Kimbe evangelism series sees 424 baptised
Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
More than 420 people were baptised in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea (PNG), earlier this year following a 12-night evangelistic series in the West New Britain Province.
Retired evangelist Pastor David Lamb from Sunshine Coast Adventist Fellowship (SCAF) in Queensland hosted the campaign, which saw 6000 people attend on the first night of the program. That number increased to 14,000 towards the end of the series, with some even making the journey from offshore islands to attend.
Some of the 14,000 people who attended the campaign in Kimbe.
Locals said it was the largest gathering of people they had ever seen in the district, with the size of the crowd even outnumbering the region’s football matches.
On the final Sabbath of the program, those gathered witnessed the baptism of 424 people. Other attendees have since commenced Bible studies in preparation for baptism, while local churches are seeing a “flood” of new visitors.
Pastor David Lamb conducts the open air baptism from the back of a truck.
The idea for the evangelistic series was conceived two years ago by PNG pastor Steven Moses, who visited SCAF during his studies at Sunshine Coast University.
Pastor Moses encouraged the company’s leaders to run a campaign in Kimbe—his home province—as most of the programs previously held in PNG had taken place in the nation’s capital, Port Moresby.
SCAF members took up the challenge and purchased six data projectors and DVD players to be given to the six district directors in Kimbe.
Pastor Lamb delivered the equipment in late 2013 and also conducted a training program for all pastors and Bible workers in the region.
Over the next 18 months, local church leaders hosted their own outreach programs in preparation for the larger campaign.
The event was organised by West New Britain Province director Pastor Kingsley Supa, with financial support coming from local church members and retired Australian businessman Bob Meyers.
“We would especially like to thank the Provincial Governor for his support by officially opening the program and being present at the last meeting to close the series,” Pastor Lamb said.
L-R: Pastor Kingsley Supa, Pastor David Lamb, Provincial Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Bob Meyers and volunteer AV supervisor Weng-On Hung.
The retired pastor also thanked his fellow SCAF members and the Ourimbah church (NSW) for their support.
“We want to praise and thank God for this united effort of our faithful people, and give our Father God the honour and glory for what has been accomplished,” Pastor Lamb said.