Members across the region connect to worship and share stories of inspiration.
Seventh-day Adventists across the South Pacific Division (SPD) came together for a special night of inspiring stories, uplifting music, and worship on July 30, 2021. The latest edition of the #weRtheCHURCH online program featured stories about the impact Adventists are having in disciple making, health, education, and media.
Viewers shared positive feedback on Facebook, YouTube, and the #weRtheCHURCH webpage, the three platforms where they were able to access the program.
From Dubbo in New South Wales, Australia, to Christchurch in New Zealand, and from Suva in Fiji to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the shared stories showcased the incredible diversity of the SPD region, organizers said. They also demonstrated the unity that exists as church members share a common goal of bringing people to Jesus, they added.
Matthew Walter, youth director for the Central Papua Conference in PNG, presented a devotional on Titus. Kempsey, New South Wales church member Jimmy Dunn spoke about the powerful impact of picture rolls in Indigenous communities. Ten-year-old Daniel Lowe shared his experience of giving out hope-filled books. Some of the South Pacific’s smallest nations were represented with a testimony from Tuvalu and a Hope Radio story from Kiribati.
Adventist church member Jimmy Dunn shared about the impact of the picture roll ministry in the Indigenous community. [Photo: screengrab by Adventist Record]
“How to Share Your Faith” workshop held on Saturday (Sabbath), July 31, 2021. [Photo: screengrab by Adventist Record]
Hosted by SPD president Glenn Townend, the program has received thousands of views, with many members sharing positive comments and messages. Viewers have said they were blessed by the great mix of inspiring stories and beautiful music, which helped them feel more connected with the church family.
Heather Hagen expressed her appreciation for the program via email: “Loved weRtheCHURCH episode — and being ‘elderly,’ loved the great sub-titling. Thanks to the team who kept us mesmerized throughout. Such a heart-warming hour, especially for those inside ‘bubbles.’ ”
More than 100 people tuned in the following day, July 31, for the #weRtheCHURCH “How to Share Your Faith” workshop featuring Peter Roennfeldt and Lloyd Grolimund. It was hosted by Wayne Boehm and included special guests. The program shared some practical and easy-to-follow tips on disciple making.