Families around Rarotonga gathered for the Middle East pray for peace service. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23102024 / 23102025
A special prayer was held at Terevete Park in Avarua on Wednesday where 200-300 people gathered to pray for peace in the Middle East as the Israel-Hamas war rages on.
Church’s Pastor Jonathan Cargill, including Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The
Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church and other church leaders, led the prayer
and worship team.
present was Minister for Education Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa and Rarotonga lawyer and
former parliamentarian Norman George.
said the prayer was an initiative to get everyone in Rarotonga together to pray
for peace for those in the Middle East.
aside, it’s a Christian perspective, we are praying for peace for all nations.
This is not about Israel versus Palestine but for Israel and Palestine.”
referred to the book of Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they
shall prosper that love thee.”
said while Jerusalem is the only city mentioned in the Bible for believers to
pray for, they do go out to pray for others, adding “Christ is the prince of
Petuela Kora and his wife Nancy Newnham-Kora, who led the 20-member Celebration
Church Rarotonga team to observe the Feast of the Tabernacle in Israel earlier
this month, were among the first group of Cook Islanders who returned home
safely last week.
remaining Cook Islands residents made it out of Israel earlier this week and
have started arriving into Rarotonga.
his experience when the war broke out on October 7 – after the Palestinian
militant group Hamaslaunched an unprecedented fatal attack on Israel
killing hundreds of people and Israel retaliated conducting airstrikes in the
Gaza Strip, killing hundreds of Palestinians – Kora said: “We’re thinking we’re
safe. I don’t think so, I don’t think so. I think about what happened a week ago
in Israel, it’s going to happen to us later on, and that’s why it’s an
important part of our life is to stand (in prayer).”
added that during their time in Israel he was not moved by emotion but prayed
for the Lord to give him faith so they could pray fervently for His people.
felt the presence of God since leaving Raro and got to Israel. Everything that
I found was that God was protecting us every time.”