History was written yesterday morning for the Sataoa I Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.
This follows the welcoming of their new church minister, Reverend Faresa Faresa and his wife Mae’e Faresa, by the church members.
Sataoa I Tai’s Congregation Christian Church Exhorter, Afemata Palusalue Fa’apo II, believes this is a new beginning and a new era for the congregation.
He said it’s a new chapter not only for the Sataoa I Tai village and congregation, but also for their newly appointed church minister.
“This is the day that the Lord has made for Sataoa I Tai Congregation Christian Church to rejoice that their prayers have been answered.
“We have been waiting for this day for so long, for a church minister to lead the way for Sataoa I Tai Congregation Christian Church.
“Now God has answered our prayers and has brought us Faresa Faresa, as well as good lady Mae’e Faresa to look after the Church here in Sataoa I Tai.”
Afemata admitted that it wasn’t an easy decision because there are few who were elected, but only one was going to be selected.
“We would like to acknowledge the presence of God in our village, for not forsaking our people while we were working towards our decision.”
A special Samoan cultural welcoming ceremony was carried out by the village of Sataoa I Tai, followed by the church and a church service was later conducted.
Elder Kereta Fuafiva of the Safata Congregation led the welcoming church service for Reverend Faresa and good lady Mae’e.
“It has been more than a year since we have been without a church leader, but we are grateful that God has provided us with one,” Afemata added.
“I only reminded Rev. Faresa two things this morning that he needs to identify and develop the spiritual life of the Sataoa I Tai Congregation Christian Church and to uphold their faith in God.”