Blessings flow from the top

By Vatapuia Maiava and Ilia L. Likou ,

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GOOD HEAD PRODUCES A GOOD BODY: Polataivao Leasi, a bishop from the village of Mulifanua.

GOOD HEAD PRODUCES A GOOD BODY: Polataivao Leasi, a bishop from the village of Mulifanua. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

When the head doesn’t function, the body is bound to be useless.

This can be said about everything; even the church. When the leadership of a church seeks greatness and attains it, then his/her followers will share that greatness.

According to Polataivao Leasi who is a bishop from the village of Mulifanua, the village church has done wonders for its people.

“The churches in our village provides a lot of help to the people,” he told the Village Voice.

“We understand the needs in the village therefore and that is we try our best to help where we’re needed. But no matter how much the church helps, the most important thing is the quality of their messages in church.”

“There are so many different opportunities the church can help the people of the village,” Polataivao said.

“But everything begins with the messages of the church. That’s where the first form of help is. Aside from the messages there are also material things we help out with.”

“We have provided gas for families as well as helped with things for the children of the village.”

But the key for everything to be done right is unity amongst the people.

“The one thing we try to push for is for the whole church to work together as one,” Polataivao said.

“That is what’s important and that is what’s needed these days. This will help bless everyone in the village. Once the church comes together as one then you will notice the village people do the same.”

According to Polataivao, that is what sets the villages aside from the town life. The unity the people share.

“The difference I have noticed between the people in town and the people of the village is that town has no unity,” he said.

“People do their own thing over there but on our side, we know the importance of having a bond. It begins with the leadership of any area.”

Polataivao doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about the work they do, the assistance isn’t meaningless handouts but rather, a pathway for teachings.

“Another thing is we don’t want people to think that when we help we want them to fully rely on us,” he said.

“The church will work on providing assistance to the people but what’s more important is the discussions and the teachings we provide for each family.”

The village church prides themselves on the help they give to all those who seek it.

“We also run an agricultural class to teach the people of the village about plantations,” Polataivao said.

“We find this essential because we know these can go a long way to helping out the families of the students.”

“Our church helps a lot with mission work as well as charities. We are not embarrassed to admit that we need help with the work that we do so that we may continue to help bless others.”

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