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Ambaeans in church

Custom chiefs and church leaders all agree that the only road to achieve unity for one Ambae is through unity with God.

The call was made at an inter-denominational church service at Sarabulu Churches of Christ last Saturday, to end a meeting for all Ambaeans under the banner “Striving for one Ambae”.

Church leaders of all denominations present were invited to the front to speak their heart on what they believed to be the “way forward” to achieve a united Ambae.

Every speaker reiterated the importance for all Ambaeans to repent and accept God in their lives, as the only way to enjoy unity in the family, village, area council and One Ambae.

One leader quoted 2 Chronicles 7.14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

A longtime resident of Port Vila spoke with nostalgia of the days when he was young and living in Port Vila saying, “I still remember well that in those days there was no one from south Ambae, north Ambae, east Ambae or west Ambae because we were all from Ambae and we were one”.

However, over the last 37 years, more and more Ambaeans have become highly qualified professionals in their various fields and moved on in their lives away from each other.

Many have built high concrete walls to safeguard their properties and themselves from rising criminal activity in Port Vila, and in the process locked themselves in from their extended families and community.

The meeting resumes next week to hear from different clusters their findings and recommendations to contribute to the ‘way forward’ for Ambaeans, now that they have been repatriated to their island while the volcanic threat still remains at level three with eruptions and ash fall continuing.

Speaking for the committee, Henry Vira wishes to thank the Government, all donor partners, NGOs, business houses, Provincial Governments, communities, churches and individuals for all their contributions towards the Ambae disaster appeal.

After working non stop on a voluntary basis since October 1, the Ambae Disaster Committee feels it is time to elect a proper committee to run the programme.

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