Churches combine to give thanks for land
Satuimalufilufi Village held an annual and very special thanksgiving service yesterday. The combined service for five churches at the Methodist Church was well attended by members of the village.
As well as being grateful for their past and present blessings, the service acknowledges each year that after 72 years, they were finally given freehold title to the land they live on.
“This special service was started in 2014,” said High Chief, Peipeiga Sola.
“That was when the government signed an agreement with our village to give us the authority to use this land as freehold.
“Prior to that, in 1942 the government told us to relocate to this area called Satuimalufilufi and vacate the land to build the airport at Faleolo.
“Although we relocated to this area, the government still owned it until 2014. Then they agreed to give this land to the Ali’i and Faipule of Satuimalufilufi.
“This land no longer belongs to the government, but to us now.
“Today’s service is when we remember all the good works of our past ancestors. We also remember our people of today for their continuous prayers and their belief that they are serving a mighty God who closes doors no one can open and opens doors no one can close.”
“This is the third year since we started this annual service and it’s all about giving back the glory to God for His faithfulness in answering our prayers.”
The churches in the village include; Catholic, Methodist, L.M.S., Voice of Christ, Assembly of God and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.
“Though circumstances may be difficult, but God doesn't give up on our prayers; peace and blessings to our village,” Rev. Iakopo Falefitu of the Methodist Church.
“The first service was held at the C.C.C.S., then at the Catholic Church in 2015, and for this year it is at our church. Our next thanksgiving service in 2017 will be held at the Voice of Christ Church.
“God is truly the greatest and He is truly the way to all that is good.