by: Tracey Bridcutt, Adventist Record, courtesy Adventist Review
Traffic in the main street of Nukuʻalofa, Tonga’s capital, came to a halt on the morning of April 18, 2019, as a parade involving 600 Seventh-day Adventist women from around the Pacific made its way to the Royal Palace.
Led by the Tongan Police band, the parade was the focal point of the day’s activities for the 2019 Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Women’s Congress, which opened the previous evening. Wearing colorful traditional dresses and waving the flags of their nations, the women carried banners and posters promoting EndItNow — a global Seventh-day Adventist campaign aimed at ending violence against women. Many curious onlookers stopped to watch the procession.