REV­EREND VAKADE­WAVOSA STARTS METHODIST RE­UNI­FI­CA­TION BID

Fiji Sun - - Feature - by Maika Bo­latiki Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

The pres­i­dent of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Ro­tuma, Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa, has started a re­uni­fi­ca­tion move with a break­away group.

The break­away group, Wes­ley Mis­sion Con­nex­ion, is led by Rev­erend Anare Mar­avu, 88, be­lieved to be the old­est Methodist clergy mem­ber.

It is head­quar­tered at Bure­basaga Vil­lage, Rewa.

The Wes­ley Mis­sion Con­nex­ion church was formed af­ter Rev­erend Mar­avu and oth­ers split from the Methodist Church in Fiji in 1989. It was in response to the ac­tion by

a group led by Rev­erend Manasa Lasaro that took over the church leadership from then pres­i­dent Rev­erend Josateki Koroi. Rev­erend Koroi’s re­moval was not em­braced in some quar­ters of the church.

Rev­erend Lasaro and his group supported Si­tiveni Rabuka’s military coups of 1987. Rev­erend Koroi blessed the break­away church at its launch in 1989. Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa said their meet­ing on Mon­day at Rev­erend Mar­avu’s home base at Bure­basaga Vil­lage was their sec­ond. He said the first meet­ing was at Ep­worth House in Suva be­fore the Methodist an­nual con­fer­ence or Bose ko Viti. It was very fruit­ful, he added. He said it was more a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion meet­ing be­tween the two churches.

“I was very happy with my meet­ing with Rev­erend Mar­avu at his res­i­dence at Bure­basaga Vil­lage,” he said.

He said he was happy that Rev­erend Mar­avu re­acted pos­i­tively to his in­vi­ta­tion for unity talks. He hoped to con­tinue the re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks.

When open­ing the 2019 Bose Ko Viti at the Suva Cen­te­nary Church, he said: “For where there is unity, God will com­mand his bless­ings and there will be growth. I am there­fore plead­ing that we all con­tinue to work to main­tain peace and unity so that we can wit­ness the good times of the Lord.”

He is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing another meet­ing with Rev­erend Mar­avu.

When the Fiji Sun ap­proached Rev­erend Mar­avu at his res­i­dence at Bure­basaga Vil­lage he con­firmed meet­ing with Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa and a del­e­ga­tion from the Methodist Church. How­ever, he said, he had wanted a one-on-one meet­ing with Rev­erend Vakade­wavosa.

He said he would not make any fur­ther com­ment, es­pe­cially when he saw the com­ments on Face­book about their meet­ing. Rev­erend Mar­avu con­firmed he would con­tinue to look af­ter the mem­bers of the Wes­ley Mis­sion Con­nex­ion.

At his res­i­dence at Bure­basaga Vil­lage there is a church and a hall for his con­gre­ga­tion. Rev­erend Mar­avu hails from Nakasaleka, Ka­davu.

I was very happy with my meet­ing with Rev­erend Mar­avu at his res­i­dence at Bure­basaga Vil­lage. Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa Methodist Church in Fiji and Ro­tuma pres­i­dent

Photo: Face­book

Methodist Church in Fiji and Ro­tuma pres­i­dent Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa (left), with Wes­ley Mis­sion Con­nex­ion head Rev­erend Anare Mar­avu at Bure­basaga Vil­lage, Rewa on Septem­ber 2, 2019.

Photo: Face­book

Methodist Church in Fiji and Ro­tuma pres­i­dent Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa is wel­comed at Bure­basaga Vil­lage, Rewa, on Septem­ber 2, 2019.

Photo: Face­book

Wes­ley Mis­sion Con­nex­ion head Rev­erend Anare Mar­avu at Bure­basaga Vil­lage, Rewa, on Septem­ber 2, 2019.

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