As the country geared up for the official closing of the XVI Pacific Games on Saturday, the children survivors of gender based violence cared for at the Campus of Hope, were treated to a special visit from the Upolu Malie Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
While the visit forms part of the Church’s commitment to a partnership with the Samoa Victim Support Group, this one was special as it included a Thanksgiving Service for the children, especially for Feagaiga Stowers and her weightlifiting achievements during the Pacific Games.
It was truly a family gathering with parents and their children accompanying the church leaders of the Stake, President Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, President Tema Siaunuua and President Sikuava Ajawas to the visit.
In leading the spiritual sharing, President Pulotu emphasized the importance of ones family. It was a most fitting message for the visit. “Your refuge and your identity is your family And we are thankful to all those who are responsible for providing you this refuge, rehabilitating you towards a positive identity and caring for you as their own children. May God bless each and everyone of you for this work of love.”
Apart from sharing on the love of God, the Upolu Malie Stake also put together a variety of food and toiletry donations to assist with the children’s daily needs. The rest of the morning was spent cleaning up the whole compound for the children.
“As the Chair of the SVSG Board, I congratulate the leaders of the LDS Church in Samoa for remaining true to the partnership with SVSG. Thank you President Pulotu Chu Ling, President Tema Siaunuua and President Sikuava Ajawas for coordinating this beautiful thanksgiving visit with the children.” Georgina Lui