Thirty-five people have been baptized into the Adventist Church in Tonga, and the number is continuing to grow thanks to local churches and colleges enthusiastically adopting the Tonga Mission’s harvesting vision.
Throughout July and early August, Beulah College hosted a two-week evangelistic campaign, ending in 20 baptisms on Sabbath, August 1; and Vaini Church also hosted a two-week campaign, which resulted in the baptism of 15 people on Sabbath, August 8.
Other churches organized further outreach, with the Vavau District Church beginning their harvesting campaign on August 8 and the Haapai District Church and Popua Church beginning theirs, individually, on August 15. The church on Haafeva Island has also completed the first week of its harvesting program.
While baptisms are yet to result from these latter programs, Fanueli Mataele, director of evangelism for the Tonga Mission, remains optimistic. “Pastors and members are in action sharing the good news! The church has been so overwhelmed with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and the rest of the churches are geared to do harvesting until the end of the year,” he explained.