It was the weekend of the 50th anniversary of Adventist aviation in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Pastor Len Barnard, in his 95th year, and Pastor Colin Winch had both travelled to Goroka for the occasion. They were the pioneering pilots of the Andrew Stewart, our first plane. They were joined by many of those who had come behind them—pilots, engineers and ground staff. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people gathered on Sabbath morning to worship in the Goroka town park, and celebrate the leading of God in our aviation program.
We were honoured to also welcome for this special occasion General Conference secretary Dr G T Ng and his wife, together with many of the Division secretaries and their spouses from around the world. They were travelling in our Division and were able to conclude their visit with this very special event.
The warmth of the welcome and the genuine hospitality shown by our church family of the Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission was just amazing. I thank God for you.
On Friday evening the guests were welcomed in each of the many churches around Goroka. I was taken to the Goroka Town church. I guess there were some 400 members gathered for vespers. The warmth of the welcome and the genuine hospitality shown by our church family of the Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission was just amazing. I thank God for you. In fact, I thank God for our church family right across the Pacific. The members are so warm and welcoming and share so bountifully and unselfishly that which God has given them. Again, as I have said so many times, I am thankful that we have such a special Church to belong to.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.