December 19, 2014

Evangelistic Series Draws 6,000 Daily in Vanuatu

More than 6,000 people in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are attending evangelistic meetings every night this week.

The meetings come three months after a similar series yielded more than 2,000 baptisms.

Church leaders are expecting another round of baptisms on Sabbath, Dec. 20, at the conclusion of the series, which are being held at the Ex-FOL sports complex in the city of Port Vila.

Two baptismal pools have been built at Freshwater Park for Sabbath’s baptisms.

“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 phase of “PV14,” part of the Adventist Church’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 the nightly attendance of 6,000, leaders estimate that thousands more are watching the series at downlink sites and at home on the Internet.

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

Related link

Adventist Review, Sept. 19, 2014: “God and Hope TV Credited With 2,213 Baptisms in Vanuatu”