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Geoffrey Pomaleu (Adventist Record)KENT KINGSTON | South Pacific Adventist Record

GEOFFREY Pomaleu, the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea, has died after collapsing at a camp for pastors’ children.

Pastor Pomaleu, who was elected president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission last September, had dealt with a number of serious health issues in recent months.

He had a bowel operation earlier this year and was rushed to hospital in May after experiencing severe chest pains.

After a period of recovery and with prescribed medication, he was able to return to work with light duties.

“Pastor Pomaleu collapsed on Sunday night at a pastors’ children camp at Gabensis Adventist School near Lae,” said Henry Monape, general secretary for the Mission.

“I took him to the Lae hospital, where it was discovered that he had a very bad internal infection among other medical challenges.”

Pastor Pomaleu died at the Angau Hospital in Lae late on Monday night. Originally from Manus, he was a much-loved leader in Papua New Guinea.

He was the Mission youth director for 10 years and served as secretary and then president of the Morobe Mission before being elected last September as union president.

“He was a great family man who, when away from home, would often comment he was thinking of his wife, sons, or daughters,” said Glenn Townend, president of the South Pacific Division.

“In his work, Geoffrey was a man who listened to people and God before he made a decision,” Mr Townend said.

“He had the ability to understand the different cultures and angles involved in a situation, but was able to build a team focusing on a clear vision and mission. Geoffrey will be missed.”

Pastor Pomaleu is survived by his wife, Jochabed, the children’s ministries director for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission, and their three adult children.

“I have prayed for Mrs Pomaleu, for the family, and for the entire church family of thousands of members,” Ted Wilson, president of the Adventist world church, said on his Facebook page.

Pastor Henry Monape, who was appointed secretary last year, will serve as acting president until a new president is elected.

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Andrew Westrupp (Colonel) Salvation Army

This is very sad for Pastor Geoffrey's wife and family. May God's peace be theirs at this time.
And for members of the SDA Church in Papua New Guinea, our thoughts and prayers are also with you at this time.

Naomi Paiyesi

It is a sad moment for all SDA Church members in PNG. We have lost one of our visionary pastors. He served well in the various roles he held in the church.
Robert Pomaleu, his brother, left Goroka for Lae this week to join up with the rest of family members. Our sympathies are with them in their time of sorrow and mourning. May the Lord give them strength and peace in this trying time.

Naomi Paiyesi

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