Many of the smaller Oceanic islands have limited resources and suffer from overpopulation and a lack of education. Though the Pacific islands were once thought to be evangelized, a lack of biblical teaching has resulted in widespread Christian nominalism. The people living in the Pacific regions need the pure Word of God in the language most familiar to them – their own.
Bibles for the Poor Society took Proclaimers to the Solomon Islands in December 2010. They share, "We heard a few reports about the Proclaimer even before we left the Solomons. As we traveled home, one of the doctors from Munda, New Georgia, told us that when he did his rounds at the hospital, all five wards were playing Proclaimers! We also got a report from Rendova Island saying there was a school teacher who used to be a 'rough character' who is now listening to the Proclaimer and it is making a real difference in his life. As we traveled through the islands, we found that the leaders were very excited when they listened to the spoken Word of God. We are very thankful and happy to partner with you in getting these Audio Bibles out to these people living in remote areas."
Reaching the Small Nations
During a short-term mission trip to the tiny island nation of Palau, 11 Proclaimers were used to start listening groups by various pastors and leaders, including the office of the President! In addition, the Palauan New Testament recording was recently completed with help from many of these same leaders in hopes of ministering among older and more remote Palauans who are not fluent in English.
Former Prime Minister Steps in to Help
The team recording the Pijin language had an ideal voice in mind for God: Sir Peter Kenilorea, the former Prime Minister. However, no one had the courage to ask him—until desperation set in the last day of recording.
When several corrections were needed in the "God" tracks, and the original reader could not be located, a chain of calls went out until Sir Peter was reached at a state dinner. He was so honored by the request that he left the event and spent six hours (until after midnight) portraying the voice of God for his people.
Faith Comes By Hearing in Oceania:
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands