Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rev Anil Reuben head of Vuli Talatala at Davuilevu

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Some news from Davuilevu. Best wishes to Rev Anil as he takes up the task of leadership of the Vuli Talatala at Davuilevu.
(from the Fiji Times)  Reverend Anil sails into history
Ana Madigibuli
Friday, August 29, 2014
Reverend Anil Reuben is the first Fijian of Indian descent minister to be appointed principal of the Theological College. Davuilevu Theological College's newly-elected principal Reverend Anil Reuben says he will work faithfully in his new role as it is a call from God. 
Mr Reuben has the honour of being the first Fijian of Indian descent minister in the Methodist Church in Fiji to take up the important position in the church.
"I am really honoured to be elected as the new principal of the college and the church support towards me has been tremendous," Mr Reuben said. "My life changed tremendously when I gave my life to God; that was when things began to change for me.  would like to let the church and the nation know that I will work faithfully and I will not change anything because the changes only come from God," he said. "God is gradually changing the Theological College and things have changed a lot now like getting sermons online."
He said he would allow the Holy Spirit to bring about changes in the college when he takes up his new role. "One of the things that we emphasise in the college is the missionary commission; it is where they are trained physically, spiritually and mentally," Mr Reuben said. "The program is designed as such that the college students partake in all three aspects of life."
He said the college was fully-sponsored by the Methodist Church and students did not contribute anything to their studies apart from helping in raising funds for minor projects.

And here's a youtube video of Rev Anil.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL4kCDk53b4

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vinaka Dr Thornley

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Excellent news and thank you very much to scholar Dr Thornley.  What would Fiji do without these energetic Aussies helping with such difficult tasks as putting out the Bible in an early translation.  Be good to compare the later version.  Story in today's Fiji Times.

Church launches vernacular Bible

By SITERI SAUVAKACOLO
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Update: 1:25PM REPRESENTATIVES of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma this morning witnessed the launch of the original iTaukei language Old Testament edition which was translated from the Hebrew language by Reverend David Hazelewood in the mid-19th century.
Church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said the Bible edition was compiled by Methodist historian Dr Andrew Thornley who previously compiled the original i-Taukei language New Testament edition translated from Greek language by another missionary, Rev John Hunt.
The launch was held at 9am and the meeting continues at the Centenary Church in Suva, Fiji.
The photos are of Dr Thornley launching the earlier book - the New Testament as translated by John Hunt, and the second photo was taken in Melbourne when Dr Thornley came down to St Marks Chadstone to the Fijian congregation to introduce us to that book.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

New President for Methodist Church in Fiji

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Congratulations Rev Tevita.  And also, he is related to our family through marriage!  A fine man indeed. There's a good write-up on the Methodist Church website - go to http://methodistfiji.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/rev-tevita-banivanua-is-president-elect.html


From Fiji Village

The newly elected Methodist Church President remains firm that the church will not be involved in politics. Reverend Tevita Nawadra who has been elected as the new church President after the third round of voting today says although we have our differences, we are one in the eyes of God.   Reverend Nawadra will take up his new post  (etc.etc.)

From Fiji One TV

Nawadra is Methodist church leader

Posted by: Newsteam in News 55 mins ago Comments Off 34 Views
By: Dreu Vukailagi

The country’s largest religious denomination now has a new leader.
This comes after the Methodist Church annual Bose ko Viti conference elected Reverend Tevita Nawadra as its new President. It took the members of the Annual Methodist Church of Fiji three rounds of voting to decide on who will be their new President.

The race was clear that past trends will continue with current general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra given the nod. In the church hierarchy for more than ten years, Nawadra has a clear goal on the role of the church.“The Methodist Church in Fiji will continue to pursue that line that we are ONE and we believe God that God has created us like that,” Rev Nawadra said.

He called on everyone to work towards a common goal especially during this time when we are just 42 days away from the general election. “We have our differences but we should find ways and means of working together and one of the best mean is to continue search for a common good that will be good for everybody in Fiji colour and creed.”

