Some Avarua Primary School teachers and students also came out bravely in their school uniforms and cultural costumes and performed our traditional welcome and turou to delegates attending the 28th Pacific Power Association Conference.
The Tatuava warrior son wearing his traditional outfit with a spear in hand did a very magnificent turou, challenging and leading the dignitaries and guests into the hall.
With the Prime Minister addressing and declaring the Conference open, all other speakers that followed after him emphatically highlighted the inevitable global concern over the serious climate changes evidently affecting so many big countries and island nations environmentally, climactically and geographically.
I humbly do acknowledge the honour of being invited to lead prayer and devotion at this grand opening. I therefore wish to share what the Lord inspired and laid upon my heart.
Based upon Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth … E akara ainei toku mata ki te au tuaivi, e rauka ainei iaku te tauturu I reira? No ko ia Iehova te Tauturu, ko tei anga I te rangi e te enua.”
Regeneration means to give life to, to renew, to improve, to make better.
The power of the Moon and our Lunar System generates lunar energy in the ocean currents.
The Ocean currents give us power to also supply electricity for our human uses and needs. Desalination Plants remove salt from sea water to make it drinkable.
Our Sun generates power to our homes, vehicles and whatever we invent.
Long before electricity power stations were built, our forefathers constructed windmills to tap into the power source of the Wind – then regenerated it into drilling machines to draw water.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills” – the challenging question we all ought to ask ourselves is, what’s in the hills and mountains?
Animals, birds, wild goats and pigs, fruit trees, we plant agricultural products up in our plantations. Rivers, lakes and streams run down from the hills and mountains – Te Mato Vai, too.
Scientific researchers have discovered that the densest and widest distribution of manganese nodule deposits are at bottom of our Cook Islands ocean floors.
There is no place in this whole wide world that God has not blessed with some kind of natural resources.
The only problem is that we humans get too greedy and forget about the needs of other people.
Once someone prayed, “Lord help us to discover for the first time in human history that we have the means to feed all, we lack only the willingness to share.”
We create poverty in our own lives because of greed – so much so, that thousands and millions go to bed without food to eat.
God bless the Pacific Power Association Conference and God bless our little tiny paradise nation of the Cook Islands.
The many natural resources with which God blesses nations and people on earth, be they in the high mountains, in our ocean depths, in desert lands or deep gullies and valleys, if managed wisely as good stewards of the Almighty Creator, are there to help sustain economic prosperity in all nations
Have a blessed, Jesus’ weekend!
Bishop Tutai Pere
Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands.