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Family Grieves After Nadi Mum Dies Of COVID-19 In U.S.A.

Sera Vukialau was a missionary under the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) umbrella. She served in numerous places including Japan and the United States of America.
22 Nov 2020 23:35
Family Grieves After Nadi Mum Dies Of COVID-19 In U.S.A.
In happier times with her family, (from left) youngest son Robert Chairo Vukialau, the late Sera Rokocavui Vukialau, Tevita Seth Vukialau, husband Sisa Vuni Vukialau and eldest daughter Ruth Grace Vukialau.

Robert Chairo Vukialau was devastated when he received news that his loving mother had succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Alone at their Lautoka home with the rest of his family in the United States of America, young Robert clung to the God his mother served selflessly her entire life. It was the only place he found solace.

His mother, Sera Rokocavui Vukialau of Nadi, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the Kalispell Hospital, Montana in the United States of America.

“I hate this COVID-19 virus,” he said.

“Initially she had flu-like symptoms and it was later confirmed to be COVID-19. My mum was in a coma for about two weeks. She came out of it for a few days before she passed away.”

But Robert’s consolation is the impact his mother has had on so many people not only in Fiji but around the world.

Mrs Vukialau was a missionary under the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) umbrella. She served in numerous places including Japan and the United States of America.

She was 57 and hailed from Narewa Village in Nadi.

The late Sera Rokocavui Vukialau.

The late Sera Rokocavui Vukialau.

From the United States, her eldest daughter Ruth Grace Vukialau said: “This is so hard for all of us. Words cannot describe how much we love, appreciate, are thankful and how much we miss her.

“These couple of weeks without Nene have been really challenging not seeing her around, not hearing her laughs, not seeing her dance around the house and her constant encouragement.”

Ruth was expecting her mother to be around when she has a family of her own.

“Nene, I’m really saddened that you won’t be able to see me walk down the aisle on my wedding or see your grandchildren,” she said.

Mrs Vukialau attended Ratu Navula Secondary School and went on to work at the then Regent Hotel of Fiji on Denarau. She worked there for six years before heeding the call of God on her life. She joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Discipleship Training School in Maui, Hawaii in 1989. Three years later, after a short stint in Fiji, she moved to Osaka Japan to serve at the Assemblies of God Church children’s ministry.

She married Sisa Vuni Vukialau, her best friend, in Japan in 1994.

They continued to serve alongside one another until the time of her death.

Mrs Vukialau served in the children’s ministry and also started a single mother’s ministry in 2006.

As a couple, they mentored young people, couples and families.

She led a YWAM base called Personal Transformation Centre with Mr Vukialau for 12 years .

After attending her son’s wedding in July, doors had opened up to serve families and local people living in Montana. From the U.S. Mr Vukialau said he missed his best friend and wife.

Ruth said: “I don’t know how to stay strong for our family, for my brothers and for daddy (your best friend) but I know you want me to and I’m really trying.”

Mrs Vukialau loved to dance.

Her youngest son Robert said she was a soul sister, mentor, leader counsellor, mother, wife, aunt, grandmother and a true worshipper.

“She was always on fire for Jesus, full of smiles and had a real island hospitality, full of life and known for her strong faith in GOD.”

Her favourite memory verse is James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Mrs Vukialau is survived by her children Ruth Grace Vukialau, Tevita Seth Vukialau, Robert Chairo Vukialau and husband, Sisa.

She was laid to rest yesterday in Montana, USA.

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