The apostle Paul was many things in his early life, including: Pharisee, persecutor of the Christian church, citizen of Rome, born with the name Saul into a Jewish family, and multilingual. After becoming a Jesus follower, Paul was also: a Christian missionary, prisoner, author of at least 13 books of the New Testament, martyr, church planter, and tentmaker. Today, there are many Christians in the world who can call themselves missionaries and church planters. Perhaps no more so than Haggai leader Kelevi Bulivou of the Fiji Islands.
Founder and senior pastor of New Horizon Grace and Faith Ministries South Pacific, which is located on the second largest island called Vanua Levu, Kelevi and his congregants have some goals that might look like impossibilities to most. Straight from his Facebook page, one can see where his faith lies, as his post reads simply, “Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted’” (Job 42:1-2). And for Kelevi, his family, and his fellow church members, they too know that God is the God of the impossible.
From 2019 through 2021, even during the pandemic, through this team of believers, the beautiful island of Vanua Levu has seen 500 people say “yes” to Jesus and 16 new churches planted. And they are just getting started, as one of the ministry’s goals for this decade of 2019-2029 is to plant 50 churches. They also desire to share the Gospel through open-air revivals, reach the unreached, and establish a Bible college.
Some of the “impossibles” have already become reality. For example, almost 20 acres of land have been given to the ministry for God’s purposes. Kelevi shares, “We are planning to build a mission school, to equip pastors and leaders for the work of ending Gospel poverty. On the land sits a mountain that we are calling a prayer mountain. This is where students can spend time with God, listening to His voice.”
Almost 20 acres of land have been given to Kelevi’s ministry for God’s purposes. “On the land sits a mountain that we are calling a prayer mountain,” Kelevi says. “This is where students can spend time with God, listening to His voice.”
And while these believers still lean into God and press on in what they believe to be His pursuits, they continue to ask God for answers to hurdles in sharing the Gospel. In order for their open-air revivals to have a greater impact, Kelevi and his team trust Him for musical instruments, an outdoor sound system, a tent, electrical appliances for lighting, and a diesel generator. They also are trusting God to provide a four-wheel-drive truck and boat with an engine, in order to reach the unreached people in the interiors and on other islands.
Kelevi will be the first to give Him all the glory for what He has done and for what they know God will do. He states, “We are so grateful to the Father for leading the way and for increasing His Kingdom here on earth. My Haggai equipping truly helped me know how to better steward the abilities and talents God has blessed me with — in order to make a positive impact for Him. And I do look forward to continuing my part of His plan to see all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.