Tonga

What’s Happening at MMUC?

The Mangrove Mountain Uniting Church congregation has a link with the Narara Uniting Church Tongan Choir as well as our Tongan pastor, Pastor Tonga Pakofe. In order to better understand the culture of these wonderful people some of the folk from Mangrove Mountain visited the Kingdom of Tonga recently. This was a most interesting and eye-opening trip.

Tonga has been hit by many cyclones but the one which hit in February 2018, Tropical Cyclone Gita, has left a swath of devastation that is still being felt today. Many buildings were severely damaged – schools, churches, shops and homes. The majority of these are still under repair. Despite their plight, the Tongan people are warm and welcoming.

The Mangrove Mountain Union Church Committee, and individuals from Mangrove Mountain Uniting Church are supporting one of the schools in Nuka’alofa with both financial aid and in the provision of educational materials. Maamaloa Side School is fortunate to still have buildings standing however the children have very few resources. They have little in the way of paper, pencils, books etc. Many of their tables and chairs are old and unstable. They have almost no sporting equipment. In comparison we are all so wealthy.

If you would like to help MMUC to help some of our younger and less privileged neighbours, please contact MMUC Treasurer, Bryan, on 0408 722 006 to discuss what you can do.