As a direct result of outreach by local churches on the west coast of New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea), a new Adventist Church has been planted in Namatanai District. Around 30 members from churches in Kamdaru and Wagin, including seven young people and four community members were actively involved in establishing the church plant.
According to the church members involved, the movement began when they felt “impressed by the Holy Spirit to build a new church in preparation for an evangelistic series”. Physical materials were prepared, such as sewing sago leaves for the roof of the church and bamboo for the walls.
Missionary volunteer Wesly Joro conducted the evangelistic campaign with the help of Adventist students from Nasko High School under the leadership of Principal Tira Laia. The event included nightly meetings and morning devotionals led by various church leaders, using the Discovery Bible readings.
As a result of the evangelistic meetings, Pastor Isaiah Jelly from the local church baptised seven people. There was singing and celebration for those who made the decision to be baptised. After a final appeal, four more people expressed their wish to be baptised.
The new church was dedicated on the final day of the evangelistic campaign, with church members gathering to celebrate and pray for God’s blessing and guidance.