have had both difficult and good times just like everybody else in the world. Being a christian might not be different in your eyes, but a whole new
and different perspective in my eyes. Ever since the day I made that decision it has been a battle, a battle of both spiritual and physical wars between good and evil, but the closer I get to God the easier it gets for me. So that is why I am going to this Vanuatu trip, because I would like to take my faith to an extra level into the kingdom of God to see what he has to offer me so that I can take that and use it to help those who are in need. I hope to accomplish all that God has planned for me to do there, for I do not go by my understanding of things nor by my own will, but by Gods...Proverbs 3:5-6
My name is Geoff and I am 14. I'm excited to be going on this year's missions trip and once again have the opportunity to share Gods' love, being part of a team of awesome people that is being used by God to do big things. I am interested in drama and film makin g. I also enjoy playing Guitar and keyboard. By coming on this missions trip I hope to grow in faith and see God use our team to touch many lives.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
My name is Jack Gillow and I am 18 years old. The three things that I love most in this life are God, family and sport. I graduated last year from Faith Christian School and I attended last year’s mission trip. Tt was absolutely incredible. The experience really opened my eyes to the importance of helping others and the joy that comes with it. One thing I look forward to seeing on this year’s trip is what God has in store for each and every member of the team, also the progress of all of villages we visited.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
My name is Dana Adams and I am the sixth of eight children. I went to Vanuatu mission trip last year and I really enjoyed being a part of changing lives and seeing the joy on peoples’ faces. I would like to be a part of Vanuatu mission trip 2014 because it is one of passions to help and missions is an amazing time. It helps me grow emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Vanuatu definitely has an impact on my life and helps me see how blessed we are. Itt has an even bigger impact on the people we are going to help. I am believing and praying that God will do phenomenal things through the team and in Vanuatu. I would love to go to Vanuatu again and spread the word of God and be a part of helping others and seeing God work through others as well. This is my third year in Faith Christain School of Distance Education and I have really enjoyed it!
Hi everyone, last year was awesome and I am really looking forward to coming again. I do tutoring and Australian Air Force Cadets once a week and run my dogs. I have been homeschooling for 18 months now.Vanuatu 2013 was a great trip for me where I got to meet new people and help in schools and villages. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for next time.
Hi everybody, I’m Samuel from up North in Mackay! This is my third year with FCS and I’ll be 17 this year. I have decided to be a part of the Vanuatu Missions Trip 2014 because I believe it is a great opportunity to help others both physically and spiritually whilst growing in my own faith. I’m passionate about reaching out in the local communities of Vanuatu through drama and building personal relationships with the people.Random facts about me: I referee paintball, I’m a Sergeant in the Australian Air Force Cadets and I study Classical Hebrew and discuss Theology (weird mix right!). I have 7 siblings and make far too many puns :D
Can’t wait to be with you all doing great things!
My name is Jessica and I’m 16 years old, I love playing guitar and hanging with my friends and family. I’ve home-schooled all my life and I can’t wait for the mission trip. What I expect to get out of the trip?A closer relationship with God, I want God to work on me from the inside out so I can be a better person, on a mission for Him and to form great friendships with the mission team I went to Vanuatu last year and it was absolutely amazing I loved watching God work through me and the team. I can’t wait to go again this year.
Hi everyone. My passion is to dance sing and act; I love anything to do with performing. I love animals and I have also been playing the piano for quite a few years. But mostly I love God. I really want to come to Vanuatu because I would love to help out lots of people in need of help or support. I just want to help people in anyway that I can. My brother Jonty went to Vanuatu last year and says it was a rewarding and fun experience. I hope to experience what he felt last year. I am so excited and I can’t wait to meet everyone.
i my name is Bronwyn Hill. The reason I’m going to Vanuatu is to see God move through us and also move through them. I’m expecting God for miracles on top of miracles I just can’t wait to see what God has in store for everyone including the people in Vanuatu.
Hi everyone, I’m Tyler Adams from North Mackay. I’m really excited for this year’s Vanuatu trip! Why wouldn’t you be? I love God and I believe this is a great opportunity to show God’s love to others in a practical way; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19). Some things about me: I love to study mathematics and apologetics, I play the guitar, read my Bible, love sport and live life for the one who gave me it! Can’t wait to serve with you on this year’s 2014 mission trip.In Christ, Tyler Adams.
