Vanuatu Rally 2019
Espiritu Santo, land of the Holy Spirit, is the largest island in Vanuatu. Paul and I had the privilege of attending the July rally in Santo. There were brothers and sisters from Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong who flew over for the rally along with brothers and sisters from Tanna, Port Vila and Malekula islands.The Santo assembly had begun preparations for the rally early in the year. They had built accommodation for the visiting Ni-Van brothers and sisters, a kitchen, eatery area, stage and erected a marquee. The church hall was turned into sleeping quarters for the brethren. The church grounds looked impressive with a big welcome banner mounted on the stage.
On Sunday evening the Santo fellowship sang us a welcome song and gave each of us a flower necklace, or in Bislama, a 'salu salu'. The Santo saints made us feel so welcome. The theme for the rally was "Proclaiming the year of salvation".
A couple of days before the rally the saints headed into the marketplace inviting people to the rally in Unity Park. The saints sang choruses, shared testimonies and prayed with anyone wanting prayer.
One of the highlights of the rally was the procession of the saints walking down the main road, each assembly held a banner with bible verses, singing choruses as they marched along. It was a joyful time as we walked into the park and then began the rally.
The 3 day rally was a huge success, there was group singing, sharing of testimonies, powerful preaching from the word of God and a prayer line with 28 people being baptised. There was a wedding on Saturday. Our brother Patrick and sister Claudia from the Port Vila fellowship tied the knot. It was a lovely ceremony. Pastor Willie married them and Pastor Bob prayed a blessing over them.
Strong bonds and friendships were formed over the 12 days we were there among the brethren. There was joy seeing new souls come to the Lord and excitement watching the fellowship grow and grow. It's great to see the brethren still walking on and seeing the strength in the leadership of the church. It makes me thankful to God and Jesus. It's an honour and blessing being part of this great work thats happening in the South Pacific.
By Jenny Trad (Central Coast)
‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ’ Mark 16 v 38