Port Vila, Vanuatu
Key leadership changes have marked the beginning of a new year for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Vanuatu.
I see this privilege as an opportunity that comes with its challenges. But [I look] at challenges as opportunities to give God the right to demonstrate His greatness.
Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong was announced as president of Vanuatu Mission by Pastor Paul Cavanagh, general secretary of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM), at a combined Sabbath worship program at Epauto Secondary School, Port Vila, in early February.
Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong. [Photo courtesy: Adventist Media: Vanuatu]
More than 2000 Adventists from the Efate district gathered to hear the announcement. Pastor Mailalong was previously ministerial secretary for the TPUM. He now resumes the role he served in for seven years prior to taking up the position at TPUM.
“I am humbled by the fact that the church leadership has considered me worthy to once again serve as the head of the Church in Vanuatu Mission,” Pastor Mailalong said. “I see this privilege as an opportunity that comes with its challenges. But [I look] at challenges as opportunities to give God the right to demonstrate His greatness.”
The change of leadership comes in the wake of the TPUM’s mid-year financial review. Former president John Leeman was appointed district director for Port Vila. Vanuatu Mission also has a new Education director. Willie Luen, who is completing a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of the South Pacific, takes over from Joses Seth, who was recently appointed principal at Epauto High School.