Howick, New Zealand
The French Polynesia Mission (FPM) ran a two-week evangelistic campaign in Faa’a in June, with 30 programs taking place across Tahiti’s most populated city.
I saw the Spirit of God at work. I could see hearts being touched for what Jesus has done for them.
Programs were held in churches, schools, sports venues and private homes, with a significant number of guests from the community attending.
In one area of Faa’a, 74 non-Adventists took part in the program, with seven people at the end of the campaign requesting baptism. Many other community members have also begun Bible studies.
“I saw the Spirit of God at work,” said local Pastor Josias Teuira. “I could see hearts being touched for what Jesus has done for them.”
One of the 30 evangelistic programs held in Faa’a in June.
The success of the “Faa’a for Christ” campaign was due in large part to the enthusiasm of local church members.
Many volunteered their time to organise the event, while others stepped in to serve as speakers.
“We would really like to salute and express our gratitude to the work that has been accomplished by our church members—may they be adults, youth and also children,” said FPM president Pastor Roger Tetuanui.
Pastor Tetuanui said there were even people who “had not given their lives to Christ” helping to organise the campaign.
The “Faa’a for Christ” campaign attracted people of all ages.
“Faa’a for Christ” is just one of several Mission to the Cities initiatives taking place in the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) in 2014.
The South New Zealand Conference (SNZC) has 14 programs planned across its region, including 12 local church campaigns for Christchurch.
Nine people have already been baptised as a result of the first campaign—a “Last Empire” seminar held in Invercargill in mid-June. NZPUC church ministries leader Pastor Jean-Noel Adeline served as guest speaker of the event. More than 200 people also attended the local church’s annual “Turning Point” program in the lead up to the “Last Empire”.
Institute of Public Evangelism director Pastor Gary Webster also launched programs in Geraldine and Ashburton, with community members making up the majority of attendees continuing with ongoing Bible studies with the local pastor.
“We have been encouraged by the response so far,” said SNZC president Pastor Damien Rice.
The Adventist Church in New Caledonia has also been busy with evangelism projects in 2014.
At the beginning of the year, leaders of the New Caledonia Mission were granted permission by 12 chiefs around the village of Touho—located more than 330kms north of the capital of Nouméa—to run an evangelistic campaign in the local area.
“Unless this gesture is done we run the risk of being turned away,” said Mission president Pastor Felix Wadrobert.
Pastor Felix Wadrobert (left) presents a gift to one of the chiefs at Touho. [Photo courtesy: New Caledonia Mission]
Literature evangelists have been selling books and making contacts in Touho in preparation for the upcoming campaign.
Adventist youth have also been involved, with several young members spending a week in June performing community service projects in the local area. They also held a concert in the village, during which 30 copies of Steps to Christ were handed out to members of the community.
“Many of our 341 tribes and villages have not yet been reached by the Adventist message,” said Pastor Wadrobert. “We earnestly desire that the Word of God be spread over the whole territory of New Caledonia, so that the people hear this Word and prepare for His coming.”