It was nothing but through the grace of God that led to a timely donation allowing baby Jasaiah Kolise to successfully be evacuated to New Zealand for medical treatment.
The Chairperson of the S.V.S.G. board, Georgina Lui, expressed heartfelt gratitude and acknowledged the support from families, friends and partners, who have answered their call for help during the weekend.
God is good and we praise Him always for His merciful love through the generous donors.
It has been a race against time, as the mother sought S.V.S.G.’s help for airfares on Saturday morning for their planned trip on Monday, the latest.
Baby Jasaiah’s father was still in Savaii because he was the sole bread winner of the family and the mother was helpless.
S.V.S.G. immediately appealed to our family of supporters to help out, and they did.
From Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, East Timor and here in Samoa, our supporters chipped in a dollar or two and by Monday morning, we collected NZ$3,297.00 (T$5,812.59) through the S.V.S.G.’s Givealittle page.
We paid for baby Jasaiah and his mother’s return airfare totaling T$3,982.40 with the balance of T$1,457.65 presented to the mother for their pocket money.
Additional funds received totaling NZ$161.50 (T$266.47) will be presented to the father as the rest of the Givealittle donation received for Baby Jasaiah.
On Monday afternoon, Father Spatz Silva of the Apia Vicariate of the Catholic Church conducted a prayer service before presenting the return ticket to baby Jasaiah and his mother for their flight to New Zealand on Monday night, pocket money and additional donations from a newly-opened Car Rental business in Apia.
It surely has been a race against time and we are humbled by our God’s grace as He continues to provide for us in our times of need.
Mrs. Lui acknowledges the support from the S.V.S.G. family of supporters.
“Thank you for the prayers, the thoughts and the donations.”
“We have helped in the successful evacuation of baby Jasaiah, now we ask you to continue praying for a successful operation and recovery.”