Apia Harvest Church marks 21 years
The Apia Harvest Church celebrated 21 years of establishment at their main headquarters at Matafele yesterday.
There are over 200 congregational members currently attending the church.
Pastor Faafetai Fata led the celebrations with a church service in the morning with members of the congregation.
“The Apia Harvest Church was officially opened on the 30th November 1997 at the top floor of the Molesi Samoa Building.
“Michael and Elaine Boyle, Baptist Ministers were led by the Spirit of God to come from New Zealand to Samoa in early 1994, to pioneer an English Speaking Church.
“Before they came to Samoa, there were years of preparation and seeking God for direction. They knew no people or place to start with and they brought with them a container filled with numerous items needed for the Mission they came for,” he said.
Pastor Faafetai said boxes full of bibles, a pulpit, a communion table with sets completed, an overhead projector, a P.A. system, a guitar, a key board, etc. and some of those things are still in use as of today.
“They testified that most of these were donated by Christian brothers and sisters who believed in what they were led to do.
“The Boyles settled at Pesega and they visited Christian Churches nearby and came into contact with Rev Seuga Aumua, a Pastor of the Lotopa Assembly of God Church.
“The Boyles committed themselves to attend there and for more than eight months they served God by cleaning the windows and the church building every Friday,” he added. Unknown to them that Rev Aumua wanted to start an English service for so long, he thought about the idea but did not know when to start one.
“Elaine Boyle is a Samoan, and she felt sorry for her husband who could not understand the Samoan language.
“They thought maybe they had not heard right, and they decided to tender in their resignation and attend a Christian Church somewhere whose service is conducted in English.
“It was then and there during their time together, that night of late November 1994—Rev Aumua requested them to help out with an English service—that God had put in his heart for so long,” he said.
He added that the Boyles then revealed to Rev Aumua and his wife Malilina Aumua that God had a purposed for them in Samoa.
“And for the next couple of weeks, Rev Seuga and Malilina Aumua with Michael and Elaine Boyle sought God for guidance how, when and who are to start and English Service,” he said.