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DOY opens new Administration Office
September 19, 2009

Opening of a new Office complex by the Diocese of Ysabel marks another step forward in the growth of the mission and ministry of the Church in the islands

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Diocese of Ysabel may not be striding but they are certainly putting a short step forward each time. And these are bold steps that cost them time, money and hard labour; the fruits of which are seen through the growth of the Diocese in terms of its ministry and various developments undertaken in the last 34 years an independent diocese of the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands.

And today marks one of these bold steps as hundreds of people gathered at Jejevo Mission Station on Buala to witness the official opening and dedication of its million dollar Administration complex.
Among the people of Ysabel who are part of this official programme were national, provincial, traditional, church leaders.

“This is one of the best infrastructure developments and it is doing us proud.
“It certainly lifts the face of Jejevo and the adjacent township of Buala,” commented one clergy.

But like many other achievements this one does not come easily according to the Diocesan Bishop the Rt Rev. Richard Naramana.
“It has taken us three years of hard labour with unmatched dedication, commitment and perseverance to complete this project.

The Bishop said, had it not been for free offering of time, skills and resources by the people of Ysabel it would have been a different story; It might not have been completed now or the cost would have run into several millions of dollars.
“The people of Ysabel have willingly donated trees, sand, gravel and offered free labour and even transportation. This has contributed significantly to reducing the cost of the building to about SBD$1.3 million.”

For this he thanked his people of Ysabel. Bishop Naramana said he wanted to see that important Christian gesture of love and service by the people of Ysabel continues to be the foundation on which they build up the church of God and their respective communities.

He urged the people of Ysabel to maintain this positive attitude. The Bishop also thanked the Anglican Church of Melanesia for the financial support through the capital project which has enabled not only the vision of the Diocese in providing a conducive working environment for its workers materialize, but also the Church’s vision to build better and bigger offices to cater for the future growth of the Dioceses and the Church.

The building is by far the largest of all diocesan offices. It has 13 office spaces including a conference room and archives with kitchen, bathroom and toilet facilities.

In strengthening the work of the tripod system; a governance system unique to Ysabel which upholds the three pillars of politics, traditional and church, the diocese also allocates an office space within its building for their use.
It has two reception desks in both levels as well as a balcony that offers a majestic view of the lagoon and islands including Tasia which houses the first office of the Diocese of Ysabel.