They may have reached retirement age in serving as church ministers but the heart to serve the Lord is there always.
Reverend Laau Aumua and Reverend Ropati Enoka are retired Methodist church ministers and are attending the Methodist Church Conference at Faleula.
The two also have other things they share in common. They had served as church ministers in Samoa and overseas and they remain devoted to the service of the Lord.
The 73 year old Rev Aumua from the village of Lepa served at Lalovi, Mulifanua, Australia and Magiagi.
He is now residing in Australia but a regular traveller to Samoa.
Retirement has not stopped the Rev. from continuing to serve the Lord.
“I‘m retired but I continue to serve the Lord by supporting the church. Serving the Lord is in my heart,” he told Newsline.
Rev Aumua said being a church minister was not an easy job.
“Our work in the Methodist Church in Samoa and overseas was difficult but it was made easy because I put my faith in the Holy Spirit.
“The assistance of families and friends also helped us to get through.
“There were many challenges in the job and sometimes we got discouraged. But the helping hand of the Lord was upon us.”
71 year old Rev Ropati Enoka served in the churches at Neiafu, Taita Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney Australia.
He also said that were many difficulties and challenges they faced but they put their faith and trust in the Lord.
“The work was full of complexities but I prayed to God to give us the wisdom and understanding. I thank Him for our service has ended well.”
The church ministers found service to the Lord a privilege.