Oceanic Bible Project
Power in the Book
by Robert and Tim Meyer
The Oceanic Bible Project supplied Bibles to the high school students on the island
of Malaita in the Solomon Islands. The text of the 15,500 Bibles was printed in the
United States by Bearing Precious Seed. The plan of salvation was added and the
Bibles were covered and bound by Lighthouse Press in Australia. The Bibles were
shipped from Brisbane to Honiara.
Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia Director, and Missionary Tim Meyer
worked and planned for months to make the Oceanic Bible Project a reality. Alan
was responsible for raising most of the money to fund the project and Tim set up
the ground work from Australia. The distribution took almost five weeks. Twenty-
nine team members participated—six from the United States, nineteen from Aus-
tralia, and four national Bible college students.
The population of the Solomon Islands is 570,000 and Malaita is the most populous
of the nine major provinces. There were four separate zones on the island and each
had particular ways of accessing the schools. A total of 46 schools were visited.
Most of the schools were accessed by road in trucks and 4WD, but some were only
accessible by boat and three schools had to be hiked to. There were at least 300
salvation decisions in the schools. Both students and teachers made professions
After Bibles were handed out to the students and faculty members at one of the
schools, the headmaster stood before us to express his thanks. He said words to
the effect of “America is a great super power and they used that power to give us
our freedom.” Then holding up the Bible, he said: “But today, these have come to
give us the real super power that brings life.” Another teacher mentioned that he
had gone to his headmaster to see if they could buy Bibles for the students. He was
told there were no funds, but
the headmaster said they could
pray for the need to be met.
They had been praying every
day for one full year when we
came with the answer.
We were also told in one school
that they had not seen a Bible
there since 1976. Several times
we heard that a Bible purchased
in the Solomons would cost
$200 in their money. Someone
figured that would be about
$1,000 in US dollars.