The Methodist Church in Fiji has taken a religious strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Near 200,000 Methodist followers in Fiji and overseas had launched into a two-month nationwide chain prayer starting on Might 1, 2021.
In a press release, Methodist Church in Fiji common secretary Reverend Iliesa Naivalu stated whereas church members have been taking turns in praying and fasting for a interval of 61 days, they have been additionally urged to heed all authorities restrictions and well being procedural measures.
He stated the Methodist Church wouldn’t relaxation on its laurels and it might use all its religious assets to battle in opposition to the pandemic.
“The scriptural textual content for this program is 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my persons are known as by my identify, shall humble themselves, and pray and search my face and switch from their depraved methods, then will I hear from heaven, and can forgive their sins and can heal their land,” Mr Naivalu stated.
He added that it was not sufficient to only say ‘pray for it’ or ‘allow us to pray about it’.
“If we actually need God to heal Fiji from the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have to understand that as Christians, we’re known as by His identify; it’s a relationship and that is the authority on which we now have to floor our religion,” Rev Naivalu stated.
“After our assurance of that religion, we have to comply with the situations set out on this textual content: the place we have to humble ourselves, actually pray and earnestly search God’s countenance, whereas on the identical time flip away from our sins via deep repentance; then God will hear our prayers and heal our land.
“That is in keeping with the directive despatched by the President, Reverend Ili Vunisuwai, final week to the 59 divisional superintendents inside the church Fiji-wide urging all members to interact themselves on this religious warfare.”
In his directive, Rev Vunisuwai known as on all ministers and lay members to comply with the instance set by the individuals of Waya, Wayasewa and Viwa within the Yasawas who prayed and fasted for 2 weeks through the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-1919.
The epidemic handed over the islands with out inflicting hurt or dying to the members of the three islands.
“Now this religious warfare has been prolonged to all Methodists starting on Saturday, Might 1, and can finish on Wednesday, June 30.
“Every divisional superintendent is assigned 24 hours for his members to interact in prayer and fasting, which begins from 6am to 6am the subsequent day. A number of hours are allotted to Circuit ministers who then divide the hours amongst members of his native church buildings.
“All in all, there are 59 divisions of the Methodist Church in Fiji with over 300 circuits and over 1500 native church buildings. Massive divisions would comprise over 8000 members whereas small divisions comprise 500-1000 members.
“The religious program started with Ba Division on Might 1, adopted by Bau on Might 2, Beqa on Might 3, Biaugunu on the 4th, and Bua on Might 5.
“It’s going to comply with this alphabetic order till June 29 the place the pinnacle workplace employees spherical it off earlier than the Methodist Church members in Canberra, Auckland and different abroad congregations be part of us in ending this system on June 30.
“The church management understands the conflict in opposition to COVID-19 goes to be a protracted and a tough one so it wants stringent measures.
“Our religion should go a stage up in tapping our religious assets and our resolve to succeed have to be firmly grounded on the miraculous energy of the Almighty as evident within the Holy Scriptures and within the expertise of fellow believers over the previous 2021 years.”
Rev Naivalu suggested all church members to heed the directions of the Well being Ministry and Police division with reference to COVID-19 well being restrictions.
Kin of deceased individuals are additionally requested to liaise with the divisional superintendents in using church buildings for funeral companies.
Attendance of funeral companies is restricted to twenty individuals solely.