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Chronology for Aore Adventist[edit]

1941 November 3. Pastor Engelbrecht, New Hebrides: "Brother Cernik has an excellent school going, and a fine group of students are taking a keen interest in their studies.

1942 September 7. (School is closed. White missionaries are gone. Native workers in charge.) a report sent by the caretaker of our property in Aore, the headquarters of the S.D.A. mission in the New Hebrides, we were made glad to notice that in Aore the Sabbath is being conscientiously ob- served by our native people residing there. The regular Sabbath services are well attended. Daily worship is being faithfully held, also the regular Tuesday night prayer meeting. In the absence of our white missionaries this news is very encouraging. The work in other parts of the group is evidently going forward strongly, for we learn that Pastors Joel and Solomon re- port that everything is going well on Atchin. Pastor Masingnalo also states that the work on Ambrym is being firmly held, and is making progress. Let us continue to pray for our native workers.

1943 January 18. "The condition of the property at Aore is as good as I expected. There is no noticeable deterioration. "After chatting over the educational problems, we purpose to open the school at Aore early in the new year, with a nucleus of about twenty or twenty-five boys.

In December a group of young people from Australia and New Zea- land will take part in a Missionary Vol- unteer Fly'n'Build project. The team will fly into Aore in the New Hebrides to build a girls' dormitory and an amenities block for the high school. The team hopes to complete the project in four weeks, allowing for 96 girls to move into the dormitory at the begin- ning of 1975.

M. G. TOWNEND, Correspondent , p. 20

Aore School has been upgraded this year to a high school, and has been renamed Aore Adventist High School. It was previously Parker Missionary School

Parr, R. H., editor (June 17, 1974). "Aore Calling" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Co. 78 (24): 10. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

Giles article, 1974[edit]

Dean, Giles (October 7, 1974). "Aore Adventist High School" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent World Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Co. 78 (40): 8, 9. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

Aore Adventist High School

DEAN GILES, Missionary to New Hebrides. 1960-1971

HAVE YOU EVER READ estate agents' alluring descriptions of land? How often reality reveals a pitiable empti- ness when compared with these word-pictures. The reverse is moie likely to be true in the islands of the South Pacific. Mere prose too often falls far short of the full description of the attractive islands.

Early Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to the New Hebrides, among other labours, secured for the membership many fine mission properties. It would be impossible in these times to obtain comparable stations for our mission work. Many of these have secure anchorages for our ships, and are beautiful and valuable assets for a growing educational, medical and evangelistic work.

The largest and most ideally situated of our properties in the Condominium of the New Hebrides is on the southern coast of the island of Aore. Here several hundred acres of fertile land slope down to shel- tered beaches, while on a prominence a little way from the shore, the buildings of the Aore Adventist High School are situated. Nearby are the mission hospital, the slipway and workshops.

Aore has been the focal point of our work in these islands since 1929, when Pastor J. R. James and a party of young New Hebrideans moved in with axes to clear the land and establish a school. Students have followed in increasing num- bers, and the educational and spiritual work of this institution has been the heart of our New Hebrides Mission.

Natural Beauty is Insufficient BUT . . . beautiful views cannot com- pensate for the lack of essential facilities to operate a school. Interesting history alone will not produce trained young people. Under-developed assets may well be liabilities to the programme. For this reason we appeal to the MV Societies of the Division to be a part of the 1974 concerted effort to make the breakthrough at Aore.

My association with this school co- incided with the leadership of Brethren Nell Hughes and Cedric Powrie. These were the years of the 1960s—years which saw greatly increased enrolment, and sorely taxed facilities. These men and their assistants worked against the tre- mendous odds of lack of buildings, lack of water and water storage, lack of trans- portation to the mainland of Santo, and lack of cleared land for gardens to feed the students. Valiant efforts have been made to tackle these and other problems but the struggle continues.

Need for Combined Effort

As with so many undertakings in mis- sion lands, local measures are inadequate without a large injection of money to overcome the obstacles. Thankfully we now have the assurance of combined efforts to relieve the needs at Aore. The buildings and equipment we place there will be productive of eternal results. Tragically, our failure to provide them will also bring eternal results.

When I think of my own responsibility to Aore Adventist High School, I like to think of the young men and women it has already lifted from ignorance, squalor and heathenism. Here are tangible results enough to satisfy any investor. With keen interest we watched many of these youth make their way through what was for- merly known as Parker Missionary School. This name honoured Pastor Calvin Parker, the pioneer Seventh-day Adventist mis- sionary who reached New Hebrides in 1912. In recent years, the pioneering spirit has been caught by New Hebridean girls, who, for the first time, have trained as mission workers. Hitherto, few girls were allowed schooling. For years their numbers in our school were minimal. Tlien a trickle of shy, retiring, giggling girls commenced to take their places in village and district schools and finally at Acre. Later, much later, some completed training as teachers and nurses. Carolfay, Phylis. Rebecca, Lilymay, Lydia, Roslyn and others have been true pioneers.

Today we see the flood-tide of both young men and women in school and in the work of God. It is to provide a girl's dormitory that we appeal to our youth for liberal MV offerings. Our regular attendance and planned giving at MV meetings this year will mean new life for Aore Adventist High School.

Dean, Giles (October 7, 1974). "Aore Adventist High School" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent World Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Co. 78 (40): 8, 9. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

1911, 1912, Parker[edit]

C. H. Parker and wife accept assignment

The readers of the RECORD will be interested to know that Pastor C. H. Parker and wife have accepted the call from the council to open up the work in the New Hebrides. Also that Brother Harold Oarr, of the Syd- ney Sanitarium, is to accompany them. This is altogether a new field, and we feel sure that all of God's people will pray that the Lord will go before these workers, opening up the way, and sustaining them in health.

1925, Parker reports on Aore land[edit]

Hunting for the School Site

Leaving Santo in company with Brethren James and Nicholson, we started put on our hunt for a suitable site for our training school. The Lord especially directed and led. We found a small island off the mainland of Aore, on the Sekon Channel. It, has over two hundred acres of ground, which is very fertile, and will produce almost anything. Much valuable hardwood and native fruit and nut trees are on it. Quite a number of bearing cocoanut trees, and the thatching palm trees are on the place.

