School stories highlight of #weRtheCHURCH program

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Hosts Dr Narko Tutuo, Pastor Glenn Townend and Renée Vaovasa on the new set.

Inspiring stories about the power of Adventist education to shape young lives were a highlight of the latest #weRtheCHURCH program.

Reports were shared from Naha Adventist Primary School (Solomon Islands), Kempsey Adventist School (Australia), Samoa Adventist School, Central Coast Adventist School (Australia) and the Tonga Mission Education Department, showing the significant impact Adventist education is having on young people and their families across the South Pacific.

“Sowing the seed” was the theme of the November 20 program, which was broadcast live from the Adventist Media studios in Sydney. There were some changes from the last program in August, including a new set and the inclusion of two live interviews. Fijian Adventist Savenaca Siwatibau, a police sergeant, was interviewed about his involvement in a digital evangelism initiative using mobile phones. In the second interview Melbourne pastors Roy and Jinha Kim shared some of the creative ideas they had used to “sow the seed” and reach people during the coronavirus lockdown.

Behind the scenes of the November 20 production.

Division president Pastor Glenn Townend, Sydney anaesthetist Dr Narko Tutuo and Avondale University College theology and ministry student Renée Vaovasa hosted the program, which was filmed in two live sessions to cater for the different times zones of the South Pacific. Stories were shared from a number of countries including Tonga, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. Sydney singer Marleta Fong gave a beautiful live performance to close the program.

Viewers enjoyed the opportunity to interact with each other through the live chat and to share their enthusiasm for #weRtheCHURCH.

“I’m amazed at the many creative ways that are being used to spread the gospel,” shared Shirley Westacott.

“It’s good to see what God is doing in different parts of the South Pacific,” commented Leticia Moreno.

It was the third #weRtheCHURCH event in 2020, with the other two programs attracting many thousands of viewers. If you missed the program it is available for viewing at https://adventistchurch.com/werthechurch/.