Local church baptises 131 at Motuan village in PNG

Pastor Luke Gershom baptising a young woman.

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The Ted Wilson Seventh-day Adventist church in Moresby North West district (Papua New Guinea) concluded a two-week evangelistic campaign with 131 baptisms in Papa-Lealea, a Motuan village. Motu is a language and people group inhabiting the coastal areas near PNG’s capital, Port Moresby. Running from October 29 to November 11, the campaign also saw around 500 individuals expressing interest in following Jesus.

Themed “God’s Love and Final Call,” the meetings were led by local evangelistic elder Karl Jack. The event marked a breakthrough for the Ted Wilson Adventist Church in reaching the Motuan community, which has historically been aligned with other denominations.

Pastor Gershom Luke, Ted Wilson Memorial Church senior pastor, highlighted the significance of the baptisms, “among the 131 baptised, four were church leaders from [another denomination] who gave their lives to Christ and made the decision to become Seventh-day Adventists,” said Pastor Luke. The baptisms were conducted by him and Pastor Radley Harry on a Sabbath.

Looking ahead, Pastor Luke shared plans for a larger evangelistic meeting in Papa-Lealea next year. “We are planning to host a big evangelistic meeting at Papa-Lealea and are aiming to baptise more than 500 souls next year as part of the PNG for Christ program in 2024,” he said.

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