Fiji Sun - - SUNCITY - MERELEKI NAI Pas­tor Maca Tabuya with her cup­cakes. Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: mereleki.nai@fi­jisun.com.fj

The VotCity Flea Mar­ket in Nadi has been a god­send for Pas­tor Maca Tabuya. Just as the flea mar­ket has re­cently be­come a hit in Nadi, Pas­tor Tabuya’s de­li­cious lemon meringue pies are a treat not to be missed as well. Mrs Tabuya, who is a full-time pas­tor and en­tre­pre­neur at the As­sem­blies of God Church in Nadi, is op­er­at­ing a stall at the flea mar­ket in Vo­tualevu.

“I had started an on­line bak­ing busi­ness, but never had time for it be­cause we are al­ways busy,” the 30-year-old said.

How­ever, when the COVID-19 pan­demic cri­sis hit, it helped rekin­dle her in­ter­est in her bak­ing busi­ness. “Sew­ing was also an in­ter­est which I have. It’s a dream I have been putting on hold and fi­nally have time to pur­sue. I took a sew­ing class for two weeks. My pie sales at flea mar­ket paid for the class.” Pas­tor Tabuya said it took good time man­age­ment and sac­ri­fices to make her dream a re­al­ity.

She said her lemon meringue pies have been a big hit at the flea mar­ket. She cred­its her cre­ativ­ity to di­vine power.

“I pray about what new things to do. It was an in­spi­ra­tion that came from the Holy Spirit.

“Lemon meringue popped up since my hus­band doesn’t re­ally en­joy overly sweet pas­tries and now it’s a hit on flea mar­ket days. “I am still over­whelmed with the re­sponse to it. Now we have added other things to it.”

She said there were days she felt dis­cour­aged about sales, but she re­minded her­self never to give up and to keep mov­ing for­ward.

“My hus­band has been so help­ful in prep and do­ing shop­ping ahead of time,” she said.

Mrs Tabuya said VotCity Flea Mar­ket was the an­swer to prayers for most of the ven­dors as it had given them a plat­form to not only show­case their tal­ents and cre­ativ­ity, but also pro­vided a place where they could help oth­ers.

She said it was one of the best ini­tia­tives by the Nadi Town Coun­cil.

Pas­tor Tabuya’s lemon meringue pie with other va­ri­eties.

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