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New Leaders for Tonga

New Leaders for Tonga

It was an exciting moment as The Salvation Army in Tonga witnessed the installation of their new leaders, Fijian officers Majors Sevanaia and Vakatoto Wawa. A regional meeting was hosted by Fua’amotu Corps on Sunday 7 March. Salvationists of all ages came from far and wide to celebrate together in worship. The Salvation Army in Tonga was originally planted by Fijian officers, so the region happily embraces Majors Sevanaia and Vakatoto as their new leaders.

Territorial Leaders Commissioners Julie and Mark Campell conducted the installation ceremony. ‘It was our pleasure to install Majors Sevanaia and Vakatoto,’ says Julie. ‘They are motivated leaders who together live out the good news of Jesus. As Fijians they understand the Pacific culture and how to share the love of Jesus in relevant ways though they don’t speak Tongan. We believe God will continue to transform the lives of many people through the ministry of The Salvation Army in Tonga.’

Children and young people presented joyous items of celebration and God’s love. Major Sevanaia preached a powerful message, with people coming forward for prayer and recommitting their lives to the Lord.

Captains Kenneth and Catherine Walker, previous regional leaders, were acknowledged and thanked for their work over the past four years, but the focus was firmly on the Wawas as they step into their new role and continue God’s work in Tonga.

Salvationists from New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa pray for God’s continued blessing on the journey ahead for the Tonga Region under the leadership of this capable, courageous couple.

Photo: Regional Leader Major Sevanaia Wawa (far left), pictured during the 10 Year anniversary of Vava’u Corps.

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