PNG Pathfinders celebrate identity and independence

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Pathfinders from 17-Mile John's Foundation Adventist Church perform a special item.

Seventh-day Adventist churches in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) joined Adventists from around the world in celebrating World Pathfinder Day on September 15.

With the theme “Identity”, the day was extra special for Pathfinders in PNG, as it coincided with the nation’s 43rd Independence Day celebrations.

The Pathfinders and youth at 17-Mile John’s Foundation Adventist Church, outside of Port Moresby, led Sabbath School with a thought-provoking conversation between God, speaking through a “voice”, and a young man who was having a hard time with his identity. Numerous examples of “Pathfinders” from the Bible, such as Samuel, David and Esther, gave proof to the reality that God can use any young man or woman who has faith and fully surrenders to Him.

Church members from Kipo Adventist Church selling vegetables as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

During the divine service, a special consecration song performed by the young people of 17-Mile John’s Foundation church spoke of a deeper sense of identity in Christ. The sermon was given by Central Papua Conference (CPC) Stewardship director Pastor Fred Malawae, who emphasised the origins of identity based on the first two chapters of Genesis.

“Our identity is found in the right balance of understanding of God, the high and transcendent One whose throne is shrouded in unapproachable light; and the Lord God, the personal God who stooped low, made man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” said Pastor Malawae in his sermon.

The “Identity” theme fit perfectly into the Independence Day celebrations, as the nation contemplates the future.

“November’s APEC summit will be held in Port Moresby, adding to the prospect of brighter years ahead,” said CPC communication and media director Russell Woruba. “But church members know that although the current economic situation is tight, they can find their identity in Jesus Christ, and march forward with the truth of the gospel and in the strength of God.”