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Lotofale’ia youth learn to love their neighbours on Auckland’s streets   

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Young people from the Lotofale’ia Methodist church in Mangere were out in force in Queen Street last Friday evening, making a real demonstration of loving their neighbour.

They were responding to a call from church leader Teisina Falala to share their love with the homeless in a simple way.

Falala said he had been searching for a long time for a way for the youth to share their love.

About 20 of the church youth had prepared sandwiches and gifts to give to homeless people living in the centre of Auckland.

According to the young people the response from those they fed was: “Thank you so much and God bless.”

Apart from fulfilling the command to love one another, the purpose of the evening was to help the young people value what they had, like clothes, foods, shelter and parents.

Tonga has core cultural values known as the four golden pillars (Faaʻi Kavei Koula)  of the Tongan culture. They are:  Faka’apa’apa (respect), Tauhi-vaha’a (maintaining good relationship), Mamahi’i-me’a (devotion), and Lototō (willing to accept something especially when someone is asked to do or take).

These values connect the six pillars that hold the well-being of individuals; the life of the Mind, Body, Soul, Economy, History/Traditional and Environment.

Tevita ‘Ahoafi said his personal experiences of living a humble life had led him appreciate everything he possessed. He said people should not forget that the house they were living in was a palace to the homeless and any food they had was a beautiful fast to the hungry.

“We are all part of a whole and we are all branches of one tree and waves of one ocean,” he said.

Giving food and gifts to the homeless was a way of reminding the young people of the commandment: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” Teisina said.

They also learned that loving their neighbour meant not just the people living next door, but every member of the greater family of the human race.

Youth leaders

The church recently elected Loketi and Paea Hausia as Guardians of its  youth, and Tupou Pine and Maliumoeao Tufui as their assistants.

Teisina Falala has been appointed leader of the boys and his assistant is Siupeli ‘Ahoafi. Siueli Lafo’ou ‘is the leader for girls and her assistant is Temaleti Hausia.

According to Tevita ‘Ahoafi, the church has divided this year into sections and committees have been elected to implement their activities on Friday nights.

The main points

  • Young people from the Loto Fale’ia Methodist Church in Mangere were out in force in Queen Street last Friday evening, making a real demonstration of loving their neighbour.
  • About 20 of the church youth had prepared sandwiches and gifts to give to homeless people living in the centre of Auckland.
  • Apart from fulfilling the command to love one another, the purpose of the evening was to help the young people value what they had, like clothes, foods, shelter and parents.
  • They also learned that loving their neighbour meant not just the people living next door, but every member of the greater family of the human race.

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  1. Na’e muimui atu ‘a e to’utupu ‘o e siasi Metotisi Lotofale’ia ‘i he vaa’i hala ‘o e ngāue fakatamaio’eiki ‘a e hala ‘oku ‘iloa ‘e he kau taukei folofola ko e hala ‘o e Samaletani lelei.

    Ko e to’utupu ‘o e siasi Lotofale’ia kuo fili ai ‘e he siasi ‘a Loketi mo Paea Hausia ko e Tauhi pea tokoni kia kinaua ‘a Tupou Pine mo Maliumoeao Tufui. ‘Oku taki leva ‘a Teisina Falala kae tokoni ‘a Siupeli ‘Ahoafi ‘i he fānau tangata kae taki ‘a Siueli Lafoo’u pea tokoni ki ai ‘a Temaleti Hausia ‘i he fānau fefine.

    Kamata ‘o e Fakakaukau
    Fakatatau ki he fakamatala ‘a Tevita ‘Ahoafi, na’a nau vahevahe fakakongokonga ‘a e ta’u kakato pea nau fokotu’u mo e ngaahi komiti ke nau taki taha fakalele ‘ene polokalama ‘i he pō Falaite kotoa pē, pea nau toki vilo takai ai ‘o fakatatau ki he’enau taki taha taimi tēpile.

