By Gary Hatigeva
MEMBERS of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) throughout Solomon Islands and the Pacific region are in mourning for the loss of one of their well respected and outspoken pastors, Francis Feratalia who passed away on Tuesday at the National Referral Hospital.
Church leaders from different denominations around the Pacific and in the country have also expressed sympathies to the late whom many described as a true man of faith and indeed a fearless Christian.
Many who have come to know him through his gospel ministry, took to social media, expressing how much he will be missed and shared how the late pastor had helped them becoming not just Christians but better persons in their communities and families.
Others described him not just being a powerful preacher but so as a counsellor who helped a lot of broken families and homes, and he according to many, has a unique way of bridging gaps, spaces and time.
Others also took time to describe and recall his miraculous programmes and services, saying he did things in his own unique ways that put smiles and amusement in thousands of faces and lives.
“Indeed the Solomon Islands Christian family has lost a man who stood the test of time, spiritually and ethically.”
A funeral service was held at the Kukum SDA church yesterday, receiving hundreds of guests from both the political and Christian arena who went to pay their last respect to the late.
Following the service, the Late was taken across to his home province in Malaita where his body was laid at his final resting place.