Archives for April 2014

Which Church?

Baha'i Temple - A syncretising faith

Baha’i Temple – A syncretising faith

A visitor to Samoa can easily be perplexed when choosing a church with the plethora of churches here, and the mantra that Samoa is founded upon God.

Denominational differences are strong and choices range between the Catholic and the Protestant and a wide range of Protestant options, not to mention the Baha’i Faith.

In fact most visitors (unless predisposed in this regard) are not interested much in theology and will likely elect a church that is recommended to have a shorter service, good singing and perhaps holds their service in English.

The theological question remains however . . . which church in Samoa is right, or true? [Read more…]

Biblical forgiveness

Samoan armed police during the Satapuala conflict

Samoan armed police during the Satapuala conflict

The ifoga of the Samoan culture is pretty much a foreign concept to a Palagi. To offer and receive forgiveness in a formal manner simply doesn’t have an equal in the Western world. While our justice system increasingly requires that criminals face their victims and see the consequences of their crimes, this is still a long way from the Samoan ifoga. [Read more…]

Done and dusted

Pineapple fruit salad - nothing to do with Ormita, just a nice photo from Camp Samoa!

Pineapple fruit salad – nothing to do with Ormita, just a nice photo from Camp Samoa!

I’ve learned a lot of lessons from completing an investigation into Daniel Evans and Ormita. Here are some of them along with winners and losers out of the saga, all from my perspective of course. [Read more…]

Comparative Trade Volumes – Barter Industry

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Click for high res image

Establishing comparative Trade Volumes in the Barter Industry is a challenge. This graph is my best estimate derived from information researched while conducting my investigation into the Ormita fraud. [Read more…]