STUDENTS AND staff from Caloundra’s Unity College took an opportunity to live Gospel values in an unusual circumstance in the July school holidays.
From a society that promotes careers, possessions, and personal development, eight teenagers and three leaders were welcomed in Tonga to live in village homes where community has priority.
While the cultural experiences were spectacular and educational, the eight students were amazed by people who live and breathe the Jesus experience in everyday life, from finding the next meal to facing a tsunami warning.
Unity College has a twinning relationship with Peteli Middle School in Tonga through UnitingWorld.
Students from each school visit on alternate years and staff gain immersion experience in very different teaching environments.
Caloundra Uniting Church supports the program and will be sending a dozen members to visit Tonga in September.
Rev Dr Alan and Mrs Judy Morrison have spent four months teaching in Tonga this dry season.
The Uniting Church has longstanding relationships with the Free Wesleyan church in Tonga.
Photo : Unity College students with new friends from Peteli Middle School in Tonga. Photo by Phil Smith