Tongan PM gives thanks to Adventist Church

Tongan Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni with Pastor Ted Wilson. (Photo credit: PM Press)

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Tongan Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni expressed his gratitude to the Seventh-day Adventist Church during a meeting with General Conference (GC) president Pastor Ted Wilson on May 15.

The Prime Minister gave thanks on behalf of the people of Tonga and the government for the ongoing humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance provided in the wake of natural disasters, including the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption in 2022.

He also highlighted the strong commitment and shared values, especially in the education and health sectors.

The Tongan Prime Minister with Pastor Wilson, his wife Nancy and other church leaders. (Credit: PM Press)

The Prime Minister commended Pastor Wilson’s visit, emphasising the significant role that religious institutions and the government play in strengthening relationships and fostering mutual cooperation.

In response, Pastor Wilson expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister for the opportunity to meet and discuss areas for further collaboration.

Pastor Wilson’s visit reiterated the Church’s commitment to fostering understanding and building lasting relationships worldwide.

The GC president’s meeting with the Prime Minister was among a busy schedule of engagements and activities for Pastor Wilson during his visit to Tonga from May 13-16. He also had an audience with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u, dedicated the new Tonga Mission office, attended a prayer breakfast and took part in the Tonga 4 Christ harvest event at Beulah Adventist College where 122 people were baptised.

After leaving Tonga he travelled to Fiji for more events, including a groundbreaking ceremony at Fulton Adventist University College.

South Pacific Division president Pastor Glenn Townend and Pastor Wilson at the meeting with the PM. (Credit: PM Press)

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Tracey Bridcutt

Communication director, South Pacific Division
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