Youth in action in French Polynesia

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Tahiti, French Polynesia

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in French Polynesia dedicated the month of November to training, empowering and mobilising youth for evangelism.

I’m truly humbled and impressed by seeing what God is doing in French Polynesia, and especially in Youth Ministry.

Two-week training programs were held at three locations in the Papenoo district of the South Pacific country, with attendees participating in community projects and public evangelism.

The theme for the month was “Living for Christ and Witnessing for Christ”. Keynote speakers for the event included a number of young Adventists, including 20-year-old Matakovi Fetia, 18-year-old Roopinia Faatuarai and 26-year-old Teriitapunui Vaiana.

Matakovi and Roopinia were baptised earlier in 2013.

“I could hardly believe that young people, who were not trained in Theology and didn’t have extensive church leadership experience, were preaching and generating such a positive response,” said New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Family Relationships director Pastor Victor Kulakov.

Approximately 180 non-Adventists took part in the training programs in Papenoo, with a number of guests now attending a Seventh-day Adventist church or taking Bible studies.

More than 900 young people gathered at Pic Vert in Papeete on the final Sabbath of the program to celebrate and thank God for what had been achieved over the month of November.

“I’m truly humbled and impressed by seeing what God is doing in French Polynesia, and especially in Youth Ministry,” said Pastor Kulakov.