As I write I am on board a commercial plane travelling to celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Adventist aviation in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. I have just opened Paradise, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, and on page 66 there is an article with the title, Simply OFFL! I soon discovered that this article tells the story of Operation Food For Life (OFFL). I quote: “This is a powerful acronym for an organisation whose original focus was to bring some quality of life to the impoverished community living on the Barundi rubbish dump on the outskirts of Port Moresby.”
The article continues: “In general, few people from the settlements are able to find work. Crime and domestic violence are rife. Despair reigns over hope as these poor families are marginalised by society and often regarded with contempt and suspicion.” Then the founders are identified: “It is the brainchild of president and co-founder Dennis Perry with fellow Adventist David Woolley.” Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing is commended a number of times as is Pacific Adventist University. And this is all in the in-flight magazine of a national carrier!
I thank God for all who are rolling up their shirt-sleeves and getting involved for good in our community.
I thank God for all who are rolling up their shirt-sleeves and getting involved for good in our community. This is just what Jesus spoke about when He described the Church as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Very well done Dennis and David and all who work with you. May your tribe be multiplied many, many times.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.