BY MARK ROY
Torres News Online
The sounds of their soulful brand of gospel music reverberated around Anzac Park earlier in January as people from the Torres Strait joined their brethren from Papua New Guinea for sermons, prayers - and a whole lot of singing and dancing.
More than 100 people gathered in the park for the three-hour religious celebration. The Soul Harvesters Church was part of the Pentecostal Church, the national church in PNG, Pastor Phillip Henry said.
“We have a working partnership with Hope Fellowship and the Australian Christian Church under the Assemblies of God ministries in Australia, and are fulfilling a prophecy that has been spoken by Smith Wigglesworth in Sydney, about a fire coming from the north,” he said.
Smith Wigglesworth, often referred to as ‘the Apostle of Faith,’ was one of the pioneers of the Pentecostal revival that occurred a century ago.
Pr Henry said he hoped to see a bigger turnout when the Pentecostal group return to Thursday Island in mid-2012.
He said 29 members of the congregation had made the trip to the Torres Strait in four banana boats. “Once our visas were approved, the boat journey took about six hours,” he said.
“We cleared customs and immigration on Thursday Island and arrived in Seisia on 24 24. We then came across to Thursday Island on 7 January at the request of Pastor George Nona.”