Situational Report of Tonga & Samoa
Presently we have about 10 members in Tonga. All of them are from China, coming here to open provision shops. The numbers varies from time to time, as many of them move around from China and Tonga.
We are holding weekly services on Saturday & Sunday in a member’s house in the capital city, Nuku’alofa. Sermons are delivered when workers are sent there. In the absence of workers, a simple service of hymn singing, prayer, bible reading & occasionally listening to recorded sermons were held.
Pastoral of our members here are mainly carried out by volunteers from New Zealand with assistance from NZ resident preacher and EHDWM personnel. In total we planned 6 trips a year. The members here had a busy schedule, opening their shops from 7am to 10pm. However, some members close their shop for 2 hours to attend the Sabbath service. Sunday is a compulsory off day in the country. As such we had better attendance on Sunday services than Saturday. During the visits of our volunteers, their will closed their shop early for nightly service. This year a China preacher will be sent here to assist in the pastoral work.
Evangelism is mainly to Chinese relatives and friends. We have 4 regular truth seekers attending our service. We tried preaching to the locals but our members here are not able to follow up.
Presently we have about 12 members staying in the capital city, Apia. All of them are from China, mainly from two family groups, Bro Weng relatives and Bro Yu relatives. They either open convenience store or supermarket.
Services are held in a member’s residence only when workers are sent here. They are not able to hold services by themselves.
Pastoral of our members here are mainly carried out by volunteers from New Zealand We plan to send workers here 4 times a year. Most of the workers are from New Zealand with support from their resident preacher and EHDWM personnel.
The members are busy working from 6:20am to 10pm. Most of them work 7 days a week. The members stay far from one another. As such the services held are attended by 5-7 members only. A China preacher will be sent here to assist in the pastoral work.
Evangelism is mainly to relatives of our members. One of the truth seeker is baptized when he return to China. Another baby is baptized here. We have yet to carry out active evangelism to the local people.
In both these countries, the way forward is to preach to local people. This have to be done by English speaking workers sent by us. Follow up will be a challenge. We are looking into setting up teams of voluntary workers to carry our regular follow up work.
1. Believers in Samoa
2. Believers in Tonga