If you were to set sail going southwest from the Hawaiian Islands, 3,000 miles out in the open Pacific Ocean you would reach the remote Fiji Islands. More than three hundred of them!
That sounds impressive, but if you could gather them all together, Fiji’s land mass would be smaller than the state of New Jersey.
Fiji once was a British colony, having only gained independence in 1970, with many locals (known as Indo-Fijians) being descendants of slaves working in the sugarcane fields—the island’s main industry next to tourism. In spite of the idyllic beauty, the Fiji people suffer in huge racial tensions and segregation. Indo-Fijians make up more than 35 percent of the population, the majority practicing Hinduism.
Pray today for the people living on this tiny spot in the vast Pacific Ocean. Intercede for them to find peace with God and with each other. Pray with confidence for the day when Habakkuk 2:14 is a reality: “… the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
(By the way, here’s an interesting fact about Fiji: The International Date Line runs through Fiji’s island of Taveuni. You can stand with one foot in today, and the other still lingering in yesterday.)
Tomorrow we sail the Pacific to another group of islands—where over 260 million people live.