Not by Chance!
The Opportunity to Transform an Entire Generation
By Alan Brooks
In what many would consider a “chance meeting,” I had the privilege of spending a few minutes
with Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji. The July 2011 meeting
led to correspondence between us. In the course of this dialogue, the prime minister asked that
the students in Fiji receive Bibles similar to those that have been distributed in Indonesia and the
Solomon Islands. This was followed by an official letter of request from the Permanent Secretary
of Education that we give Bibles to all of the students.
102,000 Bibles Needed Immediately
Our immediate goal is to order 102,000 Bibles (two containers). This will allow us to give
a Bible to every secondary school student in Fiji. Once we have given Bibles to the secondary
school students, there is the potential of distributing 130,000 more Bibles to the primary school
students. Our plan is to print, ship and distribute Bibles as God provides us with the finances to
do so. Just as Ruth happened to glean in Boaz's field (Ruth 2:3), God is directing the affairs of this
project. The door is wide open! We cannot say no. We must move forward. Will you help? Two
dollars per student is all it will take to put a Bible into the hands of Fiji's next generation. Please
pray and give as God leads.
232,000 Potential Opportunities
Just as the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to decree the rebuilding of the temple in
Jerusalem (Ezra 1), God has stirred the heart of Prime Minister Bainimarama to influence future
generations of Fijians. Think of the life changing power that will be unleashed as thousands of
students read and share God's Word!
There were those who left Persia to return to Jerusalem to build. Cyrus instructed those who
did not go to help with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill
offering (Ezra 1:4). Will you help those who are going to make a difference in Fiji? Your gift of
any amount will help put Bibles into the hands of the future leaders of this island country. W