Nawadra reiterated the church’s stand when it comes to politics. “As President elect of the Methodist Church I have my blessing on all political parties on whoever comes in government we will support it this church will support which ever government comes into place.”


One a lighter note he is now the third President that hails from the island of Moala in Lau. “From the former President, to the interim President and now to me we all are from Moala. I dony know why God has chosen the people of Moala to lead this moment.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Methodists celebrate youth and more

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The photos from today's youth day and late yesterday show a lot of smiling, joyful people, with interaction, kindness, cultural exchange and informality. Here are a few photos from today's posting from the Fiji Methodist Church facebook page. Now this is the way the world should be.







Election list of candidates and their numbers

from Fiji live
The allocation of numbers drawn today is as follows: 2014 Fiji Elections National Candidate List 135 - Roneel Lalit Singh 155 - Attar Singh 175 - Eci Kikau Nabalarua 195 - Umesh Chand 215 - Ian Mitchell Simpson 235 - Mitieli Bulanauca 255 - Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum 275 - Hari Krishna 295 -  Viliame Tagivetaua 315 - Jioje Konrote 335 - Anare Vadei 355 - Kiniviliame Kiliraki 375 -  Taliai Rasolo 136 - Laisa Bale 156 - Asenaca Batikara Toga 176 - Shushil Sudhakar 196 -  Kolinio Vuda 216 - Samuela Vunivalu 236 - Makereta Rosi 256 - Ragho Nand 276 -  Peni Vuevuelala 296 - Paras Somaiya 316 -  Kele Leawere 336 -  Nanise Nagusuca 356 - Veena Bhatnagar 376 -  Howard Politini 137 - Bal Subramani 157 - Siddiq Faizal Koya 177 - Davendra Naidu 197 - Mere Samisoni 217 - Mataiasi Akauola 237 - Pio Tikoduadua 257 - Eroni Bagasau 277 - Vane Seruvakula 297 - Ilaijia Vuniyayawa 317 - Ro Teimumu Kepa 337 -  Chandar Singh 357 -  Vijay Singh 377 -  Parayame Cakacaka 138 - Rt Inoke Kubuabola 158 - Salote Radrodro 178 - Nazia Nisha Khan 198 - Mahendra Lal 218 - Tula Ram 238 - Adi Sivo Ravuwale 258 - Sulochna Wati 278 - Jone Baravilala Rasi 298 - Simione Drole 318 - Peni Daukaulotu 338 -  Munesh Prasad 358 -  Jone Usamate 378 -  Deo Narayan 139 - Ashneel Sudhakar 159 - Felix Anthony 179 - Kiniconi Bogidrau 199 - Raman Pratap Singh 219 - Mosese Bulitavu 239 - Ponipate Lesavua 259 - Lorna Eden 279 - Voreqe Bainimarama 299 - Viliame Tamanivalu 319 - Narendra Kumar Padarath 339 -  Rainjesh San 359 -  Isoa Tikoca 379 - Rohit Kishore 140 - Sekaia Suluka 160 - Nemia Vainitoba 180 - Adriu  Misiki 200 - Osea Naiqamu 220 - Ruveni Nadalo 240 - Mohammed Dean 260 - Paul Anthony Peters 280 - Nayagodamu Korovou 300 - Josiah Loloma 320 -  Ashok Kumar Singh 340 -  Usaia Moli 360 -  Monica Raghwan 380 - Josefa Natau 141 - Narendra Reddy 161 - Adi Sivia Qoro 181 - Naipote Vere 201 - Khalid Ali 221 - Sadasivan Naicker 241 - Pratap Sen 261 - Dorsami Naidu 281 - Joeli Drodrolagi 301 - Emasi Qovu 321 -  Adi Varanisese Ligalevu 341 -  Seni Nabou 361 -  Viam Pillay 381 - Anand Singh 142 - Anwar Khan 162 - Brij Lal 182 - Samu Saumatua 202 - Parmod Chand 222 - Joseph Veramu 242 -  Sitiveni Kalou 262 - Tomasi Vakatora 282 -  Ilisoni