Observations and Actions

First, some observations:  1. Hermeneutics here is of the Lego variety.  You can build almost any object you want from a random collection of Legos. Believe me, just like that, people here do exactly the same with Bible study.  In reality, almost everyone...

Evanelia Tahiti is organized to assist the people of French Polynesia in the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through education.

Every level and type of education may be in view, from the kitchen table or Sunday school class to the highest levels of university training. 

Through education we will be a vessel of God’s blessing for this tiny, geographically large nation.

Prayer for the Family of Tevai Torohia

Prayer for the Family of Tevai Torohia

Please pray for the family of Tevai Torohia, who passed away after a tragic motorcycle accident this past Saturday, November 6th.  His music video below shows his devotion to his wife, now widow, who is seven months pregnant.  He was truly a bright person in...

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Last Night…We Arrived in Tahiti

Last Night…We Arrived in Tahiti

 it is amazing to reflect on the journey that brought us here, so that now we can truthfully say that we are missionaries to the people of French Polynesia.  How utterly unsuspecting we were when our daughter Alex and I visited in July, 2016, and I thought, 'I can be...

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Surprise…

Surprise…

A day after we put plan B in place, we learned that our visas were coming.  Today, Monday, they arrived.  Plan B is no more.  Our plan is to fly down on Thursday, September 9th, and to begin serving the Chief Shepherd in Tahiti the following day.  There are still...

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God Made Our Hands to Love and Serve

God Made Our Hands to Love and Serve

God made our hands to love and serve, but touch the heart can only words!I wrote that little ditty years ago to keep me grounded to the importance of bringing glory to God in whatever I say and wherever I might be! Our words can build up or break down. Just look at...

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It is the garden of the world, mere heaven, the most beautiful spot and its people the most amiable, I have ever found. 

– Robert Louis Stevenson on Tautira, Tahiti

“Mamua, when our laughter ends, 

And hearts and bodies, brown as white, 

Are dust about the doors of friends, 

Or scent ablowing down the night, 

Then, oh! then, the wise agree, 

Comes our immortality. 

Mamua, there waits a land 

Hard for us to understand. 

Out of time, beyond the sun, 

All are one in Paradise 

-Rupert Brooke, Tiare’ Tahiti

Got out of town on a boat goin’ to Southern islands 

Sailing a reach before a followin’ sea 

She was makin’ for the trades on the outside 

And the downhill run to Papeete. 

– Crosby, Stills, & Nash – Southern Cross

But above all, Tahiti is Polynesian. Without these remarkable people the island would be nothing. With them, it is a carnival. They are generous, courageous, and comic.  

– James Michener, “Polynesia” in Return to Paradise

Vast, insignificant Polynesia, ruled badly by many differ nations, victimized by all kinds of robbers. It is not rich; its people seem to have few causes to be happy.  It is a backwash in the world’s eddies, yet these trivial islands have imposed on history the most lasting vision of the earthly paradise. 

– James Michener, “Polynesia” in Return to Paradise

Told by the ministers to close their eyes and pray, the Tahitians did. When they heard the ministers say, “Amen, peace be with you,” they opened their eyes and saw their world had been stolen from them. 

– Chantal Spitz, Island of Shattered Dreams