Adventist women assist fire survivors

ACS president Veronica Baliki addresses the villagers.

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Seventh-day Adventists in Port Moresby are assisting villagers affected by a devastating fire that destroyed 15 homes in Hanuabada village on August 19.

Another 12 homes were partly burnt, leaving almost 150 people homeless; literally left with the clothes they were wearing.

The morning after: remains of homes at Hanuabada village.

The Church’s Community Services (ACS), led by National Capital District president Veronica Baliki, visited the affected families on August 20 and donated 15 bales of secondhand clothing, food items and kitchen utensils. ACS is comprised mostly of simple, faithful and committed members who have a heart for service, wanting to touch lives and make a difference. Although they have limited means these volunteers, mostly women, gave what they could. Local Adventist church buses and trucks were on hand to transport the donated items from the Conference head office yard in Ela Beach to Hanuabada village.

ACS volunteers distribute emergency items to the affected villagers.

ACS director for the Central Papua Conference, Pastor Keke Omoa, was among the team and shared his conviction that, “The way of the gospel is to go out and assist the people who are in need. The affected people need our help and we need to act and translate love from the pulpits of our churches into action.”

ACS plans to supply hot meals to Hanuabada survivors for up to a month after the fire.

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