More than 2500 people gathered at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for the inaugural Adventist Community Service Congress.
The week-long event, run by the Central Papuan Conference (CPC), was created to inspire people to do outreach and service in their community.
We could watch it on TV or read about it but being here physically is the best part of it.
Government officials attended with Richard Maru, Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, officiating while Delilah Gore, Minister for Community Development, opened the event.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, Mr Maru committed K100,000 to support the work of Adventist Community Services. Ms Gore pledged a further K10,000.
International speakers at the congress included Dr May-Ellen Colon, director of Adventist Community Services International, and Dr Willie E Hucks, a lecturer from Andrews University, USA. Hope Channel Australia’s Discovery Bible correspondence school instructor Charissa Fong presented the morning devotions.
Pastor Keke Omoa, CPC’s Adventist Community Service director, said the Adventist Church had a responsibility to reach out to others and share God’s blessings.
Dr Colon said it was good to be part of a group where everyone had the same mission and passion in life. “We could watch it on TV or read about it but being here physically is the best part of it,” she said.
Congress attendees had the opportunity to put community service into practice as they helped renovate a local secondary school during the event.
Ms Fong said she was inspired by the attendees’ passion and dedication to share the love of Jesus.