Prison ministry expands discipleship ministry to Fiji Islands

By January 18, 2008

Fiji Islands (MNN) — Crossroad Bible Institute's David
Schuringa says their team from the Australian distribution center has been busy
expanding the Bible study program into the surrounding region. 

Last year, they launched a new program in the Solomon
Islands. As CBI's reputation grew in the
prison community, it led to the newest project launch. "Just recently, they traveled into
Fiji's capital, Suva, to bring God's Word into the prisons there. In fact, CBI
Bible studies were delivered to nine prisons located in and around

It's an exciting new field for CBI and is being enthusiastically
received by inmates. Fiji is an archipelago
of about 322 islands, of which roughly a third are permanently inhabited. Most of the population lives on the two major
islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.   

According to a 1996 census, Fiji's population is largely
Christian, at 97.2%. Of the remaining
populace, most claim to be Hindu, with the minority Muslim. It's a seemingly friendly place for an
evangelistic ministry, especially to those who have been incarcerated.

However, with the growth come challenges. Among them,
funding and volunteer personnel. 
"Within the first couple of weeks, there were over 200 lessons
being completed and processed. They're always looking for new instructors out
there. So that's something that we can pray for the South Pacific, that more
people become instructors to correct the lessons."

CBI has guided thousands of inmates through a faith-based
re-entry education and equipped the church to make disciples and support them. You can help inmates study the Word of God by
not only praying, but by becoming an instructor. For details, click here.

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