Let God’s praises be heard, festival begins

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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Rev. Conrad Parsons, Ps. Talomua, Taituuga Vaisaulu Ekeroma, Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Rev. Conrad Parsons, Ps. Talomua, Taituuga Vaisaulu Ekeroma, Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it…”

With these words, the 2016 Samoa National Youth Praise Festival was officially opened in front of the government building yesterday. 

The one-week festival kicked off with a parade from the Police station to the government building. A number of schools, churches and individuals marched.

Member of the Council of Deputies, Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and the Asia Pacific Area Director, Rev. Conrad Parsons were among a host of special guests at the event.  

Several schools marching at the opening ceremony

Several schools marching at the opening ceremony

“The government fully supports this kind of festival because this helps our youths in so many ways,” Deputy Prime Minister Fiame said.

 “There’s so much happening to our youth of today and this programme will help each and every one of us to realize more on our roles as Youths for Christ.  

“Most importantly is to know that we’re created to give praise to our Heavenly Father for He created us in His own image.”

The Asia Pacific Area Director, Rev. Conrad Parsons congratulated Youth for Christ in Samoa for organizing the Samoa National Youth Praise Festival.

Avele College

Avele College

 

“My role as a Asia Pacific Area Director is to support young people in the Pacific region to help any young person to have an opportunity to become a flower of Jesus Christ,” Rev. Parsons said.  

“Not only that but to become a disciple in the local church….we have more than 50,000 staff around the world who are cheering you on today.

 “We read the story of Israelites grumbling and complaining to God and…God punished them by sending snakes among them and many died.

 “They realized it was wrong to grumble and complain against God and so they were sorry and repentant.

 “In the desert, God provided salvation, God provided healing, God provided life and rescue.

 “To this Praise Festival, we will lift up Jesus together, we will give young people an extra opportunity to look to Jesus and to see God’s love. God’s forgiveness, provision…so that we can know that our Lord paid our sin.

 “For He is a Faithful God.”

Lotopa A.O.G.

Lotopa A.O.G.

The Youth for Christ organization is not a church, but a group comprising of people from different denominations but with the same aim – to impact the lives of young people so that they can be a force for change in their own churches, families and communities.

The Festival’s last two nights will feature The Katinas in concert at the same venue, free of charge. 

Several schools marching at the opening ceremony
Several schools marching at the opening ceremony
Lotopa A.O.G.
Lotopa A.O.G.
Avele College
Avele College

What’s happening at Praise Festival 

Wednesday

Word of God: Father Muliaumasealii Stowers

1. S.D.A. Lalovaea

2. Catholic Church, Solosolo

3. Nazarene Church, Fasito’o Tai

Special: Elijah Tavai

5. Fatu o Viiga Vaitele

6. Catholic Church, Palisi

7. Voice of Christ, Tufuiopa

8. Special – Joy Mau

Thursday

Word of God: Rev Ale Palelei (Methodist Church)

1. Catholic Church (Matagaluega) Le’auva’a

2. Methodist Church, Vailoa Faleata

3. Pentecostal Church, Siumu

4. Special – Y.F.C. American Samoa

5. Independent A.O.G. Samoa

6. Livigisitone Evangelism Ministry

7. Worship Centre Apia

8. Special – Peni Anae

Friday

Word of God by Leota Kosimiti Latu

Worship Prayer by Rev. Conrad Parsons

Katinas

Saturday

Word of God by Leota Kosimiti Latu

Worship Prayer by Ps. Samoa Unoi

Katinas


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