Pacific Island Gathering 2019

Nov 29 2019

Our Hills Campus Pacific Island community gathered on the 29th of November 2019 to celebrate and feast at the Hills Convention Centre. It was an amazing gathering of our community which included people of Tongan, Cook Island, Maori, Fijian, and Samoan Culture from the Hills district and surrounds.

Our Polynesians are rich in culture and this event was embraced with a variety of dishes from the different islands.

After dinner we all gathered outside to watch the spectacular cultural dances and performances presented by each of the Islander cultures.

“It was an extraordinary experience seeing our Maori and Polynesian family come together to uplift the name of Jesus! I look forward to next year,” one of our community members, Joanne Aiga said of the event.

I think cultural gatherings are vital, as they bring a sense of community and it establishes new relationships and unifies growth among our Island people.

Being amongst our Polynesian communities at our Hills Campus it is an honour to be a part of Pastor Brian’s vision statement: “The church that I see is a Worshipping Church … creating music that resounds from villages and tribes to great cities and nations.”

As it says in Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the lamb… and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the lamb!’ ”

Amber Tamaka