See what students, colleges and others are saying about Island Encounters Fiji and how it has impacted their lives.

Student Testimonials

Jennifer Gerrand

“My time in Fiji was incredible. It changed me in ways I could have never imagined. Giving up my comfortable life for an unknown adventure. Fully putting my hope, trust and life into the hands of my savior. I grew and learnt so much from Ray and Laura. Their selfless, compassionate, gentle, generous and gracious hearts for Gods people inspired me. I was so blessed to have been able to humble myself, be apart of their beautiful family and to witness all the great things God is doing through their ministry in Fiji”


Laura Newby

“The principles of community development I learned in Fiji were the most valuable part of my college education. I can trace back the philosophy of service I currently use to guide my church and nonprofit work to those founding principles”

Paizley Tew

“My time in Fiji with Ray and Laura was some of the wisest hours I ever spent. Besides being one of the most memorable journeys of my life, they helped me grow, pushed me in my walk with Christ and my relationships with others and served me as loving role models. Since I’ve left Fiji they have stayed so close to me, and I know we will be life long friends. A decision to join them in Fiji will be one of the most beneficial decisions you will ever make.”


Courtney Davis

“God broke my heart for what breaks His throughout my time in Fiji. My diverse experiences with various ministries affirmed and refined my character, broadened my world view, and cultivated a mission mindset/passion for relational ministry into me.”

Ian Kanski

“Over 10 years ago, I spent a semester in Fiji as a college student in a program that was built and operated by Ray and Laura Pittman. To this day, I still consider the carefully crafted experience they provided to be one of the most formative times in my college years. I’ve since seen the Pittmans guide many other students in similar cross-cultural experiences while always maintaining excellent Community Development values in local regions they work in.”


Kiera Duncan

“My semester in Fiji changed me in ways I would never have anticipated. God used the setting and the people to teach me about rest, about what it means to be in community, about how to be quiet, about how to rely on Him and not my own gifts and talents. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today without that time in Fiji. Looking back on it now, I see how God used it to build into me things I would need for the life I now live overseas.”