Missionaries to The South Pacific
Mark & Kim Gardner
Broadening Our Outreach
After spending almost 20 years in Angola and Namibia we have relocated to Fiji, a fantastic hub for reaching the many Polynesian islands. We live in a farming community in Votua Levu, on the Island of Viti Levu, and partner with the Fijian Assemblies of God.
Ready, Aim, Fire!
Our leadership has asked us to spend time studying the culture and learning the language, and so we are involved in language and culture study during the week, and outreaches and training during the weekends.
Our definition of Children’s Ministry is not just our ministering to children, but includes the intentional involvement of children in Ministry. Ministry to the Lord in prayer, praise, and worship, and then ministry to other children and families. That is effective ministry indeed!
Over the last 20 years we have been involved in Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry on the Continent of Africa. We have considered ourselves soul winners and church planters. The emphasis of our ministry has been on winning children and youth to Christ and on training churches to do that as well.
We have partnered with churches to reach kids for Christ through School Assemblies, Open Air Outreaches, Camps, Church BGMC Fun Days, Television, Sunday School Rallies, and Mid-Week Community Programs.
We consider our ministry to be successful when we have trained and equipped others to do the work of the ministry. Over our last term we were challenged to not only disciple adults into the work of the ministry, but to train and equip children as well.
A child who is involved in ministry will become a youth who is involved in ministry. And a youth who is involved in ministry will not leave the church when he/she grows and leaves home. He/she will become an adult who stays in church and continues to be involved in ministry.