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Walk for the Lord

Salaseini Vosamana
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

HE is a familiar face in the northern town of Labasa and once he makes your acquaintance, he will never forget you.

Meet Analaiyasa Benaia, commonly known as "Pita Naqai" as he shares his story of being a faithful servant of God and a friend to all.

Having completed his primary education some time ago, the 34-year-old Naseakula villager in Macuata decided to dedicate his life to God.

At that time, Mr Benaia didn't really understand God's purpose in his life even though he attended church services almost every Sunday.

"When I left school at a very young age, I decided to commit myself to the Lord and attend all church services if only to occupy myself with something," Mr Benaia said.

"It was kind of challenging because I never got anything good out of it until I decided to faithfully serve God and share His word to everyone I know."

The idea prompted him to sacrifice his time to literally walk the talk and minister to other people as he spread the gospel of Christianity.

This has made him a regular caller to The Fiji Times office in the north because he frequently drops in without prior notice to say "hello" to the staff and share at least a verse from the Bible.

With the hectic environment in the office during busy days, Mr Benaia makes sure he shares the word of God before he departs.

"This is what I do and I have never regretted being an ambassador for Christ because I believe that we will reap what we sow," he said.

"Some people make fun of me on the streets but that never bothers me because I know I have a reward in front of me. If I don't have money for fares, it doesn't stop me from walking for miles only to be part of a church service or to share God's word."

Mr Benaia hopes that one day, he will soar across the ocean and administer to people overseas.

"I wish that some day soon, I will have the chance to travel overseas and help my Christian brothers and sisters disseminate the gospel because Jesus Christ is coming soon.

"I want the people to know the truth, especially the youths because most of them nowadays are blinded by worldly things."

He added even though such a calling was not a paid job, it would be reward enough once he fulfilled his purpose on earth.

"I want to encourage everyone, especially the youths to repent and discover God's purpose in their lives so we may all be blessed and end up somewhere good in life."

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