WEST NEWS: Stu­dents cel­e­brate John Wesley Day

‘The Methodist Church needs to re­cap­ture the zeal and pas­sion of its founder’

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Stu­dents from var­i­ous schools in Si­ga­toka gath­ered at Lawaqa Park yes­ter­day to com­mem­o­rate John Wesley Day. The cel­e­bra­tion started with a march by stu­dents from Si­ga­toka Methodist Pri­mary School to Lawaqa Park where the of­fi­cial pro­gramme took place.

Prin­ci­pal of Davuilevu The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege Rev­erend Anil Prakash Reuben of­fi­ci­ated at the event. He chal­lenged the par­ents and stu­dents by re­cap­tur­ing Rev Wesley’s ways and de­vo­tion to life. “Wesley val­ued his time with God and so he was will­ing to dis­ci­pline him­self to get the most out of it,” Rev Reuben said. “Wesley was a re­al­ist. He did have his strug­gles. He knew the dif­fi­cul­ties of a dis­ci­plined spir­i­tual walk. “Wesley also learned to adapt his style; there was a time when he noted all his fail­ures on a chart in his jour­nal. How­ever, as he grew older and wiser, he re­alised the need to ap­ply God’s grace in­stead. He did away with his chart of fail­ures and re­flected more on God’s good­ness in his life.” Mr Reuben said Wesley’s life was rich with trea­sured read­ings which made his de­vo­tions have a depth of un­der­stand­ing of both man and God. “The Methodist Church needs to re­cap­ture the zeal and pas­sion of the founder, John Wesley, who spent more than an hour in the morn­ing fel­low­ship­ping with the Lord, read­ing and lis­ten­ing to the word of God.” John and his brother Charles Wesley were sent by the so­ci­ety to spread of the Gospel to Ge­or­gia in early 1736 when a vi­o­lent storm shred­ded the main sail and flooded the decks. “Many of the English pas­sen­gers on the ship screamed in ter­ror that they would soon be swal­lowed by the deep, but a group of Mo­ra­vian mis­sion­ar­ies from Ger­many calmly sang through­out the storm,” he said. He was born on June, 17, 1703 in Ep­worth Manse, Eng­land and died in 1791 af­ter a long life of tire­less labour and un­selfish ser­vice.

Edited by: Manasa Kalouniv­iti

Cel­e­bra­tion started with a march by stu­dents from Si­ga­toka Methodist Pri­mary School to Lawaqa Park Photo: Litia iko­mailepanoni

John Wesley cel­e­bra­tion. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

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