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We’re Fijians Too: Mears family

We’re Fijians Too: Mears family
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala with Nabua fire victims on October 21, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
October 11
09:26 2014

The Mears family, originally from the United States, celebrated Fiji Day yesterday for the first time as Fiji citizens.

Pastor Kory Mears and his family first arrived on our shores 20 years ago, and have come to love Fiji and its peoples.

They were more than happy to share their story with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Albert Park yesterday.

Pastor Mears established Nausori Baptist Church in 1995 and three other Baptist Churches since then.

The church also oversees Nausori Baptist Christian Academy, a ministry training programme for pastors and City of Refuge, that works to rehabilitate homeless young men from the city of Suva.

“We’ve been in Fiji for 20 years and this is the first year we have brought the family down for the celebrations at the park.

“We’ve all become Fiji citizens; it was more special to us because this is the first parade that has been down here since we became Fiji citizens so we really want to celebrate with the family,” Pastor Mears said.

“We really enjoyed it and our whole family was all looking forward to celebrating Fiji Day today, the kids were especially excited to watch the military parade and be able to sit near the Prime Minister as well.”

He said he had explained to his children what the day was about before getting them to the parade.

“Last night, we sat down at dinner and I taught my children when Fiji was ceeded to Great Britain, when Fiji became independent.

“We talked about all the dates and all the important history behind it and especially just having elections and back to democracy, so yes, our whole family knows the whole reasons behind the date.”

His daughter Sarah Mears, 11, said she understood that Fiji Day was celebrated to commemorate Fiji becoming independent from Britain.




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