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Theological College To Teach Hindi Language

Theological College To Teach Hindi Language
Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma General Secretary Rev. Ili Vunisuwa and President Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa during the Confrence meeting on August 20,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 21
10:40 2018

The Methodist Church has passed the motion to teach the Hindustani language to students who are currently studying at the Davuilevu Theological College.

The motion was put forward yesterday by Reverend Tevita Vanua from Lomaiviti during the church’s annual Bose ko Viti conference at the Centenary Church in Suva.

The president of the Methodist Indian Division, Reverend Emmanuel Rueben, supported the motion and raised an amendment about the motion.

Not only that the language should be learned but also the customs and traditions of the Indo-Fijian people should be taught, Reverend Reuben said.

“It will be easy for us to move around and do the work and communicate as well.”

Reverend Vanua pointed out that there was also a need for Methodist Church ministers to speak the Hindi language so that it could help spread the good message of the Lord to Indo-Fijian families.

He said the church’s relationship with fellow Fijians go a long way and it was time that the Hindi language should be known through the families and the church.

He said it has been 139 years that the Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters have dedicated their lives towards the shaping of thecountry day in out.

He said if they taught students at Davuilevu Theological centre the  Hindi language then it could help them serve the other Indo-Fijian  families.

He said this was important for the country, government and the church.

He said they needed to teach students and pastors the Indo-Fijian language, so it could make their church services easy interms of  communication.

Reverend Vanua said when they  looked back and observed the open air sessions, Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters would often attend the service but the messaged failed to be delivered to them in the language they understood.

The conference started yesterday with the Methodist Church president, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa, reminding the ministers of the role they played in the community and the country they served.

“I urge all of you as pastors to do your work to the best of your ability no matter what circumstances we face,” he said.

“The service that you provide from wherever you are is important in the building of the country.”

The president also reminded the ministers not to interfere with traditional obligations through the powers they had.

“There have been cases where we, the pastors, contribute and use our power to claim status such as the leader of a clan and other traditional practices that only live and lead us from the real meaning of the duties that we were sent here to do,” Reverend Vakadewavosa said.

“I urge you to stick to your job in making sure that we bring back the lost souls to the church and nurture them into good citizens.

The conference ends on Friday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

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