Vanuatu president attends Sabbath service

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale arriving at the church.

Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale and a delegation from his office attended the worship service this past Sabbath at Portoroki Seventh-day Adventist Church in Port Vila.

The church program began with a welcome by the Pathfinders followed by Sabbath School, singing and the Divine Service led by Vanuatu Mission secretary Pastor Charlie Jimmy.

President Lonsdale.
President Lonsdale.

In his closing remarks at the end of the service, Mr Lonsdale commended the Adventist Church for its education system. He said the schools run by the Church have produced many good quality leaders who are serving the country in different areas.

Mr Lonsdale said he was touched by the “children’s corner” segment, where the children went up to the front and listened to a story before the sermon. He said he chose to attend the worship service because it’s all part of what he had been doing: meeting with people where they are.

Mission president Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong was unable to attend the special Sabbath as he was in Fiji at the Church’s Trans Pacific Union executive year-end meetings.