Fiji Sun - - Big Picture - Pho­tos: Methodist Church in Fiji and Ro­tuma

The Methodist Church pro­gramme at Fur­ni­val Park yes­ter­day in­cluded en­ter­tain­ment while the of­fi­cial open­ing was done by the Op­po­si­tion Leader of Par­lia­ment Si­tiveni Rabuka.

The Op­po­si­tion has con­trib­uted $85,506 to­wards the Methodist Church of Fiji and Ro­tuma’s week-long Fes­ti­val of Praise at the Fur­ni­val Park in Suva.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­tiveni Rabuka opened the an­nual bazaar and led a del­e­ga­tion of Op­po­si­tion MPs and sup­port­ers to de­liver the soli (con­tri­bu­tion).

The church is tar­get­ing $180,000 to de­velop the frontage of Le­lean Me­mo­rial School.

He said the amount gathered was through con­tri­bu­tions from dif­fer­ent peo­ple and re­li­gions in­clud­ing friends and fam­i­lies around the world.

He added that it was a sign of to­geth­er­ness and them ap­pre­ci­at­ing

what the Methodist Church had done to­wards the devel­op­ment of Fiji.

The week­long event would in­volve high level meet­ings, singing and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Methodist Church Sec­re­tary for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Over­seas Mis­sion, Rev­erend Wil­fred Re­gu­na­mada ex­pressed his gratitude to the guests and church mem­bers from the 58 divi­sions who had come in sup­port of the event.

“We ac­knowl­edge the guests who did the open­ing and all our mem­bers, for leav­ing their homes and com­ing from the is­lands to par­tic­i­pate in this ev­ery year,” he said.

Youth choir group

Mean­while singing among other groups yes­ter­day was Na­mata Youth Group from Tailevu. Youth leader Niko Rabuku said their jour­ney to the stage was a challengin­g one.

With a month of prepa­ra­tion, Mr Rabuku said get­ting his youth mem­bers to­gether was some­thing they worked dili­gently on. “Many of our youth mem­bers are school drop-outs and un­em­ployed and there wasn’t much of sup­port from par­ents but de­spite that we im­pro­vised on the lit­tle con­tri­bu­tions we have just so we could be here to­day.”

He added that the last time Na­mata Youth Group par­tic­i­pated in the choir was more than 10 years ago. “So, you can see how hard it was for me to get us back to­gether,” he added.

“Apart from just par­tic­i­pat­ing, the bazaar pro­vides a plat­form for our youths to be able to show­case their tal­ents and as a form of exposure for them.

“This would also help build their spir­i­tual lives.”

Photo: Methodist Church of Fiji and Ro­tuma

Op­po­si­tion Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and church mem­bers at the open­ing of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Ro­tuma week-long Fes­ti­val of Praise at Fur­ni­val Park in Suva on Au­gust 10, 2019.

The Na­mata Youth Group choir.

Youth leader Niko Rabuku.

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