Solomon Island community celebrates opening of new church

Entertainment and feasting marked the opening of a new church last weekend at Chapuru community, Visale.

Chapuru is a village on the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

According to John Toki, Solomon Star’s Guadalcanal correspondent, close to a thousand people braved the heavy downpour on Saturday to witness the blessing of the new church.

“These people came from communities in Guadalcanal, the nearby Savo, Russell, and Ngella Islands, Honiara, and also Malaita province.

“Members of other denominations were also part of the event.”

Mr Toki said Archbishop Adrian Smith carried out the dedication of the new Church.

“That was a historic event for the community and one that they have been looking forward to because they started building the permanent church building some 20 years back.”

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the Chapuru community Joseph Rios thanked those that contributed towards the completion of the building.

“Some of those who initiated the plan have passed on, but many were happy to finally witness the consecration of the building.”

According to John Toki, Solomon Star’s Guadalcanal correspondent, close to a thousand people braved the heavy downpour on Saturday to witness the blessing of the new church.

“These people came from communities in Guadalcanal, the nearby Savo, Russell, and Ngella Islands, Honiara, and also Malaita province.

“Members of other denominations were also part of the event.”

Mr Toki said Archbishop Adrian Smith carried out the dedication of the new Church.

“That was a historic event for the community and one that they have been looking forward to because they started building the permanent church building some 20 years back.”

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the Chapuru community Joseph Rios thanked those that contributed towards the completion of the building.

“Some of those who initiated the plan have passed on, but many were happy to finally witness the consecration of the building.”

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