Adventist World President to Visit Solomon Islands as Church Marks Centennial
It was 100 years ago when Captain G. F. Jones sailed into Viru Harbour, New Georgia, on his boat, Advent Herald, bringing the Adventist message to the Solomon Islands. To commemorate the arrival of Seventh-day Adventist church in June 1914, Ted N. C. Wilson, world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will visit several islands next week.
Wilson will be accompanied by Barry Oliver, president of the South Pacific Division, and other church leaders. During the three-day visit, the Solomon Islands Mission has prepared several programs to coincide with the Wilson’s visit.
Wilson will meet with several government and civic leaders, including the Government General of the Solomon Islands, Sir Frank Kabui, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, and Western Provincial Premier Robert Kuve. Wilson will also speak at a camp meeting in Kukudu island and a meeting of combined churches in Honiara.
Since the establishment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1914, the church grew and increased in membership. Today baptized membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Solomon Islands reaches about 47,000. The church has members and established congregations on every island in the Solomon Islands. The worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, with more than 18 million baptized members, is one of the fastest growing Christian denominations in the world.
--Adapted from a report printed in the Solomon Star newspaper.
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