Governor General His Excellency, Sir Nathaniel Waena formally closed a successful week-long International Prayer and Cultural Festival in Bundaberg, Australia.

Sir Waena described the prayer week as "a Spiritual wake-up call for leaders and people of Pacific Islands Nations."

Set on the theme, 'Awakening the Nations', the prayer week was attended by internationally recognized Evangelists including Rev. Graham Sercombe, Rev. Jim Newton, Dr. John Fain and Head of the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) in Solomon Islands, Rev. Eric Takila.

Reporting from Bundaberg, George Herming informed Solomon Times that some 200 pilgrim from SSEC joined with other Christians from the Pacific, Asia and Australia to share the gospel and reach out to people needing spiritual development.

Sir Nathaniel in his remarks said the prayer week of outreach and sharing of gospel has provided an opportunity for people to see the past, appreciate the present and make developments to pave a way for the future by the enlightening of the Holy Spirit of God.

Sir Nathaniel also encouraged participants to continue upholding the fundamental principles of Christianity.

Sir Nathaniel stressed that to uphold the fundamental principles of Christianity, participants must use what the have acquired, shared and experienced during the event to contribute towards addressing common problems facing the world today.

The Governor General's attendance to the prayer meeting was on the invitation from the Bundaberg House of Prayer, a Christian Ministry headed by a Queensland-based Solomon Islands Evangelist, Pastor Roy Funu.

The Governor General and his delegation traveled to Sydney yesterday and are expected to return to Honiara Thursday.

Singing groups from the participating islands and a re-enactment of the arrival of gospel to Solomon Islands from the shores of Queensland plus traditional performances by indigenous Australians wrapped a fruitful prayer festival.