Greetings to you all, our beloved residents and staff of Ashburn House.
My name is Tanya Pualilo, Ashburn House’s new Spiritual Care Coordinator. I was born and raised in a tiny Polynesian island of Samoa, and grew up in the ministry all my life, as my father was the minister of our Congregational Christian church. I am happily married to a minister of the Wesley Mission Samoan Congregation in Ashbury and we are blessed with two beautiful children, a son, and a daughter.
Our family love serving the Lord and serving others by using the gifts and talents that God has bestowed us. I’ve been served by people ever since childhood, and to be able to serve others is a blessing.
I have completed some of my theology studies and pastoral care trainings and have worked as a Pastoral Carer for more than two years. I’m currently studying my Bachelor of Theology with the United Theological College under Charles Sturt University.
In our Samoan culture, serving our elders is an honour, and caring for them is a true blessing. Being away from my parents in Samoa, who are very dear to my heart, ignited a passion within me to serve in aged care homes to offer my care and support for the elderly. I like dancing, singing, reading, exercising, and connecting with nature.
Spiritual Care is not just about religion, but it covers everything that brings meaning to you in life. Every individual person has different preferences and essential aspects of spirituality, and it can be your faith in God, a connection with something greater than yourself, or your loved ones, or nature, or animals, or it could be music or meditation or so many other things.
I am available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for one-on-one visits if you need emotional support or pastoral care. My service also caters for families. I pray for God’s comfort and the peace that surpasses all understanding to be upon you all.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6: 24-26
Grace and Peace,
Tanya Pualilo – Spiritual Care Coordinator