By Mike Puia
THE Deputy Premier of Western Province, Maloney Lopoto, acknowledges the United Church mission for its contribution to the province.
Among other things, Lopoto said the United Church mission has contributed a lot to the province in the areas of education, health and so forth.
Lopoto uttered these statements when conveying the province’s congratulation to the church when it celebrated the mission’s 100th year since its arrival to the people of Choe tribe in the Marovo lagoon.
The people of Choe tribe who now settle in Nazareth village celebrated the arrival of the gospel on Sunday.
The village invited members of United Churches from regions and circuits in the province and in Choiseul Province and Honiara to witness the four-day centenary celebration.
Lopoto, who was a guest at the event, said the United Church has made significant contribution to the development of the province and country.
And, he added, it has also produced fine human resources.
Other senior government official like the Deputy Mayor of the Honiara City Council, Eddie Ngava, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation and Communication, Moses Virivolomo, and the former moderator of the United Church of Solomon Islands, Rev Philemon Riti, who is from Nazareth Village, also witnessed the occasion.