The island is swept all the time by the southeast trade winds. It has a beautiful white coral sand beach, and two harbours sheltered from hurricanes. The anchorages have sand bottom with no stones. On the mainland there are 1,000 more acres belonging to the estate, with a water frontage of about three miles. This ground is very good, and has a large amonnt of valuable timber, the same as the small island, and also native fruit and nut trees. There is also a nine-acre plot of full bearing cocoanut . trees. On the hilltop at the back there is a fresh water lake, which it is said has never been known to go dry.

The small island is separated from the mainland by a channel of water about an eighth of a mile wide, which serves to isolate it. There are two steamer ports, one eleven miles away, and the other three miles. These are the French and English steamer ports from Sydney, and they each make a five-weekly trip. Besides this there are two other French steamers that ply within the gronp, which make a six weekly visit to all ports, and the English steamer making a five-weekly trip.

There are two doctors, English and French, located within ten miles of this island. This position is an exact centre for the northern part of the group, and shonld be a very healthfnl place when the small island is cleared. Responsible men have said, "It seems strange that this ground has not been taken up before." To us it is not strange. God has had His hand over it, and has brought it to our attention just at this time for the bnilding up of His work. Had we the selection of land already in occupation I feel sure that we could not better our position. The price of this island and the block on the mainland is £600. The owner will not sell the island alone, so we must purchase the whole block if we purchase at all. We know of no other place with harbour advantages such as we have here, as well as all the advantages which a school demands to make it a success.

1994 Name Change[edit]

Rename for School

The board of Aore Adventist High School, Vanuatu, has changed the school name to Aore Adventist Academy to com- plement present develop- ments occurring there.

Manners, Bruce, editor (April 23, 1994). "Rename for School" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Company. 99 (15): 5. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

1927, Ketch and Saw Mill[edit]

AFTER spending a few weeks in New Zealand on her way to Suva, Miss Eva E. Edwards sails for Fiji by the Tahiti January 17, where she will connect with the Navuso School, on the Wainibuka River, as 'preceptress and matron.

"WE would like to express our deep appreciation," writes Pastor J. R. James, superintendent of the New Hebrides Mission, " to the brethren and sisters who have so generously provided the new ketch for our mission needs. She is the finest vessel out here of her size, and presents a contrast to the little launches that we have been using."

A SAWMILL has been donated by Brother G. W. Hawkins of Arcadia, via Toronto, N.S.W., to the New Hebrides Mission, and this is going forward early next month, with Brother J. C. Radley in charge. Brother Radley has been appointed to take the machinery over, install it on the island of Aore, the site of our new training school, and superintend its operations as the timber is hewn from the forest for the erection of the necessary buildings.

The ketch, Loloma (Love), was dedicated.

Adventist mission boat, 1926, Loloma, Vanuatu


No doubt you will all be interested to hear that the new mission boat Loloma for the New Hebrides is finished and ready to sail for Vila, the government port of the New Hebrides, which is six hundred miles away from Suva. Captain Steinbeck, an old sea captain of island repute and Brother McLaren, with a native crew, are to take her over, aud our prayers will follow her as she sails away. She seems very small to cross the stormy seas, being forty-three feet long and thir- teen feet across the deck, but is a strongly built little vessel fitted with a nineteen horse-power Gardiner crude oil engine, which drove her along about six miles an hour in her trial run yesterday. She is what seamen call "ketch rigged," which means that the bigger mast is near the front end and a smaller one at the stern. The meaning of her name is " love," and may God use her to carry the message of love to the needy people of the New Hebrides. You will hear more about her later, and we shall forward a photo of her under sail.

Description and picture of Loloma:

The New Hebrides Boat THE New Hebrides boat is a strongly built auxiliary ketch with a nineteen horse-power engine of the Gardiner crude oil type. On our trial run to Levuka the engine propelled the boat along at the rate of six knots an hour. On our return home, using the sails and engine both, with a light breeze, we made a little over seven knots. Old Captain Steinbach, who was with us, and who will be in charge on the trip to the New Hebrides, says she is a good sea boat, and that he is very pleased with her performance. Using crude oil at the present prices the engine runs at one-third of the cost of a benzine engine of the same power, ca We are very thankful that such good boats can be provided for our work here in the islands, as it will save us much inconvenience, and lessen the risks of travel over angry seas. The cabin is large, and has accommodation for four white persons, while the natives have a fine roomy hold forward. We have purchased a four-hundred-gallon tank t o carry the water supply, and every provision is being made for safety. i Brother MacLaren will act as mate and rengineer and have charge of the crew of ifour Fijian young men, on the voyage from Suva to the New Hebrides. We wish them a pleasant voyage as they go, and know the brethren in the homeland will join us in prayer for their safety. H. R. MARTIN.

J.R. James describes the taking over of the Loloma:

