A Memorandum of Understanding, signed in Suva, will see missionary work for Chinese communities commence later this year in three Pacific island countries.
The Global Mission Coordinators from Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands each signed an agreement with the Director for Global Chinese Evangelism from the Chinese Union Mission (CHUM), Dr Terry Tsui.
It is so much more effective when people can hear the gospel presented in the context of their own culture.
Pastor Tsui attended the Trans Pacific Union’s Global Mission Advisory at Tamavua, and finalised an arrangement in which CHUM will send volunteer missionaries from China to plant churches within Chinese communities in the Pacific.
Those involved in signing the Memorandum of Understandings: Left to right, Pr Johnnie Tango (Solomon Islands Mission), Pr Nos Terry (TPUM Global Mission Coordinator), Pr Terry Tsui (Director of World Chinese Evangelism, China Union Mission), Pr Ray Coombe (Global Mission Coordinator-SPD), Pr Sione Moala (Tonga Mission), Pr Kaio Timothy (Vanuatu Mission).
The Chinese volunteers are currently undergoing training at the 1000 Missionary Movement Campus in the Philippines and then work on Global Mission projects in Tongatapu (Tonga Mission), Port Vila (Vanuatu Mission) and Honiara in the Solomon Islands Mission.
“I am delighted that volunteer missionaries with an understanding of Chinese culture and the language can come and work among their own people here in the Pacific,” said Pastor Ray Coombe, Global Mission Coordinator for the South Pacific Division (SPD).
The three projects are the first to target the significant Chinese unreached people group, which have existed for many years in the Pacific islands. It is hoped that similar Global Mission projects will follow in Fiji, Samoa and French Polynesia in the future.
The missionaries will be on a two-year contract, supported by Global Mission funding and the Chinese Union. It’s expected to take six years to effectively plant an Adventist presence in these communities.
This year, there are 22 Global Mission projects funded in the Trans Pacific Union to plant churches in new areas and within unreached people groups. Prayers are needed for the Global Mission Pioneers who are at the frontline of mission and especially the Chinese volunteers as they come to serve in the South Pacific.
“It is so much more effective when people can hear the gospel presented in the context of their own culture,” said Pastor Coombe.