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Open Door Project Open Doors to the Uttermost By Steven Maldoff and Alan Brooks The Bible clearly tells us in Acts 1:8 to be witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. If traveling in the South Pacific, one would be at the farthest distance from Jerusalem— the uttermost part of the earth. Isaiah 24:14–16 states: They shall cry aloud from the sea…even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. Scattered throughout the South Pacific are islands, large and small, with pockets of people groups who need the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many thoughts come to mind when one thinks of the South Pacific/Oceanic area of the world. Some think of vacations and island paradises, while others remember horrific battles fought during World War II. In many ways both ring true. Though there are areas of tropical paradise, and there are the scars of combat to be found, most of what one will find are groups of peoples, living out the ways of traditional island culture. As unique and colorful as it may be, woven into the very fabric of their daily lives is a spiritual awareness and sensitivity. As a general rule, most Islanders would be classified as religious and attend a church denomination of some type. Over 150 years ago, early missionaries came to many of these island countries 14 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2015 and suffered tragic trials of affliction but they persevered to open up opportunities to share what Jesus Christ had done for them. To God’s glory many of the native people responded and came to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Sadly, through the years the Gospel message has been watered down to a cultural experience. Today the common misconception is “I am a Christian because I live here and my family were Christians.” These dear people have a respect and reverence for God and the Bible but do not have a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Old island habits and cultural traditions have mingled with a form of religion far removed from the true Gospel message. What an opportunity for those who proclaim an accurate and true message of salvation! The Islanders are open to hearing someone teach the Bible. Unlike many nations in the world where missionaries fail in their best efforts to open up conversations about spiritual matters, the South Pacific Islanders are ready to hear. More often than not, tracts are willingly and happily taken. People are eager to receive Bibles. Going to church is not considered unusual in their culture. There is no family or societal pressure about saying one is a Christian, as is found elsewhere. The Open Door Project of BIMI is focused on those areas of the world