Betikama hosts two prime ministers

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Dr David McClintock, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Mele Vaihola, Solomon Islands Mission president Dr Silent Tovosia and Prime Minister James Marape.

Betikama Adventist College (Solomon Islands) had the honour of hosting two prime ministers on Sabbath, February 29.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape attended Sabbath worship services at the college, where a special staff weekend was being held with the theme “Christian education in times like these”.

Both prime ministers are members of musical groups, which performed on the day: Mr Sogavare with his worship band “Gospel Harmony” and Mr Marape with his singing group “Footprints”. The men were accompanied to the Sabbath program by ministers of state and other dignitaries.

Mr Marape led out in Sabbath school and shared a powerful testimony. The worship service was presented by South Pacific Division education director Dr David McClintock.

The prime ministers enjoying the special Sabbath program.

More than 300 attended the lunch following the service. Mr Marape gifted Betikama with a new PA system as well as a promise of some significant support financially.

Dr McClintock said the Betikama community was delighted at being part of such a wonderful Sabbath.

“Partinson Bekala, the principal of Betikama Adventist College, did an amazing job hosting the day,” he said.

A teacher who attended the program and training workshops held earlier in the week, shared with Dr McClintock, “These few days have been life-changing for me. I have caught a glimpse of what it really means to be an Adventist teacher. I will never be the same again.”

The staff weekend was facilitated by Trans Pacific Union Mission associate education director Mele Vaihola and Dr McClintock.