Church rebuild after fire devastation

Head of SISDAC, Pastor Willie Papu pours as part of the blessing of the ground where replacement headquarters is to be erected for $7.445m.

Head of SISDAC, Pastor Willie Papu pours as part of the blessing of the ground where replacement headquarters is to be erected for $7.445m.

by Alan Ah Mu

APIA: TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2013: A church today blessed the ground for new headquarters at Saleufi to replace the one burnt to the ground September last year.

Head of Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC), Pastor Willie Papu recalled his hurt and sadness when news of the fire reached him in America because of the amount of sweat that had been poured into the facilities there.

SISDAC had bought the multi-building facilities from a company for over $1m just several years before the fire struck.

Like many others he asked “Why?  Who?” said Pastor Papu.

“Only God knows these things,” he said in an address to the faithful, local and from overseas, who gathered to witness the blessing.

God knew of the fire beforehand but allowed it to happen to seek the mettle of church members, he said.

Church branches met in Sydney, Australia to decide whether to rebuild after the destruction and Pastor Papu said he was surprised when delegates concluded as one to do so – no matter how many millions it would cost.

SISDAC lawyer Unasa Leilani Va’a-Tamati said Qing Dao Construction is the contractor picked to build new church headquarters.

At a cost of $7.45m, it’ll comprise a three-storey hall and a large church amongst other facilities, Unasa said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed within 12 months, she said.

Goliath went with spear and sword to kill David but the young boy feared not for he was with God, said Pastor Papu.

The new project serves to show Samoa and the world that God was with them, he said.

Flames engulf SISDAC headquarters last year (2012).

Flames engulf SISDAC headquarters last year (2012).

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