auspac: September 09, 2016
The Quadrennial Pacific Regional CE Convention for 2016 was hosted by the Solomon Islands CE Union in the city of Honiara on Guadalcanal Island from the 7th – 11th July 2016. This event was a wonderful time of fellowship and much praise time with inspirational music as we shared with 4 delegates from Australia, 2 from Germany, 18 from American Samoa, 8 from Samoa, including 2 Australian based pastors, 72 from Rennell Island and another group from Malaita Island as well as several Honiara Church groups, including the Kukum church youth group. The evening attendance was about 250 and the SI Convention Committee is to be congratulated on their management of the whole program with most participants allocated to take part in leading, praying, taking the offering and participating with musical items, during the services. Ministers from each country presented their messages based on the theme ‘Go for God’ in ‘Fellowship, Loyalty, Service, Witness and Worship’, emphasising the CE principles. Bible men of God such as Joshua, Paul and David and the early NT church were identified as examples we can learn from as we in CE increase our commitment to being followers of Christ and a witness to the world of Christian Love and peace. When challenged by Rev Tim Laesanau to follow especially Paul’s willingness to preach the Gospel to the world, uniting mankind in the light of God, over 30 people stepped forward to promise they would serve the Lord in response to the challenge. Teaching sessions on CE practices were given by Past Vice President Joyce Spicer and Graham Spicer with samples of Australian Literature being keenly snapped up, as all seemed to want more information on the main points that made Francis Clark’s Christian Endeavour a workable and long lasting discipling program for the Church. In Honiara we once more experienced that special fellowship that comes with belonging to CE and the unity of the world’s CE members is a precious gift. A big thankyou to Pastor Derek and Roselyn Pongi, Rev Tim Laesanau, Rev Moses Omearo, Pastor Sethrick Mae and Pastor Jerrilim Laufilu who managed the Convention with help from others. The Regional Vice President, Rev. Faataape Lavatai’i has expressed a desire to invite the next Convention to his country of American Samoa in 2020 so we look forward to calling our CE countries to prepare for the next Regional event in 4 years time.
September 09, 2016, 09:46 h by Joyce Spicer, Australia.