Salvation Army starts a mission in Samoa

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The Salvation Army Church has arrived in Samoa.

They began their mission last Sunday at their Worship and Community Centre in Moto’otua.

Lat year a delegation from Auckland met with the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoito seeking permission for the Army to establish a presence in Samoa.

As a result of the meeting, Sa’ilele wrote asking the Army to start work in Samoa as soon as possible, saying said he was particularly interested in the Army setting up a drug and alcohol treatment programme.

The Salvation Army has responded to this request by making this programme their first priority.

Lt Colonel Rod Carey told the Weekend Observer that the Army’s first social service programme will be to help the growing number of people struggling with such problems.

He said they will be partnering with the Samoa Drug and Alcohol Court to help people overcome alcohol abuse and addiction.

Two qualified and experienced Pacifica Drug and Alcohol clinicians from New Zealand will be arriving in June to begin the treatment programme.

The Salvation Army will also be partnering with the Goshen Trust Samoa Mental Health Services to help people struggling with mental health issues and assist in the development and growth of the Goshen Trust.

Carey said the people in Samoa may not be aware that the Salvation Army is a Church as well as one of the largest providers of social services in New Zealand and Australia.

“Our message is based on the Bible. Our ministry is motivated by love for God. Our mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination,” he said.

“Our vision statement is ‘The Army that brings Life’,” says Carey.


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