Faith Christian school has a heart for missions. We believe that as a Christian School we should be walking our talk and giving our young adults the opportunity to grow in faith, while learning to serve and share the good news.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
2018 Vanuatu Missions Trip
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.
2017 Vanuatu Missions Trip
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.
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.
2013 Vanuatu Missions Trip
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.
One couple, Loi and Julie, said they had heard me talking about teaching the young ones last year and they had felt that God wanted them to go home to their village in the mountains on Nguna Island to start a preschool that involves the mothers. Now they have 22 students and had just been praying and fasting for three days for God to send someone to help them. That’s when we found out we were going to Nguna Island for three nights. Twenty seven of us tramped on foot up into the mountains to a village. When we arrived we were told that they had only ever had two white people visit -ever. God used us to encourage many and I was so proud of our students and their excellent behaviour and witness. This Picture shows, Principal Lio with his school car.
Every place we went was an adventure and the students united in prayer and really worked hard. We still had some time for snorkelling and some swam with turtles. At Sama, Jack got to swim beside a dugong for ten minutes.
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!
Vanuatu 2012 Trip
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.
Fiji 2009 - 2011
The 2008 a team of 22 students and another team in 2010 worked extremely hard also and we were able to complete all planned tasks on our very busy program. The team was successful in completing 20 metres of covered walkway which will help the students stay dry when going to the toilet of between classrooms in the rain. We also worked and served in the Deaf School and Homes of Hope, this was very exciting and I believe our lives as much as the children we wanted to bless. We also shipped over 47 computers and were ablet to install half of them in schools and the homes of hope.
We also provided training for school staff on the new computer equipment, led or supported several youth groups/Kids club type functions - gaining valuable opportunity to share the gospel.
This trip was self funding and I am very proud of students, families and staff who fundraised a total of $28,000 and additional funds for the gifts they bought themselves.
Some of the main items fundraised and gifted include; materials for the covered walkway, 6 computers and laptops which were gifted to the local district school. This school receives $30 in government funding per student per year and did not previously have a single computer.
In 2009 I took a team of students back to the same communities and we took with us 45 computers and the team worked hard to set up computers in the Homes of Hope, Deaf School and two State Schools.
During these trips, students were constantly involved in confronting situations that challenged their Christian World view in a positive way. Students were constantly praying together and reflecting on God's Word. They worked well together to share gifts and the good news about Jesus Christ. Many overcame fears and challenges, to speak out publicly or share a testimony, while others snorkeled for the first time or overcome their fear of heights.
Students were constantly stating that they had just had, the most exciting" day or experience "of their life".
Paul the Coral Coast Camp Manager mentioned that we were really doing a lot in 7 days -"way more than usual".
I asked him to let me know if I was tiring him or the camp staff resources out and we could cut back. He replied "no way, this is awesome! This is how a missions trip should be...
I know the team we are working with in Vanuatu are also looking forward to the next visit where there will be similar opportunities.
The success of these last trip was due to several factors:
*having sound local support and coordination
*high expectations and behaviour standards for students
*having a team of leaders who worked hard and cooperatively together -giving and giving. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with several other wonderful teachers from my previous Distance Ed Schools. These leaders were fantastic. Building and maintained positive and loving relationships with the students.
*Having such a wonderful group of students, each one with their own talents and giftings to serve God.
*Prayers and God's provision.
During our devotions on the last trip, I shared with the students, "look to God for all that He has for us in our lives. God wants to use us all, where ever we are, to make a difference for eternity".
I can honestly say we lived life to the maximum and got the most out of going to Fiji in 2008 and in 2009. I am prayerfully looking forward to Vanuatu.
If you are looking for an opportunity to share your faith, and have computer skills and are over 15 years of age, you may want to come with us on this next trip.
I believe things happened in Fiji because we and others were praying and believing with expectation and faith. If we maintain or have this faith and focus we will be used in exciting ways here in Australia also. This is the Great Commission.
I am excited to think of the future God has for each of our students and look forward to hearing the exciting stories at the wedding feast, see you there!
Videos From 2014
Cushy Cushor (Skit)
If I wanted to be loved (Skit)
Singing at the airport
Jesus lives in you
Welcome at Saama Village
Our Team for 2014
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.
Kylie McDonald Teacher
Tim and I have been married for 8 years and have four wonderful children. We feel so blessed to be a part of the Vanuatu Mission Trip. I feel like missions have been a part of me for so many years and that is why I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself!! God’s timing is perfect and when we wait on the Lord he will answer us.
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.
My spirit is stirred and ready to embark on an unforgettable journey. I know the journey will bring its challenges but we will say ‘The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.’ (Psalm 28:7)
Needs for this years Trip:
Computers for the two schools...
Is there something we can do to give Internet access on Nguna?
Reading Books for the schools
Quality second Hand Clothes and Shoes
Art and Craft materials