Former PM opens church resource centre

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Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

A new district office that will serve as a resource centre for the Tomba Tambul district, Western Highlands Mission, was opened on October 2.

Churches are the most transparent and well-structured organisations that the government can partner with in delivering basic services to the people.

Pastor Peter Oli, president of Western Highlands Mission, commissioned the building to be used for the work of God. He outlined how the district resource centre fits into the whole structure of the Church and its service delivery plans. “It is part of the Church to deliver services to the local communities and Tomba Tambul district is the first to execute the Church’s corporate plans,” said Pastor Oli. 

Former three-time Prime Minister of PNG and the current Governor of Western Highlands Province Paias Wingti was the guest of honour who officially opened the centre.  

“Churches are the most transparent and well-structured organisations that the government can partner with in delivering basic services to the people,” said Mr Wingti. The governor also said that Western Highlands Province and the Seventh-day Adventist Church have built an effective partnership. “We will continue to partner in delivering services to our people.” The governor particularly mentioned this in line with the provincial government’s funding of Paglum Adventist High School’s transition to a secondary school—the first Grade 11 students will commence in 2015.

The provincial government and the Mt Giluwe local government president Michael Mai made contributions of K70,000 this year and said the same amount will be set aside in future budgets. Local churches and individuals from Tomba Tambul district also made financial contributions to the building of the district resource centre. 

It’s the first district in Papua New Guinea Union Mission to implement the PNGUM Corporate Plan for 2013-2020. 

The celebrations of the district resource centre happened during a week-long evangelistic meeting that ended with the baptism of 59 candidates from all seven organised Adventist churches in the district.