Rev. Philemon Akao (JCPU Coordinator)
This is a brief report from John Coleridge Patteson University Office on the academic work started over the last five years and only now has become a reality.
IN 2007 the Diocese of Malaita (DOM) through the Anglican Church of Melanesia Board of Mission, implemented the Safe Families project funded by Oxfam Solomon Islands.
THE Mission to Seafarers in Port Vila, Vanuatu for the first time held a ‘Ship Visitation and Seafarer’s Welfare’ workshop at Tagabe Anglican Church on the 19th of September 2018.
The workshop was facilitated by the Port Chaplain of Honiara Port, Fr Hillary Anisi.
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage clergymen and lay people both men and women on the work of the Mission to Seafarers as ship visitors.
The ship visitation workshop is aimed at encouraging volunteers to offer friendly hospitality to seafarers and to understand the challenges seafarers, as human beings, face in their work environment.
As ship visitor, volunteers also learned that ship visitation is the core of God’s mission and ministry to the Seafarers. It is a Christian outreach to all, regardless of religion, race, culture and gender; with the view that all human beings are created equal.
The workshop was attended by members of the Anglican Region of Port Vila/Noumea, which included both Clergy and Laity.
Officers from the Vanuatu Maritime Regulatory and Department of Ports and Habours also participated and an awareness team from the Department of Tourism and Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) gave a talk on Cruise Ships in Vanuatu, noting the significance of seafarers to the Tourism Industry in Vanuatu.
Mission to Seafarers is a Charitable Organisation associated with the Anglican Communion which offers help and support to merchant seafarers.
The charity provides its services through Port Centres manned by Port Chaplains in over 50 countries.
Ship visitors supported by volunteers usually give free advice on employment issues or personal problems, as well as assistance during maritime emergencies.
Mission to Seafarers centres also provides communications, stores, land transportation, counseling and other services for seafarers. The Mission to Seafarers is looking forward to hold a similar kind of workshop in the near future.
THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will consecrate and Install the Reverend James Tama to the office of the Bishop of Vanuatu and New Caledonia this coming Sunday 12th August at Sarakata Parish in Santo, Vanuatu.
By Fr. Raxton Pasalu
THE Anglican Community of the Sisters of the Church (CSC), called Saint Scholastica Household at Kolohavi in Bugotu has now sealed ownership of their area.
They sealed the ownership of the portion of land by presenting a wooden canoe, paddles, custom umbrellas, live pigs, mats, and lots and lots of baskets of food crops as well as bags of rice, sugar, car-tons of Taiyo, cartons of Noodle and bags of flour as well as a token of $15,000.00 cash, through a process called ‘Dokulu Hui’ to Reverend Wilson Mapuru and Tribe.
Twenty-two teachers from the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) run schools had undergone three-day workshop held at ACOM Provincial Headquarters Conference room from Monday 30th July-Wednesday 1 August.
MORE than thirty participants comprising clergy from the Diocese of Central Melanesia and Diocese of Guadalcanal, including those serving at the ACoM Provincial Head Office, representatives from the Mothers Union office, staff of the Christian Care Centre, Diocesan Mothers Union office and representatives from the four religious orders are currently in a two week Pastoral Counseling Training being held at the Melanesia Leaf Haus at the Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral.
JOINING the other Mission to Seafarers Centers around the world, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) Mission to Seafarers office, together with the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA), the Solomon Islands Ports Authority, the seafarers, ship owners and other stakeholders came together to commemorate the Sea Sunday at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Wharf on 8th July.