Tonga

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

About the People

As a Bantu-speaking people, the Tonga 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. No internal development was provided by the Portuguese, and little infrastructure is in place in the huge geographical area of Mozambique. Social integration is being pursued by the current government, and educational opportunities are expanding.
The Tonga 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 patters, called sipatsi, of which 494 unique patters have been identified.
The Tonga 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 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

Bread of Heaven

I wished the gospel could be proclaimed like pão! Isn’t Jesus the Bread of Heaven that promises to satisfy spiritual hunger? Then a question came to my mind: Which Heavenly Bread vendor would be most successful in spreading the gospel?

By: David Hicks
May 01 2021, 2:12 pm | Comments 0

Vovó Laura

Please pray that God will bless Vovó Laura and draw her heart into a loving relationship with Him.

By: David & Edie Hicks
April 01 2021, 11:29 am | Comments 0

Amina

Amina is nearly blind and has almost nothing left but her hospitality. We will continue to help her with food. Pray that she will gain an appetite for the Bread of Life.

By: David Hicks
March 01 2021, 5:18 pm | Comments 0

Thirty-three Toilets

The church and its members are a light to the community. It is a blessing for the gospel light to be switched back on again!

By: David Hicks
January 01 2021, 8:20 am | Comments 0

Carlos & Adri

Carlos and Adri have been a longtime witness for the seventh-day Sabbath within their circle of friends and family.

By: David Hicks
December 01 2020, 2:50 pm | Comments 0

House Fire Evangelism

When we returned with Fernando carrying all these items, there was great joy and many tears in the lady’s family.

By: David & Edie Hicks
November 01 2020, 8:17 am | Comments 0

Flat-Tire Ministry

Pray with us that the gospel seed will sprout within the young hearts of these young men.

By: David Hicks
October 01 2020, 3:44 pm | Comments 0

Gritty Hospitality

Each time we experience a gritty crunch during a meal, it just reminds us of the hospitality of our 97-year-old friend.

By: David Hicks
September 01 2020, 2:05 pm | Comments 0

The Pruning

Since COVID-19 made its sudden appearance here in Mozambique in March, our mission has changed drastically.

By: David Hicks
August 01 2020, 9:35 am | Comments 0

Kids Helping

I am sure that Jesus was happy to see the children working hard and honoring their parents.

By: Edie Hicks
July 01 2020, 9:06 am | Comments 0

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