C.C.C.S Saipipi welcomes new Reverend

A special service was held at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Saipipi, Savaii on Friday.

It was the official welcoming of Reverend Ulale and Usufono Sakaio who are now at the helm of the congregation at Saipipi. 

Reverend Ulale takes over the congregation from Reverend Elder Kaleve Leifi who retired as a pensioner after the Fonotele last year. 

Reverend Elder Kaleve Leifi was at Saipipi for 30 years. 

The special service was led by Reverend Elder Fiafia Toleafoa. 

Deacon Tofa Li'o Foleni of the C.C.C.S Saipipi spoke on behalf of the congregation to welcome the service of Reverend Ulale and his wife. 

Addressing the gathering, Tofa Li'o Foleni said when it came to deciding for a new pastor, they depended on God to show them the right person to lead the flock. 

"We waited on God's whispering," said Tofa Li'o.

"When Ulale was picked on the day we elected a new Reverend, we had no idea who he was or what kind of person he is. 

"That assured us that this he (Reverend Ulale) is the one chosen by God for us. 

"He was hand-picked by God to come and lead our congregation. 

"We welcome you to your new home, the place God had called you both to serve."

Reverend Ulale was humbled by the special occasion.

"We are grateful to Lord for choosing our humble selves to come and do His will. 

"This is something we have been praying for day and night. Now that it has officially come true, we have nothing more to say than thank you."

In accepting their calling, Reverend Ulale said they will continue to listen and rely on God to give them the strength and courage to face the journey ahead of them. 

Reverend Ulale Sakaio is from Vaovai Falealili. His wife Usufono is from Safotu. 

They entered the Malua Theological College in 2011 and graduated in 2014. 

In 2018, they became ordained Ministers (Faifeau Samoa). 

They have two children. 

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