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Latter-day Saint and Seventh-day Adventist Volunteers Support French Polynesian Children

At the invitation of the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to organise a "Come and Help" project in the community, the Ruatama Ward (congregation) of the Faa’a Tuamotu Stake (a group of congregations) responded with donations for children who are hospitalized, through the Les Ptits Doudous de Paofai association, chaired by Dr. Lucie Dole. 

Bishop Harrys Chinain and the ward council donated cuddly blankets for babies in the paediatrics center of the Paofai Polyclinic.


He explained, “Church members provided flannel and Polynesian style fabrics. Then, the Relief Society (women’s organization), with their sewing machines and sewing tools, lovingly made these soft blankets." 

During the presentation of the donations, Dr. Dole said: “We are so grateful for your gesture which will help bring joy to sick children during their visit to the clinic. We are also touched to see these two churches rally around this project." 

Bishop Chinain took the initiative to invite the Seventh-day Adventist Mission to join with their ward and be part of this “Come and Help” project.

Samuel Hamblin, the Adventist health and community service manager, coordinated the project for his church.  

“It is an honour and a privilege to participate in this project,” Mr Hamblin said. “Working together for this kind of action shows our love for our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Samuel Hamblin, from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, presenting the Bible coloring books to Dr Dole. French Polynesia, February 20212021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Seventh-day Adventist mission also provided Children’s Bible stories and colouring books.

“We wanted to introduce them to Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. These books can strengthen families who are in need and in distress," he explained. 

Benjamin Tuarau, a local Latter-day Saint leader, said: “We are happy to provide these comforts for these children and to work together with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This positive collaboration opens up opportunities for cooperation on future community projects.” 

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