Representatives of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (NSD) made a $US20,000 donation to the Fiji Mission during a visit to the South Pacific Division last week.
The donation will be used to purchase a portable PA system for the Mission, with the balance going towards equipment for the media centre. The NSD group made a separate donation of $US10,000 to Fulton College to purchase a digital panel for its multipurpose building.
The visitors, comprising 26 NSD officers, union presidents and their wives, began their tour in Sydney where they had a busy schedule, including meetings with SPD leaders, and tours of Adventist Media and Sydney Adventist Hospital, along with some sightseeing.
SPD president Glenn Townend said it was great exchanging ideas with colleagues from Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.
The following day they headed to the Central Coast and Cooranbong for tours of the Sanitarium factory, Ellen White’s former home “Sunnyside” and Avondale College.
Over the weekend the group travelled to Fiji, visiting Fulton College and the Fiji Mission. Many of them preached at local churches on the Sabbath—a wonderful experience, according to NSD treasurer German Lust.
“I was assigned to a small and vibrant church and I was happy to see some adults and children responding to the call to accept Jesus and have baptism in the near future,” he said.
SPD CFO Rod Brady said these types of collaborative exchanges are being encouraged by the General Conference (GC). “The GC are encouraging divisions to become more aware and interact with other areas of the world Church so that there is greater understanding and support between areas,” Mr Brady said.