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Dad’s Return Ends Sleepless Nights

Dad’s Return Ends Sleepless Nights
From left: Merewalesi Dravunavanua, mum Saivora Dravunavanua, Reverend Loame Dravunavanua and Merewalesi Lagilagikoso at the Nadi International Airport on January 4, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
January 05
16:27 2018

Saivora Dravunavanua and her children will no longer have sleepless nights, now that the head of the family has returned from Iraq.

Her husband, Reverend Loame Dravunavanua, 53, returned yesterday at the Nadi International Airport with 22 other Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel, who had joined the Guard Force Mission to Iraq under the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI). They protect UN personnel and its facilities.

Reverend Dravunavanua was RFMF’s chaplin to Iraq.

“We couldn’t sleep well at night and for three months I was sick because the distance that separated us was something I wasn’t ready to handle,” said the 44-year-old wife from Namuka, Bau, in Tailevu.

“The journey wasn’t easy for me and the family, but I am pleased to see my husband in good health.

“Every evening when I conduct our family devotion I always make sure to mention him in our prayers and it was through divine intervention that kept him safe.”

They have two children – Merewalesi Lagilagikoso, 15, and Merewalesi Dravunavanua, 23. Lagilagikoso is a student of Rampur College, Navua, while Dravunavanu is studying at the University of the South Pacific.

Reverend Dravunavanua, originally from Deuba, Serua, was equally happy to greet and hug his wife and daughters again after being away from home for one year and five months.

“I just want to thank my wife for looking after our family while I was away,” he said.

“It was a great honour to be a father figure to the military personnel; this was a memorable experience.”

He said making a difference in the lives of military personnel by sharing the Word of God was an honourable experience.

“Back in Iraq I saw that they (Fijian soldiers) are more serious with their relationship with God while on tour compared to being at home,” he said.

“But it was my duty there to keep reminding them that God’s love never fails.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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