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Pacific

P2N lOGO

Pacific2Nations

The genesis of the Pacific2Nations movement began in earnest when several ministers and mission organization leaders gathered together in September 2012 to discuss how they could mobilize Pacific Island people for world Missions.
Pastor Lui Ponifasio was nominated to be the leader, as a man who, along with the church he pastors, exemplifies the goal of "Pacific2Nations'. Other group members are from various churches and Island origins along with some palagi (European) pastors, ministers and mission leaders.

The main scripture inspiring the P2N movement is the Great Commission in Matt 28: 18— 20: 'Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."'

There has been a sense and evidence of sovereign connections taking place to achieve this vision. A recognition that Pacific peoples had taken Missions very seriously after they first received the Gospel through European Missionaries. Many went from Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, and travelled west to Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and  Papua New Guinea with the good news. Many were martyred and died of sickness and disease, but when the news of someone losing their lives reached the country they had been sent from, then in many cases others quickly volunteered to take the place of those that had lost their lives.

The Pacific2Nations movement wants to stir this legacy again in the hearts of Pacific Island peoples, especially the younger generation, so that a fresh wave of Pacific Islanders may be sent into the nations of the world.  As Kalafi Moala, author of 'Tonga: A Tale of Two Kingdoms' says, "The peoples of the Pacific were the most potent Missionaries of the late 19th and early 20th Century, but in the past 50 + years, we have mostly been engaged with ministry to ourselves. P2N is to get Pacific Islanders to look beyond the Pacific and to engage the unreached nations of the world."

 

 

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