“Do not be weary of doing good, for at the proper time you will reap harvest..”Galatians 6:9
Education is the most empowering force in the world. It creates knowledge, builds confidence, and breaks down barriers to opportunity.
For children, it is their key to open the door to a better life.
However, it is a sad reality of our country and in our churches today that children will never receive this key.
They are destined to stay locked in cycles of disadvantage and poverty.
All children deserve to receive the ‘precious gift’ of education.
In fact, we have promised to give it to them.
It is time to deliver under the Sustainable Development Goals, the blue print for progress the whole world has agreed to, we are committed to give all children an inclusive and quality education by 2030.
A vision for the MCIF is to create a Learning Generation in our country.
Since 1835, Formal Education started in Fiji with the Methodist missionaries who set up a very informal education whereby reading and arithmetic formed the basic curriculum with spiritual upbringing. They set up mission schools, beginning with primary schools and further extending to secondary schools.
It will not be easy to achieve but, it can be done. It is important that we collaborate.
To fulfil the commitment, churches need to take on four education transformations:
1) Performance - This is about putting results front and centre. Successful education systems must invest in what works.
ii) Innovation - We must develop new and creative approaches. Education systems must innovate rather than just replicate.
iii) Inclusion - We must reach every last child. We will not close the learning gap unless our leaders take steps to include and support those at greatest risk of being out of school. The poor, the discriminated against, girls, and those facing multiple disadvantages.
iv) Collaboration - All stakeholders of our childrens learning institutes needs to hold hands and collaborate in the childrens learning.
The MCIF had its magnifying glass zoomed in on Pillar 3 of “Lako Yani Vou”, to have a decade of Education from 2016 to 2025. The church and its congregation need to work together and improve students academic achievements to assist in closing learning gaps existing in our society.
Navuloa church and community, likewise is on the roadway of this mission and we are aiming at achieving great benefits from it.
In developing countries, $1 dollar invested in an additional year of schooling gives back $10 towards economic benefits.
What a rate of return!
The case for education is indisputable, and we have no time to waste.
Please join us in our effort to create a Learning Generation in our church and in our country.
Psalm 127;3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward”
Under the MCIF come the Secretariat for Social Services and Christian Citizen
The role of the SS & CC is to create initiatives direct, monitor, coordinate and a mouthpiece to advise the Bose ko Viti and the senior administrators of the church on social services and Christian citizenship
A gypical examples of the concern of the churches are poverty, increase in violence, abuse of women and children, abuse of alcohol/drugs/yaqona and cigarettes.
The church is very vocal on the gambling, depletion of the environment via climate change, man made disasters and natural disasters.
Due to frequent and ferocities of natural disasters had put the church in the frontline to the need of its congregation members, in terms of physical emotional and spiritual needs
The latest issues is the global pandemic of the Covid 19 that is in its 2nd year and Fiji is directly affected. These had total lockdown of employment, business, school and movement.
The role of this committee is to initiate, assess(confidential) , monitor, coordinate the need of of the congregation and the community that is directly affected physical by natural or man made disasters and the current pandemic.
The needs maybe in terms of food ration and building materials, will also include resource support.
The assessment and affirmation of those who need assistance immediately and there maybe also those that have direct assistance from govt, NGO's and churches.
The setting up of our helpline and the assistance of donors will be directly be co ordinated by the team and advices the church's circuit monthly meetings.
The Pastoral Counselling team takes up the role of the shepherd as it is called to looked after flock within the fold and to go out and seek the lost ones.
The lost can be those within the church that may have gone astray, the need for renewal and further nurturing of the faith.
The call to empower through the Holy Spirit on good leadership in all spectrum, mentoring, keep looking for greener fields and clear running waters on the Word of God from the pulpit or any place where there is a calling as stated by John Wesley-that the world was his parish.
The current rise in psychosocial issues and post trauma problems within the church members due to the aftermath of natural or man made disasters, rise in violence within and the current global pandemic do required trained and skilled pastoral counsellors.
Globalization and impact of capitalism and secularism have strong and tighter grip on small island nations in the Pacific which is the new spiritual battlefield of the church to encounter head on.