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Reverend Nagaiya’s Journey To Priesthood

Reverend Nagaiya’s Journey To Priesthood
Reverend Shirleen Swadesh Nagaiya with the reverends. Photo: NAGAIYA FAMILY
August 10
11:00 2017


Anglican priest Reverend Shirleen Swadesh Nagaiya has come a long way from when she began to know about the Gospel.

It started when she attended Jasper Primary School, Lautoka.

“This is where I met friends and started attending sessions for children every Wednesday afternoon,” Reverend Nagaiya said.

“I got to know the story – that this man, whose name is Jesus – is a very compassionate person,” she said.

“I was given a ‘Book’ (Bible) and being an avid reader I started reading it and was in love with this energetic, compassionate young Man who could turn water into wine.

“I was eager to meet this gentle and loving person. So God’s plan was put into action.”

In December Reverend Nagaiya was among five others to be ordained as a deacon.

Now, a priest, Reverend Nagaiya is all praises to God for giving her the strength for this journey.

She was ordained by Archbishop Revered Winston Halapua at the Saint Christopher’s Anglican Church in Namaka.

“To God be all the glory,” she said.

Reverend Nagaiya said it was the biggest turning point in her life, her first step towards fulfilling the plan.

“I’m indeed humbled to be ordained in this church and given a chance to serve this community,” she said.

“Being a teacher and counsellor, I know how important knowledge is and that is my step – to educate the people and to share with them the kingdom of God.

“This indeed was a feat in itself and that His Grace is a man empowered with God’s strength,” she added.

“With the warm and friendly congregation it oozes the love that can only come from people of faith and all those who come there get enveloped in that warmth, grace and compassion which I first read about in the ‘book’ (Bible).”

Currently she is the Principal of the privately owned Blue Will Language Institution in Lautoka.

About seventy people attended her ordination and confirmation programme.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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