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Anniversary celebrations mark contributions of church

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 24, 2008) – The United Church in Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 40 years of work in the country and the Pacific this week.

The celebrations, which started yesterday in Port Moresby and the country, are attended by the council of world mission representatives from all over the world, including the Pacific Island nations.

The celebrations started last week, led by the United Church Moderator Rev Samson Lowa and his dignitaries from all over PNG and Solomon Islands. The four-day 40th anniversary celebrations will continue until the end of this week in Port Moresby.

During a dinner hosted by the church at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday night to welcome the dignitaries from all over the world, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu officially gave the undertaking of a good hospitality while in the country and thanked everyone for the enormous work the church has done contributing to the development of the nation.

In attendance are representatives from the Caribbean, Guyana, Jamaica, (in Europe) Poland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, (Africa), South Africa, Zambia, Madagascar, (South Asia) India, Bangladesh, (East Asia) Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and Myanmar, Canada, (Pacific) American Samoa, Samoa, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

The welcome dinner was also attended by Vice Minister for Mining and Rigo MP Ano Pala, former Kairuku Hiri MP Sir Moi Avei, major stakeholders and government officials.

Celebration dances were held by members of the nearby villages of Central Province to welcome the dignitaries.

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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