    Ka ‘i he Falaite ‘o e uike kuo ‘osi, ko hono 18/09/2015, na’e liliu ai ‘a e fakakaukau ‘o e ‘ofa fakakaungā’api ‘o hoko ko ha fo’i mo’oni. Pea ‘ikai ko ia pē ka ‘i ha ‘ata lahi ange ‘o e kaungā’api ‘a ia ‘oku ‘ikai fakangatangata ‘a e kaungā’api ki he ‘api matafale taha ka ko e tauhi ‘o e ‘ofa ki he fa’ahinga ‘o e tangata he ko e fānau ‘a e ‘Otua pē ‘e taha, ‘a ia ko ha mo’oni kuo kamata ke fakamo’oni’i ‘o ‘iloa mo ui ko e fāmili ‘o ha’a tangata.

    Na’e mahino ‘aupito meí he lau ‘a e taki Teisina Falala ‘a ‘ene pehē ko e fakakaukau ko ia ‘o e faka’amu ke vahevahe atu ‘enau ‘ofa na’e nofo’ia ‘i he’ene fakakaukau ‘i he taimi lahi, ka ko e founga ‘o hono fakahoko na’e ‘ikai ke ma’u pe ‘ilo pē ‘e anga fēfē ‘a hono fakahoko. Ka ‘i he’ene a’u ki he Falaite ‘o e uike kuo ‘osi, ko e Falaite ia ke ne tokanga’i mo fakalele hono polokalama. Na’e toki malama hake ai ‘i he’ene fakakaukau ha founga ke fakaa’u ai ‘enau ‘ofa ki he si’i kau tukuhausia. Ko e founga ko ‘enau tu’u ‘o fakaa’u ‘enau ‘ofa ki he konga ‘o hotau fa’ahinga, he ko e fāmili pe ‘e taha, ko e famili ‘o ha’a tangata.

    Fokotu’u atu e Fakakaukau
    Na’e fokotu’u atu ai ‘e Teisina mo hono tokoni, Siupeli, ‘a e fakakaukau fisifisimu’á ni ki he to’utupu Loto Fale’ia, ke nau a’u atu ki honau ngaahi kaungā’api ofi mai ‘o vahevahe ‘enau ‘ofa mo kinautolu si’i kāinga tukuhausia ‘i he founga faingofua taha te nau ala lava.

    Fakataumu’a
    Ko e fakakaukau na’e taumu’a pē ia ke hoko ko ha kamata’anga ‘o ha hala ke ne fakaava ha matapā ki ha liliu ‘o e tūkunga fakakaukau (outlook) ‘a e fānau ki he ngaahi akenga (trend) ‘oku hake mai ‘i he taimi ki he taimi koe’uhi ke ‘oua te nau tafia ‘i honau ngaahi kaupeau ka ke nau fakamālō’ia mo fakamahu’inga’i ‘a e me’a ‘oku nau ma’u, hangē ko e vala, me’akai, nofo’anga, mātu’a mo e ha fua.
    ‘Oku ‘i ai foki ‘a e tala fakatalutalu ‘oku taka ‘i he fonua ‘o Tupou mo hou’eki ‘oku ‘iloa ko e Faa’i Kavei Koula – ‘a e Faka’apa’apa, Tauhi-vaha’a, Mamahi’i-me’a mo e Lototo.Ko e tala eni ‘oku fetaiaki ai ‘a e ngaahi pou ‘e ono ‘oku ne hapai ”a e mo’ui fakalukufua pe mo’ui kakato.’a e fakafo’ituiuti, ‘a e mo’ui ko ē ‘a e sino, ‘atamai, laumalie, ‘ekonomika, tukufakaholo mo e ‘atakai.
    Kae kehe na’e ‘ikai ko ia pē ka ko e feinga ‘a e to’utupú ni ke nau muimui ofi ki he fekau lahi taha – Ke ke ‘ofa ki ho kaunga’api ‘o hange pe ko ho’o ‘ofa kiate koe,

