Dr Ted Wilson, leader of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, has made a flying visit to the South Pacific Division (SPD).
His first stop was American Samoa, where he took a service at the American Samoa Government Lee Auditorium and met the Governor of American Samoa.
"Elder Wilson’s visit gave a spiritual boost to the people in Vanuatu who have had their lives challenged with Cyclone Pam in 2015."
“This is his first time here,” reported Tala Ropeti-Leo. “It is actually a very big thing for American Samoa.”
Dr Wilson, accompanied by Trans-Pacific Union (TPU) president Pastor Maveni Kaufononga and the Samoas-Tokelau Mission administration, continued his tour of the South Pacific by visiting Samoa.
In Vanuatu, he showed support to the communities affected by Cyclone Pam by visiting and helping to rebuild at the site of one of the churches that was destroyed. At Epike village, four presidents, representing all the administrative levels of the Church, worked together to help the rebuilding effort. Pastor Nos Terry (Vanuatu Mission), Pastor Kaufononga (TPU) and Pastor Glenn Townend (SPD) joined Pastor Wilson in carrying beams and building the frame of the Category 5 cyclone-proof church.
“Elder Wilson’s visit gave a spiritual boost to the people in Vanuatu who have had their lives challenged with Cyclone Pam in 2015,” Pastor Townend said. “Many times I heard them say to him, ‘Thank you for remembering us—in this isolated place in the world.’ The people from Vanuatu meant it as Ted spoke to thousands at each location.”
Dr Wilson also travelled to Aore Adventist Academy, the first General Conference president in 20 years to visit the school.
During the Australian leg of his journey, he visited remote churches in central Australia at Alice Springs and the Finke, before finishing his South Pacific tour in Perth. Here he met with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries leaders and members, and paid tribute to the work of the Adventist Church and Australian Union Conference among Indigenous Australians