General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson Visits Members in Fiji

He participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a chapel at the Adventist university.

Kiera Bridcutt, Adventist Record
General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson Visits Members in Fiji
Ted N. C. Wilson arriving at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Adventist young people and adults took to the streets of Lautoka in preparation for a Fiji-wide combined worship service at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on May 17 and 18. They marched in the streets holding banners welcoming General Conference president Ted N. C. Wilson to Fiji and encouraging people to attend the programs.

The combined worship service was just one of the activities Wilson engaged in while in Fiji over that weekend.

He also attended groundbreaking ceremonies for two new Adventist education facilities on Friday. At Fulton Adventist University College, he was among a group of leaders who participated in the ceremony signaling the start of construction of a new chapel. The chapel is expected to accommodate up to 550 people. Fulton Adventist University College provides tertiary education.

Later that day, Wilson visited Lautoka Adventist Primary School to pray over the new high school project set to start in the coming months. Currently, there is no Adventist high school in the area. A high school in Lautoka would allow students to continue their education after primary school and ease their transition into university.

After the formal cutting of the ribbon, Wilson promised financial support from the General Conference for the project.

“A Seventh-day Adventist high school will be located right here by God’s grace,” Wilson said. “May God bless this construction project.”

“We are lost for words. For so long we were longing for an education institution to continue from where they left in class eight here,” Fiji Mission education director Anasa Vateitei said. “We are so blessed to hear that commitment from the General Conference.”

Wilson preached at both a Friday night and Saturday (Sabbath) program on “Living for His Coming,” inspiring viewers within the stadium venue and online to focus on the Second Coming and fix their eyes on Jesus.

South Pacific Division secretary Mike Sikuri, who attended alongside Wilson, said the stadium was full especially for the morning service, the best he’s seen at any combined service. A further 73,000 people have viewed the service online through Fiji Mission’s Facebook page.

“I must commend Fiji for a well-organized and attended combined service. Often the momentum drops [through the day], but the programs were engaging all day,” Sikuri said. “The Fiji Mission pastors who participated in PNG For Christ shared at the afternoon program, and it was clear they were on fire. Our people left inspired and encouraged to serve.”

The Sabbath morning program included presentations from all the Sabbath School divisions, including dramatized stories from the children with a clear message, which Sikuri said has remained with him. The afternoon program consisted of worship and the testimonies of Fiji Mission pastors who had returned from PNG For Christ.

Fiji Mission president Nasoni Lutunaliwa presented gifts to both Wilson and his wife, Nancy, as they concluded their part in the service. Senior ministers prayed over Wilson and his wife for safe travels as they continue their journey. Attendees formed a guard of honor as the Wilsons left Churchill Park.

The original version of this story was posted by Adventist Record.

Kiera Bridcutt, Adventist Record