James Letoa is with the New Covenant Samoan Church of the Nazarene on Florin-Perkins Road. Letoa’s father – Koroseta – is the church’s pastor…and was in American Samoa when the tsunami hit.
“We did get a call from him asking for these emergency items: tents, tarps, hygiene items and generators, power saws and also chain saws. They can’t get through the rubble without cutting the wood into pieces.”
Letoa says his father was scheduled to return home last week…but is staying to help with recovery efforts.
“He was there on a mission work to go and build a church in Pago Pago and never knew that his calling was there to help rebuild. Now he’s actually now in Pago Pago Harbor in rebuilding status currently.”
Letoa says families are still coming to terms with the sudden losses inflicted by last Tuesday's tsunami. Waves roared ashore after an underwater earthquake with a magnitude of up to eight-point-three. The disaster claimed at least 176 lives in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.