Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Vanuatu hosted its second city-wide evangelistic series for 2014 in December, with more than 6000 people gathering at Ex-FOL sports complex in Port Vila on a nightly basis.
Somehow there seems to be a more favourable reception of the Adventist Church through the medium of HopeChannel.
Some attendees travelled from as far as the country’s outer islands to attend the meetings, which is part of the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s “Mission to the Cities” initiative.
“The harvest is truly ripe and people are genuinely seeking a revival of true godliness in their lives,” said former South Pacific Division general secretary Pastor Lawrence Tanabose, who attended the event.
A baptismal ceremony was held at the conclusion of the series this past Sabbath, with two large pools constructed for the special event.
The number of baptisms has yet to be confirmed. A similar program held three months ago in Port Vila resulted in more than 2000 baptisms.
“Please pray for the meetings,” said Vanuatu Mission general secretary Simon Luke prior to the conclusion of the campaign. “God is going to show His power once more.”
The “PV14: Hope for Port Vila” meetings was led by New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) Church Ministries (Cluster) leader Pastor Jean-Noel Adeline.
As was the case with the previous campaign, a number of downlink sites were set up across Vanuatu for those unable to attend the main gathering in Port Vila.
This month’s meetings featured 20 downlink sites, up from the eight sites used in September.
Vanuatu Mission leaders said the ability to broadcast live on HopeChannel at multiple sites is crucial to the overall outreach efforts of the Church.
“Somehow there seems to be a more favourable reception of the Adventist Church through the medium of HopeChannel,” said Mr Luke. “There [was] one site right in Mele Village, the biggest village in Vanuatu and is predominately Presbyterian.”
There are about 19,000 Adventist members in Vanuatu, a nation of more than 265,000 people.