A girl claiming to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering is being used by God to send a message to Samoa. As such, people must be careful not to dismiss her claims.
So believes the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, when his opinion was sought about the latest development in this matter.
Two weeks ago, it emerged that Toaipuapuaga Opapo Soana'i, the daughter of an E.F.K.S Minister, was getting messages in the Hebrew language. Asked for his opinion, Deacon Kasiano said people are entitled to believe what they want to believe.
“People will always have different opinions on the stigmata case because for some of them it’s something new,” he said. “In the Catholic Church, this is not new to us because for the past years, things like this happen to members of the Catholic Church not only in Samoa but around the world.
“Personally, I believe that through these signs, there is a big message that comes with it. I believe God is using Toa to deliver the message to Samoa.”
What that message is, Deacon Leaupepe did not say. But he believes that it is a sign that Jesus Christ is coming back soon. “Only God can do these kinds of miracles,” he said.
“The devil cannot do such things. We have all seen and heard about Toa’s testimony and the suffering that she has endured just to send the message out to the people from God. The reason why there is a lot of negativity towards this is because people do not believe in it.”
The Chairman went on to say that if Toa was a member of the Catholic church, no one would have an issue.
“But because when it came through Toa, people really came out and said what they had in their minds. We should all be reminded that God could use anyone, even a little child to send his message to the world.
“He can do that. Why is it so hard for our people to believe in this then? I just don’t understand. He is using Toa as His messenger so we should respect that and believe it.
“We all heard her testimony and where God had taken her so what more do we want? What other signs do we need to see in order for us to believe? “God did not sent his message to someone that will just sit there and not go out to the world to spread the word.
He gave his message to a person He knew will not be afraid to spread the good news despite what people may say.” Deacon Leaupepe applauded Toa’s courage and thanked her family for always being supportive.
“She is not afraid,” he said. “Look at it, people have said so many things but she is still continuing to do what God has told her to do. “God has chosen her to be His messenger because He can see that Toa has a big heart and she will be perfect for His work.”