Over the next decade, with the support of Wesleyan World Missions Australia it is planned to create a self funding, sustainable centre on Noro that will impact more than just the church, but the local community, the nation and in fact the Pacific Region. This will be through: development of business projects to create income for the centre, local community development projects in conjunction with World Hope Australia, a local Christian School on site and of course the Theological and Leadership Training Centre under the initial oversight of newly appointed Australian Career Missionary Rev. David Collins. We can all play a part in supporting this vital project.
From the start, the Noro Training Centre has been developed in a such a way as to be low cost, low maintenance and from sustainable materials.
• Timber is being sourced and milled locally
• Solar power – tapping into the tropical sun
• Rain water tanks
• Furniture where possible made on site with local materials
Ensuring the Centre is not forever reliant on outside funding is a crucial part of the decadal plan. These are some of the current concepts to help with this plan.
The first project will be a sawmill on site. This has already paid for itself and has provided the timber for the buildings completed to date. In the future it will provide a source of long term income for the Training Centre plus employment and training for local young men.
Noro town has a Tuna factory that employs almost 2000 women. Offering evening classes to support the needs and desires of these workers at a persaonal and professional level, increasing skills in literacy, computers, sewing and more will also provide an ongoing income stream for the Centre and again provide employment and training opportunities.
Being a rapidly developing port town, the opportunity to even create a boutique export product is also within the realms of possibility.
In time it is hoped that local and overseas businesses will work in conjunction with the Noro Training Centre to create mutually beneficial opportunities.
EMPOWERING LOCAL LEADERS
The Solomon Islands Wesleyan Methodist Church has over 40 churches and 2000 members.
For 15 years intensive Ministerial Development courses have taken place in Local Churches
with over 100 people attending courses in 2015 alone.
Having a centralised Training Centre will ensure that the level of Theological Education is raised whilst those who graduate
will continue with the grass roots training and outreach.
IMPACTING A NATION
It is planned for the Noro Training Centre to be accredited making it the only accredited
Theological College in all of the Solomon Islands.
Uniquely situated at the opposite end of Solomon Islands to the Capital City of Honiara, it will allow for a far broader appeal
than just the Wesleyan Methodist Church of the Solomon Islands.
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Richard Soto has been selected by the National Church of the Solomon Islands to complete his BTh at CLTC in PNG. The combined efforts of the SI and Australian Churches in supporting his family as they move to PNG in 2017 and 2018 to complete his studies will ensure that Richard can help with the training of leaders in the Solomons in the years ahead.