Local missions within the Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) recently released their mid-yearly reports, with updates centered on local churches’ responses to COVID-19 and current outreach initiatives preparing for the “pentecostal harvest” scheduled for July.
Here is a summary:
Currently, the TPUM is training young people for their July harvest, with 22 interns currently working throughout the mission. Books and resources are awaiting to be sent to local missions when restrictions are lifted.
Significantly, funding has been requested for a new ministerial database as the existing one is difficult to use and requires a redesign.
In addition, 13 projects and eight global mission projects within TPUM have been approved by the SPD.
Atoifi Hospital (Solomon Islands):
Faced with the challenges of COVID-19, Atoifi was forced to suspend nursing classes and students returned home, which has been a financial strain. Despite this, the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara have donated 250 chairs and 37 tables for the facility’s new dining hall.
In addition, doctors have been giving presentations to local villages to answer questions about COVID-19 and provide health education.
In Fiji, local churches, schools and offices have been closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
On February 14, church leaders sat in Fiji’s appeals court to consider whether the church has the right to appoint Adventist-only principals in their schools. While the government argued in the negative, the Church’s lawyers presented biblically-based arguments and referenced religious liberty clauses in Fiji’s nations constitution. The judgment is still being decided.
Fiji has suffered 3 tropical cyclones this year. Although buildings and crops have been severely damaged, there was no loss of life. In addition, poor weather conditions did not threaten mission-wide launch of the World Changers Bible in February.
Preceding the pentecostal harvest planned for July, Fiji Mission launched their three-week televised evangelistic campaign on May 24 featuring young preacher Samu Koro. The series has been receiving overwhelming engagement.