TPUM ministers “set apart” to serve

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More than 350 pastors and staff from across the Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) gathered at Fulton Adventist University College in Fiji for the Set Apart Missional Convention 2024 from February 12 to 17.

Organised by the TPUM ministerial association and stewardship department, the convention drew people from various regions in the Pacific, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, Niue, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and Vanuatu, with the biggest delegation of 110 coming from Solomon Islands.

The event was the first TPUM missional convention after the ministerial association, which organises a Bible Conference every five years, teamed up with the stewardship department to include the “I Will Go” initiative in the program.

According to the organisers, the theme “Set Apart” highlighted the attendees’ responsibility as spiritual guides and acknowledged that every aspect of their lives is a gift from God. “The goal is to dedicate ourselves to various areas of our lives, aligning with the ‘I Will Go’ mission to prioritise God in everything,” they said.

The convention featured speakers from the General Conference (GC), such as stewardship director Dr Marcus Bomfim, who led the morning devotions. GC vice president Dr Artur Stele took the evening and Sabbath divine service and associate health ministries director Dr Katia Reinert conducted daily plenary sessions.

Each presenter shared insights focusing on themes of consecration, leadership and health within the context of their ministry and professional experiences. The event also featured workshops, that were primarily run by ministry and strategy team leaders from the South Pacific Division.

Attending the convention, Pastor Luteru Luteru (Jr) from Samoa said it was a week of learning. “I have learned so much this past week from powerful speakers, and I’m blessed that I can take this back to my mission and my local church back in Samoa. God continues to open the window of opportunities for us, and we only need to put our total Trust in Him.”

Minister Michael Qiokata from Fiji shared, “I’m privileged to know that God has set me apart to partner with Him in this Great Commission, sharing the living hope, transforming the Pacific and preparing people for His soon return.”

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