May 3, 2022

Leaders Make First Visit to College in Fiji after Pandemic

“The staff team is united and well led,” one of the visitors reported. “Students are happy.”

Malcolm Coulson and Juliana Muniz, Adventist Record

Following a long period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fulton Adventist University College students and staff welcomed special guests from the South Pacific Division (SPD) on campus over the weekend of April 24, 2022.

SPD Adventist Mission director Wayne Krause and education director David McClintock spent the weekend at the college, where they joined in programs and shared stories and insights.

“Doctor David McClintock shared captivating stories during vespers, AYs, and closing Sabbath programs from his many years living and working within the Pacific and encouraged everyone to remain faithful to God’s leading,” Fulton principal Malcolm Coulson said.

McClintock also conducted professional development at Fulton on the integration of faith and learning and took the opportunity to visit local Adventist schools along with Trans-Pacific Union Mission education director Mele Vaihola and Fiji Mission education director Anasa Vateitei.

Meanwhile, Krause met with college staff and TPUM ministerial secretary Linray Tutuo to discuss ways to enhance the knowledge and skills of all Fulton students in disciple making, church planting, mission to the cities, and cross-cultural ministry. He also presented a sermon, speaking of the need for all to follow Jesus’ example and be willing to “go to the other side” in sharing the gospel.

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Left to right: Anasa Vateitei, David McClintock, Ben Turner (head teacher of Mana Adventist School), and Mele Vaihola. [Photo: Adventist Record]

The two SPD leaders said they were pleased to see the involvement of students and staff in the small-group Sabbath school program and the vibrant worship programs.

“Being able to spend a few days at Fulton Adventist University College was delightful,” McClintock said.

“The enthusiastic welcomes, the wonderful harmony in the musical items in the multi-purpose center, the wide smiles, attentive listeners as stories from the Pacific were shared. The staff team is united and well led. Students are clearly happy to be back in a face-to-face learning mode.

“Worship was made meaningful, relevant, and eagerly embraced from young to old,” he added.

About Fulton Adventist University College

Fulton Adventist University College is a member of a worldwide network of educational institutions owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. With its location in Suva, Fiji, it comes under the Trans-Pacific Union of Seventh-day Adventists. The school has been a training institution since 1940. Throughout its history, it has upheld the ideals and principles of Christian education by promoting a program of balanced personal development.

Its graduates can be found throughout the Pacific and in many other parts of the world. The educational services of the school span the island countries of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Its services are also offered to Pacific Islanders and other interested individuals living in Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

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