Aug 23, 2017 Last Updated 2:11 PM, Jun 12, 2017

Fulfilling the prophetic role

Pastors of the Gereja Kristen Injili di Tannah Papua at the opening of the Alpha Omega Church in Wai Sai, Raja Ampat, West Papa. Pastors of the Gereja Kristen Injili di Tannah Papua at the opening of the Alpha Omega Church in Wai Sai, Raja Ampat, West Papa. Photo:Invictus
Published in 2017 April
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Time for the churches to speak

THE church continues to play an integral part in community life in the region more than 200 years after the arrival of the first missionaries. From Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the east to Papua in the west, villagers continue to flock to church for week day and Sunday services and offer God the produce of their plantations and fishing grounds.

From Tonga in the south to Palau in the north God remains a central part of the lives of people in government, commerce and everyday life. Throughout the region the church continues to hold influence over village elders, government ministers, national sports representatives and children.

Since the advent of Christianity many of the Pacific’s diverse peoples have come to believe that their future success, failure, happiness and security are determined by how well they serve God today. Much comfort is gained in communities by inviting the local cleric to invoke God’s blessings upon communal or national projects. That is why it is so important for our church leaders to speak out on issues of importance.

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