Friday, December 08, 2006

This Week's NATIONAL ETIQUETTE AWARD goes to....Fiji!

Fiji Page in Wikipedia

Official Fiji Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: Fiji Travel Information

I hereby grant the National Etiquette Award to Fiji, as it is customary in that country to remove shoes when entering homes.

This week a military coup took place in Fiji that looks set to restore dictatorship. Fiji has been a very popular holiday destination, with its beautiful beaches, but it has a history of military rule. We can only hope and pray that there is no bloodshed and that democracy is restored as soon as possible.

The population of Fiji is divided between native Fijians of Melanesian origin and people from the subcontinent of India whose ancestors were inroduced as labourers by the British. The Fijians were almost entirely converted to Christianity long ago, but the Indians are mostly Hindus. However, some of the Indian population have converted to Christianity. Racial tension between the two communities have made evangelism difficult.

4 comments:

Redeemed said...

I didn't know that one point almost all the country had converted to Christianity.

I heard about the military coup on the news. This past Sunday, our missionary to Nepal was in our church. He said their government is very close to going back to dictatorship, which would make it very difficult to the missionaries there.

Wonder what's happening...

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, things are very troubled in Nepal.

All of the native Fijians were converted, but the Indian Fijians were very resistant to the Gospel. Only a small number of Indian Fijians are Christians.

God Bless

Matthew

missmellifluous said...

I know some Fijian Indians who are Christians. Though they live in Australia now. Yay! They make the best Chai tea.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

The Pentecostals have been quite successful at evangelizing Fijian Indians.