Wiles Memorial Singers was formed in 1998 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Wiles Memorial Singers is named after the early Australian pioneer missionary, Norman Wiles, who came with his wife Alma to the New Hebrides in 1915. Norman and Alma from Adelaide, South Australia came and lived amongst the worst notorious cannibals of Big Nambas on north west Malekula and successfully converted them from savaged heathens to Christians. Sadly, Norman died on the 5th of May, 1920 from what was known as Blackwater Fever and was laid to rest at Tanmaru village, on North West Malekula.

Alma was quite distressed about leaving the work on Malekula. She went back to America to complete her nurse’s training and then gave her life in service in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea where she reaped rich harvest. Her loving heart is praying earnestly for the resurrection day, when she’ll meet her loved one, sleeping in the islands far away. Alma quietly passed to her rest in the Loma Linda Community Hospital in March 1980, at the age of 86.

The Wiles’ remarkable legacy constitutes a very important chapter in the history of Seventh-Day Adventist in Vanuatu of which we are so proud.

Wiles Memorial Singers has produced five audio albums with DVDs as well; its fifth CD & DVD album, “Make Us an Instrument” will be released on the 8th of January, 2017, which was shot on locations around San Antonio Texas, USA, Los Angeles, USA, Auckland, New Zealand, Port Moresby, PNG, and Malekula & Port Vila, Vanuatu.

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Over time, Wiles’ ministry have been blessed with different members who joined the group to use their musical talents and keep the ministry going. The current members are;