2 December 2022 Apia Samoa. Source: SPPCS Media Team. The Olomanu prisons have something to be cheerful about, after twelve inmates graduated from the EFKS Missionary program this week..
Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo and the Executive Management were in attendance with the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS) Chairman Rev. Elder Tunumoso Iosia, and Secretary General Vavatau Taufao; together with the ordained ministers who conducted the courses.
The ceremony was also well attended by families and friends who were able to witness the achievements of the twelve men.
The EFKS Missionary Outreach Program conducted courses ranging from Spiritual Education (Bible studies), English, Gagana Samoa and Mathematics.
The Program was split into two categories; the Vaega Laiti (Juvenile) and the Vaega Matutua. The younger group – Vaega Laiti – were assessed in all four courses offered.
Vaega Matutua had an assessment that was more focused on Spiritual education (Bible Studies).
Rev. Vavatau Taufao during his remarks shared success stories of previous inmates who went on to further pursue education upon release.
He said they have seen the positive impacts of these programs on inmates’ lives after being released and reintegrated back to the community.
Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino during his address gave thanksgiving and praise to God saying, “This is the day that the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it, which echoes the reason why we have gathered here today, to celebrate great achievements…”
Further to Commissioner’s remarks, he congratulated the twelve inmates for their efforts and the hard work they have put in.
He also reminded the inmates of the significance of this program to them once they go out to the community.
The EFKS Missionary Office Outreach Program began its collaborative work with Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services in 2014.
Eight years of the outreach program has progressed well and it has seen positive impacts on the inmates’ lives.
SPPCS Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo acknowledges the ongoing support from the families and friends, and most especially to the EFKS Missionary group for the ongoing partnership they have built over the years. The Commissioner said he hopes and hopes to see it continue on in the coming years.
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