Current Ministry in Tonga and Samoa
Pr. Fu-Ann Shi
There are six pastoral visitations a year arranged to Tonga, and each visitation is usually four days. The cost of the visitations is to be covered by the Tonga Fund. The director of the Eastern Hemisphere Department of World Mission (EHDWM) and the residential preacher in New Zealand each visit Tonga once a year. The three churches in New Zealand also assign their workers to assist the holy works there.
In Tonga, there are 12 believers and 5 active truth-seekers, with a total of 17 participants. Most believers in Tonga are from Fuqing China who run small grocery stores.
There are four pastoral visitations a year arranged to Samoa, and each visitation is usually 3 to 4 days. The relevant expenses are to be covered by the budget under EHDWM. Holy Communion is to be held once a year. The EHDWM director and the residential preacher in New Zealand each visit Samoa one time a year, the churches in New Zealand also assign their workers to assist the holy works there.
We plan on increasing the frequency of pastoral visitation to Samoa from four visits to six visits a year starting with the next year. A Samoa Fund account will be created where the EHDWM will initially transfer funds into it, and churches from New Zealand and other individual church members are also able to contribute towards this fund.
There are seven members and six truth-seekers, with a total of thirteen attendees in Samoa. They are also mostly from Fuqing and own supermarkets or grocery stores. We plan to hold the first water baptism this September.
This year we established the Tonga and Samoa Ministry Committee. The director of EHDWM, Eld. Joshua Phoong, coordinates this committee, and Pr. Ezra Chang from the Malaysia GA acts as the assistant. The members of this committee include the residential preacher in New Zealand as well as three deacons from the churches in New Zealand, Dn. Michael Lee, Dn. Daniel Li, and Dn. Tian He Wu. This committee is in charge of all the evangelical and pastoral affairs in Tonga and Samoa. The other workers who support the ministry in Tonga and Samoa are to be recommended by the local churches in New Zealand and assigned by this Ministry Committee.
From now on, we will put more effort on evangelizing toward the aborigines in Tonga and Samoa, and hopefully the Gospel can be spread even further.