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Methodists Remember Late President

More than 100 people gathered at the Centenary Methodist church in Suva yesterday to commemorate the life of the church’s late President Reverend Josateki Koroi. Rev Koroi died last Saturday
13 Aug 2015 13:44
Methodists Remember Late President
Some of the people at the Centanary Methodist church in Suva yesterday to commemorate the life of the church’s former president Reverend Josateki Koroi.

More than 100 people gathered at the Centenary Methodist church in Suva yesterday to commemorate the life of the church’s late President Reverend Josateki Koroi.

Rev Koroi died last Saturday at his home in Mavana, Lau. He was laid to rest on Sunday.

While delivering the eulogy, the church’s general secretary Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa described Rev Koroi as a strong believer, farming enthusiast and one who was always cautious about his health.

The late Rev Koroi became a confirmed member of the Methodist Church in 1947 and became a confirmed lay preacher two years later.

He was also the director for the Young People’s Department in Davuilevu, Nausori from 1967 to 1969.

He also served as the chaplain to the Fiji Battalion serving with the Multinational Force and Observer Group in Sinai from 1985 to 1986.

Upon his return he was elected to be President of the Methodist Church in Fiji from 1987 to 1989. He presided over one of the most tumultuous periods in the church’s life, having been deposed from his office in 1989 by firebrand extremist Reverend Manasa Lasaro, who played upon the fears of iTaukei Methodists, claiming religious justification for the 1987 coups.

Rev Koroi returned to farming his beloved Navua farm following the crisis, and only in the last few years, reconciled with his former nemesis, Rev Lasaro.  Reconciliation efforts had tried and failed since the early 1990s because of Reverend Lasaro’s constant refusal to acknowledge the overthrow of Reverend Koroi, according to Methodist sources.

However, Rev Koroi never harboured any bitterness about his troubled times in office at the Methodist Headquarters. He had moved back to Mavana, Vanuabalavu to enjoy his last days until his death. He is survived by his wife Nola and three children.

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