Partnership between JUC and Lelepa Island Presbyterian Church Vanuatu

Vanuatu update September 2006

As part of the continuing partnership between the Parish of Johnsonville Uniting and the Parish of Malorua in Vanuatu, Johnsonville was host to a visit by the Assembly Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu Pastor Kalsakau and his wife Winna. The Zacharies' had been instrumental in hosting the visit by a group from Johnsonville to Lelepa Island in December 2005. Pastor Kalsakau had this year been invited as an official guest of the NZ Presbyterian Assembly in Auckland and so the opportunity was taken to extend the visit by adding a Wellington and Blenheim leg. While in Wellington the Pastor preached in Johnsonville, met with people with Vanuatu connections at Miramar Uniting Church, called on Volunteer Service Abroad headquarters and spoke at an open meeting for members of churches from around Wellington.


Progress continues to be made on the Lelepa church. Spouting and downpipes funded by JUC will soon be installed. Louvres and pews have been promised by other donors. Ceiling material, floor tiling and doors are still required before the building will be completed and dedicated.

Women of the JUC Fireside Group presented Mr and Mrs Zacarie with a banner for the new church on Lelepa Island. The banner is a celebration of the joining of the two cultures under the umbrella of the far reaching love of God.

The background represents the blue skies and the blue waters of the oceans. The edging is of abalone, common to both our waters.

The borders across the bottom show tapa patterns of the Pacific Islands and Kowhaiwhai patterns of Aotearoa. Also featured are the Koru and Piwakawaka.

We are one in Jesus Christ is written in Bislama across the bottom of the banner.