‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’, this verse from the Psalm of David Chapter 23, according to Reverend Utufua Naseri sets the guiding principle of SVSG’s work for 2017 as we set sail in our journey together with the God of Miracles.
Held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at Mulivai on Sunday, Father Falaniko Matulino, the Head of the Apia Vicariate of the Catholic Church welcomed the Head of State, Afioga Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the Deputy Prime Minister, Honorable Fiame Naomi Mataafa, members of cabinet and hundreds of leaders from churches, villages, government ministries, partners and friends of SVSG who came together in prayer.
It was really a coming together of a Family, to pray and to uplift together our support services to the God of Miracles.
Church leaders from different denominations took part during the service. We had Reverend Taumafai Komiti of the Methodist Church Matafele; Associate Pastor Faamatuainu Amosa Pouoa of the Apia Harvest Centre and Reverend Dr. Mosese Mailo, Principal of the Piula Theological College offering our prayers. Then we had our bible readings by Pastor Sauileola Timo of the Seventh Day Adventist Afega and President Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Malie Stake.
The beautiful hymns were sung by choirs from the Catholic Church Luatuanuu, CCCS Church Toamua, Methodist Church Matafele and the SVSG Village Representatives who travelled all the way from Falealili. And the big island of Savaii did not want to be missed out on the Thanksgiving Service. Elderly and SVSG village representatives from Savaii travelled on the last ferry to take attend the service.
And through Rev. Utufua Naseri’s sermon, SVSG’s Family was reminded that in our journey, we will encounter difficulties and challenges, but only through the divine intervention of the God of Miracles, will we be able to endure and continue. He reminded SVSG and its family of supporters “to take guidance from the Psalm of David as it speaks honestly about the reality of life; that there will be green pastures associated with good days, then still waters, mountains, the obstacles that we have to overcome, then hatred and rejection associated with the valley of the shadow of death.”
But throughout the despair, the uncertainty, the rejection, the hatred or when we are trapped at ground zero, we will find love in God’s grace, as we ‘Journey Together with the God of Miracles’.
SVSG Patron Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau together with the Chair of the Board, Ms. Georgina Lui acknowledged the coming together of the SVSG Family in prayer. Faafetai, Faafetai, Faafetai tele lava.
President of SVSG Samoa