Massive churches, humble people

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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IMPRESSED: Lynda and her husband Charlie Van Schelkwyk, are “happy” with their decision to come to Samoa.

IMPRESSED: Lynda and her husband Charlie Van Schelkwyk, are “happy” with their decision to come to Samoa.

Lynda and her husband Charlie Van Schelkwyk, are impressed with the level of Christianity in Samoa with the “monstrous church buildings”. 

The couple from Australia are in Samoa for the week for the first time and so far they are having the time of their lives. 

They are a part of the travelling group in Samoa, who have been to Thailand, Malaysia, Auckland, Fiji and other Pacific Islands. 

“When we were in Fiji, we thought they were the most gracious people on this planet, but we’re wrong; even Samoans are as gracious. 

Moreover, Samoans are very humble and very respectful. 

“That is very rare. Not to say that Australians are not respectful but, in general.... every one you come across here is full of that, respect,” said Mrs Van Schelkwyk. 

The couple is staying at Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel and were enjoying their time in the   Casino. 

“We wanted to do a bit of everything that Samoa had to offer hence the casino visit. 

But what was amazing about it was the staff singing in there, it’s something you don’t see anywhere else. I’ve never seen that anywhere I’ve been,” said Lynda. 

The couple along with their group, will take a bus tour among other plans they have. “But so far it’s been a really good experience and largely due to the people. They are just lovely,” said Lynda. 

The couple, who are grandparents, want their two sons to visit Samoa. 

“We would love for them to come here so they can be away from the city and the mainstream life. 

“This can actually be a different holiday and more of a cultural learning experience for our granddaughter. 

“That is what I would love for them to do,” said Lynda. “I want my granddaughter to come experience what it’s like to be in the villages, the different cultures and learn from the Samoan people.” 

Mr Van Schelkwyk was very impressed with the numerous church buildings. 

“The population is about 150,000 and yet there are a hell of a lot of churches and the size of the churches, massive and yet I’m told that most of the time these monstrous buildings are half empty. 

“I am however, very impressed with the level of Christianity in Samoa, just commenting on why the churches are so big when the population is not that big,” he said. 

Lynda added that another significant thing of the week. 

“That is what we need in Australia, we need something in our lives. 

“I am impressed by how Samoans are committed to the churches, it’s just amazing.”

 

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