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Keeping The Tradition

Living in a foreign land has never made them forget their traditional ways of worship but has made it even stronger, says Auckland-based Methodist Church steward Asaeli Tulagi. The delegation
17 Aug 2015 11:55
Keeping The Tradition
Reverend Ilaitia Tuwere conducting the service at Nabua Methodist Church yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Living in a foreign land has never made them forget their traditional ways of worship but has made it even stronger, says Auckland-based Methodist Church steward Asaeli Tulagi.

The delegation of Fijian Methodists from Australia and New Zealand, led by former church President Reverend Ilaitia Tuwere still worship God in the traditional Fijian manner.

There are four circuits in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Methodist Church circuit steward Asaeli Tulagi said keeping the traditional way of serving God was the best way of maintaining their culture and tradition while living abroad.

“A lot of people usually think that we have forgotten our traditional form of worship when living abroad for so long; we still preach and share the Gospel in the iTaukei language,” he said.

He said the Auckland women members still sing Psalms in church every Sunday before the service like they do in the islands and in most parts of Viti Levu.

“We are so blessed to have Reverend Tuwere with us because he has taught us to maintain some of the old Methodist protocols of worshiping God,” he said.

Mr Tulagi was thankful that the church invited them to come over and take part at the opening ceremony of the Solevu as part of the Lako Yani Vou (New Exodus).

“We are also pleased to be part of the move to relocate the residence of the president of the Methodist Church back to its historical place in Davuilevu,” he said.

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