President's Message

Pastor Willy S. Nobuo, President, Guam-Micronesia Mission of Seventh-day Adventists

ISLES: A Tropical Isles Report from the Guam-Micronesia Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, Spring 2003, Special Issue
(Complete Magazine in PDF Format)

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Willy S. Nobuo, President (2000-2003)
Bethany S. Martin, Editor (2002-2003):

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I know you will be happy to see the Chamorro Brothers and Sisters read and hear the Gospel of Salvation in their own language. John the Revelator confined on the island of Patmos had the small islands of Guam and Saipan in mind when he wrote: “Blessed (happy) is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written, for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3.

Guam Micronesia Mission realizes the shortness of time and has accepted the challenge of printing the Chamorro Bible at the cost of $40,000.00. The Chamorro Bibles will be used for the planned Evangelistic Meetings for Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota in the years to come. These Bibles will be made available to Book Stores on the islands, including the Guam Adventist Book Center (ABC). Copies will be given to Public Libraries and School Libraries.

There are 62,000 Chamorros living on Guam; Another 12,500 lives in Hawaii and 14,205 are living in the Commonwealth of Saipan. Guam has a population of 153,000 and Saipan has a population of 76,000 as of 2003. There are more Chamorro people living in the mainland USA.

Providence has led to the finding of an out-of-print Chamorro Bible that contains the four Gospels, Acts, and the Psalms. It was originally printed in 1908. Arrangements have been made to print this Chamorro Bible. This Bible will contain Chamorro on one side and English on the other. The main target is to reach the 80% of the Chamorro Ethnic group who has command of their language.

We are living at the end of the “time of the end” as signs around us indicate. Our only commission from our Lord is “Go and make disciples of every nations…tongues, and people.” Paul says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” We have no time to spare! It is urgent that we unite our effort and bring this Chamorro Bible to the hands of our brothers and sisters who read and understand the Chamorro language. There is a warning that comes to us

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from the young prophet Amos who wrote: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea,…. they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11 & 12. The Chamorro people have strong hearts that are still beating and waiting to hear the Words of God. Let us help to quench the thirst of the Chamorro people who are panting for Jesus Christ-the Water of Life.

Another note of interest, Tinian is a small island in the Commonwealth of Saipan where “Enola Gay” is located; where the well know B-29 took off with the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan ending World War II. The Word of God written in Chamorro or any language is more powerful than that atomic bomb, for it gives eternal life to him “that believeth and is baptized ...” Mark 16:16.

Friends of Guam and Micronesia, you will be so happy to know that your contribution to the printing of this Holy Bible will bring additional light to God’s people, the Chamorros. “The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” says the psalmist. “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Ps. 119:103.

On behalf of Guam Micronesia Mission, I wish to thank you. At the same time, I appeal to you to contribute as much as you can for this worthy project.

Your friend in Christ,

Willy Nobuo

Table of Contents
President's Message
Letter from the Editor
The Resurrection of the Chamorro Bible
Who is Francis Price?
Taitano Family Translators
Why Did the Chamorro Bible Disappear?
Jesus Loves Me!
The Scriptures a Safeguard
The Transmission of the Bible to English
Chamorro Bible Project: Project Update

The Chamorro Bible In Print

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