Church to build K2.1m complex in Mendi

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The National, Wednesday July 6th, 2016

A K2.1 million multipurpose complex will be built by the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Mendi, Southern Highlands.
Western Highlands SDA chief finance officer Bray Yomba said it was the church mission’s aim that each province must have its own provincial headquarters.
“In the past, headquarters for the Highlands provinces were in Western Highlands.
“But today, every province will have its own and that starts with Southern Highlands,” he said.
Opposition leader Don Polye, who was accompanied by Kikori MP Mark Maipakai for the groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday, committed K100,000 towards the project.
Polye said churches played a crucial role in the development of the nation and supporting churches was vital.
“I grew up from a church background and like to support God’s work.
“The powerful nations on earth rose because they embraced God’s Word,” Polye said.
“The role of Christianity in civilisation has been intricately intertwined with the history and formation of Western society.
“The Christian Church has been a major source of social services such as education and medical care,” he said.
Polye said he grew up in Western Highlands and was an active member of the SDA.
“I am willing to help churches and I will continue to help churches. Churches must not hesitate to invite me.
“Whatever amount I have, I will contribute to the development of the churches,” he said.
However, he warned churches in the country not to be involved in politics and to stay neutral.
Imbonggu District Development Authority chief executive officer Allan Kaiape committed K50,000.
Mendi-Munihu DDA CEO James Embiap said he would not announce anything, but believed something would be contributed after their meeting this month.