It is not every day that any child gets to enjoy a gifts galore usually associated with Christmas, at this time of the year. But that was what the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group at the Campus of Hope, experienced when Sam Atoa and his family visited them.
For seven years now, it has been a tradition for the Atoa family from Utah in America, to host a ‘Christmas in May’ activity for the children at the Campus. For this year, Sam and his family were joined by their youth volleyball team from Utah.
With boxes and boxes of gifts for each child, the gesture highlighted the shar ing of God’s love. According to Sam Atoa, “it is always a joy to share my family and team from Utah with my beloved in Samoa.” And the outpour of love was evident by how the family fellowshipped with the children, how the volleyball team took ownership of their time with the children and coordinated fun games and activities, how the children warmed to Sam, sitting on his laps, or being carried around while at times, he was overcome with emotion for the children. “I could never imagine what the children have been through, so if bringing over a few things help make them happy, and realize that there are people out there that love them and care for them, then our trips to Samoa are always worthwhile.” Sam Atoa
It was simply a ‘Christmas in May’ experience for the children and the Atoa Family. SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang expressed her heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Sam Atoa and the family for continuing to support the work of SVSG for the children. “The continuity of your presence at the Campus always brings joy to the children, as they looked forward to experiencing Christmas in May with you. Thank you for your sincerity Sam, and for sharing the love of God with the children.”
Sam Atoa’s visit was coordinated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, one of the strongest supporters of SVSG’s shelter support operation.
President of SVSG Samoa