WELCOME TO TONGA

BACKGROUND: Ken Ruse was a 2004 Volunteer in Mission (VIM) through the United Methodist Church in the USA.  His home church is Fremont United Methodist in Portland, Oregon. He arrived in Tonga in November, 2003.   Ken taught computer classes at Tupou High School - Vaololoa, a Free Wesleyan (Methodist) school about 2 kilometers south of Nuku'alofa, the capital city of Tonga. After eight years of teaching computer classes at business schools and community colleges in Oregon, Ken felt called by God to his mission of teaching computers to high school students in a developing country. VIM's serve in many countries around the world. For more information on the VIM program, please visit the VIM web site at Volunteers in Mission.







This is Ken's house. It's a 500 sq. ft. one bedroom solid concrete structure built to withstand the cyclones which regularly visit Tonga in the summer months. The bushes and corrugated sheet metal fence keep the roving pigs out of the yard.


From the backyard, you can see the huge concrete cistern. It catches all the rainfall from the roof during the year; that water is then used for drinking. City water is piped into the house too, but it is used for washing dishes and people.


This is the Free Wesleyan (Methodist) church that Ken attends. Services are held each Sunday at 10:00 AM and at many other times during the week.


This is an inside view of Ken's church. About 200 people from the immediate surrounding community attend.

This is Tupou High School - Vaololoa campus where Ken teaches Form 4 (10th grade)and Form 5 (11th grade) computer classes. It is one of four Free Wesleyan (Methodist) high school campuses on the main island of Tongatapu. About 800 students attend school at this campus. Remodeling is currently in progress.

This is the computer room at Tupou High - Vaololoa. There are 11 computers and one printer for the students and staff to share. It is hoped that an Internet connection can be made within the next two years.

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