Islands - Transformed by the Gospel
"The President, Prime Minister and many top government
officials on the Fiji Islands
are people who want to seriously follow Christ and lead the nation's Church
to turn around and dedicate the nation to God," reports Dr. Jack
Dennison of CitiReach. Church leaders report that even members of the
Military involved in the coup in the year 2000, now in prison, have become
Christians and asked for forgiveness. "In Suva, the capital, the
prisoners' loud songs of worship can be heard on the street outside the
jail, as they worship Jesus in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for
the future of the nation," writes Dennison.
One of the most astonishing aspects of the revival in
Fiji is how God is renewing creation which man has destroyed. After decades
of destruction, whole coral reefs are being revived, shoals of fish are
returning to the island's waters and rivers, and crabs have been seen
walking on the beaches for the first time in years. Even previously unfruitful
trees are bearing fruit, and the vines are blossoming again.
Today, people in Fiji meet every day to study the Bible
and pray together. One woman told the whole village that grass is starting
to grow on the banks of the stream again, the flowers are blossoming,
small fish have returned and vegetables grow faster and larger than even
the previous month."
The 2nd Chronicles 7:14 principle
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble
themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn
from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin,
and heal their land.
"I think God takes repentance and reconciliation, as described in
2nd Chronicles, very seriously," says Dennison. "He really does
send blessing 'where brothers live together in unity'. The events in Fiji
are one of the clearest signs of God's pleasure and reaction to societal
repentance that I have ever seen."
United Church as agent of transformation
"That day, the Minister for Women, Poverty and Society spoke in Parliament
about breaking the vicious circle of poverty, abuse and illness together
with a united church, seeing this as the primary delivery system for spiritual
and social services. The future will show how Fiji's Christians react
to this challenge. George Otis' Sentinel Group will organise material
for training, Luis Palau is preparing an evangelistic festival in 15 months,
the Living Stone Foundation aims to mobilise the business sector for transformational
economic activities, and CitiReach will assist with coaching the entire
process for the coming 3 to 5 years," writes Dennison.
Extracts Sourced from: Dr. Jack Dennison, fax (+1)- 719-548.9619;
Tragedy Sparks Revival and Transformation
By Jay Esteban
CWNews June 3, 2005
CBN.com – A prayer movement is changing communities worldwide—they
call it 'Transformation.'
It's happening around the globe: Christians praying fervently for God
to bless their nations—and it's making dramatic changes.
Transformation expert, George Otis,
Jr. says the Polynesian Islands are one of the hot spots
of 'Transformation,' and our report begins with Fiji.
In the year 2000, the nation of Fiji began to experience an astonishing
spiritual revival. It happened at the height of a crucial social upheaval
when the churches united and interceded for God's intervention.
Since then, this mighty revival has transformed not only individuals but
whole villages in Fiji. The Fiji people have been witnessing signs and
wonders—even to this day God is literally healing their land.
But before these Transformations took place, Fiji’s people faced
severe trials, pain, suffering and even death.
The village of Nataleira is just one of the many villages in Fiji that
has experienced a mighty move from God. On this occasion, Christians from
different parts of the world flocked to the island to personally witness
the revival and hear amazing testimonies of signs and wonders that have
taken place in Nataleira community.
Women claimed they saw fire come down from heaven one day, after completing
a month-long time of prayer and fasting.
Litia Tikoibua is one of the villagers who saw the fire. She said, “On
the last day, of the Healing the Land seminar, Pastor told us we will
see a flame as a sign of God's blessing. We came back from fishing and
my friend said, ‘Look a flame is falling down from heaven!’
When it reached the sea, the whole place was covered with flame.”
Kalesi Liku also saw the fire. She said, “When I saw the flame,
I prayed and I believe God is blessing my village.”
Indeed God did bless Nataleira. According to the villagers, the following
day, they were able to harvest plenty of fish from the sea.
Marika Dakuwaqa is the Village Chief of Nataleira. Marika explained, “For
the past 15 years, there was no fish. These ladies stay in the water 4-5
hrs and come back with no fish. But now when they go, when they come back,
they bring thousands of fish!”
In addition, as a whole, the ecosystem of the land has greatly improved.
Chief Marika told us, “Now you find crops! The wild yams are just
growing everywhere. The corals down there in the reef, they're growing
now, they are growing again.”
But even more important than the restoration of the land and the sea is
the healing of broken relationships in the community. It was learned that
a tragedy moved the villagers to call upon God and it eventually caused
the revival in Nataleira.
Chief Marika said, “We believe, without spiritual intervention,
the fabric of society in our village would have been broken into pieces.
But now it's been mended by the spiritual awakening that's taking place
in my village.”
Now Mele, Kalesi and all the villagers sing worship songs to God, even