Members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa celebrated the success of eighteen pastors and their wives yesterday.
The ordination of the pastors to administer marriages and holy communion brought tears of joy for the church’s members at Malua.
The pastors had already graduated from Theological College but yesterday was another step in the right direction in terms of their calling to serve God and their parishioners.
Reverend Elder Kerisiano Soti encouraged them to always remember that with God, all things are possible.
“When we let God carry out His will, there is always a fresh beginning for everyone,” he said.
“To all graduates, take the image of Jesus Christ, not us… being a servant of God is not an easy thing, you have to have a lot of patience, you have to be strong in whatever that comes your way,
“When we say that ‘O le ala i le pule o le Tautua’ that means forget about who has authority but serve God with a humble heart,
“You have been anointed today to go out and share the love of God to everyone in the world and also to serve Him with all your heart and be patient.”
For the graduates, yesterday was the culmination of years of hard work.
Rev. Farani Emau Tofilau acknowledged God’s faithfulness and the support of his family.
“It has been a long journey and I just want to thank God for all that He has done for me and my wife,” he said.
“I want to thank all our families in Samoa and overseas, our church for their support. Here we are, ready to serve the Lord and do His work with all that we have.”
Rev. Farani Emau and his wife Paono serve the C.C.C.S Quakers in Sydney Australia, having graduated from Malua in 2011.
“I am humbled,” Rev. Pati Crichton said. “We have been chosen to serve….and nothing else but to rely on God for everything.
“Thanks to all of our families for their prayers and their continuous support.” The ceremony was well attended.
List of ordained Reverends at Malua yesterday
• Andrew and Faleupolu Laufiso - Faleata
• Fa’ataualofa and Miriama Taefu –Fa’asaleleaga
• Fala and Ane Tusa Nila- Falealili Sisifo
• Falani and Paono Tofilau- Niusauelese
• Fetuliaina and Fusi Pama - Aukilani
• Iakopo and Pele Manutai - Manukau
• Isamaeli and Ali’itasi Aula’I – Lotofaga/Lepa
• Mofate and Ali’itasi Fuimaono - Niusauelese
• Pasefika and Talalelei Maiava - Niusauelese
• Pati and Aiga Chricton – Faleata
• Reupena and Fuarosa Maulolo – Kolisi o Malua
• Ropati and Nu’utofi Toleafoa – Fa’asaleleaga
• Seilala and Agape Luamanuvae - Faleata
• Seti and Vaialisi Seti - Aana
• Sili and Logola Mo’a - Kuiniselani
• Tafatolu and Merina Lelevaga - Faleata
• Tavita and Cynthia Faletagaloa – Amerika
• Elisaia and Sauiluma Tagiilima - Amerika