The Rev. Sela Finau was the guest speaker when the Junior Woman’s Study Club met at Grace Place on Jan. 10.

Finau, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Taylor, is from the South Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga. She wore her native dress as she explained the customs of her people and facts regarding the economy, which is completely dependent on the ocean. Each family grows its own crops.

Christianity is very high as it dates back to missionary days when the missionaries were able to influence the king. There are many Methodists and most families hold hands gathering in prayer several times a day before meals.

Finau’s large family immigrated to Dallas so that the children would have better educational opportunities. She has degrees in business and religion, and maintains close ties with family spread from Central Texas back to Tonga.

A short business meeting was held.

Paulette McConchie read a lovely touching letter written by a foster parent thanking members for the Christmas contributions made to the Williamson County Child Welfare Board. She said gifts like ours made a difference in letting a child have a good Christmas.

The hostesses, Gayle Daniel, Betty Ruzicka, Mary Pearl Sutton, Edye Holubec, Traci Qualls and Marsha Beckermann, were thanked for a delicious meal.

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