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Elder Pays Tribute

Elder Pays Tribute
From Right: Sakiusa Tubuna, 76, during the opening of the Saint Gabriel Anglican Church at Muanikoso, Laqere in Nasinu on April 7, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu
April 09
11:00 2018

Sakiusa Tubuna counts himself blessed to see the completion and Satur­day’s opening of the Saint Gabriel Anglican Church, in Muanikoso, Nasinu.

Mr Tubuna, 76, was at the opening of the church and said that at his age, the task of completing the dream of his close friend and members of the church had been arduous and exhausting.

However, he said it was God who gave him the strength and the will to persevere and see the construction of the church completed.

He said his family got involved with the Anglican Church in Laqere when he was transferred to work in Suva in 1993.

“We resided in Pilling Road, and my family found it more convenient to join the Anglican Community in Laqere for Sunday services,” Mr Tubuna said.

He said at that time, a man named Aliki, fondly referred to as Tamai Jone, was the leader of the church community and they held Holy Communion services at his home, a wooden structure behind the new church.

“The church was thriving and his house was too small to accommodate everybody during our Holy Communion ser­vices on Sunday,’’ Mr Tubuna said.

“He (Tamai Jone) decided that we should build a church for our Anglican community.”

He said they faced some opposition from those who claimed that they were trustees of the land but they suc­ceeded in constructing a corrugated iron shed which has been used in the past 10 years for Sunday services.

Members referred to the makeshift church as the Tin Ca­thedral.

It was in 2002 that Mr Tubuna moved to Tamavua with his family but continued to attend church in Laqere.

“My family felt that we should continue to attend Sun­day service here and help Tamai Jone fullfil his dream, a church for the community,” he said.

It was unfortunate that Tamai Jone passed away before fulfilling his dream.

“I spoke at his funeral service and vividly remember say­ing: ‘Tamai Jone, you may have passed on, but your dream will live on, I promise I will fulfill your dream and build the church of your community,’’ Mr Tubuna said.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa


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