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Ticking off his list of dreams

Matilda Simmons
Sunday, April 15, 2018

MORE than 20 years ago, a young student stood in a room full of young Christian believers at a well-known all boys' school and prayed that God would answer his prayer to visit the land of Israel and specifically the famous Western Wall.

The Western or Wailing Wall is the last surviving section of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It was destroyed in 70 CE by Titus and the Roman legions.

The wall is considered sacred because it was from the original temple that Solomon had built and where he dedicated the temple to God of which God then made a promise that His presence will always be in that place.

Many believers from all over the world visit the wall including presidents, world leaders and celebrities offering their supplication and prayers

In that school hall in Fiji, a young Romulo Nayacalevu made up his mind that he was going visit that place. He had a list of dreams that he wanted to achieve in his life. One of those was his education, his future job, his life as a young man and then a wife. He had a very specific list, where he wanted it and where. It would later take him to places he had only dreamed of.

"My parents were my first dreamers because dreams, whether you know it or not, start from home," said the now older Romulo.

"The altar of your dreams are in your homes and before you can step out in life your parents need to be the ones to nurture that dream with you but then it takes the visionary in you to pursue them."

Several years later he would achieve three Masters Degrees to his name. A Masters in law from the Australian National University (ANU), a Master of Arts in governance, and a Master of Arts in international relations and diplomacy from the University of the South Pacific (USP).

He was admitted to the High Court in Fiji in August 2004 after graduating with his law degree. He started his legal practice with a private law firm in Suva before joining the United Nations Human Rights office, regional office for the Pacific, as the first national human rights officer in 2007.

In 2011, he was appointed a senior trainer with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Regional Rights Resource Team program and later became a senior human rights adviser in the same program.

As a human rights lawyer, Romulo has advised and supported Pacific governments with their core human rights treaty obligations, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), national human rights institutions (NHRI), and domestic and family violence legislation among others.

In 2017 he was appointed the manager Governance and Legal Affairs with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). And to top it all, he met the love of his life Vivienne Nayacalevu, a partner he first prayed for back in the early 1990s.

It has been a journey of all sorts. And early this month, the 37-year-old finally achieved what he always wanted in his heart — to publish a book. A book that will encourage younger and older generations to dream God dreams and pursue their God visions as they connect and empower each other to excel and be better version of themselves.

The heart of the book is about loving God and understanding one's God dreams and visions while serving one's purpose on this earth.

The book Dream On was launched at the Wesley City Mission Church hall in Suva. Surrounded by invited guests, close family and friends, Romulo couldn't contain his smile as he professed his love for God and his journey in achieving his dreams.

"There are two things that are constant in life apart from taxes," he said at the book launch.

"The day you're born and the day you die. That's been set and pre-ordained and every day hereafter is just a journey towards the grave.

"Sometimes the tendency is to push our dreams to when we think we're ready without understanding that the day you die is not going to change and before we realise it, it is too late to live your God dreams.

"God has placed that dream in your life for this season and this moment. You need to live it now.

"Some of us are planning that when I am 50 then I'll write my book or when I'm 60 then I'll do my international ministry.

"But the fact is none of us know the day of our passing. But, when that day comes closer, you should be able to say that you've lived your dreams and visions, you lived your purpose — the reason God put you on this earth for," he said.

"I want us to understand the value of our dreams, the value of life and the value of why you're here for such a time as this instead of another millennium or a hundred years ago.

"God gave purpose to your life to impact this generation.

"I am conscious that every day we are alive, we are meant to be dynamic, make an impact; serve God and serve others. I am conscious of the fact that this is not our place of eternity; rather we are just passing through.

"We need to make our impact now, not tomorrow, in fact, we have no guarantees for tomorrow. So forgive today, love today, serve others today.

If God is giving you a dream to invest in, a mission to be part of, a vocation to live in, then hurry along and do it.

"Be the best of yourself; be an excellent lawyer, a brilliant doctor, and able businessman; a gifted sportsperson; a dynamic individual — be the best that God has called you to be."

Romulo recounts a moment while he was passing by the Lovonilase Cemetery. He remembered having a profound moment after seeing all the graves that lined the hillside. He felt a word deposited into his spirit about the many dreams and visions that never came to pass often because their carriers were too afraid to live it.

"It brought to mind the famous quote of Les Brown who once said 'The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream'," said Romulo.

"If you told me this time last year I would publish a book, I would have said' yeah right' because a lot of circumstances would not have made it possible to write this book.

"Whenever I thought about doing it, all these voices came to my head like 'you don't have any money, you don't know people, who will publish your book'. My God I was sinking in excuses. But God is so faithful."

Dream On talks about grace in the lives of people who Romulo considers visionaries and dreamers as well as his journey through life having the heart of a dreamer and the mind of a visionary. It's a story of people and God coming through for them, their character, what makes them tick, what their weaknesses are and where God wants to take them despite it all.

"It is written to awaken and rekindle your spirit and realisation of your kingdom purpose as you go about your Father's business in birthing your dream and vision," said Romulo with finality.

* For further information of Dream On you can contact Romulo on 9232888 or email rnayacalevu@gmail.com for more information.








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