Church in PNG gather in small groups due to COVID-19

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Some of the attendees at the Sabbath small-group service on April 4.

Seventh-day Adventist churches in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), have been gathering for small-group Sabbath services since PNG Prime Minister James Marape announced a State of Emergency (SOE) on March 24.

Church members are gathering in groups of less than 20 people to study the Bible, sing praise songs together and participate in the 100 Days of Prayer, a General Conference initiative.

Church member Jermaine Thomas, who attended the church service on Sabbath, April 4, said, “We really enjoyed the worship and it’s been a good experience—one that has never happened before. Everyone was excited about small group evangelism.”

Adventist churches in Lae will continue to worship in small groups until the 14-day SOE ceases and/or government restrictions on public gatherings cease. Currently, the country has only two active and reported cases of the virus, according to online statistics.

Families and church members gathering in groups of less than 20 people.