The Assemblies of God (AOG) Church in Fiji and Rotuma accorded the Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka with a traditional ceremony of welcome at Calvary Temple in Samabula yesterday, where they also conveyed ‘good tidings’ to the people’s Coalition Government.
In acknowledging the traditional ceremony of welcome, Prime Minister Rabuka thanked the church for the kind gesture and also for its continuous spiritual intervention over the years.
“I accept the ceremony on behalf of the Government which includes the President of our nation and I pray that God will bless you,” he added.
“As a key member of the Fiji Council of Churches, the Assemblies of God Church play a key role for our beloved nation of Fiji, and I believe that you will carry out your mission and ministry for the greater good.
“I have been accorded a few of these ceremonies and it has not been by arrangements, I see them as a free practice of new found freedom and joy in our country which has been plagued by a sense of despair and fear over the last 16 years.
“It was through our unity that God gave us that victory by the power of that one vote in Parliament. I ask that you continue to pray for us and our beloved nation.”
At the traditional welcome ceremony, AOG’s General-Superintendent, Reverend Mosese Cakau said the Prime Minister’s presence certainly brought unexplainable joy and happiness to them.
The ceremony of welcome also coincided with the anniversary of the Calvary temple building extension which was opened by Prime Minister Rabuka in 1995.
In his reference to the Bible Verse- Zephaniah 3:17, Reverend Cakau said the events of December 24th, 2022 on the floor of Parliament was the beginning of a new journey which has been widely celebrated in the church.
“I want to point out some facts in Zephaniah 3:17, and the first truth is that God chose you. The second truth is that God has the power to save you. The God, our Creator and Ruler of Heaven and Earth will save you and He will delight in you,” he told the Prime Minister.
“God will sing over you. We want to tell you today that we will sing and rejoice with you as a church family. This is our heart to you; we’re blessed and excited and we will continue to pray for you and the Government that you lead.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and his wife, Mrs Sulueti Rabuka also celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary with the church over a late lunch.