When they began meeting for weekly Capitol Ministries Bible studies in 2017, members of the Fiji Parliament were so enthusiastic with the in-depth teaching that they vowed never to cancel their studies, even if overburdened by affairs of the state.
That promise has been kept even through COVID-19 meeting restrictions. Unable to meet in person, the members gathered in front of their personal computers at different locations and met remotely on the internet to study God’s Word.
That dedication was heralded by Inoke Kubuabola, former Fiji Parliamentarian and current Fiji Cabinet Member who founded the Bible study in 2017 shortly after being named CapMin’s volunteer Global Director for the South Pacific.
“By the grace of God the Fiji CapMin Bible study is going well,” he said. “We continue to meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. before the MPs (Members of Parliament) go to Parliament.”
“Because of COVID restrictions on movement and gatherings we have been having weekly Bible studies on Zoom. We look forward to restrictions being lifted and can have face to face meetings again.”
The studies are led by The Rev. Aporosa Rageci and The Rev. Isireli Kacimaiwai.
After deciding not to run for re-election to Parliament in 2018, Kubuabola was tapped by Fiji’s Prime Minister to be his Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum consisting of 18 member countries including Australia and New Zealand.
“With this work God has placed me in, I’m in touch with heads of states and heads of governments,” he said.
With a career spent in the political arena, Kubuabola was already well-connected and this new position has widened his circle and enabled him to meet people in the political realm who are eager to begin Bible study ministries to leaders in their own nations.
While continuing COVID restrictions have delayed progress, discussions are ongoing about launching ministries in the independent nations of Solomon Islands, Nauru, and Vanuatu.
“From the time we met him Inoke has been passionate about Capitol Ministries’ mission,” said Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries. “He actually reached out to us through our website!
“The month after he became our Global Director for the South Pacific he established the ministry in Fiji and then initiated launches in several other island nations. We are so grateful for his dedication and his partnership. We are prayerfully looking forward to hosting a CapMin training conference in Fiji’s capital city of Suva in order to birth ministries in many of the capital cities of the South Pacific Island nations.”