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Rev Waqainabete A Pillar Of Strength To His Family

Adi Alisi could not hold back her tears while she delivered an eulogy on behalf of her family yesterday at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva.
30 Mar 2019 12:17
Rev Waqainabete A Pillar Of Strength To His Family
Former Methodist Church President Rev. Dr. Tevita Banivanua (left) with President Dr. Epineri Vakadewavosa during the late Methodist Church of Fiji Deputy General Secretary Rev. Jeremaia Waqainabete funeral service at Centenary Church on March 29, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

He was a spiritually powerful man and a pillar of strength for us as a family.

These were the words of Adi Alisi Waqainabete when describing her late father, Reverend Jeremaia Waqainabete, who died on March 23.

Adi Alisi could not hold back her tears while she delivered an eulogy on behalf of her family yesterday at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva.

“I would also like to take this time to say thank you on behalf of mum and the girls who are here today. Thank you for your praises for Ratu. He would have appreciated it very much,” said Adi Alisi as she thanked mourners for their tributes.

“Dad had big visions for the church.”

Speaking on behalf of the Fiji Council of Churches, Rev James Bhagwan said the late Rev Waqainabete: “While in this world gave his mind, body and soul to serve the people no matter their race or colour.

With his dying breath he gave thanks to Jesus Christ for the opportunities to serve,” Rev Bhagwan said.

He was married to Vani Marama Waqainabete and they have three children, namely Teupola Toro Waqainabete, Adi Alisi Druavesi Waqainabete and Tanya Talei Nale Waqainabete.

The late Reverend Waqainabete, 60, was the deputy general secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma.

He hailed from Keteira Village in Moala, Lau.

Background:

Rev Waqainabete was appointed the deputy general secretary in August 2017 during the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma’s annual conference. He took up the role in January last year.

He held a Master of Arts in Contextual Theology from Birmingham, United Kingdom and majored in EcoTheology (Theology of the Environment).

He was a strong advocate for environmental stewardship by the church. In 2013, while a minister in the Muanikau Circuit of the Suva Division, Reverend Waqainabete had established the Coffee Booth Ministry and personally led a number of social support services through the Wesley City Mission in Suva.

In 2014, he was the senior pastor for the Wesley Division.

 

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