Oceanic Bible Project
Phase 1 of the Oceanic Bible Project was a complete
success! The students and faculty of 46 high schools in
the Malaita province of the Solomon Islands received
their own copies of God's Word. There were 16,500
copies of the Scriptures distributed.
The next phase of this project is ready to launch.
Another 11,200 Bibles will be distributed in the schools
on the island of Guadalcanal. Some funds are already
in hand; however $25,000 is required to complete the
project. Your help is needed to finish the task. W
the nearby city. For my sister and me it was
absolutely fantastic when my uncle visited us
with the governor's great Cadillac and took us
for a ride. Wow, we enjoyed that! For us chil-
dren school started again, two and three times
a week, three hours each time with eight grades
in one big room. Some of the men of the vil-
lage slowly came back from the prison camps,
including my dad. All were very tired and dis-
couraged. After six years in the war, there was
no life left in him. He did not have enough
energy to play or do anything with his son.
When I was ten years old, something
significant happened in our school. Each
student was to receive his very own book. Until
this time, all our books for learning belonged
to the school. The book each one of us received
was a Bible, and I was very excited to have
my first, very own book. Many years later I
discovered that the American Bible Society
of New York gave money and the military
government permission to print 50,000 Bibles.
I received my “missionary” from the USA.
Life in the small village became more
unsatisfactory. I was bored and there was a
longing for something I could not explain.
I read many books of adventure. At the age
of eighteen, I decided if I went to the USA, I
might find what I was yearning for. One of my
uncles who lived in America sponsored me. It
was quite a change from our small village to
the big city of Chicago. I did not go alone—my
“missionary” was also in the suitcase.
In the USA, things went very well for me.
I immediately had a good job, money, friends,
and a car; but what I was looking for I had not
found—the emptiness was still there. I did not
want to live like this my entire lifetime. God
in His mercy turned me to His Word and my
“missionary” started to speak to me. I read the
Bible at every free minute I had for about six
weeks. It showed me that I was a sinner before
a holy God. It showed me the love of God, and
it showed me that Jesus Christ died for me
and my sins. One evening I knelt beside my
bed and asked the Lord to forgive my sins and
come into my life and save me. I also surren-
dered my life to His leading.
A wonderful change took place in my life.
The emptiness was gone. I knew my sins were
forgiven and that I was on my way to heaven.
I thought I was the only saved person in the
entire city of Chicago!
The Lord called me to preach his precious
Word. He gave me my precious wife, Thrasilla.
She was my first convert. The Lord called us to
be missionaries to Germany and we arrived for
the first time in Germany on June 19, 1970. I
thank the Lord for my personal “missionary”
from USA! W
originally printed in Europe magazine, volume 2, 2010
Number 2, 2012