Presbyterian Assembly held on Ambryn near Port Vato

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Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2007

It was at this assembly that Pastor Fiama Rakau moved the formation of a Pacific Peacebuilding Institute. It was to be established with the assistance of Alan Walker College. Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives Ltd was established subsequently, and it has not only trained many peacebuilders for Asia-Pacific but fruitfully intervened in a number of conflicts and contributed directly to new peaceful relations.

Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2007

The male delegates at the 53rd Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu were photographed separately from the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union delegates - with three exceptions. Pastors Dorothy Regenvanu and Leinamau Seru and Assembly Executive member, Mrs Idau Nafuki, were included in the ranks of the men. It was my privilege to lead the series of Bible Studies on Leadership at this assembly and to be overwhelmed by the amazing organization and hospitality, especially in such a remote location. Notable delegates include Elder Ati George Sokomanu, founding President of the Republic of Vanuatu, Pastor Fiama Rakau, Pastor Selerick Michel, Elder Kali Vatoko and Moderator Bani Kalsingar. On the return flight from Craig Cove airstrip to Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, there were not enough seats fro the passengers so the Prime Minister Nipake Natapei and I stood up, including during takeoff and landing!

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