Govt. officially launches week of fasting, prayer
The Government has launched its week of fasting and prayer to herald the dawn of a new year and to seek God’s protection upon Samoa.
The launching of the programme on Sunday evening was held at Palisi at the Prayer House with this year's event revolving around the theme "finding the sweet spot”.
Interim Chair of the National Emergency Operation Center (N.E.O.C.), Agafili Shem Leo, opened the event on behalf of the Government which was led by the church service leader, Reverend Fiti Aloalii F.T.
The event was attended by leaders in the Government as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps and church choirs from different denominations.
Speaking during the sermon, Rev. Aloalii reminded Government officials and leaders that their calling is to serve the people.
“The value of the bible is not knowing it but obeying it,” he said. “Knowing the bible is little benefit unless we practice it. The peace from God as well shall protect our minds and souls.
“There is an opportunity for us all to call Jesus. We need to call Jesus to come. When we leave this earth, we go to heaven, we all do.
“Listen to what the bible says, live and walk with it and you shall have the best of wisdoms.”
Describing the COVID-19 global pandemic as tragic, Rev. Aloalii appealed to the whole of Samoa as well as its leaders to ask and seek God's comfort while praying and fasting.
He also reminded Government officials of the importance of prayer and fasting in one’s life and service.
Leaders who attended the event on Sunday included the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and his Masiofo, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, his Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Chief Executive Officers of Ministries and public servants also attended.
Members of the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) also attended. The fasting week will conclude coming Friday with the President of the N.C.C leading the concluding service.