Widow, 55, Ordained As Church Minister

She described the experience as challenging but also rewarding as it strengthened her faith in God.
29 Nov 2021 09:37
Widow, 55, Ordained  As Church Minister
Newly-ordained Minister Makelesi Mateiwai, after the ordination service at the Centenary Church in Suva on November 28, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

There’s nothing better than doing God’s work,” says newly ordained Methodist Church Minister Makelesi Mateiwai.

The 55-year-old widow from Tubalevu, Namara, Tailevu was among 19 Ministers and two Deaconesses who were ordained by the President of the Methodist Church Reverend Ili Vunisuwai yesterday.

Makelesi previously worked for a security firm based at the Nadi International Airport for 11 years and resigned in 2005 to look after her family.

Four years later, her husband passed away unexpectedly leaving Makelesi to care for their five children alone.

She described the experience as challenging but also rewarding as it strengthened her faith in God.

She passed the Minister’s theology exam in 2015 and began her studies at the Davuilevu Theological College a year later.

“I faced a lot of challenges but it build up my faith and the work that I am called for. Those challenges helped me within my 3 years of studies and 3 years doing field work,” Ms Mateiwai said, adding that the only challenge she faces now is dealing with student’s behaviour.

“I’m pleased to hear God’s call during this time when I’m alone. God is my strength and pillar especially because of what we are facing today but I made the best decision of my life to be under God’s leadership.”

She is now serving at Nakauvadra High School.

Being a female church minister she says does not deter her or expose her to discrimination by her male counterparts.

Makelesi has maternal links to Yavu, Batiki, Lomaiviti.



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