‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’.
This verse from Psalms 23 guided a special service for the Samoa Victims Support Group held at the Catholic Cathedral on Sunday.
Reverend Utufua Naseri, who conducted the service, said the verse is the guiding principle of S.V.S.G’s work for 2017, it sets sail with the God of Miracles.
Father Falaniko Matulino, the Head of the Apia Vicariate of the Catholic Church welcomed the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, members of cabinet and hundreds of leaders from churches, villages, government ministries, partners and friends of S.V.S.G. who came together in prayer.
Church leaders from different denominations took part during the service.
Among them was Reverend Taumafai Komiti of the Methodist Church Matafele; Associate Pastor Fa’amatuainu Amosa Pouoa of the Apia Harvest Centre and Reverend Dr. Mosese Mailo, Principal of the Piula Theological College.
The bible readings were provided by Pastor Sauileola Timo of the Seventh Day Adventist Afega and President Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Malie Stake.
The beautiful hymns were sung by choirs from the Catholic Church Luatuanuu, CCCS Church Toamua, Methodist Church Matafele and the S.V.S.G. Village Representatives who travelled all the way from Falealili. And the big island of Savaii did not want to be missed out on the Thanksgiving Service. Elderly and S.V.S.G. village representatives from Savaii travelled on the last ferry to take attend the service.
And through Rev. Utufua Naseri’s sermon, S.V.S.G’s family was reminded that in their journey, they will encounter difficulties and challenges, but only through the divine intervention of the God of Miracles, they we be able to endure and continue.
He reminded S.V.S.G. and its family of supporters “to take guidance from the Psalm of David as it speaks honestly about the reality of life; that there will be green pastures associated with good days, then still waters, mountains, the obstacles that we have to overcome, then hatred and rejection associated with the valley of the shadow of death.”
Patron Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau together with the Chair of the Board, Georgina Lui acknowledged the coming together of the S.V.S.G. Family in prayer.