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Latter-day Saint Leaders Meet With Papua New Guinea Deputy High Commissioner to Australia

Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Papua New Guinea’s Deputy High Commissioner, Jacinta Warakai-Manua, on 19 June 2014.
The meeting was held at the offices of the Papua New Guinea High Commission, in Canberra, Australia.  

The Latter-day Saint group comprised Elder Jeffrey D. Cummings, Pacific Area Seventy; Neville Rochow SC, Barrister, National Director of Interfaith Relations; and Elder David G. Moore, a public affairs specialist.

Papua New Guinea High Commissioner

       From left:  Neville Rochow, Jacinta Warakai-Manua, Elder Jeffrey D. Cummings.

The first Latter-day Saint services in Papua New Guinea were held in 1944, during World War II. Church membership is currently 22,000 in 73 congregations. 
Latter-day Saints support many humanitarian efforts in Papua New Guinea, including: clean water projects; sanitation and hygiene training in Wewak; wheelchairs donations in Port Moresby and Lae; food initiative projects in Suki, Sogere and Daru; and assistance given to Daru families whose homes were destroyed in recent storms.
“The Church attempts to be first on the ground in a disaster and desires to work with other charities,” Mr Rochow said. “We are willing and happy to help where possible and will always try to make things better.”
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