Listen and obey our elders and you will be blessed.
That is the opinion of 16-year-old Darryl Roache from the village of Vaitele-Uta.
He is in Year 10 at Avele College and the third child of his parent’s six children.
Like many other Samoan children, Darryl was raised up in family, culture and Christian values.
All these had made him the young boy he is today.
“I grew up in a large family,” he told Village Voice.
“Like many other Samoan kids, I was raised by parents to go to Sunday school and to pray every day. I’ve been taught that praying is the key in life. If you have trouble, we should pray about it. If we also have good days, we should also pray.
“Everyone in my family always look forward to go to church every Sunday.”
He went on to say that he truly believes in the power of prayer.
“You know, we all pray. We pray every day for everything. And I’ve seen it happen, the power of prayer.
“Especially if we pray wholeheartedly.”
Said Darryl, this was the seed that was planted by their parents in them and it is growing.
“They taught me and siblings to always rely on God. To tell him our problems and to always ask him for help, for He can solve anything.
“You know my mother is just like any other typical Samoan mother who scolds her children when they don’t wake up early on Sunday morning to get ready for Sunday schools.
“She would also get mad if we miss church.
“I sometimes get mad because I have to wake up very early every Sunday, but then again, I know it is for our own good so I just listen.”
Darryl went on to say that his future is unclear. He is not sure what his future looks like, but he said, he will leave it all to God.
“I have dreams of my own,” he said.
“But I know that I alone cannot make those dreams come true.
“However, I believe that if I work hard and focus on my studies with God at the forefront, nothing will be impossible.”
Darryl wants to be a civil engineer when he grows up.
“I know and understand that it is not going to be easy to get and achieve this dream. But like I said, I can do it if I work hard and rely on God.
“I will keep working hard not only for my future, but also for my family. I want to repay back my parents for raising me up, once I am old enough and get a good job.
Darryl truly believes that a person who listens and obeys their parents will be blessed.
“That is clear in the bible. And for me, I believe that even if you are smart, if you listen and obey your parents and be a good boy, God will bless you abundantly.”