Population Growth: 0.73%
Population under 14 years of age: 28.4%
Life Expectancy: 71.8 yrs
Languages: Fijian (official) and English (official)
Religion: Christian (64%), Hindu (28%), Muslim (6
Human Development Index (2011): 96
GDP Per Capita: $4,438 ($US)
Living Below the Poverty Line: 31%
History of Churches of Christ in Fiji:
Since 1993 GMP has partnered with the Fiji Community Churches of Christ in the planting, establishment and development of local churches. The Indo-Fijian community, which is the main focus of GMP outreach, has only a very small percentage of people who are Christians. Evangelism, discipleship and strengthening the ministry of the churches are the main goals.
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000km North-East of New Zealand, Fiji is comprised of
332 islands, of which roughly one third are inhabited. The bulk of the population lives on two islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. A former British colony, Fiji achieved independence in 1970, and democratic rule has been punctuated by two military coups in 1987, a mutiny in 2000, a civilian led coup in the same year and another military coup in 2006. The last coup, led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has led to the suspension of democratic processes. At the heart of the political instability of Fiji has been the sense of concern from ethnic Fijians (who make up a majority) that members of the Indo-Fijian community were having a disproportionate influence in the governing of Fiji.
The Fijian economy is one of the most developed in the region, as the island nation has a wealth of natural resources including timber, fish, copper and gold. Tourism also adds to the economy, with Fiji having recovered from the bad press that went along with the political instability in the wake of the coups. Fiji’s culture has been influenced by a variety of traditions, including indigenous Fijian, Indian and Chinese cultures.
Projects in Fiji
Church and Leadership Development
The ministry of the Fiji Community Churches of Christ is coordinated by the Director, Bruce Edwards. Vuci Road Church, which commenced in 1997, is pastored by Raj and Nirmala Deo. David and Christie Reddy have faithfully ministered at Lautoka and Vitogo churches (planted in 2000 and 2003), on the western side of Viti Levu since 2004. Muneshwar Gaunder and his wife, Stella, continue faithfully at Sigatoka (planted in 2012) with the support of Korean mission worker, Pastor Lim, and his family.
- Devonport Church of Christ in Tasmania has a strong and valuable relationship with Lautoka and Vitigo that involves regular team visits
- River Gum Church in NSW is exploring a potential partnership with Nakasi and developing a relationship with Sigatoka
- Oakleigh Church of Christ in Victoria has a long-standing supportive and encouraging partnership with Sigatoka and continues to support and encourage the church at Vuci Road with prayer and news.
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Resources on Fiji
- Cyclone Winston Update - 23 March 2016.pdf734 KBPDF File
- Cyclone Winston update and photos from Bruce Edwards.pdf555 KBPDF File
- GMP Fiji Brochure LowRes.pdf1.1 MBPDF File
- News from Fiji Churches Dec 2016.pdf589 KBPDF File
- News from Fiji Churches June 2016.pdf644 KBPDF File
- News from Fiji Churches March 2016.pdf819 KBPDF File
- News from Fiji Churches Sept 2016.pdf674 KBPDF File