Baptisms surge at PAU’s Festival of Faith

Dr Unia Api and Pastor Rusel Gaio baptise Phillippa Lole, a PAU student—one of the 37 baptismal candidates

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A total of 37 students and members of the local community were baptised at the end of Pacific Adventist University’s (PAU) Festival of Faith held from October 1 to 7. The number of baptisms in 2023 at Pacific Adventist University now totals 50.

“We are so excited to see 50 students and community members baptised at Pacific Adventist University this year,” said PAU Vice Chancellor Dr Lohi Matainaho. “This is a testament to the power of God’s word and the impact that it is having on our students and community members.”

Festival of Faith is an annual event at PAU that brings together students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community to worship and celebrate their faith in Jesus. This year’s guest speaker for the week was Pastor Greggo Pillay from Newcastle, NSW. In his morning and evening presentations, Pastor Pillay shared his music gifts and stories of the power of the gospel.

“We are grateful that our speaker was used by the Holy Spirit to share powerful God-centred messages, and we pray that these new believers will continue to grow in their faith,” said Dr Matainaho.

Contributions from the seven worship sites across campus added to the success of the program. “In my experience, the enthusiasm and participation I witnessed at PAU were truly exceptional,” commented Pastor Pillay.

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