Galala 2 302 - Kamlesh Prasad 322 -  Bijen Ram 342 -  Amele Wabale 362 -  Adi Laisa Tora 382 - Jone Yavala Kubuabola 143 - Jilila Nalibu Kumar 163 - Meli Bogileka 183 - Vilimoni Vosarogo 203 - Kalisito Maisamoa 223 - Luisa Waqanika 243 - Semi Momoedonu 263 - Laisenia Tuitubou 283 - Roshika Deo 303 - Teddy Fong 323 - Alvick Maharaj 343 -  Anishini Chand 363 -  Penina Ravuki   144 - Akosita Ditoka 164 - Suliano Matanitobua 184 - Alivereti Nabulivou 204 - Deven Magan 224 - Udit Narayan 244 - Atunaisa Delai 264 - Manasa Nasara 284 - Mick Beddoes 304 - Mahendra Reddy 324 -  Prem Singh 344 - Rt Sela Nanovo 364 -  Kalisi Ratuwara   145 - Sanjit Patel 165 - Kamlesh Chandra 185 - Timoci Natuva 205 - Kalisito Bolatolu 225 - Rakesh Kumar 245 - Faiyaz Koya 265 - Jiko Luveni 285 - Amrit Prasad 305 -  Etonia Lote 325 - Sitiveni Loco 345 - Viliame Gavoka 365 -  Inia Seruiratu   146 - Apakuki Kurusiga 166 - Simione Naituku 186 - Pramod Rae 206 - Sunil Kumar 226 - Akmal Ali 246 - Solomone Catarogo 266 - Jone Dakuvula 286 -  Netani Rika 306 -  Parveen Kumar 326 -  Bhim Raj 346 - Rt Iliesa Raseru 366 -  Varaun Lal   147 - Satish Chandra 167 - Vijay Nath 187 - Semi Tuileca Koroilavesau 207 - Sakiusa Ratutila 227 - Josaia Waqabaca 247 - Jone Bebe 267 - Surendra Lal 287 -  Solomone Natou 307 - Manasa Baravilala 327 -  Jeremaia Namuaira 347 -  Biman Prasad 367 - George Shiu Raj   148 - Aseri Radrodro 168 - Vyas Deo Sharma 188 - Semesa karavaki 208 - Nirmal SingH 228 - Simione Rasova 248 - Bimal Prasad 268 - Manoj Kamal 288 - Neil Sharma 308 - Tupeni Baba 328 -  Luke Ratuvuki 348 - Rt Osea Bolawaqatabu 368 -  Marika Uluinaceva   149 - Lavinia Padarath 169 - Koleta Marama Sivivatu 189 - Rt Peceli Rinakama 209 - Suresh Ram 229 - Waisale Tabuya 249 - Semi Titoko 269 - Anay Prakash 289 -  Rt Filimone Ralogaivau 309 - Kini Maraiwai 329 -  Laisani Qaqanilawa 349 -  Rishi Ram 369 -  Isimeli Neioko   150 - Niko Nawaikula 170 - Pasepa Lagi 190 - Jeremaia Tuwai 210 - Sunil Dutt Sharma 230 - Abhi Ram 250 -  Sofia Akbar 270 - Sant Kumari Murti 290 -  Venasio Savea 310 - Marika Lewaqai 330 -  Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa 350 - Mereoni Tuvou 370 -  Josefa Koroiwaca   151 - Emasi Ravulo 171 - Mikaele Leawere 191 - Satya Nand 211 - Marika Tauva 231 - Sandeep Narayn Singh 251 - Akhtar Ali 271 - Poate Uculoa 291 - Peni Turaganisolevu 311 - Mohammed Rafiq 331 -  Viliame Satala 351 - Himaiyat Ali 371 -  Patrick Singh   152 - Surujmati Nand 172 - Rt Tevita Niumataiwalu 192 - Latchmaiya Naidu 212 - Mereseini Vuniwaqa 232 - Viliame Naupote 252 - Sitiveni Loco 272 - Rupeni Silimaibau 292 - Josefa Dulakiverata 312 - Sat Narayan 332 - Paulini Waqaniboro 352 -  Iliesa Delana 372 -  Rt  Lewanavanua Bouwalu   153 - Jimilai Wanibalagi 173 - Balmindar Singh 193 - Kavai Vunidogo 213 -  Tupou Draunidalo 233 - Priscilla Singh Shilomani 253 - Morgan Baleikoro 273 - Tuinadave Radogo 293 -  Pio Tabaiwalu 313 - Lynda Tabuya 333 - Jagnnath Sami 353 - Eroni Maopa 373 -  Damodar Nair   154 - Anshu Lata 174 - Anuantaeka Takinana 194 - Losena Salabula 214 - Fay Volatabu 234- Michael Fernado 254 - Naiqama Lalabalavu 274 - Abdul Sahim Cavalevu 294 - Joeli Cawaki 314 - Anendra Prasad 334 -  Alexander O'Connor 354 -  Viliame Raile 374 - Inia Tamani   FijiLive

