Vatuvonu Adventist High School case heads to the appeals court

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Vatuvonu Adventist High School.

The long-running case between the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fiji and the Fijian Government over Vatuvonu Adventist High School returns to court today (February 14).

The case will be heard by three judges in the Fiji Court of Appeal after the government launched an appeal against the judgement handed down by the High Court of Fiji on November 22, 2019. In its judgement, the High Court rejected an application by the Ministry of Education to take over management and control of Vatuvonu Adventist High School. It also ordered that the appointment of a principal by the Ministry of Education must be someone “acceptable to the Church”.

Fiji Mission general secretary Pastor Joe Talemaitoga is asking church members around the South Pacific to pray for the students and staff at Vatuvonu, and for God’s continued guidance and intervention in this matter. In Fiji, a special day of prayer and fasting for the appeal hearing was held this past Sabbath (February 8).

“We are holding onto our faith in God. We have certainly seen His hand at work as this case has unfolded,” Pastor Talemaitoga said.

Pastor Joe Talemaitoga.

“While the legal deliberations continue, our main focus is on our Vatuvonu students and staff as they settle into the new school year. We are delighted that the school’s chaplaincy program and Bible classes have now resumed.”

Last month 140 World Changer Bibles were handed out to students. Of the 202 students, 29 are Adventists.

“This year we have commenced a second Sabbath worship service on campus especially for our boarding students,” Pastor Talemaitoga said. “The Vatuvonu multicultural English-speaking church features vibrant gospel music and inspiring speakers and is really making an impact on these young lives.

“The school is continuing to power on with the mission of the Church as a beacon of hope for the community.”

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