Where did you do your DTS?
I did my DTS in Lautoka, at Marine Reach Base, 2005.
Where are you serving now?
I am serving now in Asia- based in Thailand and also serving in China, 2-3 months a yr.
When was the last time you were home in Fiji?
The last time I was in Fiji was in 2013.
Where are you from in Fiji?
I am from the province of Bua, Vanualevu.
What is the hardest part about living in the country where you are serving?
Well, I think its hard living in a foreign country especially as a missionary. One of the biggest challenges is communication, especially when it’s a non-English speaking country. But I’m learning the language.
Visa issues, I have to get out after 90 days and apply for another 90 days. And that would include finances.
Just missing home and friends, food, feel lonely sometimes especially when I’m the only Fijian among the whole Ywam group.
How cold does it get in the winter?
It doesn’t really get cold here but in China, it gets really cold when it’s winter.
Do you have any advice for Fijians who are interested in overseas mission?
The most important thing is to walk in obedience before the Lord, whether life gets hard or easy, He wants to see our obedience, whether we like it or not.
How much missionary support do you need to raise each month to be a missionary in Thailand?
At least I need to raise 300fjd a month if I just serve at the base but if I travel e.g. to China, it would be more like $1500fj, that would cover my travelling expenses and cost of accommodation.
Where does most of this money come from?
Mostly from friends and family.
How much support do you get from Fiji?
I got support from family and also my church are trying to support me monthly which has been my desire for a long time.
If someone in Fiji want to support you in mission, what is the best way to send you money?
I have a Fijian account ANZ. This is my Bank information
BANK- ANZ NAME: LUSIANA NUTE ACC # -11114700.
ADDRESS; FOR WERSTERN UNION:
364 NANGLAE,MOO 5T A. MUANG, CHIANG RAI, THAILAND 57100.
If someone outside of Fiji wanted to send you money, how could they do that?
They can send through WESTERN UNION by the address above or to my account above and add this information to it: SWIFT CODE- ANZBFJFX; BSB # 010958.
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I am running Chinese/ English DTS- April and also when I serve in China, I serve in a BAM ministry (BUSSINESS AS MISSION) I also do University ministry in Chiang Rai Thailand.
What is your favorite thing to do in Thailand?
Just hang out with friends and building relationship with people. Riding elephants!
What is your favorite food in Thailand?
Sticky rice and mangoes, it’s a Thai dessert. Thai food is very spicy so it’s not really my favorite food.
What do you miss most about Fiji?
I miss food, family, friends etc.
Do you like Thai food more than Fijian?
It’s a so so, but I still love Fijian food; I have some Fijian food where I live like root crops and vegetables that similar to Fijian veggies.
When do you think you will be back in Fiji?
For that I don’t know!
How can we pray for you? What should we pray about?
Prayer request: For my ministry here in Asia running dts, university ministry and ministry outside the base, my health and finances as well.
Pray that I build good relationship with people and just to obey what God asked me to do here, not in my own strength or knowledge.
How can we pray for country of Thailand?
Prayer request for Thailand: Thailand is one of the highest rate in human trafficking, especially for children and women, Prostitutions in the world. It’s also the strongest Buddhist belief country in Asia, though it’s the country that opens to all religion. Christianly is less than 1% even though it’s an open country.
Is there any other ministry you involved in?
I am also praying to run a business school in the base. And also we’re involving in giving out bibles, Source view Bibles to non- Christians in Thailand, that has been our project lately this year as a base. The bible was translated by YWAMERS and it’s my base leader’s heart to commit to this project so this is another ministry that I COMMITTED TO.
Apart from ministry did you have any other commitment to do outside the Ywam base?
University ministry. I meet a group of girls every Thursday.
What are some of the hindrance to the people to become a Christians?
The biggest hindrances are that they are Buddhist.
What do you like to see in the peoples life after serving there ?
I want to see them coming to the Lord and to know that Jesus Christ is the only God and His desire is to have relationship with them.
Do you think that the church is doing great in there spiritual growth?
I think so but I think they need to be taught more from the word of God
Do you have any struggles as a foreign missionary in Thailand?
Of course, language barrier and food.
What are some of the highlights of being are missionary while in Thailand?
One of my highlights was that when a Buddhist woman admires my smile. Trying to communicate with my broken Thai and yet God uses my smile to touch her heart. For her she has to practice how to smile to be like her god. But when she sees my smile, she admires it and she said that I have a big heart and my smile is real! That was a big high light when God showed me that even though I couldn’t speaks the language yet he could use other things to touch peoples heart here.
Another highlight was when a monk a Buddhist priest talked to me, they don’t talk to women and they don’t touch women. It was strange that day while I was standing with other people, foreigners and they were white foreigners; he came right up to me and talked. I was shocked because that would never happen.
Do you think the government is more open now to give them freedom to worship God?
Yes Thailand is an open country but the sad thing is the Christian percentage is less than those restricted countries.