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Good media work for Methodist Church in Fiji

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Go to the facebook page for the Fiji Methodist Church to see a thousand or more photos from the past week's celebration for the Jubilee - 50 years on - since the Independence of the church from being a mission outreach of the Australian Methodist Church.  Lots of great photos of worship, choirs, traditional ceremonies, food, people we might recognize, overseas visitors, etc. and streaming of the main events. Today is Youth Day so there is a lot of great activity going on.  The site is https://www.facebook.com/MethodistChurchFiji










Sodelpha says

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No matter which party or person you vote for, at least it is better to read/listen to the exact words of a spokesperson from the party, such as this one from the leader of Sodelpha.  Going by brief, sometimes exaggerated remarks in a newspaper article or even briefer remarks online - and also deliberate misinformation is inadequate.  Here there's a clear statement regarding a view about a Christian State.  Sodepha does not advocate an exclusive religious viewpoint at all.

STATEMENT No 21: SODELPA’S POSITION ON MATTERS MISREPRESENTED BY THE MEDIA

SODELPA
STATEMENT No 21:    
SODELPA’S POSITION ON MATTERS MISREPRESENTED BY THE MEDIA
 August 22 2014
Over the past few weeks certain sections of the media have set their sights on SODELPA through a number of issues. Those concerned have mounted a relentless effort to portray us as something other than a political party with sound values and principles. This is pro-regime propaganda.
It is quite extraordinary that the same media have nothing to say about the usurpers of our democracy, the draconian decrees they have in place, the plight of the 13 families [now 14 with the death of the robbery suspect while in Police custody], whose loved ones were killed, or the numerous citizens whose rights have been abused, with many of them subjected to beatings and other forms of torture, torment and persecution.
SODELPA will seek answers from these aiders and abettors of treason after the elections, but for now, I wish to state our position on the various issues that the media have, in our view, deliberately misconstrued.
1. Christian State
The SODELPA constitution and Manifesto do not call for a Christian State. What we say is that as a government, we will conduct ourselves based on Christian principles and values. These are values shared by all the world’s great religions. We are commanded to love our neighbors and do to others as we would have them do to us. We are required to forgive and to be merciful. We must care for the poor, the sick, the homeless, the forgotten and those in need. We must seek truth and social justice. These are the principles and values by which we shall govern.
We continuously stress that all religious groups in Fiji are free to practice their faith and beliefs without any fear or intimidation or threat from a SODELPA-led government.
The fact that SODELPA is committed to Christian values and principles makes our party more sensitive to the importance of respecting the values and principles of all other religions in the country.
This is in line with SODELPA’s vision of a Fiji that draws its strength from the rich variety of traditions, languages and cultures of its communities.
The alternative vision of a Fiji devoid of its cultural richness and diversity would give us a country that would be a pale imitation of the Fiji we know and love.
2. Common Name
SODELPA does not recognize or accept that two unelected people, who seized power through armed intervention, have the authority to decide arbitrarily that citizens of Fiji are called Fijians.International conventions and declarations of the rights of indigenous peoples stress the importance of prior consultation and consent on the use of their names as their identity. Article 19 of the UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) says quote
‘States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them’.
Again we stress that the indigenous Fijians do not recognize the right of unelected individuals to take away their established identity and give them another like iTaukei.
The indigenous people have, for well over a century, been commonly known as Fijians; that name now is part of their tradition and culture. SODELPA will retain it for the indigenous community.
The issue of a common name for all will be addressed by SODELPA once a democratic, transparent and accountable government is established after September 17th 2014. We will initiate a national conversation among all communities in Fiji to establish a common name that does not divide us but creates a sense of unity and patriotism.
It will not be an imposed decision.
3. Indigenous Rights
