The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman, attended the opening ceremony of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission Pathfinder Camporee and made a V1.15 million (vatu) donation (approx $A12,500). The money, V1 million came from the government and V150,000 from the prime ministers personal business. The donation was given to help cover camporee expenses.
|Mrs Kilman with pastor Nick Kross and Sato Kilma, Vanuatu Prime Minister|
More than 2000 Pathfinders attended the event, held recently at the Blue Water Resort, Port Vila. Clubs from around the Pacific came together, with the biggest representation from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
At the end of the camporee, more than 250 youth made a commitment to follow Jesus
The smallest country represented was one Pathfinder and their Youth leader from Kiribati and 25 from Tuvalu. Some of the Pathfinders from the further island atolls had never seen farm animals before so the trip for them was the first overseas and quite an experience.
During the camporee, the Pathfinders had the opportunity to live out the theme, “Courage to tell,” by marching through the town, picking up rubbish and cleaning up the entire town zone. Some people were so impressed with the clean up, they rewarded them.
|Pathfinders cleaning the streets.|
Pathfinders carried banners with challenging slogans against drugs and alcohol, and other health messages. The director general of health for Vanuatu, Mark Bebe, gave a talk on health to those who witnessed the march. The army-band accompanied the Pathfinders as they marched through town.
Pastor Nick Kross, Youth director of the South Pacific Division was the main speaker for the event and focused on different heroes of the Bible who had the Courage to tell. “We could really feel God’s presence,” says Pastor Kross.
The meetings were held outdoors so the Pathfinders and leaders prayed all week the rain would not affect them. The rain held off all week until the program on Friday night. Pastor Kross preached for 40 minutes in heavy rain. “What amazed me, was that they stayed,” he said. At the end of the camporee, more than 250 youth made a commitment to follow Jesus.