In 5 weeks, myself and three others will be heading to the (900!) Solomon Islands to teach islanders to teach themselves the Bible.
By the end of next week (on my 21st birthday!) I will have finished the final 3 books I have yet to study and then VOILÀ I will have completed my own, personal commentary of the Bible! (Available for sale on eBay afterwards for $29.95 😉 ).
Then, the majority of my friends/the other students will continue on their journeys in life and the few of us left will spend 3 weeks preparing for this outreach.
We will be flying onto Honiara -the only island we can fly onto (lol)- and living with the new Youth With A Mission base who are just pioneering their ministry there. We will help them run their first ever Discipleship Bible School – a 12 week intensive crash course that takes students through the entire Bible.
(If anybody wants to escape winter I would totally do this Bible school!! Who wouldn’t want to go to the Solomon Islands!?)
Aside from helping them out where we can, we will spend our time taking boats out from Honiara to churches on the other 300 inhabited islands that have asked us to come. Although around 90% of the Solomons population are Christian, many churches are made up of false teaching and cults, especially on the more remotes islands.
After spending 9 months in the Word ourselves, we want these churches -especially the pastors, elders and leaders- to actually know what’s inside the Book they believe in and the true words of Jesus.
The heart of our outreach is not to preach what we’ve learnt but to encourage the churches of the Solomon Islands in teaching them how to study the truth of the Word of God for themselves.
We plan to fit in as much ministry as we can in the times where we aren’t specifically asked to help/teach/speak. Although there’s not too much we can do in terms of materially helping on a short-term, bible-focused mission trip, we hope to spend time hearing people’s stories, visiting slums, digging wells (yeah I know, no comments please) and praying for people.
We believe that He is choosing us to help Him with what He is doing in the Solomon Islands and I am so excited that He wants to use me, a scared, not-yet-21 year old girl from Adelaide.
If you pray, please, it would be amazing if you could pray for myself and our team if we ever pop into your thoughts. And if you would like to literally help us get there, the Solomon Islands are so remote that this trip is extremely expensive! None of us have worked since we began Bible school (or began YWAM! haha), so we are trusting that God will provide the finances through people partnering with us.
If you want to know more about Titus Project (the outreach) or the Discipleship Bible School in the Islands, there’s some links below. 🙂
All the blessings!