Retired pastor elected to parliament

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Samoans have gone to the polls in a general election, choosing 47 members of parliament from 41 village based constituencies.

Pastor Toese Ah Sam, a retired pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with 40 years service, has been elected as a member of parliament. Pastor Ah Sam has previously served the Church in Samoa, Hawaii and mainland United States.

My prayer is that Pastor Ah Sam will be a voice to serve his country, his people and God.

His constituents on the island of Savaii, elected him as their representative for the next five years.

 
Pastor Ah Sam conducting the baptism of newly converted Leata Keil Rasmussen.  

Savaii is the largest and highest island in the Samoan Island chain. The island is home to 43,142 people, who make up 24 per cent of the country’s population.

“When Pastor Ah Sam returned from the US, he was given the title of matai, a family chief. He served the district community looking after the needs of the people in terms of farming, land and resources,” said Pastor Uili Solofa, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Samoa.

“Being the only Adventist Member of Parliament, my prayer is that Pastor Ah Sam will be a voice to serve his country, his people and God. I look forward to a healthy relationship between him and the Church.”

Of major significance is that his election was not legally challenged, a clear indication of a clean election campaign.

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