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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Some Fiji Updates, and What God is Doing in the South Pacific

 Fiji was great!

We had a great move of God at our first National Conference, and I have some really exciting news about what God is doing that I will be releasing over the next couple of weeks. 

All I have to say is WOW!!!!!

We have established our constitution, and licensed several ministers in Fiji, and God gets all the Glory!

We have been able to get 11 ID cards, and ministerial Certificates to our ministers in Fiji Here Is some info so you can see them, and know who you're praying for, and what they look like!

Setoki Tuberi National Missionary Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Fiji

Bola Were Setoki Evangelist from Lami Church 

Kustitino Matanituilagi Pastor Bua Church

Saula Naicori Pastor Waimalua Church

Sakes Rokovasivasi Pastor New Jerusalem Church

Tenure Vatiiai Minister Lami Church

Vika Raigani Minister Lami Church

Joyse Laisane Minister Waimalua Church

Filomena Takayawa Minister Buabua Church

Taucilagi Filomena National Missionary Assemblies of The Lord Jesus Christ Fiji

Fitter Tikoaedru Minister New Jerusalem Church

We had some great teaching, and ministering for 3 days and nights! God showed up, and we saw miracles signs and wonders! 
On the last night we got to see healings, and the Lord began to move in the gift of prophecy. 
I can't wait to hear the great things that happen over the next several weeks, and months. 

Here are some photos from conference!

Thanks for your prayers and support! They are greatly appreciated!
Bro Marshall

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Excitement, Emotion, and Exhaustion

It has been a rough week, an emotional week, an exhausting week, but a very good week!
We landed in Fiji on June 15th, and the first thing we noticed when getting of the plane was... Drum Roll?????

Burger King!

Yep we stopped, and had some Burger King at the Nadi Airport before boarding our last flight into Suva. 
After a 3 and a half hour layover in Nadi we had a 30 minute flight to get to our final destination in Suva. 

I had rented a car over a month ago, and was ready to get the car and go to the hotel. After finally finding the car rental area I found out the Hertz guy (company that assured me I would have a car) was not there. 

There was however a very nice lady from Avis who was working that night, and she was very apologetic, and she offered to call the man from Hertz to see what was going on. 

After talking to him he informed me they have no cars in Suva, but they did in Nadi...(3 hour drive). 

Then my wife was talking to this lady from Avis, and while I called the hotel to arrange a shuttle. 

The Avis Representative was named Asma, and she was so kind. 
Not only did she offer to take us to our hotel, but she offered us a car for our time in Fiji. She said she could put us in a 8 passenger van until she could find something else. 

After going to the lot, and filling out the paperwork, we were able to drive away in a brand new Hiace van. 
This thing is HUGE, but is also very nice. 

The funniest part about it is while we are on the road people think it's a taxi, because this is the primary vehicle used for public transportation. 
Everywhere we go people are trying to flag us down, we all just laugh, smile and wave back. 

After having all the issues with the rental car, we then went to the hotel. I had booked our room 2 months in advance to make sure it would accommodate all of us. 
We get there to check in, and they have 4 people in a standard queen room...
Thankfully we were able to get the room I had initially booked, within about 5 minutes, and the price was the same I had already paid. 

We just took in the beauty of Fiji for our first 4 days, and there is a lot of beauty to take in!
We have been to town to check out all of the markets, and shops downtown, and we were able to go to a steakhouse that is on a ship in the ocean to celebrate Ezekiel's 18th birthday. It just so happens that it worked out that Ezekiel's Birthday landed the day after we did! 

On Saturday I got to check off one of my bucket list items, and that was going to the island where they filmed "Cast Away"! Crazy I know, but it is one of my favorite movies. It was a full day cruise with a boat ride, some snorkeling stops, swimming in some of the clearest most beautiful water I have ever been in, lunch, and a great day with the family. 

It was very refreshing to get some down time with my family before we got started with conference time. After loosing my grandpa last week I just had some time to unwind and decompress. I have been pretty edgy, and irritable for the past several days, and the family time really helped me. 

The night we landed we found there was a McDonalds about 5 minutes from our hotel, yep it was about midnight and we drove there to find it was a McDonald's just not a 24 hour one... so sad.

Room service it was! But you better believe we hit McDonald's the next morning! 

Anyone who is from America, and likes fast food has no idea the struggle we face lol!

Burger King was our first fast food in about 16 months. 

Sunday we had our first service with Brother Setoki, and we were able to preach, and have a great service. After the service we had some time to set down, and have lunch together. 
We talked about the organization, and ways we could help equip them for the future. I have committed to helping the Fiji Churches grow, and we were able to come up with some ideas for the future. 
This week I will be meeting our ministers in Fiji to see where some of our biggest needs are to help them progress further. 
This coming week we are preparing for our first National Conference in Fiji! 
Stay tuned to find out more!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support,
Bro Marshall

Here are some pictures from our first few days in Fiji!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

No Podcast This Week, Traveling, and Loss of My Grandpa I Need Some Time

 Thank you for understanding. 

This week we were traveling to Fiji, and I lost my grandpa June 11. 

Please remember my family in your prayers during this time. 

Arrangements have been posted to my Facebook.

Even though there is not a podcast this week I wanted to take a little time to explain what it is like when you are a missionary, or someone who is out of the country and can't make it back during times of death.

In August of 2019 I lost my grandma while I was in PNG, and now her husband my grandpa has passed away June of 2022. 

When you are in the field, and can't be there when they pass away, go to the funeral, or see them that final time is very difficult. 

I realize that it is hard on everyone, but when you can't see them, or be with them that one last time it changes things. 

You never really get closure. 

It is so unreal. 

Even with my grandma who I lost in 2019 it still doesn't seem real. 

You know that person is gone forever, and you feel the same emptiness, but it isn't the same as those you are able to be there for. 

No visitation, No funeral, No saying goodbye... It is awful. 

With my grandpa it is different though. 

We talked occasionally on the phone, but couldn't really talk much, because when I would call from PNG it was very hard on him.

Every time I would call he would cry, and then he'd feel bad and apologize, but I would still try to call at least once a month. 

We had a lot of great talks, and I was able to get some closure the last time we talked while he was in the hospital. 

With family things it is also difficult. 

My family is back in the US dealing with everything, and has been great with keeping me in the loop with phone calls, and video chats, but it makes you feel pretty helpless when it comes to the physical labor. 

You feel like more of a burden than a help, because we won't be back in the states until September, and by the time we arrive back in the US all the work will be finished. 

Just a flood of emotions that you have to muddle through on top of the grieving. 

I just wanted to shine a little light, there is a lot more, but this is the cliffs notes version to help you peek into some of the feelings that you have.

If nothing else it helps me try to explain it to some degree.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, and your prayers for all my family during this time.

Bro Marshall

Monday, June 6, 2022

Pentecost Sunday, and a Prayer Request

 We had a great Pentecost Sunday Service in the Western Highlands. It was hosted at Jerusalem Church in Kelua. 

I preached on Pentecost, and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and God showed up! At the end of the sermon we had a great altar call, with people singing, praising, shouting, and dancing!

I also got a call that my grandpa is in failing health. He has fallen down the stairs, and the prognosis is not good. They have found multiple brain bleeds, and he is very disoriented after several days in the hospital. He also has stopped eating, and has not eaten anything since Friday evening at 5:30. 

Please Keep Bill Marshall in your prayers. The Doctor may say no, but if it is his will and God says yes, the Dr's words really have no weight!

Thank your for your continued prayers and support,

Bro Marshall