Methodist Church in Fiji take a stand from the pulpit to fight substance abuse

Methodist Church in Fiji take a stand from the pulpit to fight substance abuse

By Vilisi Nawaqatabu
Thursday 28/11/2019

In an effort to combat substance abuse, the Methodist Church in Fiji has taken a stand to preach from the pulpit about the negative impacts it has in our communities.

President of the Methodist Church, Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa highlighted this when questioned by Legend FM News on what the Methodist Church is doing to address this nationwide issue. Vakadewavosa says this is a national issue that is also faced by the vanua, churches and the society as a whole.

He says the church has a department called the Christian Citizenship and Social Services that tries to find ways and means in addressing this issue.

Vakadewavosa says they also carry out discussions, workshops and visitations by their church leaders who work hard in trying to help people.

He says a group which is sponsored by a Methodist Church in Australia is working with the Methodist Church in Fiji to tackle issues like substance abuse and violence against women and children.

While speaking at the Leadership Fiji National Dialogue titled Substance Abuse – Let’s Talk About It! Finding a Fijian Solution, Minister for National Security and Defence, Inia Seruiratu says awareness and a whole of nation approach is critical in addressing Fiji's growing drug problem.

Leadership Fiji Chairman William Parkinson also adds that everyone has to tackle Fiji's growing drug issue together and we all know there is a problem in Fiji and it's time we all got together to talk and come up with a Fijian solution to drug and substance abuse.

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