Iokapeta Satalaka had tried to give up smoking and drinking several times, but was unable to kick the habits. But that changed when she attended an evangelistic campaign last July in her tiny Pacific island nation of Niue.
“The campaign gave me the answers to the questions that I was asking and really made me change,” said Ms Satalaka, who is originally from Tuvalu.
“There were a lot of things in my life that were changed. Before I was drinking and smoking; I was trying to stop those things but they kept on coming back. Ever since I attended the evangelistic campaign, it was like something was touching me and telling me to stop it. I didn’t even think about doing it. It stopped right there.”
Ms Satalaka, who has an eight-year-old son, was baptised two weeks after the evangelistic campaign ended.
“Becoming an Adventist after my baptism, I feel like the church members are my home, they are my family, and that’s really good to have those people around you to support you.”
Ms Satalaka was one of the attendees at the 2019 Trans Pacific Union Mission Women’s Conference, which ended this morning. “It has been really good. [I will be sharing] with the rest of the church members back home what I have learned here.”