And both thrive on the Christian sense of unity.
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” said Faumui, quoting Psalm 133:1.
That unity was felt strongly by those who attended a benefit performance this winter by Filipino vocalist Kitchie Nadal, who raised awareness and inspired action regarding the plight of victims of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia in November of 2013.
The concert was organized by Ignacio – with help from the Filipino Bible Church— and Pastor Vic Abalos and Jerry Manalo of Beraka Church in Anchorage.
Ignacio said $9,000 dollars was raised locally through ticket sales, donations and sponsorships.
“It was awesome,” Ignacio added. “There was a lot of positive feedback. People walked out (of the auditorium after the concert) saying that they were blessed.”
Ignacio promises the same for an upcoming concert he, Abalos and Manalo organized. This time the Kodiak audience will be “blessed” by the Katinas, singing brothers who are originally from American Samoa. The concert takes place Thursday, May 29, at the Gerald Wilson Auditorium at 7 p.m. The concert is a cooperative effort between the organizers and Faumui and his flock at Kodiak Christian Fellowship.
“We are excited to bring them over,” Ignacio said. “We are all happy.”
Ignacio said that local churches are helping with ticket sales, transportation to and from the concert and other services.
The Katinas sing contemporary Christian music. Members of the group wrote many of the songs. They also provide unique renditions to more familiar Gospel songs, said Faumui, who has gone to two of their concerts.
Their story, which is often woven into the repertoire of songs, is one of faith, hope and anticipation of glorifying God forever and being reunited with loved ones.
One of their songs is dedicated to their mother, who died in 1988.
The Katinas’ father, a Vietnam War veteran, left an existence of hopelessness and despair, fueled by alcohol, for a life of Christian service when he went forward during an altar call in a small church. He became a pastor, but continued to struggle with the angst of war.
The turning point came when he was forced into a veterans’ rehabilitation program. Days before he completed it, he called his sons on a speakerphone and asked for their forgiveness for his insensitivity. He told the boys he had asked for forgiveness from their mother in a three-page letter, which he read to her on top of a mountain. He then burned the letter and said he felt sure she'd forgiven him. This was the inspiration for the Katinas’ song, “Writing This Letter.”
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