Tari to host Christian students’ convention


TARI in Hela, notorious for tribal fighting and law-and-order issues, will host the 17th PNG Adventist Tertiary Student Association (PNGATSA) biennial convention next month.
The convention, which will run from Dec 16-22 at Habare SDA Mission area in Tari, is themed ‘Created to be saved’.
There will also be a pre-convention themed ‘Saved to serve in God’s service’ the week before the actual convention.
President of PNGATSA Jethro Messimato said during the pre-convention, students would go to communities in Tari, Pori, Komo, Margarima, Koroba and Kopiago.
They will conduct awareness and campaign on health, social, economic, education and other issues which are currently faced by the country.
Messimato said the students would also do other community service and donate food and clothes to communities.
After the pre-convention, the actual convention will start.
“We believe this convention will unite everyone through the powerful word of God because only God can give us true peace,” Messimato said.
“We are created, bought, adopted and are ordained for Gods glory.
“Our worship towards God depends on how we see God.
“If we are driven by God’s principles, the geographical locations and the situation will not be a barrier for us to witness for the Lord.”
Guest speakers for the convention are Pastor Randy Skeete and Dr Burnett Robinson both from the North American Division of the SDA Church.
The PNGATSA is encouraging parents, professionals, pioneers and students to be part of the convention.
“Your prayers are needed for this convention to be a success,” Messimato said.
“Together, let’s move the student ministry to conquer PNG and the world.”
The PNGATSA is made up of students from the University of PNG, Pacific Adventist University, Divine Word University, University of Technology, University of Goroka, University of Natural Resources and Environment and other colleges and tertiary institutions.