AN estimated 70 million Methodists worldwide will today commemorate the 276th anniversary of the spiritual awakening of Methodist founder Reverend John Wesley.
John Wesley's influence has reached every corner of the globe, says Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra.
Mr Nawadra said on the evening of May 24, 1738, Reverend John Wesley had a spiritual awakening and the assurance of salvation that radically affected his already progressive and socially engaging ministry.
He said holiness for Mr Wesley was not just a matter of personal deity but to be lived out in society and he did not entertain the illusion that we could bring the good news of God's limitless love to those immersed in suffering without addressing their suffering.
Mr Nawadra said Mr Wesley was a champion of the anti-slavery movement, and mission to the poor and marginalised through education, health services, and other social welfare programs, including building houses for the homeless.
"Even before his spiritual conversion, Wesley and his friends would visit those in hospital and prison, and help their families as well as widows and orphans," he said.