MINISTRY TRAINING FOR POREBADA FAMILY : Part 2

Written by Min Tobitt

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Class of 2018 Graduates of Balasuna Bible College

Graduation Day for the 32 students at the Balasuna Bible College was held in early September and the young couple Jonathan & Theresa Bodibo from the Porebada Village in Papua New Guinea (see earlier story) have now graduated and have returned home again.

Some of their family members had travelled over to Balasuna for the ceremony,  so together with the Vanuatu students, a bunch of Aussies including the Oceania INC Chairman Pastor Ross Abraham, there was an international flavour to the Graduation service and the Solomon Islands National Pastors Conference which was also in session.

While the seven students from Vanuatu and Papua New New Guinea have flown home, the remainder of the Solomon students have also returned home to their villages mostly by truck or by boat. One couple will be pastoring a church on one of the man made islands at the far northern end of the island of Malaita. Others will be trying to catch a flight back to the far flung islands of Santa Cruz which are almost to Vanuatu….unless they can catch a boat that only travels once a month.

Some of the Australians present were from the INC Elevation Church on the Gold Coast. Led by Andy Backhouse the Global Care Director of the church,  teams from this church have been instrumental in helping with the renovations and building work around the College over the past year. So it was a time for them to join in the celebrations and also minister in the local Balasuna Christian School down the road.

Balasuna Christian School

 

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

  • Missions
  • BSB:  704 024
  • A/C No:  010000348

 

 

ROMA – VANUATU CONNECTION

Written by Min Tobitt

INC South Pacific is based on connecting, supporting and partnering – which is an underlying core principle of the International Network of Churches also known as Christian Outreach Centre.

While each South Pacific nation in the Network (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu) is basically autonomous, they are also strongly connected to the original movement which was founded in Brisbane, Australia in 1974. Support in times of disaster, assisting the island churches to develop and grow to fulfil the task of bringing the people to salvation in Christ are all seen as a responsibility of INC.

Some connections are on a large scale such as the training College at Balasuna in the Solomon Islands. And some connections are small. One example of such a relationship has formed over the past three years between Mark and Heidi Westbrook, pastors of the INC Heart Church in the country town of Roma in Queensland and with Domenique & Melinda Vuti pastoring the Church on the Rock Church at Luganville on the island of Santo in Vanuatu.

Mark and Heidi discovered the Church when on a visit back in 2015. Their goal since then has been to assist Domenique and  Melinda to build a strong church as a base to reach out to Santo and other islands. They have provided support through prayer, encouragement, finance, and business opportunities. Even after a month of sickness and fever and 5 days in hospital for Mark following their visit in 2017, it has not deterred them from continuing on with the friendship. Another member of the Roma Church Richard Lobwein has spent time in Vanuatu setting Domenique up with a laptop and better communication facilities.

This year they sponsored Pastor Domenique to attend the recent INC Conference which was attended by many INC pastors from overseas. Following the Conference they took him home to Roma for a short time where he has been learning many new things to assist in developing his church and has ministered in some of the small country towns of western Queensland.

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

  • Missions
  • BSB:  704 024
  • A/C No:  010000348