New Territory In French Polynesia

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A new church has been built on the island of Aratika, in the Tuamotu Archipelago a few days ago. Thanks to the extraordinary work of volunteers who were supported by “Global Mission Funding,” the island of Aratika is a new territory for the Seventh-day Adventist church in the French Polynesia Mission.

Aratika has a population of 233 inhabitants and there are three different denominations on this small island—the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and now the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The evangelistic work on Aratika began three years ago with a small group of lay members who stayed on the island for three months.

The evangelistic work on Aratika began three years ago with a small group of lay members who stayed on the island for three months. They shared their faith and gave Bible studies with many—who had never heard of the Three Angels’ Message.  Seven people who have been studying the Bible are ready to be baptised on the island in the next few days.

“This highlights the excellent work that can be accomplished through the support of “Global Mission” when all church entities from the General Conference to the local Mission work together to contribute financially towards helping unentered territories,” says Pastor Jerry Matthews, president New Zealand Pacific Union Conference.

Pastor Marama Tuariihionoa, president for the French Polynesia Mission, accompanied by 20 volunteers from Tahiti (the main island where the capital is situated), helped build a new church with the capacity of 100 seats in 18 days. Through the generous support of “Global Mission”, the church was able to purchase land in Paparara for the construction of the church. The small group of volunteers in Aratika is reaching more than twenty people every week, many have started attending Wednesday evening and Sabbath programs.

Constituted with five archipelagoes, French Polynesia is as vast as Europe and consists of 118 islands—only 67 only are inhabited. This vast, newly growing territory needs your prayer and support.

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