Families continue to give to Church Ministers despite downturn

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc, families in Samoa are continuing to make weekly contributions to their local Church Ministers. 

As Samoa’s state of emergency measures pass their first month of implementation, Ministers are continuing to receive their alofa, paid for by local families, churchgoers have told the Samoa Observer. 

Many of them are glad to do it.

One member of the Vaimoso Methodist Church, 75-year-old, Petimani Metai, said giving to Ministers should never be questioned.

“The Church Ministers have sacrificed their lives to not have normal jobs but to guide our spiritual lives to the right path,” she said. 

“It’s the least we can do to help them survive while [they are] sacrificing their lives for our spiritual lives.

“It’s [not] like they stopped doing their job during the lockdown.”

According to Mrs. Metai, their Church Minister, Reverend Auro Su’a Seve, conducts a daily visit to the families of their church especially Sundays.

Maria Va’a, of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) in Manono Island, said their congregation is, as always, happy to give to to their pastors.

Mrs. Vaa said she has not heard of a family discontinuing regular donations. 

“We’re very fortunate that what we give is what we get or even more than what we get and where we can get that is from God through the Church Ministers,” she said.

“They are not resting to make sure we don’t abandon our faith and prayers especially during this time of crisis and the lockdown.”

“And if a pastor in whatever village is not doing something for their church during this lockdown, then God sees everything but it is in our hands to continue paying for their very survival.”

According to Mrs. Vaa, their local church leader, Reverend Ieremia is also conducting a weekly visit to the families.

The same goes for the majority of the Methodist and C.C.C.S Church Ministers surveyed by the Samoa Observer. 

Reverend Livigisitone Peseta, of the Satapuala Methodist Church, and Reverend Faavae Sooalo of the Magiagi Methodist Church, technology is helping them to spread the word during state of emergency restrictions.

But at local Catholic churches, central church officials have helped compensate local leaders during this time of economic downturn, sources said. 

For churches who collect tithings from members, some churches have provided their bank account numbers to members so their tithes could be banked directly.

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