Samoa prays in unity for measles
Several denominations came together on Sunday to pray to bring God's healing power to bear on the measles epidemic spreading across Samoa
The Sunday services were held across churches affiliated with the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) and were especially dedicated to the ongoing measles crisis.
The Chairman of the N.C.C., Deacon Leaupepe Kasiano Leaupepe, said that Sunday's display of unity was a joint initiative with the Government.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed on Sunday that a total of 3,530 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak was declared in October, with a total of 48 measles related deaths declared in the interim.
Deacon Leaupepe told members of the public that last Sunday was an official fasting and prayer day for Samoa dedicated to the epidemic.
“May the first day of the last month of this year bring us together, united through prayer, as we ask for God’s healing powers over our nation suffering from this disease,” he said.
“We ask all church leaders to remember our country in your prayers.
“We will also pray for grieving families who have lost loved ones especially the children, please do not be weak in spirit.”
He added that children are important because they are a gift from God to their parents.
“Do not be sad for the Lord has called them back in heaven. God blessed us with the children but he has called back all his beloved children to his Kingdom," he said.
“We acknowledge the hard work by doctors and nurses within all hospitals. We commend your efforts through treatments and may God use your line of work as a way to showcase his love for his people.
“May God heal our country especially our people. We thank the Prime Minister and his Cabinet for all their work for the betterment of our country and its people. Let our fasting be guided with prayer all our needs."
The denominations under the N.C.C. include the Methodist Church, Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Protestant Church, the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, and the Church of the Nazareth.