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Journal 2002 - Wesley Historical Society

CONTENTS

Foreword by Bernie Le Heron

SOLOMON ISLANDS REVISITED by Phil Taylor

THE STORY OF MY LIFE IN THE CHURCH MINISTRY
by Mareta Tahu

DIVISION AND REUNION IN TONGAN METHODISM
by Allan K Davidson

A TRIP TO TONGA 1922 by Rev. M A Rugby Pratt
ARTICLES 1 -6

'Box Organiser' a Labour of Love by Marcia Baker
Publicity for Theses
Recording of Tributes
Membership News

ANNIVERSARIES

FOREWORD

This Journal concentrates on the Pacific area; the Centenary Celebrations in the Solomons and the mixed fortunes of the Methodist Church in Tonga.
We are indebted to Phil Taylor for his encouraging assessment of the situation in the Solomons based on his on-the-spot experiences in Bougainville and subsequent visits and contacts until his participation in the New Zealand group which attended the celebrations.
A major undertaking by the Wesley Historical Society in support of the commemorations, the book Ever Widening Circles, edited by Alan Leadley, contains 22 articles by Solomon Islanders and ex missionaries. The contribution from Mareta Tahu arrived too late for inclusion in the book, so we publish it in this Journal.
Concerning Tonga, Rugby Pratt's diary recording his visit there in 1922 prompted an explanation of the context in which it was written, supplied by Allan Davidson in the form of a well researched chronicle of events in Tonga from 1831 to the present day.
Additionally, we reprint from Touchstone, Marcia Baker's interesting item about Women's Missionary Union gifts sent to Missions in the Pacific.
Thank you to all who have freely given time and effort to enable production of Journal 2002. Your cooperation, diligence and patience are greatly appreciated.

Bernie Le Heron