Student movements in the South Pacific region face a wide range of challenges: from rampant secularism in Australia and New Zealand to economic and political instability in Fiji; from the geographic isolation of Tonga to the challenge of indigenous practices in parts of Papua New Guinea. Particularly encouraging is the growth in partnerships of Australia and New Zealand with other IFES movements in the Pacific region as well as with Africa. Please pray for small island movements where there are very few or no staff workers and for growth in the ministry to international students, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
Population: 103,036 (2011)
Official languages: Tongan, English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $7,344 (2011 est.)
Life expectancy: 72 years
Religions: 82% Protestant, 14% Catholic, 2% Baha'i, 2% Atheist or Agnostic