TONGA TAKES A BATTERING

WRITTEN BY MIN TOBITT, INC SOUTH PACIFIC

On February 3 2018, the strong tropical storm Cyclone Gita hit Tonga and left in its wake  flattened buildings and flooding. It was the most severe storm experienced in the last 60 years. Power and water are still not connected.


Some of our INC churches in New Zealand and Australia responded quickly with funds to assist the Nuku’alofa church under the leadership of Pastor Peni Mafi to purchase food and water supplies to give out aid to the people. The church people were also quick to get out and help with the clean up and repairs to the damaged homes

The church building survived the storm and is being used as the base for packaging up hampers of food and water and to house some families including Pastor Peni and his family whose homes have been flooded or damaged.

This powerful cyclone has been the cause of the huge surf on the Australian coastline and the eye of the storm is now headed for the west coast of New Zealand.