A unique partnership between Bible Society and Dayspring Ministries is bringing spiritual and physical healing to villagers living in remote South Pacific Islands.
The yacht, Seahawk, and its crew, including staff from the Bible Society of the South Pacific, is sailing to remote islands in the South Pacific bringing Bibles and the message of the Gospel to the people who live there.
The Bibles distributed are gifted by Bible Society New Zealand supporters.
During last year’s visit by the ministry team to the town of Labasa, on Venua Levu, Fiji, a blind man received his sight. As well, around 30 people a day are being saved and giving their lives to the Lord.
Bible Society of the South Pacific General Secretary, Solomone Duru, is excited about the mission.
“One of the problems we face in the Pacific Islands is a lethargy about spiritual matters. Many older people, especially on the remote islands, are resigned to their way of life.
“This is compounded by the fact that many people do not have access to God’s Word.
"For adults, who are lucky enough to have work, a Bible costs roughly a day’s wages putting it beyond the reach of many.
“But all of that is changing through the Seahawk yacht ministry,” he enthuses.
“Through this ministry we are seeing not just a spark but a fire of spirituality being ignited.”
On these remote islands where a boat may visit only once a month, the impact on the people in the villages has been overwhelming.
On a 12 day trip to the islands of the Lomaiviti Group last year, the team visited 16 villages and distributed 7,200 Bibles, New Testaments and Scripture leaflets.
Young people are receiving Bibles in their heart languages and giving their lives to the Lord. Older people are having their faith re-ignited and even church ministers are becoming revitalised.
This year – just four months from now - the sailing season in the Pacific Islands begins again. And once again the crew of Seahawk will be loading up the hold with its precious cargo of Bibles. Tonnes of Bibles!
But the people of the remote Pacific Islands where Seahawk visits are poor. In many places they are a ‘cashless society’.
To ensure Seahawk will be loaded to the gunwales with Bibles, we need your urgent help, please.
Will you prayerfully consider helping to bring the light into the spiritual darkness in the Pacific Islands by making a gift for a Bible today?
Thank you and God bless you.
Read more about this South Pacific Ministry.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2011.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her family’s poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.