THE beach was already packed with worshipers when we arrived: men in shirts and ties; women in colourful dresses, all singing and clapping.
As I set up the camera, a dozen men waded out and formed a line in thigh-deep water, ready for the baptisms.
One of the converts was carried out with a friend following behind clutching a bag of urine still attached to a catheter. He looked like he'd come straight from hospital and he looked very ill.
According to the Revivalist Centre of Papua New Guinea, these baptisms are the moment when people accept the power of God: a power that extends to healing the sick.
After the baptism, the ill-looking man did manage to stumble out, sort of on his own two feet, but mostly supported by a friend on each arm.