A strongly Christian nation, Tonga sends significant numbers of missionaries from both Catholic and Protestant traditions, despite its relative poverty and isolation. Much more can be done; pray for the ministries of YWAM and other evangelical groups working toward this.
Tonga's rich Christian heritage is a blessing, but has reached the point of oversaturation. The proliferation of denominations generates competition among churches, as newer groups entice believers away. Isolation and the difficult economic situation complicate issues further. Pray that Tongan Christians would seek ways to contribute to the Kingdom of God rather than seeking the church that benefits them the most.
Tonga has the world's highest national percentage of Mormons, but possibly the majority of those claimed by Mormons would not consider themselves such. The country's largest employers are Mormons; many financial perks are on offer for those considering the switch. Pray for the error of this sect to be exposed as such, and for many to find freedom in Christ.
The Tongan diaspora is now larger than the population of Tonga itself. Many lose their faith in their host nations, others retain it only loosely as a cultural identity. Pray that Tongans abroad might also recapture the dynamic faith of their forefathers and the vision to take the gospel to the world.
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