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Power Of Unity , Prayer In Faith

Yesterday marked a profound moment in our history. Many heeded the call by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to attend a thanksgiving service at the ANZ Stadium in Suva for
17 Sep 2014 07:06
Power Of Unity , Prayer In Faith

Yesterday marked a profound moment in our history.

Many heeded the call by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to attend a thanksgiving service at the ANZ Stadium in Suva for our freed 45 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.

They put aside their political, religious and cultural differences to thank God for his divine intervention. God has heard the many prayers that were offered by the citizens of this country during the 45’s two-week detention in the hands of  Syrian rebel group Nurse  Front.

It was God’s spirit that touched Qatar to act after it received a humble request from Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola for assistance. Qatar’s intervention was the game changer. The rest is history.

But there was a period during those two weeks when we all waited with anxiety and nervousness. We all felt like waiting for eternity. Yet, in the depths of those poignant moments, the faith of our people emerged through their prayers. And the beauty about it was that Christians and non-Christians united in prayer in their individual worship places. We exercised the freedom of religion enshrined in our Constitution.

In the eyes of God we are all equal irrespective of our different backgrounds. Yesterday, he would have been happy to see people from all walks of life come together in faith and unity to give thanks to him for his boundless love.

Everyone who attended the service yesterday was there because they believed that without’s God’s power, the release of the 45 Fijian troops would not have been possible. His pure love for all inspired Qatar to do what it did.

It is also fitting that we should express our gratitude to Qatar for its great act of charity. It was not the first time it had intervened on request and saved lives.

It had previously paid ransom to save 13 nuns and American journalist Peter Curtis through similar intervention.

It did the same thing in the Fijians’ case, media reports in the Midde East said.

There’s no doubt there are  inspiring personal stories that are yet to be told by the 45 about their two weeks in detention.

One that has emerged told the story of the Fijians winning the hearts of their captors through singing and prayers. As a result there were emotional farewells when they were released.

Yesterday, we celebrated their composure and bravery under extreme pressure. Their faith enabled them to pull through. This was one event that united the nation and showed quite clearly that we are a nation of one people with a common destiny.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 



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