Surprise visitor to Balasuna

2018 Leonard Letana with Ps Sam Ghobeiti from Iran visiting
Pastor Sam Ghobeiti with the College Principal Pastor Leonard Letana

Written by Min Tobitt

On Monday 30 July, 2018, the students and staff of the Solomon Islands INC School of Ministries, also known as the Balasuna Bible College received a surprise visit from a pastor from the other side of the world. Pastor Sam Ghobeiti, a Persian pastor who now lives in the USA, ministers to Persians in Iran and other parts of the world. At the moment, he is assisting with pastoring at the Persian Church part of the Networx (INC) Church, Springwood, Queensland.

Having to suddenly exit Australia for a few days for visa purposes, Pastor Sam chose to visit Solomon Islands and spend a few days at the Bible College at Balasuna and this was hastily arranged with all concerned. While at Balasuna, he was able to share with the students about life as a Christian in Iran where there is persecution.

Pastor Sam was also invited to speak and minister in the local church at Balasuna and was a blessing to them. After he returned, he spoke highly of his experience and would love to go back again taking a team with him.

2018 Ps Sam Ghobeiti from Iran with maybe Junior
Ps Sam Ghobeiti with Junior



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Written by Min Tobitt

During July, the students of the Christian Outreach College (pictured} competed against 284 students in the Fiji Student Convention in Suva the capitol of Fiji and were very successful. The next step for approximately 15-20 of these students is to start fundraising so they can participate at the 2018 South Pacific Student Convention being held at Colloroy in Sydney where they will compete against schools in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and other South Pacific nations..

The students competed in a variety of areas such as drama, sports, and music and they were so excited at their success as they took home 240 ribbons for first to third places and 4 overall trophies – female sports, male platform, instrumental music and Scripture recitation. The lass who won the Scripture trophy memorised and recited the book of Proverbs, chapter by chapter and the book of John. How’s that for an amazing effort.

2018 Fiji Convention 2

Pastor Lucy Waqairagata attributed their great results to “their trust and reliance on God, consistency in training, their teachable spirits, the hard work of the staff and alumni students who helped in training and the great support from their families.”

The College exemplifies the value of Christian education in producing fine young Christian men and women. Several other INC churches around the South Pacific are now involved in building schools based on a Christian foundation and attendance at these schools are in demand.

Schools in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea


If you would like to give to the work of INC South Pacific please use the following details:

  • Missions
  • BSB:  704 024
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