Port Vila, Vanuatu
Vanuatu Mission honoured Henry and Hanni Rusterholz on Monday (June 30) for providing iron roofing to Adventist churches around the country for the past 10 years.
Without your support, we would not be able to respond positively and adequately to the many requests for iron roofs that we receive each year. Thank you for your generosity.
During a special lunch held on behalf of the Rusterholzs, Mission president Pastor Nos Terry presented the couple with a bowl carved out of coconut hard wood as a token of appreciation.
“This is nothing compared to what you have contributed to the Mission and church members in Vanuatu,” said Pastor Terry. “Without your support, we would not be able to respond positively and adequately to the many requests for iron roofs that we receive each year.
“Thank you for your generosity.”
Vanuatu Mission president Pastor Nos Terry (bottom left) presents a carved bowl to Henry and Hanni Rusterholz.
The Ruzterholzs, orginally from Switzerland, have worked in the iron roofing business as part of BHP Australia (now Blue Scope) for 28 years.
Since 2001, they have spent more than $V1 million in providing iron roofing to more than 100 Adventist churches in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
“As soon as we saw how people worship under simple thatched roof made from bush leaves, we were touched,” said Henry Rusterholz. “We thought if we could in a small way enable people to worship under at least a decent roof, we would be happy. It has been our ministry ever since.”
Now in their eighties, the couple are unsure whether they will be able to continue the ministry.