Three weeks ago the Pacific island nation of Tonga experienced a devastating volcanic eruption. We think especially of the impact on Rev Salesi Takau and Amelia Takau, Abbey-Lancer pastoral charge, and their loved ones. This article details some of the devastation. The United Church is a member of the ACT Alliance, and one of its members, Act for Peace, is raising funds for Tonga. They are in partnership with the Tonga National Council of Churches, of which the Methodist Church of Tonga is a member.

The United Church is inviting the collection of designated funds to support emergency relief efforts in Tonga. The funds will be distributed to TNCC via Act for Peace. If you wish to contribute to the funds, you can send a cheque and we will ensure it gets to Act for Peace. Address:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please write in the memo section of the cheque “Emergency Relief – Tonga.”
Please note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage.