Mission and the Melanesia


    100 years ago today, the Melanesia mission boat was dedicated for the work and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific.

    Dr John Hammond shared the story of the Melanesia during Sabbath School at Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cooranbong, New South Wales, with the original model replica of the boat—restored by Dr Hammond—on display for all to see.

    Dr John Hammond (right) with Ray Faull. The two men spent over 300 hours restoring the model.
    Dr John Hammond and Joan Patrick (Howse), who was born on the Melanesia, examine the restored model replica.

    After the morning church service, Dr Hammond gave me a rundown of the features and intricate details of the restored model.