The church and humanitarian organisation Salvation Army is now in Samoa.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and other guests attended its commissioning at the Samoa Tourism Authority Fale on Saturday.
Describing the arrival of the church and humanitarian organisation in Samoa as another opportunity to spread the Gospel and do its humanitarian work, the Prime Minister said he welcomed their arrival.
“I am informed that Samoa is the 130th country in the world where the Salvation Army operates. It would not have been possible without the Church’s farsighted vision to establish in Samoa, and the hard work done by Rod and Jenny, your missionaries for Christ and all those involved from the outset of the planning and negotiations,” he said.
“Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society constitute the mission of the Salvation Army, and you have been offering assistance in those key areas since 1865. Alcohol and drugs are challenges of this age and time. I am very happy to see that the Salvation Army will be offering assistance for a credible and professional alcohol and drug treatment programme, in partnership with Government Ministries, civil society, and non-government organisations.”
Salvation Army’s rehabilitation services targeting alcohol and drug addiction were highlighted as the type of services that would compliment the efforts of the Government.
“Government welcomes this assistance to coincide with its programmes to bring the victims of alcohol and drugs out of addiction, and to equip them to become responsible citizens of this country. More importantly is to bring their lives to the Lord,” said the Prime Minister.
Commissioner Andrew Westrupp, representing the Salvation Army, said Samoa follows in the footsteps of New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji to welcome them.
“We have had a long extending invitation by the Samoan government to be here. I want to thank the Prime Minister of Samoa and all our fellow churches for your warm welcome and as the scriptures said ‘unusual kindness and liberal assistance’ we promise that we will return your good will with staying true to our mission, preparing people, transforming lives, with God’s help,” he said.