Pacific Partners Tonga is the organisation responsible for ‘Letio Faka-Kalisitiane’ Christian Radio Station 93.1FM.
Our main radio station is in the Kingdom of Tonga and our prayer is to develop radio and discipleship ministries in other islands where we can obtain the necessary licences.
Our ministries are led and staffed by local leaders.
The vast South Pacific Ocean
11.5 million people live in the South Pacific Islands (including Papua New Guinea, but not including Hawaii, New Zealand or Australia). People speaking approximately 1300 different languages, and isolated by ocean and jungle, by superstition and religious tradition. What better way to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ than by radio?
The mission of Pacific Partners is . . .
Helping South Pacific people disciple their Islands by radio.
Radio is extremely effective to reach even the most isolated Pacific Island community, so we are primarily a Christian radio ministry, but we are different to western styled Christian radio.
Local Christian radio
Pacific Partners helps to plant; manage; and fund local Christian radio stations in individual countries. It's important that these stations are established as a local ministry, rather than an imported copy of a western radio station. This is essential in a region where there are so many often unrelated languages, and where a simple form of English (or French, or Pidgin) is spoken as a second (or even third) language.
Grow, Train and Assist Local Believers
The individual's new relationship with Jesus Christ is also very contagious. Listeners hear the joy and passion of their neighbours talking over the radio about learning to follow Jesus, and they can see the changes in their lives. This way, listeners are themselves drawn in to seeking fellowship with these "people who are different" outside of their own church's life-less programs.
Our workers are trained to foster this, by running new believer's classes and planting bible studies in people's homes. And so we have a growing pool of local believers, reaching out to their neighbours, finding their place of Christian service in their community, and some of whom are trained into ministry on the radio.
And so the radio ministry grows, and the island nations are being discipled.
How else will local people fully understandChrist's teachings. And how to live by them for an effective and fruitful Christian life in their own cultural surroundings?
So Pacific Partners trains and assists local Christian believers
to make biblical ministry programs in their own, most appropriate, languages. We place a a special emphasis on helping local people develop interactive Christian programming for children and young people.
Willy Florian is Station Manager of Letio Faka-Kalisitiane Because of the radio station, Willy has come to understand the grace and love of God, and been trained for ministry.
He shares his testimony -''Here in the Island people thought that receiving eternal life is through good works and going to church, abiding to the pastor and be active to every religious duty.
But the Radio has been helping us be set free from this big lie from the devil, that it is through having a close relationship with Jesus and having him into your heart, and it is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Many people are calling in everyday and make that step of faith with us over the phone and in person, crying and saying if they would have known this earlier, people coming to the Radio station to learn more about this relationship with Jesus.
Myself I'm a living testimony … through the Radio I'm Saved, Equipped and Used, and if God can do it to me, he can do the same to the people throughout the Pacific Islands Amen!''
The Islands are very poor, and there are few resources to run a radio station (of any kind)
Most churches are very traditional and put heavy loads on their people
There is little understanding of biblical teaching and few resources for Christian ministry
Re-broadcasting western radio programs doesn’t work, because . . .
Many Pacific people are oral people (who do not use written language but learn through story, song, and drama).
Oral people think and learn differently to westerners. Therefore, they do not easily follow the logic and linear thinking patterns assumed in western teaching styles
As well as local Christian radio, we are also heavily committed to the
Follow-up and discipleship of our radio listeners
to help them apply the Bible to life in the Islands and become fruitful followers of Jesus Christ
and to build a pool of people who are gifted to use the radio to reach their own nation for Jesus
The liberation of people from religious observance into a joyful relationship with our living Lord and Saviour cannot be hidden in religious, village communities (where people are used to dictatorial leadership, and salvation through adherence to church rules).