The Tongan Seventh-day Adventist Church development application for a new church hall in Leppington, on the outskirts of Sydney, was approved at a recent Camden Council meeting.
The church hall will seat 390, and will be used for activities including worship services, youth meetings and basketball.
This gives us a greater opportunity to reach out to Tongan communities living in the Campbelltown and Mt Druitt areas
A dozen or so Tongan Seventh-day Adventist Church members witnessed the debate in the council chambers, and felt blessed to be present when the decision was finalised.
The pastor of the Tongan Church, Sitiveni Teaupa, couldn’t contain his excitement. “The development is part of our five year plan, we’re only into the third year and the Lord has opened one door after another.”
“This gives us a greater opportunity to reach out to Tongan communities living in the Campbelltown and Mt Druitt areas,” says pastor Teaupa. “Leppington is central to both.”
Funding came from church members and the South Pacific Division allocated $450,000 from the “church building grant fund,” used primarily for helping churches in urban areas.
The Greater Sydney Conference provided $255,000 for the development. “We’re excited to see the expansion of the Tongan work in Sydney,” says pastor Michael Worker, general secretary, Greater Sydney Conference. “They plan to provide church services in English for young people and the local community as well as a language service for the Tongan community.”
Construction will commence in early 2011, with the church hoping to start worshipping in their finished building later in the year.