Co- founder of the Kingdomised Church Pastor Fale Leilua (in red) and members of the Kingdomised Church at Vailuutai, New Zealand and Australia after the church’s acceptance by the village last Tuesday.
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2015: It was a special Sunday for the members of the Kingdomised Church at Vailu’utai when they had their first Sunday of worship at their church after the Ali’i and Faipule of Vailu’utai village finally accepted the church as part of the five denominations allowed to be established in the village.
In a special ceremony last Tuesday, the Ali’i ma Faipule of Vailu’utai met with members of the church for a final meeting before the church was officially welcomed and followed by a prayer service.
Speaking on behalf of the village, Afioga Fa’asisina Ofati Tofiga not only acknowledged the perseverance of the church members in their belief, but asked the church to work together with the village.
He also wished the church to be fruitful and continue to preach the kingdom of God offering the villages support to the church.
The Kingdomised Church was introduced into the village 4 years ago by Pastor Taualoaia Olo and wife Sereisa.
However, the road to where it is today was not easy.
The church faced many challenges and obstacles but their trust in God and the support from the main church in New Zealand has got them this far.
Co-founder of the church Senior Pastor Fale Leilua traveled with other members from New Zealand and Australia to participate in the official establishment of the church at Vailu’utai.
The church has at least 30 plus members and is gradually increasing.
Kingdomised Church was under the Worship centre unit in New Zealand, however, Pastor Leilua said the calling from God was to create a church with a
vision “To seek first the kingdom of God”
She and her husband left the Worship Centre unit and form the Kingdom Church in Mt Roskil and so far, the church has spread to Australia and now Samoa.
The church’s mission is “To establish the kingdom of God as in heaven”
Four years ago when the church was first introduced by Pastor Olo’s family who supported the church and continued to worship it, the Alii ma Faipule intervened and banned the church.
“There is a curfew in the village that no more new church should be allowed into the village again, “ said Fa’asisina.
Fa’asisina said the village took a step further and penalized Pastor Olo and his family for disobeying the village councils decision last year.
The penalty was 500 pigs, said Fa’asisina.
“There has been changes and the village council has lifted their ban and turned around to lend support to the church,” said Fa’asisina.
Vailu’utai now hosts five denominations including the Methodists, Latter Days Saints, Seventh Day Adventists and the Congregational Church of Samoa