    Fakatahataha pea Mateuteu ke Fua e Fatongia
    Fakafuofua ki he taimi 7 ‘o e efiafi Falaite ‘o e uike kuo ‘osi ne fakatahataha hake ai ki Loto Fale’ia ‘a e to’utupu tangata mo fefine ‘o meimei ki he toko 20 tupu, mo ‘enau fanga ki’I me’a’ofa, fakataha mo ‘enau seniuisi/sandwiches kuo ‘osi teuteu ke foaki ki honau ngaahi family ka ko e famili ‘i he Fakatupu (Creator) pe ‘e taha, ko e ‘Otua. Na’e ‘ikai toe taimi ka ne hili pe ‘enau maau pea ne nau hangatonu leva ki he loto kolo ‘o ‘Aokalani, tu’uta he Hala Kuini (Queen Street), ‘o kamata leva ‘enau fakafe’iloaki ki he kau tukuhausiá ni.

    Ngaahi ‘Uhinga mo e ‘Ola
    ‘Oku lahi foki ‘a e ngaahi ‘uhinga kehekehe ‘o e tukuhausia ‘a e fa’ahinga ko ‘eni ka ‘oku meimei ke kau ‘a e ’uhinga ko ia ko e ‘ikai ke nau malava ‘o kei fua pe totongi ‘a e ngaahi nofo’anga ne nau nofo ai. Ko e ni’ihi ko e ‘ikai ke nau kei ongo’i ‘oku kei ma’u honau mahu’inga ’i he ngaahi loto fale ne nau tutupu hake ai pea kau ki ai mo e ‘ikai kei ‘oange ha faka’apa’apa meia kinautolu ne toka ai ‘enau falala pea mo e ha fua ‘o e ngaahi ‘uhinga lahi ‘oku kei tonumia ‘o tatali ki taimi ke ne toki tatala mo fakae’a.

    Ngaahi A’usia Fakafo’ituitui
    Kae kehe na’e hoko ‘a e tukumo’ui na’e fai ‘e he To’utupu talavou mo e finemui ‘a Lotofale’ia ke kei ulo ai pe ‘a e ngaahi te’elango ‘o e faka’amanaki ‘i he ngaahi loto ‘o e kakai tukuhausiá ni, he ko ‘enau talí ‘o fakatatau ki he vahevahe ‘a e to’utupú ni, ne meimei ke tatau kotoa – “Fakamalo lahi atu pea tauange ke fai tapuekina kimoutolu ‘e he ‘Otua”.
    ‘I he lau ‘a Tevita ‘Ahoafi ki he tu’unga a’usia fakafo’ituitui na’á ne ma’u, ‘a ‘ene a’usia ‘o e mo’ui fakatōkilalo (humble)pea fakamahu’inga’i ‘a e me’a kotoa pē ‘okú ne ma’u. Ko e fekau meí he a’usia ‘a ‘Ahoafi ko e – Ke ‘oua mu’a na’a hoko ‘a e ngaahi akenga (trend) ‘oku hake mai ke tau tangi ai ke tatau pea ngalo ‘ia kitautolu ko e ngaahi fale ‘oku tau nofo ai, ‘o fakatatau ki he sio mai ‘a e ni’ihi tukuhausiá ni, ko e palasi ia kia kinautolu, ko e ngaahi me’atokoni ‘oku tau ma’u ‘i ‘api ko e pola masani ia ki he vakai mai ‘a e kau tukuhausia.

    ʻIo ko e taimi ko ia ‘oku tau sio ‘aki ai ‘a e mata sio’ata ‘o e fakalukufua (inclusiveness) pea ‘oku tau fakatokanga’i leva ‘oku tau kau kotoa pé pea ko e ngaahi va’a kitautolu ‘o e fu’u ‘akau pé ‘e taha pe ngaahi peau ‘o e ‘ōseni pé ‘e taha.