Chuuk church responds to needs of other islands
Pastor Richard Sulatra recently gathered 18 Filipino church members and four Chuuk Church of the Nazarene members 10 February to serve in Fefan, a nearby island.
The Chuuk church members were inspired after returning from a short holiday to the island and shared a vision with their pastor to minister to Fefan communities.
The group teamed up with a Catholic church, which provided the boat and gasoline for the members to get to the island. Church members provided haircuts, massages, tested blood pressure and blood sugar, and reached out to children through storytelling.
Life on these remote islands is not always easy. Since the most common sources of income are farming and fishing, another trip is planned for the second week of April to teach the Fefan people the skills that the team offered them, allowing the community to have more varied sources of income. The church will also be collecting school supplies for the children on the island.
The outreach was well received by the local people. Word has gotten out of their ministry, and the church members have been asked to visit other islands. The church in Chuuk hopes to grow this ministry by developing disciples and encouraging revival among the believers there. They want to invite non-believers and other organizations to join in the effort to meet the needs of these islands with a long-term goal to start new church plants throughout Micronesia.