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Waqairatu's legacy

By SITERI SAUVAKACOLO
Saturday, February 22, 2014

THE Methodist Church says its late president has left behind a legacy for its members to follow.

Church deputy secretary general Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa, who delivered a eulogy at Dr Tuikilakila Waqairatu's funeral service on Thursday, said: "The church feels the impact and values of the qase levu.

"He was an honest and great leader, a leader of faith and we will continue to look up to him and celebrate the life God ordained.

"The church will this year celebrate its 50 years of independence without the late president's influential character."

Mr Vakadewavosa said God was never late for their leaders and called him to be his servant in heaven.

He said those who studied under him at Davuilevu Theological College know how he ruled with strictness but with humility that made him a man of character.

"It was during his term that the Bachelor of Divinity program was launched in 2003.

"He contributed all he could in the growth of Christianity in the country even until his election as the 18th president of the Methodist Church in 2013."

Dr Vakadewavosa said the Mr Waqairatu was adamant that church reforms were long overdue and he stood by his principles and beliefs.

"He was one who fought for against the abusive usage of yaqona and tobacco by Methodists, and for members of the congregation to abstain on Sundays. He always encouraged everyone to study the word of God and be saved."

Mr Waqairatu is the first president of the church to pass on while serving his term.








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