“A e tamo’e i luga o le malae taeao, ave lau taleni, ae sili atu ona tāua, o lou faatuatua i Le Atua.”
“We serve a big God who can do anything, and winning takes both talent and FAITH in God.”
O le feau lena sa tuuina atu e le Taitai o le 1Touch Ministries, Pastor Lenny Solomona, mo le au taitoafitu a Samoa i se sauniga lotu e tapena atu ai mo le taamilosaga i Hamilton, Aotearoa.
That was the message for the Manu Samoa 7’s team from the Director of 1Touch Ministries, Pastor Lenny Solomona, who led the jersey presentation ahead of the Hamilton 7’s leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
Pastor Lenny’s sermon was based on Hebrews 11:6 For without faith it is impossible to please God. Eperu 11:6 A leai foi se fa’atuatua e le mafai ona fiafia mai o ia.
“God is a big God – he can do anything, e mafai e le Atua ona faia soo se mea. E leai se mea e faigata ia te ia.. ae a oo mai loa i vavega, e moomia e Le Atua lo tatou faatuatua ia te ia.”
A motivational speaker who is also a fitness fanatic and personal trainer, Pastor Lenny presented a bilingual sermon for the players, mastering both Samoan and English. He captured the attention of the MS7s team with his message of enduring faith.
“God wants to tell you that no matter how talented you are, it is not enough,” said Pastor Lenny. “E le lava lau taleni. Tusa lava poo le a le lelei o lau taleni, e te le mafaia, pe a le iai Le Atua.”
“Talent is just the starting point. Ua na o se amataga lau taleni. Ae afai e te mana’o e te manumalo – e le na o le taleni, ae o le taleni ma le faatuatua.”
“If you want to win in life, if you want to win in your relationships, in your family, in anything you do, talent is not enough..”
“A e fia manumalo taeao, a e fia manumalo i le taamilosaga lenei, it is going to take more than just talent, e te manaomia le fa’atuatua.. You need faith.”
Known for a speaker who inspires his audience, the 1Touch Ministries Director took the example of God talking to Abram in Genesis 13:14.
“God spoke to Abram and said, “Abram, lift up your eyes from the place where you are, look north, south, east and west, for all the land which you see, I will give you”.
“So if you can see it, then God says, you can have it..”
“Afai e mafai ona e vaai atu iai, e mafai foi la ona e mauaina. Ae a lë mafai ona e vaaia, e te lë mauaina foi la..”
“O le fesili…Who are you looking up to? O ai o loo e tilotilo iai? O e tilotilo i le faiaoga? O e tilotilo i le laufali? O e tilotilo poo ua fia le sikoa?..”
“Look up and look to God,” stressed Pator Lenny. simple message.
“Tepa a’e, ma va’ava’ai atu i Le Atua, o ia na te ta’ita’iina, o ia foi na te fa’aatoaina lou fa’atuatua. If God is for you who can be against you?”
“When your talent runs out, a uma le malosi o lau taleni, ae o loo tumau pea lou faatuatua – e te manumalo.”
“You have to keep the faith – until you make it.”
“IA E TUMAU I LE FA’ATUATUA SE IA E OO I LE TAUNUUGA! FAITH IT TIL YOU MAKE IT!”
“So many people want to achieve big things out there. E toatele tagata e fia ausia mea tetele i le lalolagi nei, ae o le fa’afitauli, e laititi le faatuatua.”
“We have big dreams but the problem is, we have small faith.”
Saunoa le faifeau ia Lenny Solomona, o le lu’i e le o le au taalo a Niu Sila, Kanata, Fiti, Iapani, poo se isi lava au. Ae o le lu’i, o le tumau o lou faatuatua.
“Your coaches believe in you, but do YOU believe? E te talitonu e te mafaia?”
“What may look impossible to the natural eye, is possible with God. E mafai mea uma i le Atua, ae e manaomia e Le Atua lou faatuatua ia te ia.”
“A e tamo’e la i luga o le malae taeao, ave lau taleni, ae sili atu le taua, o lou faatuatua i Le Atua.”
“TALENT IS NOT ENOUGH. YOU NEED FAITH”.
“IF YOU CAN SEE IT…YOU CAN HAVE IT.”
“TUMAU I LE FA’ATUATUA SE IA OO I LE TAUNUUGA! FAITH IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT!”
About the Speaker
Lenny Solomona is the Director of 1Touch Ministries. He is a pastor, a motivational speaker and a trainer specialising in leadership and personal health and fitness.
Lenny is a sought after speaker who loves to inspire his audience with messages of hope. He has been called to host motivational sessions for organisations of all sectors including business, public enterprise and within the Church.
Pastor Lenny Solomona says he is passionate about adding value to people’s lives.
Lenny is married to Tai and they have three beautiful children; Nerisa-Mercy, Shammah-Anthony, and Juanita.