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Church Members Praised For Persevering Through Challenges

He said the church members continued to give tithes although they did not have church services due to COVID-19 restrictions. Reverend Levatabua said it took members nine years to collect the money to build the church which was supposed to have been completed four years ago.
21 Apr 2022 11:04
Church Members Praised For Persevering Through Challenges
Kecisemani Methodist Church during the opening ceremony at Cunningham, Suva on April 20, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the new Kecisemani Methodist Church in Cunningham Stage Four, Suva was officially opened yesterday.

Reverend Manasa Levatabua said the history of the church was not known to many.

“Cunningham has a small history, this place was for cattle grazing, after that  a few houses were built where faithful members of the Methodist Church started to light up the candle,” he said.

“It started from one or two houses and then they invited more people for worship.

“From one small prayer meeting, the members grew and then a corrugated iron church was built, which is located a few metres away from the new church.”

He said the project cost them $400,000 out of which they were yet to pay $200,000 to the contractors. Reverend Levatabua said the money was collected by women who contributed the Soli (offering) and the men were hosts and sometimes money was collectively fundraised.

He said the church members continued to give tithes although they did not have church services due to COVID-19 restrictions. Reverend Levatabua said it took members nine years to collect the money to build the church which was supposed to have been completed four years ago.

“The work started in 2017, but it is not easy to build a church; the church has its own challenges,” he said.

“Members of the congregation were able to rise above those challenges.

“They never gave up, they were able to sacrifice for the betterment of this church.

“I am proud of church members who made this possible and I believe they will pay off the $200,000 balance.”

The new church has 270 members.

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