Sapapali'i celebrates High Chief's 85th birthday
A special celebration was held at the Salima Residence at Fagasa, Sapapali'i in Savai'i on Sunday.
It was a thanksgiving service to mark and celebrate the 85th birthday of the High Chief of the Salima family, Salima Foetuese Elisaia Talitua.
The event was something the whole family had looked forward to.
They planned to host a big party to celebrate such an important milestone for their dear Papa.
However, because of COVID-19, the family decided to host a thanksgiving service instead.
Salima is a dedicated Deacon for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Sapapali'i and is one of the oldest in the congregation.
His wife Victoria from Samalaeulu passed away last year.
Speaking at the celebration, the 85-year-old birthday boy credited God for blessing him with so many years.
"It was He who guided me all these years, and I can never thank Him enough for His love and blessings."
He also used the opportunity to thank his family, friends, and his children, especially for their love and support.
Moreover, Salima also reminded the gathering that there is no greater love than the love of God.
"Just like today's theme, Lest we forget the love of God for us.
"That is the most important thing. If we love God and serve him, he will bless us abundantly."
Mauafu Tavelu, a matai and the nephew of the birthday boy spoke on behalf of the family to congratulate Salima on his 85th birthday.
Mauafu described his uncle as a prayer-warrior, loving, and a man of faith.
Salima and his late wife Victoria have three children, 2 girls, and one boy.
They have four grandchildren.
Salima has eight brothers and five sisters.