We all have a purpose in life.
This is the view of thirty-year-old, Koroseta Tauma’oe, of Salelesi.
The father of one is the Youth President of Nazarene Church at Salelesi. He believes God has ordained everyone for a certain calling.
“There is a meaning to life once we know how to help others, how to keep them going in life and so on,” he told the Village Voice.
“Take young people of today for example, of course, there is much talk about them, but personally, it’s important to believe how they can become good and responsible citizens of Samoa.”
“I’m excited to see what the youth of our country are being called to do.”
But there is work to be done.
“Provide them job opportunities, programmes to encourage them about how to become good adults in the future and how to live with Christ,” he said.
“The truth is, when we focus more on problems, we’ll see more problems but if we focus on possibilities then we’ll have more opportunities.”
“Personally, if we’re not going to prove that our love and the things we say are true, then they’re not listening.”
“We must listen to what they say, yes, positive relationships start with someone simply being willing to listen to what they have to say, without judgment.”
“The fact is, they (church and government) can’t go on in life knowing that one part of (their) body remain healthy while the other part is cut off and put to the side.
“There’s always a time we wonder why they (youth) don’t get involved or belong in church, family...”
“When in reality, we’ve been telling them all along that the church, government, family aren’t for them.”
“What is really sad, the fear that they don’t belong usually feel excluded.”
“They (youth) need our encouragement and excitement at the possibilities that lie with them, rather than our fear of the unknown.”
“We must do what must be done.”
He believes that ‘we all have a role to play’
“The church has a role, the government has a role, parents, family, I mean everyone.”
“Yes, doing nothing to help those who are in need makes us tired...yes there’s saying that goes – life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.”
“We must keep our eyes open, the levels of youth crime are increasing rapidly from time to time, unemployment increases and many more.”
“We all have an important part to play for the good of our young generation.”
He went on to say that ‘what today’s youth need most is Jesus Christ’.
“Youth is not only the future, but God’s gift to the country and the church.” he said.
“I am firmly convinced that what today’s youth need most is the gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord.”
“He is the one in whom the fullness of God is found, and he’s the one in whom we are filled and He is also the one who gives meaning to this life.”