The Feast of Tabernacles was an exciting event this year in Taupo, New Zealand, not only because it is a spiritual highlight, but also because the brethren could keep the Feast together from all over New Zealand and other countries. The countries represented at the Feast included the Philippines, Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, United States, Malawi, the Netherlands and England—70 people joined for this family-themed Feast.
Taupo is in the beautiful central region of the North Island of New Zealand. Services were held at the Lake Taupo Yacht Club with views overlooking the lake and the snowcapped mountains in the distance. Taupo is a bustling lake town right in the heart of the North Island and the main tourist town. Lake Taupo was formed from a volcano and is the largest lake in the southern hemisphere. It features safe, clean water for swimming, scenic walks to explore God’s creation and a wide range of water-related activities such as fishing, sailing and kayaking. The area is rich in history and culture.
Highlights of the Feast this year included the opening night message that got everyone focused on and excited about the meaning of the Feast and the future ahead of us. On the Eighth Day a group lunch was enjoyed between services, as well as the spiritual food provided by God. Feastgoers enjoyed activities together such as a ladies’ tea, game night and Bible Jeopardy. Family day consisted of a river cruise to Huka Falls and a glass-blowing demonstration.
It was a true blessing to have Darris and Debbie McNeely visit and spend the Feast here in New Zealand. Darris McNeely also gave Beyond Today public presentations in three locations in New Zealand. The presentation brought 47 brand new subscribers. Their visit not only provided an opportunity for Beyond Today viewers to meet one of the presenters in person, but also gave a boost to the long-time members of the Church in New Zealand.
As we observed and worshipped on these Holy Days, we reflected on and remembered what they mean for the world as we enjoyed this foretaste of the beautiful future that will shortly come to pass.