Father spends day apart from children but close to God

A good father leads his family through faith in God.

That was the Father's Day eve message from a father of two from Fasitoo, who was tending to his plantation in Aleisa while preparing to spend Sunday apart from his children who are overseas.

“As a young boy growing up, I looked up to my father as a role model who was a farmer and had so much faith in God," said Sam Lafoga, when asked what qualities make a good father. 

“He taught me that anything is possible through God and that in every family God should be the foundation so that when there are troubles and tribulations, the Lord will guide and heal all that is broken.

“We must put God first in all that we do and as a father who is the head if the family, we must be good role models by uniting our families under God."

The 24-year-old said that he moved to Australia three years ago and is a citizen there but often travels back home for months to look after their family’s lands and plantations.

When asked about the significance of Father’s Day to him as a father, he said: "It is just like any other day, so long as God has blessed us with yet another day added to our lives.

“As fathers, we have great responsibilities to look after our families and part of my responsibilities is coming back home and looking after my family’s lands and take care of our plantations.

“I live in Melbourne and work as a mechanic but in Samoa, it is rich with natural resources; our people own the lands we live on and we must protect it and care for it, because it was through these plantations that fed us and gave us money.

“The work that I do when in Samoa is to help grow taro, vegetables, bananas and look after our cattle farm."

Mr. Lafoga said that his Father’s Day will be spent away from his children.

“I know, I am away from my children which is hard for any parent but I am very strong to bear it all because this is all for their future too.   

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