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Evangelism trip to Tonga with GO International, 24 – 31st of July.
This is a report from evangelism trip with GO International, also known as Kiwitracts lead by Matthew Old. (www.gospel-outreach.org)
Couple of sundays nights ago, Michael preached a message on ‘Visions, dreams’. Michael said that dreams from God brings about the fruit of the Spirit, while dreams from the devil are black and white and don’t bring peace.
That same night I woke up halve way through the night, and I remembered in my dream that I was in Tonga for 8 days until the 31st of July.. A week ago I had canceled my ticket to Tonga because I had a bad dream about my family so I decided to stay. I canceled my ticket then but I had no peace. When I work up with this dream to goto Tonga, I felt inspired, filled with hope, so I believe this dream must be from God.
So a couple of days later, I booked my ticket to tonga to join with the evangelism team whose already there, and guess what? I got exactly 8 days- 24th-31st of July.
This has to be the most exciting evangelism ministry trip I have ever been on!
We had so many encounters that just had to be ‘God’s ordained!’
Tonga is such a amazing country, it is so relaxing, people are so laid back. It is like living in a village. People drive slowly, everyone is friendly with one another. But I didint’ feel bored, actually I felt that this would be a place that is easy to seek God and find Him. It was so easy to pray here. Tonga is a country built upon Christiains principles, although not all know God personally. People relate Christianity as ritual or things they do, it’s like a culture thing, but many are not born-again.
I arrived thursday morn and the team came to pick my up. They just went to the ywam base to meet with the leaders there. My plane got delayed for almost 2 hours.
That night we went onto the main streets of Tonga, there were so many people there all gearing up for the King’s coronation. Me and Ewan prayed for this man who had a broken ankle walking with a stick. We asked if we could pray for him, he said ‘yes’. And we saw him walk a lot better after wards.
Then we and David prayed for this man in a wheel chair and felt God touch him. We helped put his wheel chair togather because it was falling apart.
Whatever we did, we always give them a gospel tract as well so that they would hear the Gospel.
On Friday, we went to Tongaside primary school to share the Gospel. Our team did drama, tricks with illusions, it all went very well. We gave out heaps of tracts to the children as well.
Then I went with Matt to meet with this pastor called Peter who overseas a chinese congregation. Matt wanted me to meetup with him to see if I could do anything for the chinese community. I had been wanting to meet up with my friends Daleon and Meleoni but didnt’ have their phone no.
Then I mentioned to Peter ‘do you know daleon?’, he said, ‘he’s at my house right now!’
Anyway, divine appointments everywhere. We had the privilege that sunday to minister in Church on the Rock and gave a gospel message. I had the privilege of giving the main gospel presentation using the flipchart and it was translated into chinese. Praise God!
On friday night I also saw Raka and Sione, Raka was a friend of mine from Mit back in the ’90s.
we went to Pangimotu island that was cool! On saturday night, within a matter of 20 minutes, I saw about 6 youths before my eyes make a commitment to Jesus! The flipchart was soo powerful! We spoke to soo many people, especially youths. We set up 3 flipcharts all lined up next to the mainstage in town.
We had dinner with Christine who is from New Zealand. She is teaching in Tonga and she is an real encouragement and she prayed for us as well.
We took the service at ‘Church on the Rock’ near the hospital. We did drama, flipchart and sketchboard. Saw 2 people made public commitment to the Lord.
After the service on sunday morn, Suzan and Moana took us the team out for lunch at a chinese restaurant. They were so hospital towards us.
Sunday afternoon we went to the Pacific Partners 93FM radio station and team shared some testimonies on radio. I had the privilege of talking about ‘Why did Jesus die on the cross?” and gave an altar call. That night we also went to the TV station. The TV station Dbn is actually a pentecostal aog congregation.
Met Tongan believers from Equippers church in tonga while witnessing in town at night time.
Went to the rugby stadium this morning. There was a huge event with all the primary schools in Tonga. We gave out thousands of tracts and ran out very quickly!
We went the hospital and prayed for many sick people. I had 2 words of knowledge for 2 different people and saw one demonic manifestation when I was praying for one kid. The first lady I prayed for, I didn’t ask what was wrong with her. Suddenly this spontaneous thought came to my head to pray for the chest pain to go away. Afterwards I asked her what was wrong with her, she said she is going for a heart operation. The second person I prayed for was a man lying on the bed. He looked tired, a lady beside him was looking after him. While I was praying for him, a thought came to my mind, “I believe God is going to visit you in your dreams.” Then I could hear him go into deep breathing and fall asleep. Then I asked the lady what was wrong with him, and she said he has been having trouble sleeping.
Saw our Ywam friends in town. Shared the gospel with local chinese immigrants who were touched. Throughout all my sharing this week, I not only preached the Gospel, but I also told people about the local church – Church on the rock in Tonga.
We had dinner at chinese restaurant Coco’s. It was our team’s last dinner togather. It was great and shared the gospel with the waitress Toupo.
Daleon took me out for the day to the blowholes and to visit Akesa’s family. They own the only surfing resort in tonga. We visited Saul who is Helen’s uncle. He wanted me to come back with a team from our church to minister to their youth and their church. Saul now has his own church.
One young man called William, came and listened to us on the Flipchart over a period of 4 nights. On his 3rd night, he gave his heart to the Lord. When I saw him on the 4th night, I could recognise a change of countenance on his face, that it has lighted up. I could his dedication as well.
I went to one of the clothing shops to buy clothes, as it so turns out that the shop owner’s sister was going to NZ as well and on the same flight as me! So I met them at the airport and the whole family was 7 was on the same plane as me, immigrating to NZ. They live just 6 mins down the road from me, and I believe this is opportunity for me to reach out to them.
I learnt so much about evangelism from this trip and it has really opened my eyes to what God is doing in the Polynesian islands. So much you can only learn by ‘Going’ and ‘Doing’. If I stayed home I would have learnt nothing. People in Tonga are so open to the Gospel, what they need is more sincere laborers.
Matt stayed behind for the coronation of the Tongan King. And the Lord opened supernatural doors for him to get into the coronation service and sit in the middle, and even give out gospel tracts to some of the dignitaries!