The A.K. " Loloma " WE know that our brethren and sisters in Australasia will be pleased to know that the auxiliary ketch for the New Hebrides Mission has arrived safely in the group. I came to Vila by steamer on December II to meet the vessel when she should arrive. It being Sabbath, I was pleased to be able to spend the day with Brother and Sister Stanley McCoy of Vila. Sunday morning at about eight a vessel steamed up the harbour, flying three flags. It did not take us long to travel the two miles to the water front, where we were delighted to recognise Brother McLaren and four Fijians, also a second white man, and to look for the first time on the longdesired vessel Loloma. In due time the doctor gave the vessel clearance, and with some emotion we clasped hands with our brethren from Fiji who had so kindly volunteered to bring her across the ocean to us. Captain Steinbeck seemed about as happy as the rest of us. In a group of islands like this the Loloma is a very striking vessel, and we heard many favourable comments during the two days she was in Vila, and from men who know much about ocean travel. The concensus of these opinions was that she was the nicest vessel of her size in the group, and we readily believe it. In comparison with the vessels we have travelled in for years past, she is a real palace. What we appreciate most is that she is safe for inter-island work. With the small launches there was always a certain amount of risk, especially with many natives on board travelling to and from general meetings. We left Captain Steinbeck, who had been in charge on the voyage from Fiji, in Vila, to take passage by a steamer direct to Fiji, while we set out on a twenty-hour journey to Atchin. We arrived Tuesday afternoon, and everybody was happy to see her, and now she was all but ready for work. She had not been dedicated yet, so on Wednesday morning at the ringing of the bell, the people gathered on the beach. It was a representative gathering, probably one of the largest meetings we have had of Atchin people. Pastor Stewart spoke in the Atchin language. Soon after the service was ended we left to visit the various districts where our work is located, and to gather our workers and teachers for a general meeting. The Loloma has already visited each mission station in the group, travelling over 6OO miles, and carrying missionaries' household effects, even taking a cow and a calf to Ambrym for Brother and Sister Taylir. We believe she has done much to inspire the native believers in the group. We would express our appreciation to all who have laboured and sacrificed to give us this splendid vessel for the work in the New Hebrides. We would especially mention Brother McLaren and the four Fijian brethren, as it was no small undertaking to bring such a small vessel across from Fiji at any time, but particularly at this time of the year when a hurricane may come along at any time. Finally we were loath to let them go. Brother McLaren and his men were in charge of the vessel until their steamer was pulling up her anchor. She then passed into less competent but enthusiastic hands. We earnestly pray that the Lord will add His blessing that the greatest possible service may be rendered by Loloma in this needy field. J. R. JAMES.

Loloma history[edit]

1929 Volcanic Eruption on Ambrym, New Hebrides, Vanuatu. June 28-30, 1929

ON Friday night, June 28, we were awakened by a continuous rumbling, which grew louder and louder. When we looked out, it was almost as light as day, and we saw that the old volcano on this island was active. We could also see a great column of smoke, followed by a glare, moving down the old lava path toward the mission. At first we thought the lava would be confined to the old flow, and if so, there was no danger; but soon it appeared to spread right across behind the mission."

Everybody moved rapidly. We secured two suit cases of clothes, a lug, and a mosquito net, which, with the baby, was all we could carry. The natives gathered, laden with their effects and we all hurried out as quickly as possible to the old mission which we had occupied before building the new village. We intended to stay there, but the lava flow threatened there also, so we went on to another village.

It was not long before that also seemed to be too dangerous, so we hurried off again in the heavy rain to higher ground; where Mrs. Taylor and a few of the women found refuge under a leaf shelter for four hours. During that time some boys and I went down to the beach, where we could see the mission frontage. Now we could see that the lava had filled up the place where the Loloma anchors, and was flowing out to sea, a glowing mass about twenty feet high and a hundred yards wide. It was also coming along the reef toward the old mission, and had already filled up the hot water passage.

While we watched, a new stream of burning lava came down the valley right close to the old mission. This met the first one, and so our mission was entirely surrounded.

Next day when we viewed the scene from a trader's launch, we could see that the bush, grass, and gardens between the two lava flows had been burnt, and this, no doubt, is what set our house on fire. It had completely disappeared.

By morning we ha<i made our way to a trader's four miles away, where Mrs. Taylor stayed while 1 went with the trader in his launch to see if any people were left at Craig's Cove, When we passed Baiap we could see that it was •surrounded by lava and swept by fire. Just as we passed Yen Mek, another river of molten lava entered the sea. We went into Craig's Cove with two launches, and had sufficient room to take all the people left there to Malekula. While the people were being taken aboard the launches, a new crater was hurling up stones a short distance inland, and by the time we left the Cove, the flowing lava which we saw enter the sea near Yen Mek, had attained a half-mile frontage, and the sea was so hot we had to keep about two miles out.

That afternoon the trader took us over to the Loloma, which was anchored at Port Sandwich. Brother Radley had borrowed my launch ten days before.

Sunday morning we were overjoyed to see him arrive at Port Sandwich. He had had his adventures as well, having met high seas and been without sleep for several nights. However, he immediately set out in the Loloma for Ambrym. On our way over we saw a new crater start up in the sea at Craig's Cove. About every fifteen minutes stones and water were thrown up to a height of 600 feet or more, right at the place where the launches had been crossing the morning before.

We picked up eighty people and left , about 5 p.m for Aore. Quite a number of people were back at the old mission at Baiap and did not seem at all afraid to remain. Not many of our people's gardens have been destroyed, so they are not bad off that way. They expect a big fall of ashes before the eruptions cease.

From the Loloma we could see that almost all the flat ground at Craig's Cove was covered with lava, and the only building left was the lime-built Catholic church. It is likely that Craig's Cove will be entirely altered when we see it again, as the two new craters were both active when, we left.

We had engine trouble and drifted around half the night. We arrived at Aore on Monday about 2 p.m., all very hungry, tired, and, thirsty, but glad to be there. So far as we know, no lives have been lost and North Ambrym is not affected. We hear that the lava covered part of our new mission behind Baiap. It will probably be about two weeks before the lava is cool enough to cross over to the mission site. We expect to visit there in the Loloma about that time. I fear our anchorage at Baiap is completely destroyed.

W. A. TAYLOR. , page 5

1931 In 1931, or late 1930, the Loloma was transferred away from the New Hebrides.

1942 A Missionary Tour by Native Workers in Fiji by W. G. FERRIS

CAPTAIN ELIJAH is in command of the mis- sion ketch Loloma. He is known everywhere in Fiji, and is respected by all because he also commands a sixteen-stone personality.

A wave of excitement passed over the Young People's meeting the other Sabbath when the leader announced that Captain Elijah would tell the story of his recent missionary trip to North Vanua Levu. Elijah spoke with an eloquence that would be the envy of many a young preacher in the homeland.

