Adventists reaching Fijian-Indian communities

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Navua, Fiji

A new Adventist church was recently opened in Navua, Fiji, marking the fulfilment of a decade-old dream of establishing a Hindi-speaking church in the region.

There were tears of joy as three local Indian families came together with Nasinu Indian Adventist church members at the new church building . . .

There were tears of joy as three local Indian families came together with Nasinu Indian Adventist church members at the new church building, which was constructed by members from Maitland Adventist church in New South Wales. 

The establishment of the Hindi-speaking church in Navua highlights an impetus by leaders of the Fiji Mission to share the Gospel among the Fijian-Indian community.

Pastor Clifmond Shameerudeen, who grew up a Hindu and is currently serving in a Hindu community in Trinidad and Tobago, visited the Fiji Mission in February to train pastors and church members on biblical principles he has found effective in reaching Hindus. 

“There are about 235,000 Hindus in Fiji, with only a few hundred who have responded to Jesus and the last day Adventist message,” said Trans-Pacific Union president, Pastor Glenn Townend. “But there is a keen sense that God is working to change this at the moment.”

In Suva, Fijian Adventists—fluent in Hindi—have been going door-to-door in local Indian communities singing songs and sharing Bible stories. Another group of church members is praying for the Indian community each Monday.