Savaia village celebrates

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Fiu Asofou So'o, Tusani Lefaiaao Reti and Lemalama Taaloga Faasalaina.

Fiu Asofou So'o, Tusani Lefaiaao Reti and Lemalama Taaloga Faasalaina.

The village of Savaia celebrated 108 years since the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa was established there.

Hundreds of Savaia villagers have travelled from overseas to be part of the celebration.

On Thursday night, the service was conducted by Rev Keneti Leaupepe.

He thanked God for these many years since they have started this celebration. 

The church in the village started from scratch. They first worshipped in a small church with only a few members as recalled by Rev Christian Faoa of Savaia-Uta. 

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa Fiu Asofou So’o, who is also a member of the village, said they have come a long way. 

But this has all been made possible by the grace of God.

Children enjoying the night as Savaia celebrates.
Children enjoying the night as Savaia celebrates.
Rev. Chris Faoa, Rev. Keneti and Faaleleiga Leaupepe and Orepa Faoa
Rev. Chris Faoa, Rev. Keneti and Faaleleiga Leaupepe and Orepa Faoa

The village gatherings started around 1900s but Fiu cannot recall the day and month they started. 

“But what I can say is that God continues to bless us each day.” 

Savaia is one of the leading villages in Samoa in terms of agriculture.

“This is the time where we come together to thank God for his continuous blessings, the land and the ocean and especially its people.” 

Fiu said many of the families have moved inland and away from the sea. 

As part of the celebration, the village also hosted a Talomua to showcase the work by the farmers. 

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