Acts of kindness impact Port Vila

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Port Vila, Vanuatu

More than 500 Adventist youth from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands celebrated the arrival of the New Year by performing service activities around Vanuatu’s capital city.

On Sabbath afternoon, participants took to the streets of Port Vila to sing and pray with people, hand out containers of rice and pay for bus fares.

Youth members spent the first week of January picking up rubbish around Port Vila, painting school classrooms and cleaning the city’s main hospital and police station.

The community service was part of the Vanuatu Seventh-day Adventist Church’s National Youth Congress, which opened on New Year’s Eve with a special address from Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil.
 

Participants at the opening of the Vanuatu Seventh-day Adventist Church’s National Youth Congress.


The theme of the congress was “The Power of One”, with daily devotions and workshops held throughout the week at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) and Lycée College. Trans-Pacific Union Mission youth director, Pastor Maveni Kaufononga, and Efate district director, Pastor John Leeman, served as keynote speakers.

On Sabbath afternoon, participants took to the streets of Port Vila to sing and pray with people, hand out containers of rice and pay for bus fares. During these “act of kindness” activities, the youth also gave out Bibles and more than 300 copies of The Great Hope.
 

A congress participant shares The Great Hope.

The congress ended on January 6 with a parade through the city and a ceremony at VIT. During the ceremony, Malampa district was announced as the host of the next youth congress.
 

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