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Midday Prayer Vigil for Our Peacekeepers

The Methodist Church in Fiji will hold a prayer vigil at 12noon today at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva dedicated to the 44 Fijian UN peacekeepers held captive by
02 Sep 2014 18:16

The Methodist Church in Fiji will hold a prayer vigil at 12noon today at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva dedicated to the 44 Fijian UN peacekeepers held captive by the al-Nusra Front in the Golan Heights, and their families.

The prayer vigil will include the lighting of 44 candles.

Following consultations with the Methodist Church, the Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and those who regularly convene peace vigils, the church’s general secretary, Reverend Tevita Banivanua produced the Radio Fiji One programme, ‘Raici Jisu Matua’.

“The Methodist Church has provided chaplains for the RFMF since it first deployed Fijian troops when it was still a British Colony. We currently have chaplains for Fijian peacekeepers in Sinai, Iraq and Golan as well as chaplains serving in the British Army,” Rev Banivanua said.

“The church is opening an ecumenical space for all of us to pray for or reflect on the safe return of our brothers in the Golan; be in solidarity with their families and pray for all who serve the cause of peace.

“The public are invited to come to the Centenary Church today or hold prayer vigils at the same time in their own churches and communities.”

Fourty-four (44) of our Fijian troops were captured by rebels last Wednesday at the Quneitra crossing, which led to an exchange of fire with Israeli soldiers and ultimately the capture of our Fijian troops.

Al Nusra recently publicised the photos of the captive UN peacekeepers and they confirmed that the detainees were in good health.

The United Nations has said it was told our Fijian troops were safe, and their captors stated they were taken “for their own safety”.

The troops are part of the UN disengagement observer force, which has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Feedback:ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 



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