Many plans had been made to visit the hundreds of people in that isolated district, which seems to be the most neglected of any in Fiji. Captain Elijah was inspired to make this trip with Beni Vaceloa in a small twelve- foot sailing-boat. Beni had been with Captain McLaren when they visited some of the wild islands of New Guinea, and he, too, was very anxious to go this time. We all gathered at the beach to bid them God-speed, and thought of Paul and Silas...

A. H. Weil describes work in New Hebrides, 1927[edit]

Santo, New Hebrides

OUR experiences have been varied since I last wrote. Recently an epidemic of what appeared to be pneumonic influenza swept over the group, and played havoc among the natives. We are very thank- ful to God for having kept the mission from its ravages.

In making one of my usual visits to a village about four and a half miles from here I found that one of the men had contracted influenza. In a very short time his condition became serious and his friends gave him up to die. In fact, they had carried him out into the bush expect- ing him to die tbere quickly, believing as the natives express it, " time belong him finish." Just one boy sat by his side watching, while the others who stayed in their houses were very much concerned about the pig they thought to kill in case of his death. Life in their estimation is of very little consequence.

As I could not give him proper atten- tion there, I had him removed to our mission, much to the displeasure of his friends. Oni-oni was only too willing to come to the mission, for he remembered that his one-time crippled boy had stayed with us for a time and found comfort and complete relief from his illness. The Lord blessed our feeble efforts and within a short time the man completely recovered and was soon able to return to his village, where we are about to open a school with a native teacher in charge.

Recently I was called to another mis- sion about five miles around the coast from here to extract a five-and-a-quarter- inch-long fishhook from a girl's arm. The girl, who is between ten and twelve years of age, fell onto the rusted hook while playing in the dinghy. They went to the planter near by, who applied a ligature and immediately sent for me. I found that the hook had penetrated the girl's arm at the bend of the elbow and was deeply embedded in the flesh. Hav- ing only a pair of tweezers and plyers and a file and an old razor to perform the operation, I felt rather shaky, as one slip of the razor might have meant the sever- ing of the large artery-. After asking the Lord's help I worked the hook steadily in the opposite direction to which it went in. When I felt the point of the hook close to the surface I made an incision, and after filing off the hook handle, I extracted the embedded part. It took a good deal of nerve, for the girl was screaming all the while and had to be held down, and the father was excitedly calling out, " Cut it, cut it." The whole village was standing around watching the proceedings and you should have heard the shout of acclamation when they saw the hook come out. When I finished I asked the people if it was a time to thank the Lord, and answering in the affirmative we all bowed down. The father quickly offered me a pound, but of course I re- fused. I visited them again and treated some other sick people and am thankful to be able to say that the girl's arm is almost completely healed. We trust that these experiences will help to remove prejudice and cause God's work to pros- per. A. H. WEIL.

Map Links of Aore[edit]

This commercial site provides a clear map of Aore's location

1928, A visit to New Hebrides[edit]

The school at Aore is described as well as the Loloma ketch:

A Visit to the New Hebrides

BY appointment of the Australasian Union Conference Committee, the delegation to the New Hebrides mission field this year consisted of Pastors A. H. Piper, L. H. Wood, and the writer, who left Sydney by the S. S. Dupleix, March 16, via Noumea, and returned to Sydney by the S. S. Makambo May 24, via Norfolk and Lord Hpwe Islands.

Arriving in Noumea just five days after leaving Sydney, we were pleased to recognise among the cosmopolitan crowd that assembled on the wharf Sister Guiot, who, since the return of Pastor and Sister Jones to Australia has been in touch with the believers in that field.

We spent four happy days in port and conducted several studies in Sister Guiot's room with a few of our faithful sisters who were spending a short time in port at the time of our visit. These sisters seemed to greatly appreciate the studies, and showed a very keen and practical interest in the progress of the gospel message. Before leaving we were handed in two donations the sum of 1,500 francs —over £12—for our foreign mission work. Almost a fortnight after leaving Sydney, we disembarked from the Dupleix in the Segond Channel and boarded our own neat and trim little vessel, the Loloma, in company with Pastor James and Brother Radley, the captain, who took us to the Aore Training School, a distance of about twelve miles.

Notwithstanding the fact that this portion of the group had recently been devastated with a severe hurricane and much damage had been done, we were pleased to find the work on the Aore property prospering. A number of students were present who had worked very hard since the " blow " in rebuilding and clearing the place. No real shortage of food was experienced and all seemed to be happy.

The aspect on Aore is pleasing. The mission grounds ascend gradually from the foreshore and face the south, with a beautiful view of the Malo Pass, the island of Malo about two miles away, and the island of Ratour just adjacent to the landing on the eastern boundary of the property.

By the time of our visit, there were a number of buildings on the property, —one European residence nearly completed, occupied by Brother James; a one-roomed weatherboard house which had been occupied by Brother Radley and re-erected since the hurricane; a workshop; a sawmill in good condition; a native schoolhouse and seven or eight native houses. The latter, however, were only temporary.
Considerable clearing and planting have been done on the property during the sixteen months of occupation, and the soil gives evidence of being very fertile. The anchorage is one of the few good anchorages in the group.

Since the blow particularly, the mosquito pest has been bad, but as the trade wind begins the mosquitoes seem to be less numerous, and no doubt as the place is cleared, they will greatly lessen. We feel sure that in the Aore property we have a place with many marked advantages, and we trust that as a result of the recent visit of the Union delegation, steps have been taken to make our claim upon this property more assuring.

Atchin and West Malekula

From Aore we proceeded to Atchin, where we found conditions steadily improving. There is a fairly regular attendance of fifty to sixty natives at the Sabbath services, and the presence of some married couples on the mission gives stability to the work.

From Atchin our itinerary took us to the West Coast of Malekula, where we called at Matanavat, Tonmiel, and Malua Bay. While there we also responded to an invitation to visit one of the Big Nambus tribes, known as the Nivinbus, who have been showing some interest in our mission work. Their district is about fifteen miles by _sea from the Malua Bay station, and their principal village is a considerable distance inland. They, however, wish the mission to occupy an elevated plateau near the beach upon which they indicate that they hope to build a village later on. We met representatives of this tribe while there, and our workers are planning to visit them again immediately. On the Malua Bay station where Brother and Sister W. D. Smith are located, we have a very encouraging work. They are stationed among the reputed wildest people in the group, with the most encouraging results. There are now about 150 people connected with the mission, representing several tribes who only a short time ago were hostile to each other. They include both the Small Nambus and Big Nambus people, and so the influence of our work is now becoming far-reaching.

