Tonga

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

As a Bantu-speaking people, the Tonga people share the general history of migration from Central Europe, which began around the time of Christ. Now they live in Mozambique, Eastern Africa, where they are a small minority tribe.

A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique is still recovering from a long civil war after they gained their independence in 1975, complicated by a series of severe droughts. The Portuguese provided no internal development, and little infrastructure is in place in the huge geographical area of Mozambique. The current government is pursuing social integration, and educational opportunities are expanding.

Tongan people are famous for their woven baskets. There is a world trade and technical study of the patterns used by the Tonga in these baskets, now also fashioned and exported as handbags. They feature strips of unique color patterns, called sipatsi, of which 494 unique patterns have been identified.

The Tongan follow ancient practices of tribal ancestor worship. Unlike the dualistic worldview as in the west, traditional African peoples do not separate a secular sphere from the unseen sphere of the spiritual realities. The spirit world is seen as active and immediate, and many people’s lives revolve around serving spirits. They believe in a creator God but consider Him to be far away and not involved in the direct affairs of humans.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Language: Gitonga, Portuguese
  • Religion: Catholic / Ancestor worship

Frontier Stories

Where Is Everyone?

Let us also pray for our own churches, both in the U.S.A. and abroad, that they will fill back up and actively evangelize.

By: David & Edie Hicks
August 01 2022, 10:51 am | Comments 0

Fish in a Puddle

Soon Jesus and His angels will take the “good fish” out of this world and carry them to the heavenly river of living water. Are you ready?

By: David Hicks
July 01 2022, 10:15 am | Comments 0

Homemade Toys

These boys are part of a group of children to whom I would love to tell Bible stories. They call me Tia Edileuza, which means Auntie Edileuza. Please join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will drive these boys into a knowledge of Jesus.

By: Edie Hicks
June 01 2022, 10:47 am | Comments 0

A Girl Named Ana

If the family is to have food to eat, then the little girl must work hard in the garden.

By: David & Edie Hicks
June 01 2022, 9:32 am | Comments 0

Mina

When Mina returned home, Tony’s threats became a reality, and he savagely beat her until she was able to escape.

By: Edie Hicks
May 01 2022, 10:40 am | Comments 0

The Blind Leading the Lost?

The Lord can use anybody in his work, even a blind lady guiding a group of sighted people. If we wish to be used by God, we need only to be willing and available—the opportunities will come.

By: Edie Hicks
March 01 2022, 10:59 am | Comments 0

Marciano – A Life Spared

We don’t know yet what God has in mind for Marciano. But we are thankful that the angel of the Lord protected our Bible study writer.

By: David Hicks
January 01 2022, 12:28 pm | Comments 0

Fernando

Sadly, this story of family misunderstanding and coercion is common among the young people of Mozambique

By: David & Edie Hicks
December 01 2021, 10:15 am | Comments 0

Neighbor Baby Surprise

The family was very thankful for the prayer, and they continue to welcome Edie into their home. We will be helping and praying for our neighbors. Will you pray, too?

By: David & Edie Hicks
November 01 2021, 9:23 am | Comments 0

A Trustworthy Mechanic

As we develop our friendship with Cassimiro, please pray that he will allow us to guide him from his religion to the genuine plan of salvation.

By: David Hicks
October 01 2021, 10:06 am | Comments 0

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