MY FIRST TONGAN CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORIES WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS / 16 BIBLE STORIES / The language of Tonga Islands
MY FIRST TONGAN CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORIES WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS
16 BIBLE STORIES
GERARD AFLAGUE COLLECTION
"My First Tongan Children's Bible Stories" is a simple yet vividly illustrated bilingual book that teaches kids Bible stories in Tongan and English.
Find out how characters in the Bible come to trust God in different situations and learn about it in the Tongan language.
From the popular selected Bible stories to the brightly colorful illustrations and the Tongan translation, there is surely much to gain from your reading experience.
The 16 Bible stories in this book:
- The Creation Story
- Noah’s Ark
- Jesus in the Manger
- Story of Baby Moses
- Cleansing of the Temple
- Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector
- Jesus Calms the Storm
- Jesus Walks on Water
- Jesus Heals the Blind Man
- Daniel in the Lions’ Den
- David and Goliath
- Little Children and Jesus
- Resurrection of Jesus
- Jesus’ Crucifixion
- Jesus’ Second Coming
My First Bible Stories is a simple, yet vividly illustrated book that teaches kids Bible stories. Find out how characters in the Bible come to trust God in different situations. This title is a great Christian gift that is spiritual as well as educational.
- Paperback: 44 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (May 2, 2017)
- Author: Gerard Aflague and Mary Aflague
- Language: English / Tongan
- ISBN-10: 1546453083
- ISBN-13: 978-1546453086
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
Tongan /ˈtɒŋən/ (lea fakatonga) is an Austronesian language of the Polynesian branch spoken in Tonga. It has around 200,000 speakers and is a national language of Tonga. It is a VSO (verb–subject–object) language.
GERARD V. AFLAGUE (1969-) was born on the pacific island of Guam (a U.S. Territory), to Chamorro parents, and grew up in the village of Sinajana, during which time he relocated to the U.S. mainland in 2006, where he now lives with his family. With his professional career steeped in technical research and writing for the U.S. Government, he has enjoyed the art of illustrating since the age of 16, and now book publishing. His passion is to illustrate, author, and publish a variety of titles that embrace cultural themes, to entertain his readers, and to educate the young and old through children's bilingual language learning books, rhyming story books, Christian Chamorro prayer books, and short stories.
He is credited for authoring, illustrating, or publishing the following titles:
Ai Adai Guali'ek Everywhere: A Rhyming Story about Island Geckos; Chamorro ABCs: Animals, Plants, and Things of the Mariana Islands; Chamorro Christmas Hymns Song Book: Favorite Novena Songs of Guam and CNMI; Children of the Green Jungle: An Eco-Fable for Children and their Heirs; Counting in Chamorro 123s: Language of the People of the Marianas Islands of Guam and the CNMI; Feelings - Sinente Siha: Chamorro the Fun and Easy Way; Island Geckos Everywhere: A Rhyming Story about Island Geckos; Kai and Oke's Wintry Hawaii Adventure; Kulot Siha - Colors in Chamorro: Language of the Marianas Island People; Little Chamorrita, Did I Tell You?; John & Napu's Wintry Guam Adventure; Juan & Chico's Wintry Puerto Rico Adventure; Kai & Oke's Wintry Puerto Rico Adventure; Shapes - Saying it in Chamorro, Fotmasion Siha; The Twelve Days of Chamorro Christmas: With a Gayu on a Coconut Tree; Two Lover's Point, Guam - Journal; Vroom - Cars, Trucks, and other Transportation - Transpottasion Siha (Chamorro Edition); Prayers, Proverbs, and Healing Words in Chamorro and English; Tinaitai, Atpahon, Yan Fino Hinemio Siha; Chamorro Fiesta Table: One Islander's amusing journey through the well-known party table; Chamorro & English Prayers & Poetry: Tinaitai Yan Sinangan Siha; and Island Geckos Everywhere: A Rhyming Story about Island Geckos
Tonga (// or //; Tongan: [ˈtoŋa] Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 107,122 people,of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.
Tonga stretches across approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Tonga became known in the West as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.
From 1900 to 1970, Tonga had British protected state status, with the United Kingdom looking after its foreign affairs under a Treaty of Friendship. The country never relinquished its sovereignty to any foreign power. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive path towards becoming a constitutional monarchy rather than a traditional absolute kingdom, after legislative reforms passed a course for the first partial representative elections.
The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga is the established religion in the state. It is the world's only state church in the Methodist tradition of Protestantism, although only one-third of the island's population adheres to it. In 1928, Queen Salote Tupou III, who was a member of the church, established the Free Wesleyan Church as the state religion of Tonga. The chief pastor of the Free Wesleyan Church serves as the representative of the people of Tonga and of the Church at the coronation of a King or Queen of Tonga where he anoints and crowns the Monarch. In opposition to the establishment of the Free Wesleyan Church as a state religion, the Church of Tonga separated from the Free Wesleyan Church in 1928.
Everyday life is heavily influenced by Polynesian traditions and by the Christian faith; for example, all commerce and entertainment activities cease on Sunday, from the beginning of the day at midnight, to the end of the day at midnight. The constitution declares the Sabbath sacred forever. As of 2006, somewhat more than a third of Tongans claimed the Methodist tradition with Catholic and Mormon populations equalling another third of the adherents. A minority of worshippers form the Free Church of Tonga and there is also the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Tonga. The official figures from the latest government census as of 2011 show that 90% of the population are affiliated with a Christian church or sect, with the four major church affiliations in the kingdom as follows:
- Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga (36,592 or 36%)
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/Mormon) (18,554 or 18%)
- Roman Catholics (15,441 or 15%)
- Free Church of Tonga (11,863 or 12%)
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