Pastor Motu's Wife (second from left)

Real Joy in the Face of Sorrow

By Kaipati Tekavei, Pacific Islands National Leader
Nov 23, 2015

The late Pastor Feso Motu was one of the first board members of the AFCI Pacific Island Nations ministry. He was a pastor for the South Pacific Evangelical Church, lecturer, and academic dean of the South Pacific Mission College. He was preparing to go as a missionary to the Philippines when God called him home. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family and the AFCI ministry in the Pacific Islands, but also by many whose lives he touched as he lived out his faith and fulfilled God’s calling.

After hearing of his death, I visited the family the night before the burial while the body was laying at the house and shared from 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 how we can have total assurance in Christ Jesus as believers. God’s Word says that the bodies we now have are weak and mortal. But they will be changed into bodies that are eternal. Then the Scriptures will come true, “Death has lost the battle! Where is its victory? Where is its sting?” Sin is what gives death its sting, and the Law is the power behind sin. But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us Victory! I encouraged my dear friends to stand firm and not be shaken and was reminded that each of us is to keep busy always working for the Lord, knowing that everything we do for Him is worthwhile.

At the funeral Pastor Motu’s wife and daughter were filled with such great joy in their hearts that their faces glowed because of their total ASSURANCE in Jesus Christ that their beloved spouse and father had gone to heaven to be with the Lord and that they will meet him again in heaven. Their testimony created a tremendous atmosphere that impacted and touched those who came to show their respect. In what could be a time of great sadness over the sudden and unexpected death of Pastor Motu, their sorrow was mixed the joy of the Lord and filled the house. A lot of families and friends were there, and some were surprised because they had never experienced such joy in the face of such great sorrow, but those who believe in Jesus Christ rejoiced together.

Pastor Motu’s death and the celebration of his life and faith is a profound reminder that all of us need to be ready to face the end of our earthly lives. The Lord Jesus wants each of us have to the total assurance that ‘IF I DIE TODAY, I AM I GOING TO HEAVEN’. What a testimony!