Honiara, Solomon Islands
A group of Adventist volunteers was featured in Solomon Islands’ newspaper Solomon Star, following a recent weeklong fly’n’build.
We went to Kukum to bless them but they really blessed us.
The project was organised by Waitara Seventh-day Adventist Church (NSW) and supported by other churches including Katoomba and Windsor. The team of 37 flew to Honiara to help refurbish Kukum Seventh-day Adventist Church and run an evangelistic campaign.
“It was our first fly’n’build and we didn’t know what to expect before the trip,” admits Waitara youth leader Charissa Fong. “But it was an incredible blessing.”
Although only eight members were professional builders, the other volunteers willingly assisted in repairing Kukum’s kitchen, cry room, Sabbath School rooms and church pews.
During the evenings, Miss Fong teamed up with international speaker and great-great-great grandson of Ellen White, Justin Torossian to preach at the evangelistic campaign that was about preparing for the Second Coming. The campaign was launched with a concert by renowned violinist Jaime Jorge. Approximately 800—1000 people attended each evening and at the campaign’s conclusion, 26 decisions were made for baptism.
Justin Torossian speaks during the campaign at Kukum church in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Following the repairs of Kukum Church, the volunteers also visited National Referral Hospital. They sang at several wards, handed out care packages and found time to pray with patients.
“We went to Kukum to bless them but they really blessed us,” says Charissa, reflecting on the team’s experience. “It was especially good for our youth to see that the Adventist Church is a worldwide movement, working together to bring people to Jesus.”