By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: MONDAY 8 APRIL 2013: The Samoa Worship Center Mission will build a multimillion tala church in Sogi as soon as possible after the Supreme Court ruled in its favour in a long standing dispute.
“We praise God for answering our prayers,” said Pastor Fa’apopo, Worship Center Evangelism Coordinator.
But the church must adhere to a sound level limit set by PUMA (Planning and Urban Management Agency).
“We have acquired the service of an acoustic engineer from New Zealand to help with our sound system,” said Pastor Fa’apopo,
The matter goes back to 2009.
Next door neighbour, Hotel Millenia Samoa, complained to the court that services held by the church were too loud.
The church was ordered to lower the volume to below 55 decibels.
The church services were then held under tents.
PUMA allowed Worship Center to build a church building with a sound limit as one of the conditions for approval.
Hotel Millenia Samoa did not like that and went to court again in November last year, this time with PUMA as the opponent.
Last Thursday the court ruled in PUMA’s favour so Worship Center’s church will go ahead in Sogi, a coastal location.
Hotel manager Tuala Oli Ah Him declined to comment on the court ruling.
Asked about the risk of building a church on the coast Pastor Fa’apopo said, “The vision from God is to build at Sogi and that is where we are building.”
The church will be located in a three story building with state of the art sound proof system.
The building will house several offices and a hall as well.
Sogi is headquarters for all of the church’s 45 centres around the world.
Church leader Pastor Viliamu Mafoe is overseas to oversee the launch of two new branches of the church.