Central Papua Conference (CPC) workers based at the administrative headquarters at Ela Beach, Port Moresby, decided to put discipleship into action during their end-of-year picnic on November 20 at Fishermen Island, about 45 minutes by boat outside of Port Moresby.
Staff members with their immediate family members boarded several dinghies and arrived at the island to celebrate the milestones achieved in what has been a year focused on discipleship.
Settlers on Fishermen Island are mostly fishermen, originally from the Hood Point area of coastal Rigo, Central Province. However, there is a small group of believers numbering no more than 20 on the island and a missionary volunteer, Russell Heni, has been stationed there by the Taikone Seventh-day Adventist church. They meet for worship at the temporary shelter on an elevated portion of land.
A few of the members, especially children, were present with Mr Heni to receive SHINE boxes as gifts from the Children’s Ministries director Ruth Batu. Conference secretary Pastor Rex Koi expressed words of encouragement to the church members on the island and gifted three boxes of Bibles for their congregation.
During the picnic’s planning stages, the social committee, headed by Ruth Batu, emphasised the intention for CPC staff to model what real discipleship involves in one of the new sites near Port Moresby.
Plans are in progress to further support members on Fisherman Island as well as other parts of the Conference in 2018.