Bautama, Central Province: Over 450 Primary, High school and Secondary school students from the National Capital District, Central and Gulf Provinces converged on the green pastures of the Seventh Day Adventist Camp grounds at Bautama to attend the annual midterm Scripture Union Combined Camp. The camp started on Friday 28th June.
With the theme – You Are Valuable, the Scripture Union organisers said that it was a great privilege to have Assemblies of God Cornerstone Gateway Church Senior Pastor Reverend Anthony Dalaka as the main speaker throughout the three-day camp. Rev. Dalaka encouraged the students that in their pursuit for a valuable life, they should get Wisdom that comes from God, for Wisdom is a principal thing in life.
The Scripture Union PNG (SUPNG) Chairman Mr. Naime O’ome openly shared his concerns about the deteriorating moral standards and social values that the country is experiencing, especially in schools. He said His organisation’s vision is to contribute to improving student performance through the Scripture Union, working with participating schools to address students’ waywardness.
Mr O’ome said “Life is all about value, whether in business or in leadership. We have to remind our young people of their value, starting with little gestures like telling them they are special, they are important, they are valuable. They have to know that they can contribute to this nation, even as young as they are, by the way they conduct themselves”.
He hoped that as a result of the biblical teachings received at this camp, participating students who were also accompanied by their teachers, chaplains would depart the weekend event with renewed strength and a loud reminder that they are a valuable human resource and that they can contribute to nation building through positive behavior in their schools and communities.
Scripture Union PNG is part of a worldwide organization. SUPNG has been operating in the country for over 50 years with the vision of sharing biblical values to students in primary and secondary schools. The SUPNG National Office is located along Koura Way, Tokarara in NCD. As a non-government organisation, it welcomes any donation to support it’s schools program through the country. Their programs include school ministry fellowships, encouraging bible engagement with students, organising student camps, student prayer programs, beach mission and their new ministry program called SUmatin Feed. They appeal to recent and past students who passed through schools in PNG and were part of SU to assist through prayers, financial support and are encouraged to attend organised events as volunteers to support their work. To find out more you can contact them through their Website or Facebook page.