A Seventh-day Adventist “centre of influence” large enough to hold 1500 people will be officially opened in Fiji next month by world Church president Dr Ted Wilson.
The official opening, on Friday, December 1, will be followed by a youth rally.
Fiji Mission general secretary Pastor Joe Talemaitoga said they were eagerly looking forward to using the new centre, which is located in Suva and was funded by the South Pacific Division.
Currently there is no church building large enough to accommodate big meetings in Suva. According to Pastor Talemaitoga, the centre will complement the work of the Church in Fiji.
“The Fiji Mission is grateful for this facility,” he said.
“It’s going to really support the work of discipling our members here, young and old. This facility is really going to be a centre of influence, offering worship services, creative activities, recreation and many other functions that will help build up our Church and the membership here.”
Cakau Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold its Sabbath worship services at the new facility. The church’s 140 members currently meet in a simple corrugated iron structure behind the new centre.
The centre of influence will be open throughout the week for various activities, including cooking demonstrations and indoor games. Meetings held there will be able to be livestreamed.
Future plans include the addition of pull-down shutters for weather protection and the construction of a permanent minister’s home on the site.
“It is going to be a centre of influence right throughout the week,” Pastor Talemaitoga said. “We are very grateful to the Division for this.”