Fiji ‘promised land’

The founder of Grace Road Church and Company, the Rev Shin Ok-Joo. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Grace Road Group has reiterated that they stood by their leader and believe that Fiji was the promised land hidden in the Bible.

Founder of Grace Road Church and Co, the Rev Shin Ok-Joo and three others were recently arrested at the Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.

The arrests were linked to the alleged incarceration of 400 worshipers in Fiji.

In a statement issued last weekend, the Christian group said they came to make Fiji the light of the world by making the Word of God come true.

The group also denied allegations levelled against their leader, saying they were enraged by all the lies.

“We listened to the Words of God though our reverend, gathered from all over the world, and moved to Fiji for the God-given vision,” the GR Group said.

“With the motto “Let’s make Fiji shine!” in our hearts, we came voluntarily and all our members are the shareholders and owners of the group.”

Since its establishment in Fiji in 2014, the group has started with agriculture and expanded its operation to restaurants, food processing, construction and trading.

“We have farms, restaurants and projects throughout Fiji and actively carry out our operations in the open. Those, who wish to slander us, have created unspeakable lies about passport confiscation, forced labour, incarceration, and violence.

While speaking at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, Defence Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola revealed the Fiji Police Force was now investigating a possible case of modern day slavery involving a South Korean group acting under the pretence of a religious and business organisation.