SODELPA’s position on the indigenous people of Fiji is in keeping with established conventions of the ILO 169 & UN Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). We are guided by these international instruments.
A SODELPA Government will adopt UNDRIP Articles that ensure:-
  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law.
  2. Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.
  3. Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
  4. Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.
  5. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.
  6. Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.
  7. Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person. Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group.
  8. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture:-
  9. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
  10. Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their
  11. cultural values or ethnic identities;
  12. Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
  13. Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
  14. Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
4. Fair Distribution of rental income by Itaukei
SODELPA will allow the land owners themselves to decide how the lease funds received for their land should be distributed. This cannot be dictated to them. It is their money and therefore they should decide how it is shared.
SODELPA notes with concern the attempt by some media reporters to push the Bainimarama–Khaiyum policy of dictating how landowners should share their wealth. The regime’s motives for doing this are very much related to its continuing campaign to undermine indigenous traditions and way of life.
Members of other communities decide for themselves how their earnings should be shared. No one else tells them how this should be done. The same principle should apply to the indigenous people surely.
5. The Abolition of the Great Council of Chiefs
The abolition of the Great Council of Chiefs, like the imposition of a common name, was the decision of two unelected, unrepresentative usurpers of our democracy. They acted and continue to act without a mandate from our people.
The GCC is the pinnacle of Fijian society, and just as other communities continue to enjoy their community and cultural structures without interference from the state, so too must the indigenous people of Fiji have the same right.
SODELPA will bring back the GCC and in so doing take the opportunity to review its functions and operations so that it can be better resourced to ensure more effective delivery in addressing specific issues affecting not only the indigenous people but all the citizens of Fiji.
The decision on the future of the GCC will remain the prerogative of the Fijian people and we expect all other communities to respect that right in the same way that their rights are respected by the Fijian itaukei community.
This is the position of SODELPA on these issues.
Authorized By
Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa
Party Leader, SODELPAAugust 22, 2014

A practical letter about itaukei reform

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One of the letters in today’s Fiji Times  - by Timoci Bure, has many sensible ideas in it.

ITaukei reforms
WHEN parliament resumes we hope that the incoming government will carry out a massive reform to the colonial made iTaukei administration system.  We need to remove the fear of utilising our native land that has been given to us from God to be used and not to be preserved. Remember the story about talents in the Bible.
Many times we claim that we serve a powerful God but we lack the courage to utilise god-given resources.
Village life badly needs restructuring and chiefly institutions need to receive government attention with job descriptions and allowances. Housing schemes need to be accessible to village dwellers and native landowners should be given liberty to decide how they wish to utilise land. More iTaukei landowners are flooding squatter settlements while their land is idle for decades. Some have left their villages to do canecutting contracts.
Traditional systems of conducting functions such as weddings and funerals need to be restructured so as to be simple, save money and time. Some of these systems have ruined our effort of improving living standard and coming out of the poverty cycle that we have inherited from our ancestors. So many young iTaukei couples are not able to have legal marriages because customs and traditions norms are preventing them from doing so. So many iTaukei are not attending funerals of their relations because the customs and traditions expectations are preventing them from doing so.
Village life needs to be programmed and the role of village elders need to be strengthened as well as kinship.
These are the genuine iTaukei challenges waiting for the very person who will lead this country after the September election.
He needs to be a reformist, a strong leader and an agent for change.

