Families of the Congregational Christian Church at Etena-Fou, Sagafili based in New Zealand, presented a donation of 70,000 tala to the church yesterday.
The money was raised through fundraising in the past two weeks to help the Etena-Fou Church build a new hall.
Sons of Sagafili in New Zealand including Chairman, Papali’i Laumaopo Taoa’I; Secretary, Mulipola Iosefa Alo Taualeo’o and Treasurer, Mulipola Anelusi Mila presented the money to the church.
Papali’i believes wherever they go they always want to open up a window to help the village and the church that they grew up in.
“This is why we came all the way from New Zealand to present this money to our church, and to let you know that we’ll never forget you,” Papali’i said.
“It’s not just Sagafili’s children who have donated the money, but it includes the whole of Samoa who are willing to help out with whatever amount they can, to assist in God’s work.
“We understand that our church here in Samoa does not have a large congregation and that’s why we stepped in to help.”
Mulipola also shared similar sentiments.
“Here we are today, and we are very happy to present this money to our church, may God continue to tie us all together as one family,” Mulipola said.
“May he bless us continuously and may each and of us follow in his footsteps establish his kingdom on this earth.”
Rev. Simona Perefoti of the C.C.C.S. at Etena Fou, Sagafili thanked the children of the church in New Zealand for their help.
“There’s nothing much more to say, but we thank God for all of you who have helped out, especially children of Sagafili in New Zealand.
“Thanks for always being there to help, not forgetting so many of those in New Zealand who have contributed as well.”