“When we were growing up, we led worship in a church that was pastored by our parents. It was a very small church, and to be quite honest, after singing to them for years they were sick of us, and I’d have to say we were sick of them. Growing up under that kind of pressure and under a microscope, it was hard for us to continue to serve people with pure hearts, but our sweet mother would always tell us, “sons, love God and love people.”
Little did we know, that years later we would start a missions arm called Love Squared, which simply stands for loving God and loving people. When we first started Love Squared, it was just an outreach to help people like us. People who were without, people who needed hope, people who needed some encouragement. So we would raise money whenever we could to do missions trips. These missions trips took us all over the world- to the Phillippines, to the Dominican Republic, to our homeland of Samoa, to New Zealand, and to many inner city places that could not afford to bring a band there. Love Squared became our outlet to be able to go into these different places. Sometimes we would just go to orphanages, or we would go to prisons, we would build water wells, we would clothe the poor and give them food, but ultimately Love Squared was our opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus, the good news of Jesus, with people wherever God opened the door.
Years later, Love Squared has grown a lot. It’s directed now by Eli Katina, who is my son, our nephew, and Love Squared is not only an avenue for us to help communities, but an outreach to the next generation. Inspiring them to fulfill their God-given purpose, by providing for their most vital physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. We break it down into three pillars- Love Squared is loving God, loving people, and leading well.”
-Joe Katina, The Katinas, Co-Founder of Love Squared