Tanna Island, Vanuatu
The leader of a breakaway group joined 18 of his members in returning to the Seventh-day Adventist Church through baptism, in front of church members and leaders from around Tanna Island, on August 4.
Today I am a happy leader knowing that I am leading a unifying church.
Timothy Kaio and his wife and sons, along with other members from the group, recently took part in a reconciliation ceremony after 17 years of separation from the mother church.
Vanuatu Mission president, Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong, Mission Ministerial Association secretary, Pastor Kaio Timothy, and Tafea District leader, Pastor Jonathan Moses, officiated at the baptism on the shores of Bethel in front of members from the 11 organised churches on Tanna.
Vanuatu Mission president Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong (right) shakes hands with members of the breakaway group following their re-baptism into the Church.
In his testimony after the baptism, Mr Kaio appealed to other members of his group to return. Others who were baptised shared their testimonies of how they wasted years criticising the mother church and failed to fulfil the gospel commission of Matthew 24.
People travelled from across Tanna to Bethel church for the service, with some relatives flying in from Port Vila. Songs were composed especially for the event. During a special service after the baptism the Bethel church choir sang and Pastor Mailalong spoke on reconciliation. “Today I am a happy leader knowing that I am leading a unifying church,” Pastor Mailalong said.