Vanuatu Mission is mourning the loss of an Adventist pastor and district director on the island of Malekula.
Pastor Manasseh leaves behind a big gap for the Vanuatu Mission. A visionary young man with a passion for ministry, he will be a person hard to replace.
Pastor Warren Manasseh died suddenly from a kidney problem on January 5. Only 44, he had been a minister for 20 years and is survived by his wife and two children.
“Pastor Manasseh leaves behind a big gap for the Vanuatu Mission,” states the Mission newsletter, Talemaot. “A visionary young man with a passion for ministry, he will be a person hard to replace.”
Born at Aore Hospital in 1970, he was adopted by Pastor Manasseh and Ruth Joseph who put him through school and influenced him to take up a diploma in ministry at Sonoma Adventist College in Papua New Guinea.
His career as a minister began in 1994 in Sarakata church in Santo. He served three and-a-half years on Pentecost Island, a year at Aore as church pastor and men’s dean, three on Amabe, three on Epi, one on Maewo, three on Ambrym, two on Tongoa and three on Malekula.
“Events happened so quickly that we were left stunned for many days after,” said his wife, Linda. The couple met on Pentecost Island and married in 2002 at Aore Adventist Academy. “Our dad is dedicated to his work and very faithful in making sure we have morning and evening worships. He keeps telling us ‘hemia hemi work we God I kivim lo yumi mekem’ (This is the job God has given us to do).”
For the people of Malekula, Pastor Manasseh will be remembered for his leadership in the purchase of land for their district centre at Lakatoro and putting together a plan that will see a new office co-built by Vanuatu Mission and the South Queensland Conference in September 2014. This will make Malekula the first island to have something like this outside Port Vila and Santo, and fulfils one of the major strategic directions of the Vanuatu Mission.
“I will miss him, particularly being with the people and serving them wherever pastor went. I do not like sitting around like this. I miss ministry,” Linda said.