On the 7th, the second day of the Fiji World Camp, there was a meeting scheduled with Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama in the morning. Near the appointed time, it was delayed. Later on, we found out that the Prime Minister had cancelled all other appointments due to health problems but only delayed the meeting with us.
Thus, the meeting with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Pastor Ock Soo Park took place at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Government Complex Building located in Suva, the capital. This meeting was able to be achieved through Mr. Kisoko Tagitumaivei, who was the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office in 2015, attended the Korean World Camp, listened to the Mind Lecture and gospel, and introduced us.
As Pastor Park and his company entered the Prime Minister’s office, the Prime Minister of Fiji welcomed them gladly. The Prime Minister spoke about the Camp opening ceremony that he attended the day before saying, “Thank you for holding a camp for the youths of Fiji. As I said yesterday at the opening ceremony, youths nowadays are very different from the way we think. Through this kind of camp, I believe the mind needs to change.”
Pastor Ock Soo Park spoke, “We need your help, Prime Minister in doing these works. Nowadays, there is a lot of knowledge that students see, learn, and access but they lack the self-control to control it. In terms of a car, it is the same as a good engine that is fast in speed but the brakes do not work. That is why I educate the minds of youths and over 5,000 students have gone for a year of overseas volunteer work in 200 branches across the world through the program called Good News Corps. It becomes a time for the students to become hungry, go through hardships, become ill with malaria, and feel many things and learn each other’s hearts. If you help us, we would like to carry out mind education with teachers first.”
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took interest in the Mind Education and overseas volunteer program and asked questions about details as he listened. He expressed his wishes to apply this overseas volunteer program to the youths of Fiji and allow them to learn many things for a year. Also, he said that the mind education should be extended not only to teachers but also education personnel, civil servants, and businessmen. Moreover, regarding the actual mind program, the Minister of Youth will carry out the executive work, and detailed contents will be negotiated with the Mr. Karan, the Permanent Secretary of Prime Minister’s Office.
As the Prime Minister attended the opening ceremony the day before, he says he was surprised by Gracias Choir’s music commenting, ‘It was the best music I have ever heard.’ The Prime Ministers weren’t able to listen properly with the sounds of the participants cheering but he was very thankful for having come separately and gathered ministers from each department to listen.
Pastor Ock Soo Park who first moved to the venue spoke about the need for mind education to the Ministers of Agriculture, Health and Welfare, Transportation, and the Ambassador of Papua New Guinea that gather to listen to Gracias Choir’s music. The Ministers sympathized with the Mind Education and asked in detail what kind of education it is. Pastor Ock Soo Park spoke that as the TV volume can be lowered or the air conditioner temperature can be adjusted, when we understand the structure of our mind, reduce our desires, and nurture self-control, we can be happy.
The Prime Minister arrived at the conference room and a small music concert took place. The beautiful performance of pianist Soo Yeon Park, violinist Jun Hee Park, flutist Hye In Jeong and the Choir members Su Hyeon Lee, Hye Mi Choi, and Julio sung a Fijian traditional song, classic, and Korean traditional song ‘Spring of Hometown,’ enthralling the hearts of the Prime Minister and attending Ministers. The Prime Minister and each Department Minister wanted to listen and treasure the music, taking out their phone to record the Choir’s beautiful voice.
Pastor Ock Soo Park put his hands together saying that he would pray for Fiji and the participating Prime Minister and Ministers prayed together. On this day, the news of Pastor Ock Soo Park and the small music concert was posted on the Fijian Government’s Facebook page (through YouTube).
40 years ago, Pastor Ock Soo Park prayed to God about the South Pacific Islands when he was going through hard times and those prayers are finally bearing fruit. Last week, as it was with Kenya, this week, in Fiji of the South Pacific, God is working miraculously. We are hopeful of how much more God will work in the South Pacific.