TIMOCI BURE
Taveuni

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Radio Australia and Rev James Bhagwan

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I've listened to a brief talk with the Communications Officer of Fiji Methodist Church and it was a nice clear summary about reconciliation and the process of moving forward. Vinaka James.  Of course the factions really was strong about 1989 so that is rather a long time ago!  Go to http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/fiji-methodist-church-marks-reconciliation-between-factions/1358560

Fiji Methodist Church marks reconciliation between factions

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST
Fiji's influential Methodist Church has staged a public show of internal reconciliation to mark it's 50th anniversary of independence.
The church has been split into often bitterly divided factions in recent decades, in which many Methodist leaders championed an indigenous Fijian ethno-nationalist agenda, while others opposed this as being contrary to its spiritual mission.
Church spokesman Rev James Bhagwan says the reconciliation events in recent days are only the visible sign of a process which has been underway for a while.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Rev James Bhagwan, secretary for communication and overseas mission, Methodist Church, Fiji

Monday, August 18, 2014

Josateki

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It was a great day yesterday, saying sorry at last to the Josateki Koroi now an elderly man farming in the Navua area. Our lolom to Josateki and his wife Nola at this time.  I found this story of Jo's life in an earlier Fiji'Times. The author of the article left out an important aspect of Jo's life - the way the church turned on him, kicked him out of leadership and the pain and hurt of this time.  Instead of accepting that there are different views on how to deal with dissent and different views, Jo was treated very badly. We remember with shame that difficult time when there was a dispute within the leadership of the Methodist Church in Fiji - a conservative view, an inclusive view.  At last there is a reconciliation.

