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.

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