The importance of unity, faith and family values were highlighted during the annual thanksgiving service for the family of Gatoaitele Savea Leulua’iali’i Tuivaiese II at Afega, yesterday.
Held at the Maota o Tanumafili le Tolotolo, the service was conducted by Reverend Luapene Nepo, of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Afega.
The gathering was an opportunity for family members in Samoa and from abroad to give thanks for God’s blessings in the past and seek his divine guidance with the year ahead. More than a hundred family members attended.
Rev. Luapene reminded the family about the importance of having faith in God and compassion for others.
Family member, Fata Ueligitone Malifa, said the annual event is something the family looks forward to every year.
“This family prayer service started more than a hundred years ago and it is a special service that our family members cannot afford to miss,” he said.
“In this thanksgiving service, we pray for the younger generations. We also pray for the children of our family who are ministering and doing God’s work here and all over the world.”
Fata Ueligitone said many family members are based outside Samoa and they cannot attend.
“Not all of our families are here but that does not deviate us from continuing to pray for their safety and God’s love and mercy upon them,” he said.
“This service also serves as a reminder to all of us about the importance of family and why we need to continue with this tradition. We continue to pray for our family members as the New Year kicks off. We know that nothing is more powerful than prayer.”
The family enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and catching up after the service.
A feast was enjoyed by all.