Demographics / Mission Strategy / Current Needs
We are currently working in the largest geographical “mission field” on planet earth — an area of approximately 39,298,118 square miles. By comparison, the area of the entire United States is only 3.7 million square miles, the area of China is also about 3.7 million square miles, and the area of Russia is about 6.6 million square miles; all together only about 14 million square miles. The entire continent of Asia is 17,139, 445 or a little less than half of area of Oceania.
Within this geographical area, there are 24 different nations or territories that we have targeted for contact. The population of these island nations totals approximately 3,663,044 precious souls for whom Christ died — (note: this does NOT include Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, or the Philippines).
THE PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS OF OCEANIA
|American Samoa||76.83 sq. mi.||68,688||Pago Pago/Fagatogo|
|Cook Islands||92.67 sq. mi.||20,811||Avarua|
|Rapa Nui (Easter Island)||63.32 sq. mi.||5,761||Hanga Roa|
|French Polynesia||1608.90 sq. mi.||257,847||Papeete|
|Hawai’i||6423.20 sq. mi.||1,360, 301||Honolulu|
|Niue||100.39 sq. mi.||2,134||Alofi|
|Pitcairn Islands||1.93 sq. mi.||47||Adamstown|
|Samoa (Independent)||1136.7 sq. mi.||179,000||Apia|
|Tokelau||3.86 sq. mi.||1,431||Nukunonu|
|Tonga||288.80 sq. mi.||106,137||Nuku’alofa|
|Tuvalu||10.04 sq. mi.||11,146||Funafuti|
|Wallis and Fortuna||95.37 sq. mi.||15,585||Mata-Utu|
|Total Population of Polynesia:||2,028,888|
|Federated State of Micronesia||271.04 sq. mi.||135,869||Palikir|
212.00 sq. mi.
|Kiribati||313.00 sq. mi.||96,335||South Tarawa|
|Marshall Islands||69.88 sq. mi.||73,630||Majuro|
|Nauru||8.00 sq. mi.||12,329||Yaren|
|Northern Mariana Islands||184.00 sq. mi.||77,311||Saipan|
|Palau||176.83 sq. mi.||19,409||Melekeok|
|Wake Island||0.77 sq. mi.||12||Wake Island|
|Total Population of Micronesia:||575,691|
|Republic of the Fiji Islands||7,054 sq. mi.||
|New Caledonia||7,359 sq. mi.||240,390||Noumea|
|Solomon Islands||10,984.61 sq. mi.||494,786||Honiara|
|Vanuatu||4,710.45 sq. mi.||240,000||Port Vila|
|Total Population of Melanesia:||1,831,522|
|TOTAL POPULATION OF OCEANIA:||3,663,044|
2.) OUR MISSION STRATEGY:
As one might imagine, the logistics of effectively targeting such a geographically large mission field are beyond challenging — it is a work of heavenly proportions that can only be accomplished with divine help and guidance. But, while our primary focus is on reaching the Hawaiian Islands, we cannot neglect opportunities God is giving us to look beyond our shores and touch many hearts and lives in other island nations as well. One of our greatest tools for outreach is “World Bible School” — the largest single cooperative mission effort on the planet among nondenominational churches of Christ. Our base of operations here in Hawai’i serves as a WBS Connect Center for reaching potential Bible students here among our own island chain and throughout Oceania. We have a number of WBS students, living in various island nations across the Pacific, who are studying God’s word with us via the internet.
Basically, our simple strategy for taking on this vast mission field consists of:
Evangelism Outreach: WBS web ads, newspaper ads, radio spots, postal mail outs, brochures, campaign work—as coordinated by local evangelists, missionaries, and churches on the field—with the intent of garnering new online Bible students.
3.) CURRENT NEEDS:
We seek to cultivate and sustain a long-term cooperative “Mission Support Network” of caring individuals and mission-minded congregations who will help enable our Pacific Island mission outreach activities.
If the Lord has placed it upon your heart, or that of your group or local church fellowship, to become our financial supporters and help us take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Hawai’i and the nations of the Pacific, you may send your regular (tax deductible) contributions to our sponsoring congregation:
Please note that, at current rates, each gift of $10 will purchase online Google web ads spanning the entire Pacific for one day! So, “Mahalo Nui Loa” (thank you very much) for any and all contributions; and for helping us accomplish the most important mission on planet earth — sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world!