FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM
What does it cost to preserve one’s culture and faith in the diaspora? The children of Saia Mafile’o can provide an actual figure because their father surrenders all his income to the Wesleyan church of Tonga. ‘Misinale’ is the name of the fundraising campaign that calls on people in and from Tonga to raise money for the community. Although Saia has been living in New Zealand for many years, he is determined to adhere to this tradition.
TOA`IPUAPUAGA STRENGTH IN SUFFERING
After a near-death experience in 2016, Toa claims to have been sent on a mission to spread the gospel and mend worldly relationships with God. She also displays stigmata similar to those associated with Christ at the crucifixion. Toa’s case unleashes a wave of controversy in Samoa’s Christian community, which is torn between faith and skepticism.
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