AFTER 176 years since Rewa accepted Christianity in 1838, it still plays a significant role in strengthening the ties between the church and the vanua today.
The Burebasaga confederacy, led by the Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, officially opened the fourth day of the Methodist Church of Fiji golden jubilee celebration in Suva on Wednesday.
Ro Teimumu said the message she brought from the vanua of Burebasaga was for all believers to protect their faith in God.
She said there was nothing more important than the church and the vanua, especially for the people of Burebasaga.
She said people needed to be steadfast when it came to the vanua because of the future generation of the nation.
She thanked the elders who had passed on for giving the message of God, especially for people to continue in enlightening the future generation of their role in the church.
Methodist Church of Fiji general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the Roko Tui Dreketi noted the need for the two institutions to work together and mend the broken three-legged stool — the vanua, church and government.
He said the vanua of Burebasaga was the first to accept Christianity on Viti Levu when it came from Lau in 1838.
"The vanua of Burebasaga has played a major role in building a strong faith foundation and the church tries its best in doing the best it can for Fiji," Mr Nawadra said.