C.C.C.S. ordains nine Reverends
The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) welcomed nine new ordained Ministers on Saturday.
Held at the Jubilee Church at Malua, the newly-ordained church ministers were joined by their wives to celebrate taking another step forward in their religious commitment.
The special service was led by Reverend Elder Asotasi Gu Time of the Apia Sasa'e Matagaluega, and it attracted more than one hundred people who gathered at the Jubilee to congratulate and witness the celebration.
The ordination will now allow the Church Ministers to administer the holy sacrament, holy matrimony and funerals.
Among the newly-ordained Ministers was Reverend Iese Uele and his wife Siaeauli Uele; the Reverence is currently the Minister for C.C.C.S. church at Vaiala.
They said they were emotional and humbled to reach such a milestone in their journey in God's Ministry.
"This is all part of God's calling for us," Reverend Iese told the Samoa Observer.
"It is very important that we must continue and accept His will and appointment. You feel in your heart and with the whispering of the Holy Spirit, all we do as his servants is follow and do his will.
"Today we are happy, grateful, humbled and emotional at the same time. Because it has been a long and tough journey, but when you sail with the Lord, you can never drift away."
Reverend Iese and his wife said they are aware that every appointment is from God and that with every new calling comes responsibilities and challenges.
But the pair said they truly believe that if they trust and rely on God, nothing can ever go wrong.
"Personally, I think it is the same for everyone else," Reverend Iese said.
"Every calling is from God, and He will place you where He knows you are needed.
"As his children, we obey and perform according to his will.
"More challenges are expected to unfold as we move forward, but we are not frightened for the Lord is and will always be with us."
They also used the opportunity to thank their families, friends and church family for their ongoing support on their journey.
Reverend Fa'aui BJ Fa'aui and his wife, Erenei Fa'aui, were similarly ecstatic.
"We are both grateful and thankful to God for bringing us this far,” the Reverend said.
The Fa'auis said they are ready for the next step of their journey, whenever and wherever God places them to serve.
The newly-ordained Church Ministers are: Reverend Fa'aui Bj and Erenei Fa'aui. (Malua), Reverend Fiamalua and Fa'apisa Peresauma (Lotofaga, Lepa Aleipata), Reverend Francisco and Olita Fatu (Malua), Reverend Iese and Siaeauli Uele (Apia Sasa'e), Reverend Iusitini and Rosalina Leiloa (Apia), Reverend Kara and Tuluiga Ipiniu (Kolisi Malua), Reverend Nouata and Fa'aao Saifoloi (Faleata), Reverend Risatisone and Suitupe Taua (Malua), Reverend Ututau Siolo and Samaria Tauati (Apia).