Fiji stories, Labasa, South Pacific culture, family, migration, Australia/Fiji relationship
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Pacific Islanders prominent in the Uniting Church
Our Uniting Church birthday service was at St Andrews' East Geelong, led by ministers - Rev Sani (from Samoa) and Rev Ikani (from Tonga). The Pacific Islanders are keeping the church alive it seems! Five congregations gathered together. It was formal with the addition of a play, a gospel action chorus by the Uniting youth (a Samoan slap dance) a lovely choir piece by people from Leopold, and instead of a sermon the two ministers engaged in a conversation about the two lectionary readings. The organist who is about 95 played the excellent pipe organ, a Fincham ,and still knows which stops to pull out! Afterwards we had a shared lunch in the hall and there was lots of talanoa with catching up with friends.
Introducing Peceli and Wendy. Babasiga (pronounced bambasinga) is the dry land of Macuata in northern Fiji - our place in the sun in Fiji. The town is Labasa and our village is Vatuadova and the beach is Nukutatava. We are part of Wailevu Fijian tribe with relatives in Mali Island and Naseakula village. Peceli was born in Labasa and Wendy is an Australian and today live in Geelong, Australia.