Solomon Islands ministers empowered to serve

At the graduation ceremony on February 13.

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Fulton Adventist University College has delivered its first theology certificate program in the Solomon Islands to help train ministers with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their duties.

The Fulton Distance and Flexible Learning Graduation Program was a joint initiative with Solomon Islands Mission. The cohort began their studies in 2019 but the program was delayed due to the pandemic. The cohort consisted of both full-time ministers and Volunteers in Action (VIA).

A graduation ceremony was held on February 13. Guest speaker was Fulton quality assurance officer Jean Alagappan, who congratulated and challenged the graduates whose theme was “Empower to Serve”.  Mrs Alagappan and Trans Pacific Union Mission associate education director Joseph Pitakia presented the graduates with their certificates. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries and church leaders, including Solomon Islands Education Minister Lanelle Tanangada and Mission general secretary Pastor Clifton Mark.

Among the graduates was Beverlyn Maega, who said, “I am so privileged to be the only female among the graduates. I wish more women were enrolled in this program because the work of reaching everyone will depend on total membership involvement.”

Mr Pitakia expressed his gratitude towards those who contributed to making the event memorable for the graduates and their families.

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