In 1996, Second
Samoan adopted an affordable housing element to negotiate the issues of
homeownership among immigrant communities as well as housing affordability in
the community at large. It continues to partner with lenders, HUD and
other federal agencies to bring the reality of homeownership closer to the
underserved ethnic communities as well as Samoans living in the U.S.
Second Samoan in 1997 started Le Manai, a grocer which
includes in its offering island goods that are not easily available at local
grocery stores. Le Manai also offers entrepreneurial training to the community
and it's committed to the well being of the immigrant communities in the U.S.
Similar to the housing element, Le Manai finds its voice
in the rhythms of the immigrant community in diaspora.
Second Samoan also was instrumental in creating Tafesilafai
to promote, enhance and preserve the culture that is specifically Samoan, under
the rubric of Christian stewardship.
In its annual festival Tafesilafai invites
the entire Pacific Islander community to gather and build community through
dances, songs, and food.
Like most Samoan
churches, music plays an important part in the life of Second Samoan worship
services. The Second Samoan Choir recorded its first CD in the Spring of
2002 titled Ala Tanu, dedicated to single mothers in the Samoan
In the Summer of 2002, in a partnership with local
cable companies, Second Samoan started the Ia Outou Manuia
television program, highlighting activities in the Samoan community as well as
provide a platform for addressing issues pertinent to the Pacific Islander
community. All programs are in English as well as Samoan.
The Bread of Life ministry,
known as “Areto ole Ola”, participates in various harvest programs where food is
gathered from various donors and distributed by the church to the community at
large on a weekly basis. It is an incarnational ministry to the poor and the
less fortunate in the community.
The Youth Ministry welcomes all
ages from toddlers to seniors. The focus within this ministry is building
relationships with one another while growing in Christian faith.
provides space for young individuals to see other potential ministries,
answering God’s call to utilize their given talents and skills to glorify
In July 2002, the youth planned and successfully returned from their 2
week trip to American Samoa, Samoa, Savai’i, Aunu’u, and Hawaii. It was
definitely an experience they will never forget!