Villagers prepare for a very merry Christmas

By Vatapuia Maiava and Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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WORKING HARD IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR JESUS: Luisa Saipani, 62, from the village of Malie.

WORKING HARD IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR JESUS: Luisa Saipani, 62, from the village of Malie.

With the biggest celebration of every year just 24 hours away, villagers of Malie have come together to make sure this season will be a very merry one for all.

Luisa Saipani and a few other villagers have come together to clean up the village church in preparation for a great night full of song and dance in honour of the birth of Jesus Chrsit.

She explains that when it comes to working hard to clean up the church for Christmas, everyone works very hard because Christmas comes but once a year.

Even with rain pouring relentlessly yesterday, the work still went on for Luisa and her group.

“Right now a few of us are gathering to prepare for Christmas,” Luisa told the Village Voice.

“So we are just cleaning both outside and inside the church area so that we can all enjoy this weekend together in a nice clean church.

“We will be praising the Lord in this church but on the other hand, the work that we are doing here is also a type of service to the king of kings.”

She says it always make her happy seeing people gather at the church to do some work.

“It’s great to see people joining me in doing some honest work here at the church,” Luisa said.

“I know for a fact that this work is not done in vain. We will get blessings from the Lord for what we are doing here today.

“We are celebrating the birth of Jesus this weekend so when we do our work here then we must remember to always do honest work and do things to the best of our ability.”

And when it comes to the decorating part, nothing but excellence is expected of the hard working villagers.

“Right now we are just finishing up the cleaning of the outside,” Luisa said.

“We will continue onto the inside of the church tomorrow on Christmas Eve. We are going to really decorate this church so that it is very beautiful.

“We are going to use red material and a lot of beautiful flowers so that everything will end up looking beautiful.

“It is the least we can do for what Jesus has done for us in giving us everlasting life.”

Although there’s a lot of work, it’s bearable knowing that everyone will be enjoying a great Christmas night together in a beautiful church.

“Everyone in the village looks forward to this time of year,” Luisa said.

“There will be groups dancing and singing in celebration of Christmas. It will be truly a festive season for all of us here in the village of Malie.

“My message to Samoa is to have Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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