Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of about 5000 people who attended the Adventist Community Service (ACS) congress coordinated by the Western Highlands Mission (WHM) and held at Ulya, the mission’s campsite.
When the people are determined to take a courageous stand, nothing will stop them from doing what they want to do for God.
Delegates came from seven provinces and were organised into their provincial groups for the main activities.
Guest speaker, Professor James North Jr from Andrews University, addressed the evening meetings on the theme of God’s grace, while PNG Union Mission’s associate secretary, Pastor Henry Monape, delivered the “morning manna”.
Attendees endured the wet conditions, with some standing for the entire nightly meetings. Pastor Monape commended their bravery, saying it showed their commitment to God, His Church and their leaders. “When the people are determined to take a courageous stand, nothing will stop them from doing what they want to do for God,” he said.
The congress paid tribute to the newly created Hela and Jiwaka provinces, allowing them to raise their own provincial flags. Hela province had 23 attendees baptised at the congress.
This was the first Adventist Community Service congress for a decade, after being reactivated by ACS director Pastor Samuel Mollen.
“I was so excited to see delegates coming in number,” he said, thanking delegates and mission administration for making the event a reality. He thanked church members in WHM for providing food and cash to the delegates. “That initiative took the congress the extra mile,” he said.