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Seek God's guidance

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DEACONESSES around the country were yesterday told to be pilgrims by seeking God and make him present in the world.

Methodist Church in Fiji deputy-general secretary Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa rendered these words during a church service at the Reverend Edward Caleb church as the church celebrated the 47th anniversary of the Deaconess Order.

Dr Vakadewavosa said the work of the deaconess in the church was important and they needed to seek the Lord's guidance in their lives every day.

"You are on a pilgrim journey that will involve a lot of religious activities," Dr Vakadewavosa said.

"Your journey may be long and difficult, but you need to have faith and dedicate yourself in whatever you do."

The celebration which was followed by the launch of a handbook for deaconesses and student deaconesses was part of the Methodist Church 50th celebration.

The Deaconess Order was founded by Pauline Campbell in 1967 as a religious order for women, who at that time could not be ordained as ministers in the church.

Ms Campbell was also an advocate for the acceptance of women as ministers.

Administrator Deaconess Meresiana Sadrata said the celebration also marked a significant development as they launched a handbook for deaconesses and student deaconesses.

The celebration was opened with a minute of silence as they remembered the life of the church president Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu who is admitted at the CWM Hospital.