President has a nose for people

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Within minutes of arriving in New Zealand the Adventist world president met people with a traditional Maori greeting. They touched foreheads and rubbed noses.

Dr Ted Wilson set down in Auckland today from the USA with his wife Nancy. Pastor Jerry Page—the world Ministerial Director—and his wife Janet accompanied him.

You have recognised me as a chief among you, and I am grateful for that, but I want to say to you today I am your brother. I am not above you. The blood of Jesus means I am one with you


Pastor Wilson is on a 16 day trip to the South Pacific which will take him through New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fiji.

Given a traditional Maori chieftain, kiwi-feathered cloak to wear, Pastor Wilson told church members at the welcome ceremony, “You have recognised me as a chief among you, and I am grateful for that, but I want to say to you today I am your brother. I am not above you. The blood of Jesus means I am one with you.”

Pastor Wilson took time to talk with children and women in his first engagement during his first visit to New Zealand.

During a ceremony of traditional music and dress at the Maori Seventh-day Adventist Church, Auckland, Pr Wilson was joined by Pastor Jerry Matthews (New Zealand Pacific Union President) and Pastor Eddie Tupai (North New Zealand Conference President).

Pr Wilson was joined by Pastor’s Eddie Tupai, Jerry Matthews and Jerry Page

The Maori merae, or church building, was built as part of a strategy to reach Maori’s living in Auckland. It was made possible by a global mission grant from the General Conference.

For daily updates of Pr Ted Wilson’s visit to the South Pacific go to: http://record.net.au/blogs/president-visits-south-pacific