MEET HCC MISSIONARIES APENISA & LOLOU RABAI
Pastor Apenisa Rabai and his wife, Lolou have been Highlands Community Church
supported missionaries for more than 20 years. They have been such a blessing to the Aboriginal people of Australia and to the many HCC mission teams that have visited their Aboriginal Ministries. Many of you may remember meeting them in person one special World Outreach Weekend a few years ago when Pastor Rabai gave the sermon and Lolou led the congregation in singing “How Great Thou Art” in Fijian and English.
In addition to speaking at two HCC World Outreach Weekends, Pastor Rabai and Lolou have supported many HCC mission teams as the teams directly served the Aboriginal community in alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, women’s support, worship, and even organizing speaking in the public schools. They are dynamic leaders who represent the best in missions in the Pacific part of the world.
Pastor Rabai and Lolou grew up in the Fijian Islands just east of Australia.
During their 20 years as missionaries with Highlands, they have planted Australian Aboriginal ministries in Townsville and Brisbane on the North East Coast of Australia and on Palm Island island off the East Coast of Australia near the Great Barrier Reef. The article below shares just one ministry called "Happy Valley."
"Happy Valley" is open land alongside Townsville's International Airport in Australia. This is unused land not far from the airport runways. This area is called "Happy Valley" even though the Aborignal people live in makeshift shelters of cardboard and canvas tents. Drug use and alcoholism are widespread in this area.
Every Sunday, the Aboriginal church that Pastor Rabai and Lolou lead in the city of Townsville pulls into Happy Valley with a large trailer loaded with chairs, tables, a podium, hot plates, and lots of good food, hot coffee, and delicious juices. They break bread with the Happy Valley Aboriginal people while the church folks share the gospel with them. The Happy Valley Aboriginal people decided amongst themselves that they would not drink alcohol on the days that the church group visits.
NEW MISSIONARY AGENCY: WALKABOUT INTERNATIONAL
WalkAbout International is a new missionary agency established by the Rabais with an office and church on Palm Island, Australia and a future site in the Fijian Islands. HCC will be partnering with the new Fijian mission church to be led by Pastor Apenisa Rabai.
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
Plans are underway to involve HCC short-term mission teams in both Australia and Fiji under the Rabais' leadership once Covid-19 restrictions are ended. You might consider joining our Highlands team! If interested, contact HCC Regional Directors for the Pacific Region, Gary and Helen Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.