Port Vila, Vanuatu
French-speaking Adventists in Vanuatu met together for a worship service fully conducted in French, for reportedly the first time.
On July 16 francophone members in Port Vila congregated at Ernas Seventh-day Adventist Church for Sabbath School and Divine Service. The first French sermon was preached in the church’s pulpit by Minister Leopold Toto, who formerly served in Noumea.
Vanuatu is a multilingual country with a high percentage of French speakers, however services have only been conducted in English or Bismala up until now. Traditionally the Catholic Church is the only group who conduct their services in French.
During the program elderly francophone members stood up and recalled how, coming from a French background, they had struggled to read and understand their Bible in English.
Under the leadership of Pastor Dorolyn Laloyer, supported by churches in Port Vila and the Vanuatu Mission, the francophone members had a wonderful Sabbath and are planning to hold future meetings to help them reach out to other French-speaking communities.
The French service demonstrates the Vanuatu Mission’s commitment to have 270 new church plants and 2000 groups involved in discipleship by 2020.