The reluctant preacher

MARY JOHNS-RAUTO
Sunday, January 20, 2008
EVEN though he was not academically bright, he was determined to be a teacher, while his family had other ideas about what he should become.
Childhood
Josateki Koroi was born in 1932 and grew up in his village of Mavana in Lau. His father was a church steward or vakatawa in Fijian.
He attended school in Mavana up to Class Four, the highest level in the village at the time. At 10 years old, he left the village for Levuka to attend the mission boarding school there.
Later, he moved to Bau where his granduncle Reverend Wilisoni Langi was the superintendent minister. There he attended Bau District School until 1947, when his granduncle retired and returned to Mavana.
The young Josateki set off for an uncle who worked at the Vatukoula gold mine where he attended school from 1947 to 1949, reaching Class Eight and having failed the qualifying exam.
Dream to teach
From a young age Josateki knew he wanted to be a teacher and trying to get him to change his mind resulted in trickery.
"My wish was to be a teacher. Failing to go anywhere else for further education I worked at the gold mine from 1949 and 1950.
"My uncle's house was next door to the talatala (minister) in Vatukoula, Wilisoni Buadromo, who was from my village.
"He saw me being a school leaver working at the mine and felt sorry for me and thought I should continue my education.
"He asked me if I was interested in going to the Bible school at Davuilevu and I said I had no interest in going to Bible school
"But what do you want?' he asked me. I told him that I wanted to be a teacher. He said oh yes you can go there then from there you could go into teaching.'
"Eh, how do you do that? You sit again for your qualifying examination at the Bible school.'
"Of course it was a lie; he just wanted me to get in. I believed him and at the beginning of 1950 he telephoned Davuilevu and arranged for me to go there."
Reverend Josateki said he had to work to pay his last two years at the Bible school.
"In the second year I did contract work like weeding grass work with Indian farmers in the Nausori area to pay my school fees until the third year
After all his struggles at the Bible school, the young Bible scholar was steadfast and more adamant than ever in his dream of being a teacher.
"I found out that going to the teachers training was not at all possible from the Bible school," he said. "Still I had no intention of joining the ministry. I was interested in education. I was dux in all three years at the Bible school."
Life in Australia
At the end of his third year at the Bible school and having turned 21, the school principal Reverend Tuilovoni wanted the high achiever to go into full ministry.
"The problem was that I was not interested and the rule of the church would not allow me being 21 to go into the full ministry," he said.
"The rule of the church was that the only way a 21-year-old could go into the full ministry was if you were married.
"I was single, 21, and only single men over the age of 25 were allowed into the ministry.
Reverend Tuilovoni took Josateki's name to the synod for recommendation and authorisation to go into full ministry.
The synod agreed and he was the first person in Fiji to go into full time ministry - below the age of 25 and single.
"I went in as a theological student in 1953 to 1955. At the end of my third year I should have been appointed to work in the circuit but then the church decided that I should go further in theological education to Australia
He went to Australia in 1955 and was to return at the end of 1957 but was told to stay on for to do youth work. He returned at the end of 1958.
Finding Love
During his time working in Australia, Reverend Koroi saw Nola Lambert in the church choir.
The rest, as they say, is history.
"When I saw her in the choir I joined," he said. "I also had a good voice - a good bass voice.
"My family was against me marrying a white woman. My mother asked can she fish, can she collect firewood, can she make mats?'" Upon his return to Fiji Reverend Koroi stayed in contact with Nola via letters.
Reverend Langi heard about his parents' objections and told his father to allow the couple to marry saying it was "God's will".
"From 1958 to 1960 we continued with our correspondence. In 1961 I said to her I'm concerned about my mother's concerns you better come to Fiji first before I ask you to marry me.'
"I took her to villages in Rewa and Sawani so that she had an idea of the places she would live in should she agree to marry me.
"She returned to Australia and after a few weeks I asked her what she thought. She wrote back and said nothing will change my mind."
Reverend Koroi said Nola's parents also objected to their marriage.
"Her father told her not to marry a Roman Catholic, a dark skinned man, a man whose eyebrows meet and a man who is hairy.
"His son married a Roman Catholic, Nola married a dark man and her younger sister married a hairy man."
The couple were engaged in early 1961 and married at Davuilevu in July of the same year.
Mrs Koroi is a qualified pharmacist and works in Suva.
Call from above
When Reverend Koroi returned from Australia he was made assistant director of youth at Davuilevu under the directorship of Reverend Tuilovoni.
He worked with Reverend Tuilovoni in the youth department until he was made director in 1969.
During this time he and Reverend Tuilovoni developed training centres for youths in which they planned to train youth leaders and Sunday school teachers.
But with the appointment of a new principal in 1971 who wanted to separate the training of youth leaders and Sunday school teachers, with which Reverend Koroi disagreed and resigned from the church.
A year later he was asked to return and was appointed superintendent of Davuilevu schools - the theological college, Lelean school and the youth department - where he stayed for three years.
He was then appointed to the Suva circuit as assistant minister to Suva City in 1972 and the next year moved to the Nabua circuit. In 1973, he was also made senior chaplain to the Fiji Military Forces.
In 1975 he was appointed the assistant general secretary of the church and became secretary in 1977. The following year being the senior chaplain he went with the first army peacekeeping contingent to the Middle East.
He returned in 1979 and was appointed principal of Davuilevu. He made his second trip to the Middle East in 1985. When he returned in late 1986 he was appointed minister of the Wesley Butt Street circuit in Suva.
Methodist presidency
At the 1986 church conference Reverend Koroi was appointed church president. He was in office from 1987 to 1989.
"But 1987 was a historic year because in May the first military coup took place."
Having been a military chaplain and now head of the Methodist Church, Reverend Koroi had to keep wayward elements within the church in line.
"During my second year of presidency the church started the problem of roadblocks." In 1987, disgruntled with the easing of the so-called Sunday ban on trading and non-essential travel imposed after Sitiveni Rabuka ceased power, some elements in the Methodist Church mounted unauthorised roadblocks.
"The secretary of the church, Reverend Lasaro, was for the ban and took advantage of it. That was where we differed greatly"
The roadblocks went up during Christmas 1987 and the New Year and Reverend Koroi and Reverend Lasaro's relationship was straining.
"I suspended him for the roadblocks and for not getting the authority of the church so after his suspension I was due for leave.
"I went on leave and by the time I returned he was able to lead the majority by buying their loyalty."
Retirement
Reverend Koroi and his wife have three children: Ella, Naulumatua and Eceli.
They are also blessed with six grandchildren.
Today, Reverend Koroi lives on his eight-acre property at Waidradra, close to Pacific Harbour.
He spends a lot of his time in his garden.