Thursday, November 20, 2008

Speaker Highlights GFC in Parliament Opening

Speaker of Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea has said he hopes parliament can actively assist in protecting communities across Solomon Islands from the damaging impacts of the Global Financial Crisis, GFC.

In a speech welcoming members of Parliament attending the current sitting, Sir Peter said since the last meeting, the world financial systems have gone into crisis and the global economy has suffered a major downturn.Sir Peter said he raised the matter because parliament represents the people of Solomon Islands in a global community. He said although Wall Street and the G20 economies seem a long way from our local villages, they are already impacting on our people in the form food prices and falling commodity prices.Experts agree that the effects of the global economic crisis are a cause of concern for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries. While others have downplayed the impact of GFC on PIF, it is quite apparent that in these times of crisis there are opportunities for PIF countries to address its weaknesses through regional cooperation.There is an obvious need for the region to take charge of its problems, associated with the global economic downturn, to demonstrate the resilience Forum states have shown in past crisis.Now is the time to adopt sound policies and structural reforms through a regional framework. It is up to our 50 members of Parliament to chart our way forward but in this day and age, regional cooperation is, quite realistically, the most feasible way forward.

Source: Solomon Times

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Urgent Prayer Request for YWAM

This is a request for prayer for YWAM (Youth With A Mission) missionaries and their churches in Orissa, India. The request came from her friend, Mable Hurst, an associate of HCJB Global. Please read and make this a matter of urgent prayer.

Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India, We have never seen anything like this. We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. And we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment wefaced as we went about His work. But none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage.... And it seems to be totally under the radar of the Western Media..... Let me explain.... A militant Hindu priest and 4 of his attendants, who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and re-converting people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailant Orissa last weekend.Â

Immediately the Christians were blamed. The cry rose up...'Kill the Christians!' And the horror began....In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of Christian tribals have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ. Night and day I have been in touch with our Good News India Directors spread across 14 Dream Centers in Orissa... they are right in the middle of all this chaos. In Tihidi, just after the police came to offer protection, a group of 70 blood-thirsty militants came to kill our staff and destroy the home. They were not allowed to get in, but they did a lot of damage to our Dream Center by throwing rocks and bricks and smashing our gate, etc.

They have promised to come back and 'finish the job'. Our kids and staff are locked inside and have stayed that way with doors and windows shut for the past 3 days. It has been a time of desperately calling on the Lord in prayer.More police have come to offer protection. In Kalahandi, the police and some local sympathizers got to our dream center and gave our staff and kids about 3 minutes notice to vacate. No one had time to even grab a change of clothes or any personal belonging. As they fled, the blood thirsty mob came into the building. We would have had a mass funeral there, but for His grace.In Phulbani, the mob came looking for Christian homes and missions. The local Hindu people, our neighbors turned them away by saying that there were no Christians in this area. So they left. We had favor.Â

The same thing happened in Balasore.All our dream centers are under lock down with the kids and staff huddled inside and police outside. The fanatics are circling outside waiting for a chance to kill. Others were not so fortunate. In a nearby Catholic orphanage, the mob allowed the kids to leave andlocked up a Priest and a computer teacher in house and burned them to death. Many believers have been killed and hacked into pieces and left on the road.... even women and children. At another orphanage run by another organization, when this began, the Director and his wife jumped on their motorbike and simply fled, leaving all the children and staff behind. Every one of our GNI directors that I have spoken to said: 'We stay with our kids.... we live together or die together, but we will never abandon what God has called us to do.'More than 5000 Christian families have had their homes burned or destroyed. They have fled into the jungles and are living in great fear waiting for the authorities to bring about peace. But so far, no peace is foreseen. This will continue for another 10 days....supposedly the 14 day mourning period for the slain Hindu priest. Many more Christians will die and their houses destroyed. Many more churches will be smashed down. The Federal government is trying to restore order and perhaps things will calm down. We ask for your prayers. Only the Hand of God can calm this storm. None of us know the meaning of persecution. But now our kids and staff know what that means. So many of our kids coming from Hindu backgrounds are confused and totally bewildered at what is happening around them. So many of their guardians have fled into the jungles and are unable to come and get them during these trying times. Through all this, I am more determined than ever to continue with our goal: the transformation of a community by transforming its children.Â

Orissa will be saved... that is our heart's cry. If we can take these thousands of throw-away children and help them to become disciples of Jesus, they will transform an entire region. It is a long term goal, but it is strategic thinking in terms of the Great Commission.What can you do? First, please uphold all this in fervent prayer. Second, pass this e-mail on to as many friends as you can. We must get the word out and increase our prayer base for this is spiritual warfare at its most basic meaning. We are literally fighting the devil in order to live for His Kingdom. The next 10 days are crucial. We pray for peace and calm to pervade across Orissa. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please pass it on and help us to get as many people to partner with us on this cutting-edge effort to fulfill His mandate: Go and make disciples of all nations....Prayer works!Blessings,

Sources : Chip & Sandy Wanner Col 2:2 MBI Team Facilitators to YWAM frontlinesÂ

Monday, November 17, 2008


North Malaita student at Laucala campus has appointed their new Leadership team for the end of this semester and next year 2009.

North malaita student association was comprises of the following dialects or main languages of the northern part of Malaita, that is Toabaita students, Mbaelelea students, Lau student, Baegu and FataLeka student. who are pursuing their study at the university of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus.`

The newly appointed leadership team are as follows

President: Jones Otafalu
Vice President: Linus Samani
Secretary: Brian Mangi
Treasurer: Blondie Akwasia
Cultural Rep:1. Enly Saeni
2. Ken
Social Welfare1. John Buata
2. Ruth Ramo
Fundraising Coordinators:1. Danny Waneoroa
2. Jennifer Delemani

During the Final meeting and Handing over Ceremony,One of the Out going student Leader Trevor Mae’eda has stated that North malaita student have played significant role in the SISA (Solomon Islands Student Association) community especially in the Independences celebration and the UPS open Day, our contribution to SISA is recommendable and as wel as other association with SISA community.he said, those good things should be maintain by the newly appointed leadership team and the students or even build upon.

Mean while Stevaldo who looks after northern student social wel-fare has embraces the new leadership team and the student body to work together, he said 'having in mind that we are not educated only for the aid of our Families but to help Solomon Islands as whole after we finished our program.

Hence, the out going President, Milfred Delemani, has Given his last speech, that carry such a responsibility is another curriculum from USP, its challenging but it is significant in training of leaderships role. and which follow suit by the refreshment. every student of north malaita were happy and looking foward to worker to gether with the New leadership team.