Cy­clone forces Methodist Church to cut costs

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The Methodist Church of Fiji will be look­ing at cut­ting some of its ex­pen­di­tures as a re­sult of the dev­as­ta­tion left by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston. While de­liv­er­ing his ser­mon at Cen­te­nary Methodist Church yes­ter­day, Church gen­eral sec­re­tary, Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa said Fiji was con­fronting a very crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the af­ter­math of the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. “Many ar­eas of our en­vi­ron­ment were se­verely af­fected; coasts, hills, cane fields, farms, gar­dens, live­stock, vil­lages, homes, fa­cil­i­ties, schools, churches, shops, ho­tels, etc, were heav­ily de­mol­ished,” he said. Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa said thou­sands of peo­ple had lost their be­long­ings and even most of them sur­vived with only clothes they were wear­ing on that day. He also men­tioned the peo­ple who lost their lives as a re­sult of Cy­clone Win­ston. He said the tragic event had de­ter­mined them to al­ter the course of their plan­ning and work. “Our Govern­ment for ex­am­ple has changed its fi­nan­cial year be­gin­ning in Au­gust to July ba­si­cally to ac­com­mo­date all the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial re­quire­ments for re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work,” Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa said. He said the church had made some al­ter­ations as well in re­sponse to the sit­u­a­tion. Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa said the head of­fice had cir­cu­lated a mem­o­ran­dum to all

our 57 di­vi­sions seek­ing their full sup­port in the con­fer­ence for en­dorse­ment. Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa thanked Divi­sional Su­per­in­ten­dents and for their di­vi­sions sup­port to those im­por­tant mat­ters for the con­fer­ence de­lib­er­a­tion and en­dorse­ment this week.

“As we are re­flect­ing on this big pic­ture to­day, the bot­tom line is…God al­ways speaks loud and clear in dif­fi­cult time such as this.

“There­fore, it is in­deed for our huge ben­e­fit as a church (as peo­ple of God) to search deeply and se­ri­ously; what is God’s will and in­ten­tions in this chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that we are go­ing through now?” he said. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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