Only one year on from Cyclone Pam, which devastated Vanuatu, damaging Adventist churches and schools, Vanuatu Mission has reported that tithes and offerings collected in 2016 exceeded budgeted figures.
While still finalising its 2016 accounts in preparation for the June audit by the General Conference Auditing Services (CGAS) Group based in Australia and Indonesia, Vanuatu Mission reports that total tithes remitted to the Mission in 2016 amounted to Vt204.7M ($A2.4M), exceeding the budgeted figure of Vt165M ($A1.9M)—an increase of 8.4 per cent compared to 2015.
Gross offerings of Vt24M ($A289,000) in 2016 were Vt3.5M more than that received in 2015—a 17 per cent increase in offerings.
According to Talemaot, Vanuatu Mission’s newsletter, “these achievements mean increases in the Mission’s contribution to the world Church and they help meet Mission commitments in the country”.
“The Mission thanks members, local church leaders and treasurers, pastors and all its workers for their faithfulness. More will be revealed in a special report to be prepared when the 2016 accounts are finalised.”