Thirty people were baptised in Tahiti on September 27, marking the end of a two-phase Mission to the Cities initiative held across Faa’a in June and September.
The main issues for most people are that they live in a de facto relationship or work on the Sabbath. Otherwise many more people would have been baptised, maybe over 200 additional people.
Approximately 2200 church and community members attended the special ceremony at the Aorai Tini Hau venue in Pirae, with 52 people responding to a closing appeal for baptism.
Pastors Roger Tetuanui (left) and Auguste Gentilhomme (right) prepare candidates for baptism. [Photo courtesy: Geoff Beissner]
A further 200 people asked to begin Bible studies at the conclusion of the “Faa’a for Christ” evangelistic series in September. In June, 30 campaigns were held across the Faa’a region of Papeete, with 250 people requesting follow-up Bible studies.
French Polynesia Mission president Pastor Roger Tetuanui said a number of people chose not to get baptised at this stage as they first want to get their marriages right with God.
“The main issues for most people are that they live in a de facto relationship or work on the Sabbath,” Pastor Tetuanui said. “Otherwise many more people would have been baptised, maybe over 200 additional people.”
Regarding next year’s evangelism plans, Pastor Tetuanui said the French Polynesia Mission will focus on events to meet the physical, emotional and material needs of non-Adventist families. A key part of this strategy will be to teach local biblical health principles, as “health is the right hand of the gospel”.
The Mission would also like to see more home churches established in Faa’a in 2015 as land and buildings in the area have become very expensive.