By Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
The family of the late Reverend Sir Ravu Henao has expressed dissatisfaction in the manner in which the local Barakau United Church officials went about in naming the new church after their father.
The Henao family, also from Barakau village in the Central province, revealed through family representative, Loani Henao, that the family were not aware that the new church would be named after their late father.
The Late Sir Ravu was among the first locals to welcome United Church missionaries into Barakau village and played an active role in the mission’s history.
His son Loani also raised concerns that the new building was not certified by a building engineer and that it may be unsafe to use.
But local pastor, Reverend Henao Rei said “this cannot be a hindrance in uniting the congregations to celebrate Christmas.”
The new church was built at a cost over K1.5 million, and has taken 17 years for the congregation to raise funds for, and to complete its construction.
The church will stage its first service on Sunday 28 December, 2014, where the congregation will have their devotion in the new church.