Prime Minister Sogavare has acknowledged the work of the Christian churches in Solomon Islands for passionately addressing the spiritual development of Solomon Islanders in the face of insurmountable challenges posed by modern technology and other factors.
He made the acknowledgement yesterday while delivering his keynote address to open a week-long joint federation of Dorcas at Makaruka Village, East Guadalcanal.
“I must take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our churches and religious organisations in the country for their work in the spiritual upbringing of our people, in a national setting in which we are experiencing drastic changes in the behaviors of our population, especially the youth.”
“This has to do with the influences of modern technology and other influences”, he said as he addressed a large gathering of more than 2000 Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Federations and Societies of SDA Men and Women of Guadalcanal, including Honiara, convening for the annual event
“It makes the work of the churches very challenging. But I take comfort in the fact that despite these challenges, our churches continue to work passionately to address the spiritual development of our country.”
Prime Minister Sogavare said the teaching of Jesus is very clear on this mandate, and that is for Christians to ‘go out and make disciples, teaching them to observe what ever I have commanded you’.
He reminded those who will be participating the in week-long event that Christianity is not a once-in-a-week ritual, rather a daily relationship with Jesus.
“We see this lacking in many of our people. This is the reality of the situation on the ground in a country that professes to be more than 90 percent Christian,” the Prime Minister said.
“What I am saying here is we have a challenge in our hands,” he said as he encouraged the participants to utilise the week-long federation to learn and equip themselves with new knowledge and skills to contribute towards nation building.
“Nation-building is a corporate responsibility of all Solomon Islanders, and goes beyond the narrow view of development as we know it and learned about in schools.
“It is a holistic approach to addressing the well-being of all Solomon Islanders,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare was accompanied by the Minister for Aviation and Communication, Hon Peter Chanel and Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal, Hon Bradley Tovusia.