The White Sunday this year was extra special for the abused and abandoned children at the Campus of Hope, as it was celebrated together with the children from the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Vaiusu.
Rather than going through the traditional White Sunday ritual of children performing for their parents, the children from the SDA church Vaiusu performed for the abused children under SVSG’s care at the Campus..
It was an initiative that saw children themselves joining the child protection work for the abused children. And what better day to begin this important partnership than on the children’s special day on White Sunday.
Led by Pastor Jordy & Puapuaga Salevao, close to 40 Sunday school children and teachers performed for the children; there was singing, dancing, recital of bible verses and skits.
Pastor Jordy encouraged the children that with God, there is always hope, and despite the different circumstances surrounding their being residence of the Campus, God has a plan for each and everyone of us as per Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
To wrap up the children’s celebration, Pastor Salevao presented a cheque of $1,500 as a gift from children of the SDA Vaiusu mission to the children of hope at the Campus.
Joining the group was the Director of the SDA Children and Women’s Ministries in Samoa, Pelenatete Siaki who liaised with SVSG in coordinating the White Sunday visit. Earlier this year in June, the SDA Children’s Ministry from Lalovaea also spent Sunday morning service with the children of hope.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang acknowledged the partnership approach from the SDA Children’s Ministries towards child protection support for the abused children under SVSG’s care. “Thank you so much to the leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Children and Women’s Ministries for coming on board to join the support network necessary for the rehabilitation of the abused and abandoned children of Samoa.”
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