The Solomon Islands Mission (SIM) has reported a significant increase in baptisms during its “I Will Go to My Neighbour” initiative. Launched at the start of the year, the initiative culminated in July at the mission’s annual Pentecostal harvest, with 536 baptisms recorded—an addition to the 846 baptisms recorded in the first half of 2023.
The “I Will Go to My Neighbour” emphasis encouraged churches across SIM to participate, reaching out to their neighbours in various ways. The initiative aimed to introduce people to biblical truth, showing them the love of Jesus and leading them toward making a spiritual commitment.
A combined three-week media evangelism event in July—live streamed via Hope Channel TV, TTV1-2, Hope Channel Facebook page and Hope Radio—reached all churches across the country with internet and TV access. Pastors Irving Vagha, Eddie Richardson and Mockson Wale were the guest speakers.
Commenting on the baptisms, SIM president Pastor David Filo said, “There must be great rejoicing in heaven as each individual chose the Lord through the waters of baptism.
“The results from July alone bear testimony to the combined efforts of the churches, institutions and individuals within the mission. It’s heartening to see the church rallying efforts, gifts, talents and resources for the work of God.”
More evangelism programs are currently underway, particularly in areas without internet or TV access. “We anticipate many more dedicating their lives to God,” said Pastor Filo.
He expressed gratitude to all involved, from the SIM team to Hope Channel volunteers and local church leaders. Quoting Revelation 22:12, Pastor Filo urged everyone to “continue their service to God, as the time draws near for Jesus’ return”.