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Southeast Asia Not by Chance! The Opportunity to Transform an Entire Generation By Alan Brooks In what many would consider a “chance meeting,” I had the privilege of spending a few minutes with Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji. The July 2011 meeting led to correspondence between us. In the course of this dialogue, the prime minister asked that the students in Fiji receive Bibles similar to those that have been distributed in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. This was followed by an official letter of request from the Permanent Secretary of Education that we give Bibles to all of the students. 102,000 Bibles Needed Immediately Our immediate goal is to order 102,000 Bibles (two containers). This will allow us to give a Bible to every secondary school student in Fiji. Once we have given Bibles to the secondary school students, there is the potential of distributing 130,000 more Bibles to the primary school students. Our plan is to print, ship and distribute Bibles as God provides us with the finances to do so. Just as Ruth happened to glean in Boaz's field (Ruth 2:3), God is directing the affairs of this project. The door is wide open! We cannot say no. We must move forward. Will you help? Two dollars per student is all it will take to put a Bible into the hands of Fiji's next generation. Please pray and give as God leads. 232,000 Potential Opportunities Just as the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to decree the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 1), God has stirred the heart of Prime Minister Bainimarama to influence future generations of Fijians. Think of the life changing power that will be unleashed as thousands of students read and share God's Word! There were those who left Persia to return to Jerusalem to build. Cyrus instructed those who did not go to help with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering (Ezra 1:4). Will you help those who are going to make a difference in Fiji? Your gift of any amount will help put Bibles into the hands of the future leaders of this island country. W www.bimi.org/fiji 10