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C.C.C.S. gifts American Samoa church $75,000

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) gifted $75,000 tala to the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa at Kananafou in January this year. 

The funding was for the dedication and blessing of the Ua Taunu’u Church renovation project at the church's headquarters in American Samoa. 

The amount allocated was highlighted in the church's budget for the 2018 Financial Year. 

“There was a lot of deliberation on this matter, and the (former) Chairman (Rev Elder, Tautiaga Senara) appealed to the Finance Committee to consider the common courtesy for the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa. The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa is the parent church for the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, and there should be an appropriate monetary gift. 

“The Finance Committee approved US$30,000 ($75,000) and an additional $5,000 for the airfares and duty tax for the fine mats to be taken to American Samoa,” says the finance report.

According to Talanei News in American Samoa, the building was dedicated in January this year.

At the dedication, the church's General Secretary Rev. Nafatali Falealii said it was in February of 2017 that the church suffered damage during strong winds.

“Public Works was requested to survey the damage and the survey found that some of the beams were rotting from termite infestation.

"The Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa Chairman convened an emergency meeting and it was approved that a renovation of the existing church building be carried out.

“The two options discussed were to tear down the old building and build a completely new church or renovate and rebuild the old church building. The decision was to renovate the old church.”

The contractor was Paramount Builders and the cost was US$2.1 million ($5.25 million tala).

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