The man Hare (Harry) that was shot through the thigh by the bush people, is a very prominent member of the mission family. The people from the village who attempted his life are now friendly disposed towards our work, and our workers are visiting them occasionally. One cannot visit our West Malekulan mission without feeling profoundly impressed with the fact that a wonderful transformation is being wrought in the lives of people who are, as already stated, the reputed wildest people in all the group.

The Big Bay Mission

From West Malekula we proceeded by way of Aore to the Big Bay mission, arid were pleased to find Brother and Sister Weil happily carrying on their work on their isolated station. There are but few Europeans in the whole of North Santo, and Sister Weil has but one English lady neighbour, who lives about thirty miles distant by water.

There is probably no mission in the group that has been built up from apparently more hopeless material than the Big Bay station where Brother and Sister James laboured for a number of years.

But today we have a fine body of believers in that district, and among them some fine characters. We greatly appreciated the presence of some of these people at our general meeting held at Atchin, and consider that in the person of James, a converted witch doctor and a returned Kanaka, we have a man of good judgment and Christian experience.

During our visit to Big Bay where we spent a happy week-end, we had the joy of assisting in a baptismal service when ten more were admitted to church membership by this rite. There are now over one hundred adherents to the mission in the Big Bay district, nearly forty of whom have been baptised.


Returning via Aore and Atchin we next visited the island of Ambrym, where we have the largest number of adherents in this field and where we have a strong and is a growing work at the present time.

While we regretted the absence of Brother and Sister Taylor from this field, who had not yet returned from their furlough in Australia and New Zealand, we were pleased to see how well the native teachers were caring for the work during the absence of the European workers.

We found the stations clean and orderly and the people attending regularly at morning and evening worship and Sabbath services. The native believers are also giving substantial help to the work in the way of tithes and offerings.

This phase of our work received some consideration during the council, and all heartily agreed to adopt the plan of regular weekly Sabbath school offerings. We are glad to see this young mission thus showing signs of real strei.gth, leading towards the self support of all its native workers.

From the island of Ambrym we have secured our largest number of native workers, and the present crew of six for the ship Loloma. There are still a number of bright young men connected with the various stations and it is hoped that as the training school develops many of these young people will avail themselves of its privileges.

The influence of our mission on Ambrym is spreading to adjacent islands, and on the hearty recommendation of our mission by a European trader residing on the island of Pentecost, one of the chiefs sent two yo°a"hg™<Brne* to our training school on Aore. This trader told us personally that he saw a marked contrast between the S.D.A. villages and those occupied by native adherents of other missions.

The General Meeting

We are glad that the time has come in the history of our work in the New Hebrides that a general annual meeting and council is considered by all to be of great value to the work. These annual gatherings are now looked upon by the native believers and European workers as events of much interest. In one report rendered at the recent meeting by a native worker, he told of a certain interest in North Ambrym which had really been created by a young convert from heathenism who had used as a means for convincing others that the Sabbath mission was a "live" mission, the fact that we had provided a vessel which devoted its time entirely to mission work, and also that from time to time older missionaries were being sent out to visit their field and to attend their annual meeting. Owing to the lack of accommodation at Aore, especially since the recent hurricane, it was decided to again hold the council at Atchin. For two weeks previous to the meeting we visited the other four stations in the group and from these we brought teachers with representative men and women together at the head station, who affiliated on the most friendly terms.

The council lasted seven days and proved to be a most helpful and spiritual gathering. A daily programme of devotional, instructional, and council meetings was adhered to, with occasional separate meetings for Europeans and natives.

The presence of Pastors A. H. Piper and L. H. Wood was greatly appreciated by all, and their timely counsel and helpful Bible studies were a real strength to the meetings.

While perplexities over the Aore property faced the workers during the past year, the committee unanimously expressed themselves as being assured that it was a very desirable place for the training school, and decided to take steps to make our claim upon it more reassuring while awaiting the final decision of the joint court.
During our visitations around the field and again during the council, we were impressed with the increasing demand on the part of the natives of these islands for our medical missionary work. During our stay there a canoe load of people comprising men, women, and children, also a boat full of men, crossed the Bougainville Strait to come to Aore seeking medical aid at the hands of Brother James.

Realising also the necessity of relieving the superintendent of the field, of the care of the training school work, it was unanimously decided to again locate the superintendent on the island of Atchin and that should Sister Wiles return to that field she be stationed there also, as this is one of the most thickly populated parts of the group.

It was therefore voted to ask Brother and Sister Nicholson to take charge of the training school, to be assisted by Brother and Sister F. Lang. We feel that this is wise planning for both the medical and educational work. Then, too, as we travelled around the field on the auxiliary ketch Loloma, noting the important part this vessel takes in the woik and the responsibility of caring for such a vessel, especially in a group in which there are but few good anchorages, also the great need of having a practical engineer to help repair the engines of the other smaller launches, your delegates and local committee felt it would be desirable, if possible, to retain the services of Brother j. C. Radley in the field as captainengineer.

As the Aore property affords us a wonderfully fine anchorage for the ship Loloma, and as the Burns' Philip steamer calls regularly at or near this port, the committee were unanimous in recommending that the ship make this her homeport, and from here commence her itineraries throughout the group. This would also allow the ship's captain and crew to spend some time ashore doing sawmilling and other engineering work of general benefit to the entire field.

Needless to say, it was a source of profound pleasure to the writer of this report, to re-visit our old field of labour and share with the brethren for a short time the burden and privilege of working for these people. Words fail to express the joy that comes to one's own heart as he sees their hearts melting under the influence of the Holy Spirit as they hear the gospel message extended to them.

