Historic appointment in the Trans Pacific

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The Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Executive has appointed Naomi Booia as the secretary of Kiribati Mission—the first female secretary appointed within the TPUM.

Ms Booia, who is currently a theology lecturer at Fulton Adventist University College, will take up her appointment in the middle of next year. She graduated from Fulton in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in theology. She worked in Kiribati Mission from 2013-2016, then attended the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies where she graduated with a Masters in Religion in 2018.

“Being called to a new role is a great challenge to me but after reflecting on God’s leading in my life, I am now confident to take up this opportunity,” said Ms Booia.

“I would like to thank God for His amazing plans for me and my family. I also want to thank the church administration for the appointment.”

She is married to Iareta Titau and they have a son.

TPUM president Pastor Maveni Kaufononga welcomed the appointment. “For me, this is a great achievement for our work in Kiribati,” he said.

Naomi Booia and Pastor Epeli Saukuru.

“We are short with pastors in Kiribati and Naomi will be a role model for our women to step up to a pastoral role which will boost the work in Kiribati. There are lots of women in Kiribati who are contributing to the running of the government and private sectors, why not within the Church?”

Fiji Mission also has a new secretary following the recent appointment of Pastor Epeli Saukuru to the role.

He replaces Dr Ronald Stone who will be joining Fulton College as head of the theology department.

Fiji Mission president Pastor Nasoni Lutunaliwa expressed his delight with the appointment. “I believe that this appointment has the seal of God’s anointing and I would like to request your support and prayers for Pastor Epeli as he takes on his new role at the Mission,” Pastor Lutunaliwa said.

Pastor Saukuru is married to Lowata and they have three daughters, Tokasa, Merewalesi and Rosi, and a son, Ratu Timoci.

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