Malua teachers get 'home' in Savai'i

Teachers from the Malua Theological College, who travel to Savai'i to run Malua Bible Study classes, will now have a place to stay whenever they are on the big island. 

A new accommodation facility has been opened within the compound of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Technical College at Salelologa. The Elder's Committee Chairman, Reverend Elder Tavita Anesone, led the service last Friday to bless the new project.

"This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it. May peace be with those who will enter and use this building," said Reverend Elder Tavita Anesone. 

The $127,325.55 project was entrusted to the Fa'asaleleaga District [Matagaluega] which is made up of four different *Pulega.

Reverend Elder Leaso Tupai, who spoke on behalf of the Fa'asaleleaga Matagaluega, delivered the report on the project’s inception. 

"This project started when the Principal of Malua Theological College [M.T.C], Reverend Dr. Ma'afala Pala Lima requested for a house that can be used by the teachers of the Theological College, whenever they travel to Savai'i to conduct classes.

"We asked the Principal to write a letter to the Fa'asaleleaga district [Matagaluega] and it was accepted when the Fa’asaleleaga Matagaluega met in February.

"A Committee was then selected from Fa’asaleleaga to look into the project and they were in charge of the work that was done for the new facility."

"A Committee was then selected from Fa’asaleleaga to look into the project and they were in charge of the work that was done for the new facility."

The construction work for the project was delayed due to the state of emergency [S.O.E.] lockdown and the need to abide by the S.O.E. orders, said Reverend Elder Leaso. 

"The new facility will be a home for M.T.C. teachers who travel to Savaii every week to conduct Bible study in Savai'i," he added. 

"Not only that, but it will be a place where church Ministers who travel to Savai'i can stay when they spend the night in the big island."

Reverend Elder Leaso also took the opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the completion of the project. 

Reverend Epati Amosa delivered the financial report of the project while the Chairman of the C.C.C.S, Reverend Elder Tunumoso Iosia was the keynote speaker. 

The wife of the Malua Theological College, Lalokava Lima was given the honor to cut the ribbon to officially open the new building. 

The Malua Bible Study started after the Church Annual Conference [Fonotele] in 2006 for Upolu, but classes in Savai'i commenced in 2017. 

The vision of the Malua Bible Study is to be a school for all men and women of the community and they also envision working in partnership with other churches and community leaders to provide tools for leadership in individuals, church, society and the world.

Their main goals are to provide basic theological education for all men and women, who would then develop their awareness of the Bible in one's context, to provide flexible modes of learning and teaching in a caring environment.

Not only that but to also motivate a desire to further biblical learning that will lead to Christian maturity and spiritual depth, to foster positive attitudes and leadership qualities between men and women in the church and community and most importantly, to develop a better understanding of diverse cultures and religions.

*Pulega is made up of different parishes in a certain area. Different Pulega from the same area can form up a Matagaluega.

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