A LIFE-CHANGING MINISTRY!
Fiji is again blessed to host the life-changing work of independent missionaries, Peter and Susan Kingston.
In October and November of last year, (English) Peter and (French) Susan worked in the Caribbean/West Indies conducting drug awareness programs in schools. This has been a central part of their missionary work in recent years.
The couple spent the final six weeks of their Caribbean mission on the island of Dominica-—depending as they do on the kindness of their many global supporters. After starting out in the village of Calibishie, they moved on to the Dominican capital of Roseau, where after untangling the necessary government paperwork for their mission, the couple were able to launch into their full-time ministry in the schools, in conjunction with the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit in the Dominican Ministry of Health. The Unit also enabled Peter and Susan to gain access to the State Prison where drug problems are also rife.
‘For those outside the Caribbean, it might seem like we were visiting paradise, but in fact the Caribbean’s proximity to the Latin American drug cartels and the big US drug market has brought them major problems. Crack cocaine is widespread and marijuana use is common – even at primary school level!’ Peter notes further that ‘as with other Caribbean islands, Dominica’s crime rate has shot up in recent years, with much of it linked to rival drug gangs.’
This year, Peter and Susan have returned to Fiji to continue work they have already begun here in past years and to further the kind of work they are involved with in the Caribbean. ‘Our basic program consists of quickly introducing our missionary work and then recounting some of our own experiences as teenagers with heavy smoking, marijuana, alcohol and LSD’. Peter and Susan also show DVDs about smoking & drug abuse.‘The videos are an excellent resource for giving at-risk teenagers an overview of the dangers associated with alcohol, cannabis and crack cocaine.’
‘Another video deals dramatically with the perils of smoking and graphically portrays the effects of lung cancer, mouth cancer and other diseases directly linked to smoking. ‘What makes the DVDs very effective is that they are full of real life testimonies and examples that young people can relate to’, Peter and Susan add.
Those interested in assisting the vital ministry of Peter and Susan in Fiji can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Their postal address is: Pacific Outreach, PO Box 15153, Suva, Fiji Islands
see also our newsletter from Dominica around the time of these events: newsletter 33