Million dollars for Fulton in Fiji

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The General Conference Executive Committee today voted US$1 million to help relocate Fiji’s Fulton College.

“This is a very worthy project,” World President Ted Wilson told church leaders. “I was in Fiji recently and witnessed first hand the exciting opportunities this relocation will give to the mission of the church.”

I was in Fiji recently and witnessed first hand the exciting opportunities this relocation will give to the mission of the church.

 
Pastors Vuniwa (L) and Wilson onsite at Sabeto looking at the drawings for the new College.
 

The college must move because of a court order that it can no longer use the land it was built on.

Delegates and leaders from all thirteen world divisions of the church voted to appropriate the $1 million for Fulton. It will come from GC Treasury supplemental appropriations to specifically help with the costs of relocating the college.

Fulton College offers courses in three main areas: teacher training, business management, and ministry.

 
Nancy and Ted Wilson at Tailevu, the current Fulton College site.  

Church membership grew rapidly in the South Pacific in the first half of last century. Church pioneers were keen to set up a tertiary college to train young people to take the gospel to the Pacific region. So Fulton College was established in 1940 on an existing lease of land. It became clear Fulton would have to relocate when the lease ran out. By relocating to Sabeto, close to Nadi, the new location can better offer students a Christian tertiary education.

“We’re really excited that the leaders of our Church have made this appropriation,” said Pastor Waisea Vuniwa, president of the Trans Pacific Union. “Church members from throughout the Trans Pacific will be greatly encouraged by this support.”

Adventist leaders from around the world are attending the “Spring meeting” at Oakwood University, Alabama. The Spring Meetings are one of two annual world meetings of Adventist administrators held each year.

At the meeting, General Conference Treasurer Bob Lemon told delegates that for the first time in history, world tithe passed 2 billion dollars.

In the Sabbath church service, General Conference president Ted Wilson called for a better Biblical understanding of justification and righteousness.

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