A national evangelistic festival on the island of Fiji began today, expecting to draw tens of thousands of Fijians to the capital of Suva. The two-day "Fiji-Fest," hosted by the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association will “aim for impact in the a tropical paradise where, beneath the surface, the nation and its people are hurting,” according to the association.
“Four years ago civil unrest, ethnic division, and a military coup crippled the country and severely tested the friendly Fijian spirit,” LPEA stated in news release.
One travel guide reported to LPEA, “Fiji on the inside is certainly no paradise.”
LPEA stated, “Desperate for solutions, people are turning to God and eager for the Good News message of peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation in Jesus Christ.”
The Palau festival, with its “cutting-edge” approach and unique style, will feature “Great music! Good news!” as well as a Veggie Tales children’s area, an extreme sports zone, an island cultural fair, a festival choir, and a spiritual leadership conference.
Past festivals have drawn as many as 300,000 people in the U.S. and as many as one million overseas, while recent festivals have attracted tens of thousands, including 140,000 in Portland, OR; 125,000 in New England; 100,000 in Boise, ID; 55,000 in Santa Cruz, CA; 210,000 in Cordoba, Argentina; one million in Buenos Aires, Argentina; 300,000 Fort Lauderdale, FL. and 310,000 in Mar de Plata, Argentina.
During LPEA's time on the island of Fiji, evangelists working through LPEA’s Next Generation Alliance in five smaller cities on the islands of Viti Levu and Vua Levu, will also be leading regional evangelistic crusades.
The Association is praying that “God will use these ministries of compassion and the proclamation of the Gospel to lead thousands of Fijians to Jesus Christ and put the nation on a path to paradise” during Fiji-Fest.