A new portrait depicting the Second Coming of Christ was unveiled today at the headquarters of the South Pacific Division (SPD) in Wahroonga, NSW.
Originally by American artist Nathan Greene and titled “The Blessed Hope”, a print of the painting was gifted by the General Conference to each of its 13 divisions. The illustration depicts representatives of ethnic groups from each division. The SPD is represented by Papua New Guinean tribesmen in traditional dress. Mr Greene also included portrayals of people he knew personally being reunited with lost loved ones.
"Our name, our definition, and our reason to exist are portrayed in this painting."
More than 60 delegates from the SPD executive committee were present at the unveiling ceremony, along with staff from the SPD and Adventist Media.
“For us here in the SPD, we have lots of pictures of our heritage and also from around our Division, but we have never had any good biblical pictures,” said SPD president Pastor Glenn Townend as he opened the ceremony.
Dr Ella Simmons, general vice president of the General Conference, led the dedication prayer and officially unveiled the painting.
“This is a momentous and important occasion,” said Dr Simmons. “Our name, our definition, and our reason to exist are portrayed in this painting.
“We recognise that there is a strong message that will greet each person as they walk through this portion of this building.”
Dr Simmons is among General Conference representatives visiting Sydney for the week-long SPD executive meetings, held annually.