Tavita Reupena and Logosau Tavita were both in full time employment in different divisions of the Ministry of Health when they decided four years ago to leave it all behind and enter Malua Theological College.
Tavita worked as a Principal Quality Assurance Officer with the Pharmacy and Logosau was with the Radiology department.
Last Saturday was the fulfillment of four years of study for the couple and their five children, when Tavita graduated along with 27 others from the prestigious institution, founded in 1844 by Rev. George Turner and Rev. Charles Hardie of the London Missionary Society (LMS).
Tavita and Logosau entered the theological college at the beginning of 2018 to live in with their five children after passing the entrance exam while serving their home church of EFKS Aleisa-i-Sisifo of the Faleata Sasae pulega.
The Malua Theological College graduation is a well attended event each year and this year was no different.
Families and friends who have supported their sons and daughters during the four years of study and compulsory live-in on the Malua campus grounds celebrated proudly with the graduates.
Tavita and Logosau shared the celebration with Deputy Prime Minister Hon Tuala Tevaga Iosefo and his wife Fuinaono Sarona Ponifasio. Tavita and Fuimaono are cousins, and the newly qualified A’oa’o Malua said they were grateful to them for their support.
“We are so thankful to God for his love for us over the past four years. We are also very grateful for our families and friends who’ve supported our journey. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Tavita.
“Thank you to the Deputy Prime Minister Afioga Tuala Tevaga and Fuimaono Sarona for answering our invitation to share this day with us..
“Thank you to Ministers and Associate Ministers who also attended the graduation, and to all the pastors and their wives, thank you all so much,”
“We express our sincere gratitude to all those who accepted our respectful invitation to attend our graduation. We are proud to share this day with them.”
Tavita expressed their gratitude to families not only in Samoa but those overseas who also supported them financially over the past four years.
“Thank you families and everyone who has helped us for your kindness and prayers. May God continue to bless you and all that you do to serve Him”.
“O le tatalo a le auauna faatauvaa ia toe faatutumu e le Atua mea ua faagaogaoina ona o lo outou agalelei mai, faafetai tele ma ia maua se Kerisimasi fiafia ma se tausaga fou manuia.”
“E momoli le agaga o le faafetai i nai o ma aiga ma uo aua o i latou sa faamalosiau mai mo maua i le ma taumafaiga.”