HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FESTIVAL OF PRAISE...
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.”
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.