Despite the lockdowns and disruptions to schools around Fiji, Fulton Adventist University College theology students still went ahead with their practicum in the June to August period, adapting to the situation by shifting online.
The Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Communication and IT department, and Pastor Wayne Boehm, director of Hope Channel South Pacific, assisted with online training sessions for the students prior to the commencement of the practicum, which is traditionally undertaken in person.
Fulton lecturer Naomi Booia, who coordinated the practicum, said after the training sessions the students were confident that the virtual approach would work.
The students were happy to develop and learn new digital skills and were impressed with the reach of their evangelism efforts using online platforms, developing a sense of appreciation for what the new digital tools can contribute in ministry and sharing the gospel to the world.
“Praise the Lord,” said Mrs Booia. “He made it possible for us to complete this year’s practicum successfully. The contributions of the supervisors could not be overlooked as well. They were the ones who spent their time with the students, in mentoring and coaching them. Their God-given gifts, experience and expertise helped the students to do their part responsibly. We also acknowledge the church elders, church members, families and friends from here and abroad who supported the students in many ways.”