A seven-month season of ministry has come to its close for now. The fruit has been encouraging. Over a hundred seasonal workers have returned to their Island home of Tonga, encouraged and having received pastoral ministry from Rev Rachael Tonga. She answered the call to move from dry Canberra to balmy Tully in North Queensland. Little did she know what was ahead. There were challenges of accommodation, transport and the wide range of needs of the Tongans living in a culture not their own. In addition, three funerals and two weddings of family members back home stretched Rachael’s resources in every sense.
Pastor Rachael has blessed our NQ District in giving us her final months of ministry and has now stepped into retirement as a full-time grandmother who is about to celebrate her 70th Birthday.
What of the future for these Tully Tongan workers? Perhaps God is speaking to one of you who are reading this. There is great opportunity to pastor and train up these seasonal workers to return as effective witnesses to reach their fellow Tongans for Christ. Is God calling you?
Rev Stuart Hall
District Superintendent NQ