PM & Speaker Show Support for Lutheran Synod

Lutheran church congregation members from parts of the Highlands, Momase and the Niugini Islands all braved the Madang Seas to get to Karkar for the Synod.

The Synod is the highest decision making body of the Lutheran Church.

Every two years Church elders hold Synods to discuss issues within the organization.

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is a member of the Lutheran church and has said that his government will support Synods because churches have vital roles in rural communities that the government cannot reach.

The Prime Minister was on Karkar to open the Synod on Monday. He pledged K500, 000 for the Synod to be held in 2016 in Finchaffen.

During the Synod, the speaker of Parliament and Finchaffen MP, Theo Zurenoc, who came under immense criticism over the removal of Artifacts last month proposed to have what he called a Lutheran Parliament House built in Finchaffen.

Each community on Karkar Island contributed around K10, 000 towards the Synod. They struggled to raise the funds even as they battled plummeting corporate prices and the cocoa disease that destroyed large hectares of the cocoa plantation.

An emotional Sumkar MP, Ken Fairweather, thanked the people of Karkar for their efforts in staging the event with limited resources.

The Karkar Lutheran Synod is where church elders will come together and make important decisions.

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