During the council, and especially on the last Sabbath morning, we were led to make a special appeal to the people on Atchin in the tongue in which they were born, and we greatly rejoiced in seeing some young men regain their experience and in seeing others deciding to forsake all and follow Him.

Largely through the influence of Naomi's father, who is now a faithful adherent, another influential man has left his heathen village and connected with the mission, in spite of strong protests from his heathen relatives. His older brother said his loss would be worse than the loss of his right eye, and begged him to continue in heathenism.

Such victories as our eyes witnessed during this visit lead one to conclusively assert that no matter what the cost or sacrifice may have been, it is as nothing as compared with the results achieved. The more than five hundred adherents already won in that field give us strong faith in the future prospects, and lead us to recall the promise which reads, " He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rrjoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."


pages 3,4

1942, World War II, Only native believers remain and are faithful[edit]

New Hebrides


In a report sent by the caretaker of our property in Aore, the headquarters of the S.D.A. mission in the New Hebrides, we were made glad to notice that in Aore the Sabbath is being conscientiously observed by our native people residing there.

The regular Sabbath services are well attended. Daily worship is being faithfully held, also the regular Tuesday night prayer meeting. In the absence of our white missionaries this news is very encouraging.

The work in other parts of the group is evidently going forward strongly, for we learn that Pastors Joel and Solomon report that everything is going well on Atchin. Pastor Masingnalo also states that the work on Ambrym is being firmly held, and is making progress.

Let us continue to pray for our native workers.

Question: What became of the school during this time?

Pastor Joel, native superintendent of the mission

...When preparations were made for the evacuation of the mission- aries during the war, Pastor Joel was selected as native superintendent of the New Hebrides Mission. The government took over the iaunch because they did not want it travelling about the group, so Pastor Joel had to do all his visiting by canoe. He continues in the same posi- tion, being always humble and a wise counsellor to both the missionaries and the native constituency...

Pastor Joe

Pastor Joe is a brother to Pastor Joel. Since he started in the work of God he has worked in all the islands of the New Hebrides, and has not been back to his home island for any length of time. He was very happy when the committee called him to come to Australia to get the ship "Nakalagi" (Nakalangi), and He* "Has* appreciated the privilege of coming here and seeing our institutions in Australia. He realizes that our organization is not something insignificant — it is big and growing. He wishes to thank the Union Conference for the opportunity of having this trip, and when he goes home he wants to open the eyes of his people by telling them all he has seen.

Pastor Joe relates that he was native district director on the island of Tanna when the Americans set up a base at Vila to stem the Japanese advance. The mili- tary sent- word that they wanted all the men from Tanna to go to Vila to work. A big ship,came and took two or three hundred men. The people complained to the district officer that the Adventist boys did not go. He said th* Adventists had work to do, but many other people had nothing important on hand so he sent them first. He would call the Adventists later.

.About ten Adventist men decided they would go to Vila and help the military to see how they would be treated. They worked all the week till Friday. Then they told the one in charge they could not work on the Sabbath because they were Adventists. The officer granted their re- quest to have the Sabbath free. When other natives saw this they asked to have Sunday off. The officer replied: "These Adventist boys asked for the Sabbath before it came; you have already worked on Sunday, so you are not entitled to ask for it now." Later he told them they could have Sunday free if they wished, but those who wanted to earn large wages could work seven days in the week. The ten men remained true to their principles as long as they worked for the military.

1926, Poem about the Aore School[edit]

A Call from the New Hebrides to Our Sabbath Schools
March 27, 1926

[This poem is written as voicing the plea of native believers in that group.]

THERE'S a stir among the heathen
In New Hebrides today;
Some are leaving liie-long customs
For the straight and narrow way.
Still the multitudes are waiting
In their darkness for a guide;
But we have so few white workers
Many calls must be denied.

Native converts here are ready,
And are eager too to go,
But they need a special training,
And we have no school, you know.
Natives understand the native,
And can make the message clear
To us ; let the white man train them,
And then act as overseer.

There's a piece of land selected
Which will make a splendid site
For a training school for workers,
Where they'll learn to do things right.
So on March the twenty-seventh,
Let your love in deeds appear ;
Give an extra special offering ;
Build a school for natives here.

Surely 'tis a good investment
Buying land to build a school,
Training natives here for workers,
Practising the Golden Rule.
So, with eager expectation,
We will pray, and watch, and wait.
Don't forget that special offering.
Help us ere it be too late.


1926, Aore to become head station when school established[edit]

IT will be good when our training school is established at Aore, a small island between Santo and Malo, in the New Hebrides, as our head station will then be transferred from Atchin to that more central position. At present not one of our mission stations in the New Hebrides is at any of the ports where steamers call. Formerly Atchin had a call each month from a steamer, but this was discontinued during the war. When at Aore, however, we shall be within a few miles of tbe ports of call of the Australian, French, and inter-island steamers. This will save a great deal of anxiety and time in meeting boats.

The Radley Family[edit]


BROTHER and Sister J. C. Radley sailed for the New Hebrides by the Marsina which left Sydney February 5. Brother Radley is under appointment as carpenter and engineer for the mission. They will be locating at the site of the new training school on the island of Aore, to assist in the preparation of the buildings for the school. Brother Radley's knowledge and experience in nautical and mechanical work will be of value to the work in that field.

James Reports[edit]

1927, March. Aore, New Hebrides: The Site for Our New Training School[edit]

WE are glad to be able to report from another part of this group to the readers of the RECORD. At present we have notbing bnt the land here, about 1,700 acres. Several planters have tried to keep us out by cutting down trees, and in one case putting up a single barbed wire around the water front.

We are now in occupation of both the island and the mainland facing the little harbour. Brother Weil of Big Bay divined with a rod a place for our well, and we now have a supply of beautiful water. Some clearing was done and a house put up to accommodate natives who will be brought to work on the property to clear and prepare for the buildings and also to plant native foods. We have made our first batch of copra, amounting to only four bags, but most had already been gathered by others. It is a beautiful situation, and there is no doubt that a very kind Providence has made it possible for us to secure such a suitable place. There is a lot of valuable timber on the property, and abundance of lime for building purposes. We plan to burn this limestone in readiness so that when our sawmill arrives we may go right ahead and erect our school buildings. We have only twelve miles to travel to some large stores and the port of call,for the northern part of the group.

