WEST NEWS: Students celebrate John Wesley Day
‘The Methodist Church needs to recapture the zeal and passion of its founder’
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