PNG student movement links with Aussie church

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Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea

The Western Highlands Adventist Students Association celebrated its 18th student convention in late December, 2012, in Mt Hagen, with the support of the leadership team from Warburton church, Victoria.

The students’ convention ended with a baptism of 10 candidates and more than 600 students making decisions to serve the Lord.

Pastor Murray Thakham, Warburton’s senior pastor, was the guest speaker, and—with James Ma´ae (associate pastor) and Owen Maunder (senior elder)—spent the week challenging the students to “Focus on Christ and Not on Crisis”.

“You are children of God. Do not allow any human theories define you as to what you should do during a crisis,” Pastor Thakham told the crowd. 

“God is your ever present guide and you must seek Him for direction.”
 

Pastor Thakham baptises a young person.

Morning sessions about health were presented by Bruce Mead, a podiatrist from Nowra, NSW. He talked about healthy habits and living a long life. 

The meetings were attended by more than 2000 students and community members each night.

The team from Warburton not only presented gospel messages but also donated electrical items, screens, paintings and other resources. Money donated for the student ministry totalled K20,000.

Student president Samuel Kelly thanked Pastor Thakham and the team for the generous contributions and the challenging messages.

The students’ convention ended with a baptism of 10 candidates and more than 600 students making decisions to serve the Lord. 

Two Bible workers have already been employed and are on the ground sorting out the decision cards to follow up this year and in 2014.