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SAMOA’S MANU RUGBY TEAM: ‘GOD’S ON OUR SIDE’ Congregational pastor sends team off to World Cup

By Joyetter Luamanu APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Aug. 30, 2011) - God will pave the way for the Manu Samoa.

That was the message from Reverend Lotu Uele of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Vaiala during a farewell service for the rugby team yesterday.

"When Samoa prepares for an important event, it calls on the heavens to open and God to pave the way to clear it, but most importantly to help," he said.

"You are leaving the shores to compete in a noble undertaking and you are carrying on your shoulders the weight of every man, woman and child of Samoa to participate in what it’s considered a remarkable event."

Reverend Uele acknowledged the triumphs of Manu Samoa over the Western Force in the past weeks and said God has shown favor on Samoa.

He assured the Manu Samoa, that every Samoan’s support would be with the team during the competition.

"Please please let Samoa be among the list of the great rugby teams in the world," he said.

"In your Siva tau, you will be inviting not the evil spirits but God. May your body be strengthened so you can see beyond what is before you."

The CCCS Vaiala youth also performed a spiritual siva for the Manu Samoa team during the service.

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