Cabbage seller wants to become man of the cloth

By Seia Soloi ,

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BOY WITH A GOAL: Asuelu Tinau says he wants to become a Pastor so that in return he can contribute to his family’s development.

BOY WITH A GOAL: Asuelu Tinau says he wants to become a Pastor so that in return he can contribute to his family’s development. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

He was winning customers when the Village Voice caught up with him yesterday.

But Asuelu Tinau wants to win something far more important.

 The 19-year-old from Faleseela, Lefaga and Salelologa, Savai’i, wants to one day become a Pastor, winning souls for God.

Asuelu was selling cabbages from his family’s farm yesterday.

With baskets of bok choy and other varieties, walking the streets of the village to sell cabbages is what he does.

But his goal is to become a missionary and eventually a Pastor.

 “This is a dream that I have, when I get old I want to become a pastor,” he said.

“Our family’s situation now is that we desperately need money and that’s why we are selling cabbages.”

“There are lots of us and the money we receive isn’t enough to provide for our family.”

 He says the cost of living is too expensive which is why he quit school to help his family.

“These days are not easy for us,” he said, “especially because we are struggling to care and provide for our family.”

As for his goal of becoming a Pastor, he said he wants to be able to give back to his family.

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