Having found it difficult to meet the demand for teachers in the various districts, this training school is going to fill a long-feit need in this field by preparing young men and young women to take up this work.

With the new mission vessel ready for service, the future of our work is rich with promise. We know that many prayers are ascending to God on behalf of the work in this field, and the position we are in today is very definitely the result of the Lord's special help.


1927, June. New Hebrides Training School Site[edit]

AMONG the earliest settlers in the New Hebrides Islands was a man named De Latour. He was a Britisher, though a descendant of the Huguenots of France.

He purchased much land on the islands of Malo, Aore, and South Santo, from the native peoples, but finally made his home at Aore in a very good location. Here he planted nine acres of cocoanuts between the years 1885 and 1890, and then was murdered at this place by the natives.

This very desirable property, occupy- ing almost the entire sonth coast of the island of Aore, is the one that we have recently purchased for our training school. For forty years it had lain vacant, and many express wonder that it had not been taken up, especially as it faces the trade winds, and has such a fine harbour for

small boats. Right in front of the cocoa- nut plantation is the small island of Ratua, which forms an excellent harbour for small vessels. The island is 162 acres in extent. At the other end of the prop- erty, about two and one-half miles west, is another small island, known as Turtle Island. It is only about one acre in size.

Immediately after our general meeting in January, when Pastor Stewart had visited the field, we proceeded to occupy the property. First we cut down the bush that had grown up among the cocoanuts on the mainland, and erected a house for the natives to live in. Then we went to the island, and cut down about ten acres of bush near the centre of it. Fi- nally we cnt all the bush on tiny Turtle Island at the other end of tbe estate.

While we were all away on furlough, some men thought they might get some cheap land by occupation. (There are no land titles granted here as yet.) They cut some bush at several points on the pro- perty, and one cut on the island of Ratua. Our arrival brought loud protests from these men. When Brother and Sister Radley arrived to help in the work, and a sawmill plant was being erected, they were astonished and annoyed. This mill donated by Brother Hawkins of Wangi, N.S.W., will enable us to do much build- ing work right away.

The timely arrival of Brother and Sister Radley and the sawmill, just when we were hard pressed; later the arrival of the Royal Commission, which made care- ful inquiry into the whole affair; and finally, just when one man had sent twenty natives to cnt bush, the timber arrived so that we could erect a permanent honse,— these events together with the efforts of the Commissioner, have brought us peace, which we believe will be permanent. These providences encourage us to believe that we are where the Lord would have us to locate.

For a few days we all lived on the good ship Loloma, until the one-roomed cottage was erected for Brother and Sister Radley to live in. The Loloma's 400-gallon tank has supplied all our drinking water up to the present time. This has been due to regular showers and care in the use of the water.

The following steamer brought the material for our first permanent house, which was ready for occupancy, though not completed, within thirty days. Since that time, all activities on the part of these men have practically ceased.

Land jumping is quite common in this group. The Lord, however, has helped us by timely providences until now the prospects for opening our long-needed school are quite promising. Much hard work is before us, but we are glad to be able to report progress, for which we are thankful to our Heavenly Father.

In the breaking of new ground one is apt to suffer from malaria more than in established stations. Sister Radley has already suffered much from this, but still has courage to go on though her strength is considerably reduced.

We would ask an especial interest in the prayers of our people for this new enterprise, that all these hindrances may be removed to permit of continued pro- gress toward the training of many young people for service in this needy field.

J. Ross JAMES.

Aore, New Hebrides.

1928, January. New Hebrides Training School[edit]

AFTER eight months spenHn preparing the ground and some buildings for our training school, our missionaries went together in the Loloma to visit the various mission districts and select a few young people to attend the first session of our school,

How easily the trips can be accom- plished now with the good ship Loloma \ So different from the method of travel previous to her arrival. We returned to Aore laden with natives for the school and their food. Their luggage is not very extensive, and it is well so, because the accommodation we have here for them is quite limited. They have taken hold of their work with good will, and there is an enthusiastic spirit among them.

October 27 was the day of opening our school. Brother Weil was present at the time, and assisted for a few days. Our mission family now numbers thirty-two, including some helpers. Our buildings are taxed to their utmost capacity. This was felt most when measles broke out, and now most of them have had the measles. We are glad all have made good recoveries. There is an epidemic in the group.

On West Malekula the people did not send us away empty, but gave us a ton of tithe and gift yam. This seemed provi- dential, as at the beginning we have not a very large mission garden, though even now we are reaping some taro planted early in the year.

We are all pleased that a beginning in our school work has been made, filling a long required need for our work here in this field.

It should not be long before we shall be able to extend our work and call upon those who receive a tiaining here to take • up the burden of the work as it extends.

Last Friday night the theme of their testimonies was their desire to go out from this place and give the message. Pray that it may be so, and that God may raise up real burden-bearers from among these needy people.

The problems of the land titles are working out, we believe, in our favour. And is it not always so as we go forward in God's work, that problems are solved for Us?

J. Ross JAMES.

James, J. Ross (January 28, 1928). "New Hebrides Training School" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent Survey. Warbortan, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Co. 32 (4): 8. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 

1929,School Opens, Loloma helps[edit]


The Aore Training School opened on Monday, June 3, with an enrol- ment of sixty-one students, and has now increased to eighty-five. These our ketch Loloma gathered from the mission stations on the various islands. We have a very fine class of students, and I believe they have all come with the determination to do their best. Some are much more advanced than others, and we have found it necessary to divide them into four classes. Masig Nalo, our native assistant, is a fine man, and he will be of great value in the schoolroom. He very cap- ably assists with the junior pupils, while for one period during th day he is able to receive instruction with the more advanced students, and thus improve his own education.

