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Open Door Project
Open Doors to the Uttermost
By Steven Maldoff and Alan Brooks
The Bible clearly tells us in Acts 1:8 to
be witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth. If traveling
in the South Pacific, one would be at
the farthest distance from Jerusalem—
the uttermost part of the earth. Isaiah
24:14–16 states: They shall cry aloud
from the sea…even the name of the Lord
God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From
the uttermost part of the earth have we
heard songs, even glory to the righteous.
Scattered throughout the South Pacific
are islands, large and small, with pockets
of people groups who need the Gospel of
Many thoughts come to mind when one
thinks of the South Pacific/Oceanic area
of the world. Some think of vacations
and island paradises, while others
remember horrific battles fought during
World War II. In many ways both ring
true. Though there are areas of tropical
paradise, and there are the scars of
combat to be found, most of what one
will find are groups of peoples, living out
the ways of traditional island culture. As
unique and colorful as it may be, woven
into the very fabric of their daily lives
is a spiritual awareness and sensitivity.
As a general rule, most Islanders would
be classified as religious and attend a
church denomination of some type.
Over 150 years ago, early missionaries
came to many of these island countries
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and suffered tragic trials of affliction but
they persevered to open up opportunities
to share what Jesus Christ had done for
them. To God’s glory many of the native
people responded and came to know
Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Sadly, through the years the Gospel
message has been watered down to a
cultural experience. Today the common
misconception is “I am a Christian
because I live here and my family were
Christians.” These dear people have
a respect and reverence for God and
the Bible but do not have a personal
relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Old island habits and cultural traditions
have mingled with a form of religion far
removed from the true Gospel message.
What an opportunity for those who
proclaim an accurate and true message
of salvation! The Islanders are open
to hearing someone teach the Bible.
Unlike many nations in the world where
missionaries fail in their best efforts to
open up conversations about spiritual
matters, the South Pacific Islanders
are ready to hear. More often than not,
tracts are willingly and happily taken.
People are eager to receive Bibles. Going
to church is not considered unusual
in their culture. There is no family or
societal pressure about saying one is a
Christian, as is found elsewhere.
The Open Door Project of BIMI is
focused on those areas of the world