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In Vanuatu, second major outreach series draws thousands

Local ‘Mission to the Cities’ initiative also being watched on Hope Channel

In Vanuatu, second major outreach series draws thousands

An evangelism series is being held this week at the Ex-FOL sports complex in Port Vila, Vanuatu. [photo courtesy Venuatu Mission]

More than 6,000 residents in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are attending Seventh-day Adventist Church revival and reformation meetings each night this week.

This month’s series of meetings comes three months after a similar series was held, during which more than 2,000 were baptized.

Church leaders are expecting another round of baptisms at the conclusion of the series on Saturday, which is being held at the Ex-FOL sports complex in the city of Port Vila.

Two baptismal ponds at Freshwater Park have been built for this Saturday’s baptism.

“Please pray for the meetings,” said Simon Luke, secretary of the denomination’s Vanuatu Mission. “God is going to show his power once more.”  

The series is being led by Jean Noel Adeline, Ministerial Association secretary for the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference.

The outreach campaign is the second part of “PV14,” which is a regional component of the denomination’s Mission to the Cities initiative.

“The harvest is truly ripe and people are genuinely seeking a revival of true godliness in their lives,” said Lawrence Tanabose, a retired Church administrator, who attended the event.

Some attendees have traveled to the series from the small archipelago’s outer islands.

Church leaders said the denomination’s Hope Channel is playing a key role in the outreach effort. There are 20 downlink sites around the island for this week’s series, up from eight sites in September. In addition to nightly attendance, leaders estimate that thousands more are watching the series at downlink sites and at home on the Web.

There are approximately 19,000 Adventist Church members in Vanuatu, a nation of more than 265,000 people.