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Pa'u Fereti Puni

The Sabbath Keepers Network was founded by Pa’u Fereti Puni of Samatau Village in Samoa, and consists of Seventh-day Adventists worldwide who disagree with the decision of the Samoa-Tokelau Mission (STM) as a result of a recommendation by the South Pacific Division for Independent Samoa (not American Samoa) to keep the Sabbath on Sunday of the new reckoning after Samoa’s realignment to the Date Line.

In addition to defending the seventh-day Sabbath, the day between preparation day (Friday) and the first day (Sunday) of the week, a fundamental belief of the Seventh-day Adventist Church which is part of our identity and prophetic witness, they also see an injustice in the way the SPD is “pushing and forcing their will on the people of Samoa and trying to silence the voice of those speaking up against their recommendation and the due process they did not follow.”

How you can support the SDA Sabbath Keepers in Samoa

  • Prayer Group: Organise a group of prayer warriors to pray for a swift and speedy conclusion to the Samoa Sabbath dilemma. Send us an email to  to inform us of your group.
  • Visit Samoa: Contact Emoni Tesese (774-9744), Agalelei Puni (723-6523) or Lance Cutts (759-8629) to connect you to the nearest cell group of Sabbath Keepers or email Pa’u Fereti Puni at

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Sabbath Keepers Network — 4 Comments

  1. Wow. I am trying to wrap my head around this. I had heard about the problems but am now trying to understand it. I met someone on Adventist Online who wrote about the Date Line issue and adventists being told to worship on the day named sunday now. I am not sure, but I do not think God’s 7th day changes due to man changing some date line thingy.
    I will pray, and learn more about this. I am in Australia. I would come and worship with you and visit with you but financially cannot. I love you all, stay strong. God Bless. ((((((((((giant hugs to all)))))))))))))

  2. Malo (hi) Allison,

    The issue in Samoa is pretty simple. Saturday is the seventh day of the week like anywhere else in the world, before and after the IDL change.

    Interesting how you said “adventists being told to worship on the day NAMED sunday now.” This change in the names of the days is misleading and has been promoted by the local church administration as well as the South Pacific Division all along.

    What happened in December 2011 was not a calendar change, nor was there any name change. Such actions would require new legislation. SPD have not provided any proof of the so called ‘day name change’ despite numerous requests because there is non!

    In order to facilitate the IDL adherence change, Samoa missed one day resulting in a ‘one off’ 6-day week. This experience is normal when crossing the IDL from the American to the Asian side. Friday 30th December 2011 in Samoa did not vanish into thin air as promoted by the local church administration whereby making Sunday 1st January 2012 the ‘seventh day’ of the weekly cycle in Samoa.

    The current Samoa Sabbath dilemma in fact has come about because the SDA leadership in Samoa and the Pacific region failed to accept that the Samoa government implemented a lawful and legitimate shift in the International Date Line, effectively moving Samoa to the same side as New Zealand and Australia for trading purposes.

    What is confusing is the notion being promoted by the local administration and the South Pacific Division (SPD) regional office in Australia, “The practical result in terms of Sabbath keeping is that Sunday not Saturday has become the seventh day of the week.”

    While most Christian churches in Samoa also call Sunday the Sabbath, commemorating the day of Jesus’ resurrection on the first day of the week, Seventh-day Adventists keep the Sabbath on the ‘seventh day’ of the week, which is Saturday like everywhere in the world.

    Alofa atu (kind regards),

    Pa’u ****

    • Thanks Pa’u for a succinct and accurate version of what happened. When I am next in Samoa (which I hope is within the year) I will be observing the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset as I do wherever I am. The SPD may be sincere in their view on this subject, but I believe they are sincerely wrong.

  3. I am praying that a someone start a Sabbath Church in Opelousas, LA. I have not found any here.

    I would like a Church Home where the Pastor is not part of a secret society, where the word of God is preached not for money but for the love of God. I am looking for a Church where the pastor is not gay or bisexual nor do he allow homosexual to have positions in the church because of fear of being sued. I am looking for a church that teach the Holy Bible even if some people do not like it. I am looking for a church where women are not allowed to preach or teach. I am looking for a church that believe that men should take care of their families and the responsibility is not left up to the woman only. I am looking for a church that teach against abortion and homosexuality, zoology and porn. Please, pray that God sent someone to open up a church that knows the word of God and that they believe in keeping the Sabbath Day holy.

    I believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God who made heaven and earth. I believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin named Mary and that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead and casted demons out of people. I believe Jesus died for my sins and the sins of this world and on the third day God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and now Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father and in Jesus name God the Father sent the Comforter the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us into all truth.

    I do not believe in burning candles for any reason but for light. I do not believe in praying to the dead or talking to them, this is nacromancing, I do not believe in praying to statues or pictures. I do not believe in praying to angels or worshipping them. I do not believe that the Lord’s Supper will take away my sins. I do not believe in praying to Mary or the other saints.

    I believe in studying the Holy Bible and it should be read as the word of God and we should keep God’s Word. We should not add to it nor take away from it. We should love our enemies and pray for them. We should treat everyone the way we way to be treated and if we want our Heavenly Father to forgive us of our sins we must forgive others of their sins. I believe that the book of Revelation not be left out when the rest of the Bible is being taught. We should be taught to study to shew ourselves approval unto God a workman that need not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. We should be warned of Bible Prophecy such as Solomon’s Temple that being build and when the man of sin or the antichrist stand in the temple and state’s he is god and what this means and what to come or when the City of Damascus will be destroyed what this means. We need prayer warrior who will pray against the works of Satan and his demons. I pray that you stand in agreement with me that those who worship on the Sabbath have a church where they can be blessed in Jesus name. Aretha Rambo this4employment@gmail.com

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