auspac: September 05, 2012

CE official program of SSEC, Solomon Islands

The progress of CE in the Solomon Islands is encouraging. Rev. Derek Pongi, President of the Solomon Islands CE Union (SICEU), and Superintendent in the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) reported that SSEC has adopted CE as an official youth program. CE has been on the Solomons for some decades already with two periodes of decline. 2007 less than 10 societies were left, all on the Islands of Renell and Bellona, from where Derek Pongi started to rebuild CE. Now, having the official backing of his church, he organizes training programs for instructors who will have to introduce CE in all of the about 600 congregations (30 to 1000 members per church) of the SSCE. The process is being monitored by the church leadership. Vice Bishop Stanley Aitorea is in charge as CE-Coordinator of the SSEC. Rev. Pongi hopes to reach out with CE to other denominations as well and is busy to bring SICEU in good shape. Rev. Timothy Laesanau, Secretary of the SICEU said he learned a lot at the Pacific Regional CE Convention in Hawaii how the gospel can be spread and CE be conducted in a way fitting for the Pacific culture.

September 05, 2012, 15:12 h by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary, WCEU.