Vaitupu is one of the little atolls in the Tuvalu group that lies just south of the equator. There was only a handful of Adventists on the island before Global Mission began a project here and the presence of the Church was very small.
One of only two high schools in the country is located on this atoll so there are many youth. Adventist minister Sotia Kolone visited the island and began evangelistic meetings and Bible studies with some of the students. An Adventist Student’s Association was formed and now 32 people are attending Sabbath worship services each week. After waiting many months because of its isolation, the first baptism of twelve was held last November. Plans are underway to baptize more people in the near future.
Major Language: Tuvaluan and English
Major Religions: Protestant and Roman Catholic
Population : 10,000*
Adventist Membership : 139*
Adventist to Population Ratio : 1:71
As well as the vast dry continent of Australia, the South Pacific Division includes the broad expanse of the Southern Pacific Ocean with its many tropical islands and fascinating cultures. Your support of fund number 6900 will help Global Mission enter new areas and establish churches on little atolls like Vaitupu in Tuvalu.
* Courtesy of General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Archives and Statistics 146th Annual Statistical Report – 2008
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