President warmly welcomed in Papua New Guinea

Youth providing a guard of honour for Pastor Townend and Pastor Yani. Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission president Pastor Joanis Fezamo (right) received both leaders at Goroka airport.

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea warmly welcomed South Pacific Division president Pastor Glenn Townend when he visited last week (August 15-21).

Guards of honour, singing, gift presentations and meals awaited Pastor Townend and Papua New Guinea Union Mission president Pastor Malachi Yani at the Central Papua Conference in Port Moresby, Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission (EHSM) in Goroka and the Northern and Milne Bay Mission in Popondetta.

In Port Moresby, Pastor Townend met with the Executive Committee over dinner on Monday before travelling with Pastor Yani to Goroka on Tuesday.

Young people formed a guard of honour for both pastors at Goroka airport and welcomed them on their arrival.

EHSM president Pastor Joanis Fezamo, secretary Pastor James Kiangua, directors and other staff also joined the youth to welcome the leaders. They were then driven to the EHSM office where they were welcomed by more youth, Pathfinders, Adventist Community Service members, missionaries and others.

In the afternoon the leaders visited Bena Adventist Primary School, Kama Adventist Primary school and Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School.

Pastor Townend being welcomed at Goroka airport in Eastern Highlands.

The following day, they had morning devotion with staff of Adventist Aviation Services before flying to Guasa and Karimui, two of the 17 districts in EHSM.

They returned to Goroka in the afternoon and visited small groups until dusk.

Pastor Townend also conducted evening meetings at Kama Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Goroka on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He and Pastor Yani returned to Port Moresby on Thursday. That evening they met with PNG Prime Minister James Marape.

On Friday morning, they departed for Popondetta where they met with the administration of the Northern and Milne Bay Mission and visited some historical sites.

Pastor Townend took the worship service on Sabbath to end the visit.

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