“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
With this scripture, we wrap up a year of uncertainty, of challenges and of tragedy, in the spirit of thanksgiving.
Because besides the bright lights of Apia, the well swept mud from the recent floods, and the hope in the eyes of the children we have rescued from being abused, the love of God through His masterplan save you and I, should make Christmas, always and forever be a season of joy and thanksgiving.
Fifteen years now since serving the people of Samoa as a support service organization, Samoa Victim Support Group have never been challenged like we have been this year. This is due to the fact that while our people were recovering from the Measles epidemic which killed hundreds of our dear children, the dark clouds of the COVID forced the most vulnerable to commit crimes of survival, crimes of hunger and crimes of fear.
Today, we wish a Merry Christmas to all those whose belief, confidence, and love for the people of Samoa, have supported SVSG’s work in 2020 and beyond. SVSG’s donor partners, the government of Samoa, the European Union (CSSP), the Spotlight Initiative (UNDP), UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO, FAO, the Australian High Commission, the New Zealand High Commission, the US Embassy Office Apia, the Japanese Embassy Office Apia, the Germany Embassy, and the Canada High Commission, both of New Zealand.
From our lovely children at the Campus of Hope, we say thank you and merry Christmas to the churches, villages, schools, youth groups and families that have supported their daily welfare and nurtured their spiritual growth throughout the year.
“And from the Board, Executive Committee, Management and staff of SVSG, let us all find time to enjoy the peaceful spirit, the hope wrapped in the gladness, and the love of God at the heart of the Christmas season. God knows we deserve it. Stay blessed and keep safe Samoa.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President