Samoa turns to divine intervention in measles crisis
All denominations under the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) have been asked to dedicate their services this Sunday on prayers to help Samoa overcome the measles crisis.
The initiative was confirmed by the Secretary of the N.C.C., Reverend Maauga Motu, in an interview with Samoa Observer.
Yesterday, the measles death toll rose to 42 with three fatalities during the last 24 hours. A total of 3,149 measles cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak with 213 recorded in the last 24 hours.
Rev. Motu told the Samoa Observer he met with Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, last Wednesday to discuss the matter.
“Tuilaepa agreed for all churches to dedicate prayers on Sunday for the epidemic,” he said.
Rev. Motu rejected reports Cabinet had turned down a request for a national prayer day saying the Prime Minister noted that the Fasting and Prayer Week is not far away.
The denominations under N.C.C. includes the Methodist Church, Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Protestant Church, Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Church of the Nazareth.
He also said that the significance of this prayer day is for our people to unite in prayer as one nation.
“We shall pray with all honesty and faith to pray for this epidemic to be eradicated from Samoa," he said.
“It is also to pray for all the families who have lost loved ones to the measles disease. All these children lost to the epidemic are our people.
“And not forgetting those who are affected and currently fighting for their lives against the disease. We ask God for healing upon the sick and give strength to all those suffering.”
He added that, “it is times of difficulties that we must not lose faith in God, I know that some families have slowly given up hope but no we must come together and ask God for help.”
“Our God is a God of miracles and wonders; He is the answer to all our problems.
“Our prayers will also include doctors and nurses locally and overseas dealing with treatments because it is not easy the work they do.
“I know that they must be tired from non-stop working to try and save lives and they are also human I know they must be hurting inside about the increasing number of deaths.
“And with whatever the outcomes we must depend on God. We also pray for the Government who are trying their best to deal with this crisis. May God also assist the work they do for the betterment of our country.”