A comprehensive history of the Assemblies of God church in American Samoa. O le tala'aga o le tapuaiga o le Fa'apotopotoga a le Atua i Samoa - Amerika Samoa.
God employed a burning bush as a medium of revelation when He spoke to Moses, and every tree or plant on this planet is afire with His presence. for example, in the plant realm, the cornflower has ultraviolet pigments in its blue petals, which are invisible to the human eye, but irresistible to a pollinating bee. In the realm of trees, the seed of the maple is equipped with a neat pair of wings, which enables it to sail away from the parent on a current of air.
Jesus used trees and plants as metaphors, and early monks and missionaries took up the torch, relabeling a number of trees and plants with holy names as an educational tool.
In this book, I have sought to rescue some of these legends from obscurity, concentrating on those within the Judeo-Christian tradition: in a few instances I have taken the liberty of linking biblical references to botanical names.
It is my hope that this collection, with its beautiful photographs and simple text, will reach a wide readership, to inform, inspire, and entertain.
Jose Escamilla has a forty-year Christian ministry. He has a four-year university education and an associate in arts degree in bilingual studies from San Diego City College. As an adolescent, he attended Nogales Bible School in Nogales, Arizona, for five years. There he received training for the Christian ministry and served eight years in Mexico as a pastor. In 1979 he applied for US residency, and in 1989 he became a US citizen. In San Diego he started a new congregation under the sponsorship of the Pacific Southwest Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He started the new church with around six families. When he retired in 2003, there were more than one hundred in the church. Since then, his son, Xose, took charge of the church. Now the attendance is between five hundred and five hundred fifty people.
Now a retired pastor, Escamilla lives in Sun City, California, with his wife.