The most encouraging thing this term has been to see lives transformed and many making commitments to Christ while away for eleven days on our Missions trip to Vanuatu. We had 27 from the school head over and it was clear from the start that God was opening the doors and touching lives. I could write a book of testimonies but have only time to list a few of the experiences. We took in about 8 large bags of lovely clothes to many poor villages where mothers were so grateful. We gave away a PA system, several laptops, a projector, four guitars, medical supplies… great work students. Our students had amazing opportunities everywhere we went. In villages, schools, churches and even in the main central markets. In the evening we were asked to perform dramas, give testimonies, preach the Good News and sing. Students worked very hard the whole time visiting the hospital and running object lessons and book sharing activities with small groups every day.
I taught some of the parents and pastors last year, about how they could work together as a church community to help thier own children to read and get the basics as they were concerned about this. This year two pastors are planning to build schools starting with preps and later Christian schools. It is planned that the parents and teachers will work together in homes and community rooms.
We had a wonderful team of students and leaders with so many talents and gifts to share. Many doors have opened and I believe that our work will continue on as many students were asking what can we do to make a difference –not just while we are there? We have been invited into the Prisons next time to perform and share testimonies and several smaller isolated Islands also want us to visit next year.
This trip we saw many elders and community leaders reduced to tears when given Bibles and support or following a message. God also used us to bring unity in one village and one elder travelled over 80 km to see us off at the Airport. We also met with the Minister for Labour who I have worked with for three years and it is good to see he is going strong for God.
I must admit it was hard getting home to the paper work but wonderful to see the rest of my family. I want to give a special thanks to our leaders Glen Matthews, Sue Kirby, Sue Hill, Diane Fuller and Miriam Rivers (an additional helper with local experience). I was very impressed with the effort and energy these adult leaders put in to ensure things flowed smoothly.
We worked the students hard and on the last day I could only persuade four students and Sue Hill to join me for a 5:30 am snorkel.
Praise God for his provision!
The Vanuatu Missions Trip was so exciting! Report on our School Missions team of 26.
Our students were excellent ambassadors as Christians and for Faith Christian School. On many occasions I was caught up explaining to local leaders or even tourists, who observed our students and asked, "Who are they and why are they working so hard, they all have such a lovely attitude to help the people of Vanuatu."
Local missionaries were even giving high praise for the work the team was doing to make a difference and going out to form relationships where "no other team has gone and stayed before". The poor villages and places where we had to rough it commanded a blessing and just made the trip more real and exciting for the students.
It also goes without saying the trip has had a dramatic life changing effect on the students and adults involved. Learning the value of money to make a difference in the world, giving all you could to someone less fortunate. They worked and prayed together in unity as a team, keeping a positive attitude and making an effort to love one another throughout!
I want to give the students the opportunity to report in greater detail in Term 4. There were just so many amazing testimonies and life changing experiences and things are still on going.
We also enjoyed amazing snorkelling and diving, cliff jumping, cultural lessons and demonstrations, opportunities to learn about food and the different ways of living. It was exciting taking BJ snorkelling as BJ has cerebral palsy and it was great to see the joy on his face seeing the fish and colours. Thanks for Tyler who helped me lift and support BJ in the water.
Thank you so much to those who prayed and or supported this trip in some way. Our luggage on the way out was so far over the limit due to taking clothes and medical supplies (25 kg), Christian school books and guitars. Four guitars and a charango were given away and each was received with such gratitude.
Please continue to pray for a pastor's daughter that we learned of who has breast cancer at just 22. The students wanted to get her some help as she has no medical options in Vanuatu. So yesterday Vanessa and I spoke with a Director in the hospital system here and straight away have an agreement from a top specialist surgeon to provide free diagnostics and surgery as required if we will pay for the travel and non-medical costs. Please pray that God will open the doors if this is meant to go ahead.
God certainly opened the doors and we were able to share the love of Jesus in practical and spiritual ways.
I pray that God will continue to work in our students lives as they realize that the same God that moved through them in Vanuatu wants to use them here Australia.
Just some of the amazing creatures children saw snorkelling.
Songs for this year:
Amazing Love (You are my King) - Newsboys
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Chris Tomlin
Our God - Chris Tomlin
Here I am to Worship - Delirious
I Could Sing of Your love forever - Delirious
Open the eyes of my Heart - Paul Baloche - or - Sonicflood
Your Love Oh Lord - Third Day
Closer - Bethel Live
Alive - Hillsong Young and Free
He Reigns - Newsboys
Oceans (Where Feet may Fail) - Hillsong
Great Are You Lord - All Sons and Daughters
Dramas for this year:
To Be Kind Or Not To Be Kind
The Endless Oil
The Blind to See