Newly-ordained pastor faces challenge of winning souls


THE greatest challenge for any pastor is winning souls for the Kingdom.
When you find yourself called to pastoral work in two ward councils that already have 17 other Sunday churches and you are the only Seventh-day Adventist church with only 27 members, what do you do?
This was the dilemma facing recently ordained, Rocky Miamel, of Bolen village in Tabare local level government, Sinasina, Chimbu.
Miamel, in his 50s, said while he faced physical challenges in reaching the people of his district given the mountainous geography it was the spiritual challenge of connecting with people that was crucial.
“The challenges that we layman, missionaries, volunteers and the clergy face are always the geography of anyone place in Papua New Guinea. But we’ve become used to the geographically rough terrain. That’s physical. The spiritual is the one that is an ongoing battle.
“I am now based in Omkolai, Gumine, and you can imagine. The majority of Chimbu’s are Catholics and most recently, other revival churches have penetrated. It’s like a David and Goliath story.”
Miamel said with the right attitude people could be converted having 24 years of missionary and secular work under his belt.
Miamel has held church positions such as Karimui director, divisions pastor for secondary schools with the Chimbu SDA mission.
He was also chaplain for Muaina (Sinasina), Kerowagi and Omkolai (Gumine) secondary schools.
He has held various positions within the church, district and mission hierarchy, covering almost a quarter of a century before being ordained a pastor last week.
Miamel, who was part of a group of 21 pastors from Eastern Highlands and Chimbu ordained, said he was proud to be finally recognised by the church and honoured to be able to perform various religious rites and ceremonies.
Goroka director Ps Solomon Sanu told the newly-ordained pastors to dedicate themselves to their vocation and not underestimate the power of faith in carrying out their duties.
“Do not be afraid to perform exorcisms, do not be afraid to heal the blind and lame; take the life of Paul in the Acts of Apostles and see the works he did. He was never afraid to speak. Do not fear speaking boldly,” Sanu said.


  • Only way to win soul is you must be dead the world to win soul, If we do not die in flesh, we can not win souls,
    we must live in the kingdom to win, otherwise we can still live in misery, Jesus died to the World & cross over to show us the way, for 30 years no one knew, was the Son of God, until the appointed time the Father intervened to
    declare this is my Son whom Im well pleased. You must be a son to win souls. how to get there, Mathew 6.33..

  • I quote above ….Its like a David & Goliath story”… whilst respecting the great work of pastors in the hostile country (physically, spiritually and financially) I may also add that yes it will be like a David & Goliath story only when you preach the church doctrine. Otherwise, soul winning is every Christians job as commanded by God. When we read Mathew, Mark, Luke and John being the first Gospels in the new testament, they are four different witnesses telling the story about the same person Jesus Christ the son of God. John the Baptist preached the message of REPENTANCE. Then Jesus himself preached also about the message of REPENTANCE. Both never preached about the church doctrines. Just preach the repentance messages and so a sinner can be saved through the new covenant the covenant of GRACE by the Blood of Christ shared on the Calvary Cross.

  • Everyone on Earth is commissioned by God to win a soul.When you called christian is a christ like character.Can the editor change the format of your TITLE

  • I congratulate the Pastor ordained for serving God with challenge you experienced during you ministry. God has acknowledge your commitment and devotion to His cause through His church laying hands on you. It does come with a lot of sacrifices and now you are ordained for life into the Gospel ministry and dead will only cease it.

    God bless you as you continue to serve Him and His Church preparing God’s people for Jesus second coming.

    Again, congratulations on you and you wife on your ordination into the Gospel ministry.

    Ena Mine we diben na, Aba Kun Nelegume bolentomya.

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