134 couples married in mass wedding

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Efate, Vanuatu 

If you ever doubted that ministry and marriage go hand-in-hand, here’s proof that they do.

We want people to live right with God, and so part of our commitment to bringing them into a relationship with Jesus was to organise a wedding for them.

More than 130 couples were married in 13 Seventh-day Adventist churches across Efate on Sunday, September 28.

The mass wedding was organised by the Vanuatu Mission for cou­ples who were baptised at the conclusion of the “PV14: Hope for Port Vila” evangelistic series.

“Many [of the couples] had been living together for many years in a de facto kind of relationship,” said Mission president Pastor Nos Terry. “We want people to live right with God, and so part of our commitment to bringing them into a relationship with Jesus was to organise a wedding for them.”

Weddings were held in the Portoroki, Topua, Epauto, Olwie, Kaw­eriki, Freshwind, Etas, Maotua, Beverly Hills, Teoumaville, Ernas, Eton and Langwor Adventist churches, with local pastors performing the ceremonies. 

Pastor Terry commended local church leaders in Efate for organising the initiative, as many of the couples would not have had the financial means to facilitate their own weddings.

The mass wedding comes just two weeks after the closing cer­emony of the PV14 cam­paign, during which more than 2000 people were baptised.