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Deaconess Laveti Marks 68th Birthday

Deaconess Laveti Marks 68th Birthday
Children of Dilkusha Home celebrate Deaconess Leba Laveti's 68th birthday at the home on January 1, 2018. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
January 02
14:32 2018

Deaconess Leba Laveti celebrated her 68th birthday at the Dilkusha Home in Nausori yesterday.

Originally of Naroi Village in Moala, Lau, she will be retiring this year after spending seven years being a mother and pillar of strength for children at the home.

The 42 children at the home celebrated with goodies to eat and brought in a beautiful cake for Deaconess Laveti who was 21 when she joined the Methodist Church for deaconess training. She started at Dilkusha Home and then moved to the training centre in Suva.

Feeling blessed to be retiring where she started from Deaconess Laveti came to Dilkusha Home in 2011.

“The past seven years were very memorable for me. I’ve seen many different talents including the ups and downs I shared with these children. Many children have grown with maturity to pursue their careers while some got married and have settled in life.

“Sometimes, I was a bit harsh on the children, but they know I love them and it was for their betterment.”

After she retires, Deaconess Laveti will still be there for the children to share their life stories.

“When I retire and return to my house in Suva, I will still be in contact with the children and call them over to my house on approval of the church,” she said.

“I will still be there for them, to share their life stories and I want to be the person they can always look up to for anything. I will definitely miss the children and their excitement, sometimes their little mischievous tricks and their cries and laughs.

“Moments I spend with these children are precious to me and it will be in my heart forever because these children are my family,” Deaconess Laveti said.

Her advice to the children is to listen carefully to counsel because everyone wants them to be a better person in life.

“To become responsible citizens of the country and serve people with a big heart. Give their best to the Lord and he will direct them in the right path for a brighter future,” she said.

It was a double celebration at Dilkusha Home where they also celebrated Nandani Gounder’s 15th birthday.

Edited by Percy Kean



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