He and his wife Phebe will take an oversight of our girls' home, and I am sure that Phebe's neatly kept home will be an inspiration to our girls.

Aore is now a hive of activity, and the month during which school has been in operation has been a very, very happy one.

During the afternoon, all work out of doors. There is much to be done in order to supply our natives with food and shelter, All are busy at present clearing and planting the ground, and we hope to commence building some good permanent houses for our students in a short time; and we are praying that means will be supplied to us, so that we shall soon be able to make our training school here a great factor in the saving of souls, and a credit to our denomination.

There is a very fine spirit mani- fested by all the students. During the Week of Prayer all entered heartily into the services and prayer meetings. This, coming as it did right at the opening of school, has given a good spiritual uplift to the student body. In all their class work all seem to try their very best, and it is marvelous the way they have advanced for the short time they have been here.

Calls for teachers here are numer- ous; tribes which a short while ago were engrossed in heathen darkness are awakening, and they join in the calls for teachers. We have the students here who will be ready to go, provided the means are available. The time is ready to do a great work'in the New Hebrides.

—W. 0. Broad, in Australasian Record.

1944, War and after[edit]

1944, Sabbath, April 22, A Happy Surprise at Church

WHEN the missionaries were forced to leave the New Hebrides, they left the work well organized under native leadership. Pastor Joel was the mission superintendent, Solomon was the secretary-treasurer. Other natives were in charge of various districts and schools. Money sufficient for six months' wages was left with the secretary-treasurer. The Training School at Aore was, of course, closed; but arrangements were made for the care of the property, and Sabbath school and church were regularly conducted and attended.

Months rolled by, and no news was received from the white leaders in Australia. Money gave out, and the native workers had to find ways of sustaining themselves, while at the same time trying to carry on their mission work.

Some took work on plantations near our missions and maintained the regular church service and Sabbath school. So, on Aore, our headquarters in the New Hebrides, about twenty-six members gathered each Sabbath. But what a wonderful surprise they received when one Sabbath they gathered as usual and found Pastor Keith and Brother Gallagher there! What rejoicing that the Lord had brought them back again! Mail services were not functioning, and no news of their coming had reached the native brethren. But here they were! What stories they had to tell their white leaders—stories of trials, privation, temptation, and of victories.

Of course Brother Keith was anxious to contact all the native workers and ascertain the condition of the work on the various mission stations.

Launches were not available, but the natives set to work and made a thirty-foot canoe. So by this and whatever other means of transport may be available Brother Keith is again endeavoring to get in touch with the entire field.

On Tanna, Pastor Keith found Brother and Sister Miller well and of good courage. Many difficulties had been encountered. Many of the natives had been recruited for labor, but despite difficulties, the work is being carried on.

On Atchin the natives had kept the mission in splendid order. Brother and Sister Piez's home was found well kept—as though they had

Masters, G. M. (Second Quarter, 1944). "Sabbath, April 22:A Happy Surprise at Church" (PDF). Missions Quarterly. Washington, D.C.: The Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath School Department. 33 (2): 5,6. Retrieved 2011-11-19.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

1982, Vanuatu Today, and the cost of running the Pacifique[edit]

Moe, R. V. (October 9, 1982). "Vanuatu Today" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent World Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Company. 87 (41): 8. Retrieved 2011-11-19.

1939, Aore school described[edit]

Travels in New Hebrides

NO. 2.

It was with feelings of more than usual interest and expectancy that I looked out .over the "Morinda's" rail as Aore hove in sight. Very centrally situated for our work in the group, and with a good anchorage, this small island seems to have been providentially reserved for the heralding of the message of hope in the New Heb- rides. The land-hungry French are re- puted to claim more acreage than is con- tained in the whole group, while the absence of surveys and land titles gives possession only on occupation.

The line of buildings stands out clearly in the sunlight—the schoolhouse with its two wings, the three cottages, the boat- repair shop, and then the students' houses in neat rows in the background. Here Pastor Engelbrecht has his home and directs the work. Brother and Sister Miller are in charge of the school, while Brother and Sister Tucker find their hands more than full with boat repairs and nursing, respectively.

The Aore estate of over 1,000 acres is one of the finest school properties we have in the mission field. With an abundant acreage, part level, part undulating, of sur- prising fertility, and open to the life-giving south-east trade winds, the workers from the homeland can live in good health, while the students are able to produce all their food requirements.

Besides their usual school work, many of the boys have received valuable experi- ence in the workshops, where under Brother Tucker and Brother Rose, they have proved adaptable engineers and car- penters. Some thus trained are today our most valued teachers in the field.

Sixty very earnest students have daily met for training this year. Husbands and wives, boys and girls, all are on the roll. Even the babies snugly curled up on a support on their mothers' backs alter- nately sleep and take nourishment. The textbooks are all in English. Explanations are given in pidgin, for in this land every island and almost every district is a dif- ferent language area. Bible, English, the' three R's, and singing take up most of the school time table. They sing from the Advent Hymnal, and their use of English is better than that of the average Poly- nesian.

The Aore Training School is not the only school for which the morning assembly bell rings. A room with a black- board and tables is daily occupied while Sister Engelbrecht conducts her little home school of three. Here is faced one of the sacrifices of mission life when the missionaries' children reach the age of school days...

Palmer, C. S. (January 30, 1939). "Travels in New Hebrides, No. 2" (PDF). Australasian Record and Advent World Survey. Warburton, Victoria, Australia: Signs Publishing Company. 43 (5): 3. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

Mission Boat, Lephare 1939[edit]

Mission Boat, Lephare

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Volcanoes[edit]

1951 It is with regret we have to report that a severe hurricane struck the New Hebrides group on Thursday, March 7. Along the Malekula coast it destroyed .gardens, and wrecked a number of native houses. A few days later an earthquake took place, and was quite severe on Aore where our train- ing school and headquarters are estab- lished. Some of the buildings have had quite a shaking, and one of the older dwelling-houses was so far damaged as to be considered uninhabitable. Our sym- pathies go out to our workers and people in these trying experiences.

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