Surfing missionary rides wave of the Spirit in Tonga, as revival hits island nation By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA via Skype (ANS -- March 26, 2015)
-- After working for a couple years in West Africa, Zack Woolwine and
his wife, Anna, began to seek the Lord about their next mission
assignent with Youth for Christ. They returned home to Ohio, but after a year they were ready to go back overseas.
Zack grew up in Florida and attended college in Hawaii, where he was
able to nurture a passion for surfing. As he and Anna researched
countries, the island of Tonga continued to grab his heart.
Was he drawn to minister in a place where could also ride a few waves? he wondered.
“I have a heart for remote places, but I always thought I would work
in North Africa or the Middle East,” he recalls. Zack says he was
willing to serve in a restricted country where his life might be at
When Tonga continued to grab his heart he wondered if it was just
“his flesh talking” or God’s leading. Over the next few weeks it became
an internal struggle as he fasted and prayed unto the Lord.
One morning Zack sat in the front row at church and poured his heart
out to God. “If you want me to go to Tonga, I’ll go to Tonga,” he told
the Lord. “If you want me to go to the Arab world, I will go to the Arab
That morning the church had a guest speaker – someone who had never
met Zack. In the middle of the man’s sermon he stopped abruptly, looked
at Zack and said: “God has already shown you what you need to do. You
need to start preparing for it.”
The following week, a woman approached him at church and said, “I had
a dream about you last night. You were on an island and it was really
green and you were riding these waves. It was the Holy Spirit and it
wasn’t a big effort. You were enjoying yourself and you had a big smile
on your face.”
Caption: A surfer riding the waves in Tonga. (Photo: https://www.surfnsoul.com/)
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