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Official Newsletter of the Guam-Micronesia Mission
Thank you, GMM Missionaries!
To all the missionaries who kept our schools open, thank you! This is the first year since 2020 that the doors are wide open to volunteers. We still have many open positions for you to Go, Give, Grow!
June 15, 2023
Farewell to the GMM Treasurer
GMM Treasurer Donald Lloyd, Jr. has accepted the call to serve with the General Conference Auditing Service and announced his departure at the GMM Executive Committee meeting on May 18.
June 4, 2023
Rescued from Typhoon Mawar
Prayers from around the world focused on Guam during Typhoon Mawar. For a set of parents stranded off-island, those prayers united with their own as they asked God to save their children from afar.
May 29, 2023
Planted by the Water
Brook always dreamed of being a student missionary. While she had a desire to serve in a desert, she felt led to the island of Yap, where she experienced the growth of her students and her own faith.
May 8, 2023
GMM Officers Visit Eastern GMM Islands
President Matthew Kirk, Executive Secretary Remenster Jano, and Treasurer Donald Lloyd, Jr. visited the eastern islands of their mission field, convening together on Pohnpei for a church dedication.
April 28, 2023
Guam Youth Reaches the Island of Saipan
Youth from Guam spent their spring break on a mission. With the help of parents and medical providers, the team planned, fundraised, and reached their goal to share Jesus with the people on Saipan.
April 18, 2023
Yap Was Always God's First Choice
Give up a year of school to teach others? Kiley did not want to be a student missionary on Yap. She didn't even want to be a student missionary, yet she thanks God for how and where He led her.
April 12, 2023
Kitti Church Dedication in Pohnpei
Pohnpei celebrated the completion of the Kitti SDA Church. After years of tireless work, members thanked God for the construction of a new church which will serve the southwest end of the island.
April 3, 2023
Guam Springs Into Revival
The month of March brought showers of blessings on Guam. Three distinguished speakers visited over the course of three weeks to scatter spiritual seeds on the fertile island.
March 31, 2023
Guam/Micronesia Alumni Reunion 2023
Guam Micronesia alumni hosted another warm reunion event at the Loma Linda University homecoming weekend. Missionaries welcomed special guest GMM Executive Secretary Jano and learned of a new project.
March 28, 2023
Run the Race
Why do you run the race? For a medal? For the challenge? God calls us to give our best in a race to bring salvation to all. Read why Ronny endured a marathon to bring attention to God's work on Ebeye.
March 14, 2023
Let Go and Let God
Giving up control is scary, especially for a student missionary away from home. The more Ashley teaches in the mission field, the more she's learning to trust God with His lessons and plans for her.
March 7, 2023
Brothers Serving Together on Kosrae
Noah and Jonah are brothers, attending different universities, who chose to serve a gap year as student missionaries on the same island. They share the challenges and rewards of teaching on Kosrae.
February 28, 2023
Saipan SDA Dental Clinic Welcomes New Director
Dr. Bukaris Anugerah has accepted the leadership position at the Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Dental Clinic. The clinic is thrilled to have Dr. Anugerah and his wife Arpa join them in serving Saipan.
February 23, 2023
A Deeper Healing
Women of ministry across GMM were richly blessed by a meaningful workshop. The GMM Women’s Ministries Department equipped leaders through a training that dug deep to discover the “root” of problems.
Medical Mission Takes Off Again
The Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic carried forward their mission of healing with trips to Palau and the CNMI island of Rota. Teams provided health evangelism through eye, dental, and medical care.
February 7, 2023
A Day I Will Never Forget!
“Where can I flee from Your presence, O Lord?” Psalm 139 provides the reassuring answer: nowhere. Kevin gained a memorable reminder that God is our refuge, even on the far side of the sea.
January 31, 2023
NAD Education Visits GMM Islands
The North American Division Office of Education team traveled to several GMM islands as part of their scheduled accreditation visits. They were warmly received on their first visit since the pandemic.
January 24, 2023
A Life Changed by Student Missions
Edwin is a student at Southern Adventist University. His path to SAU was paved in large part by the student missionaries and staff who taught at the Yap Seventh-day Adventist School.
January 17, 2023
Test and See
We often make resolutions with the dawn of a new year. This year, consider taking God up on His invitation to test and see how He will bless you when you trust Him with your finances.
January 12, 2023
A Celebration of Mission
The year came to a close with a celebration of the Adventist mission work that began on Guam. It served as a reminder of the ways God has led and will continue to direct His work in the GMM territory.
December 31, 2022
What Am I Doing Here?
When Ruthann opened an email invite from the Andrews missions office last spring, she never imagined it would lead to her teaching on the tropical Pacific island of Pohnpei a few short months later.
December 28, 2022
Thirty Years of Joy!
JOY FM celebrates 30 years on the radio! From small beginnings on Guam and the CNMI, to the Marshalls Islands and Micronesia, this growing ministry now reaches across the world with online programs.
December 19, 2022
GMM Year-end Meetings Back to In-person
It was a beautiful sight to see the faces of island representatives sitting side by side again – a welcome change after two years of virtual meetings and mask mandates due to the health emergency.
December 11, 2022
Saipan SDA Dental "Free Clinic" Team Goes To Tinian
After a three-year hiatus, the Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Dental Clinic returned to their neighboring islands to provide free dental care.
November 23, 2022
Weekend of Replenishment
It was a power-packed weekend for the Guam-Micronesia Mission Women’s Ministries Department recently. WM leaders from across GMM gathered on Guam to replenish their commitment to ministry.
Ordination of Paulo Restauro, Jr. in Saipan
In the presence of the GMM officers and church leadership, the Saipan SDA Church dedicated GMM's newest ordained pastor. We continue to pray for the ministry of Pastor Restauro and his family.
October 11, 2022
Camp Meeting on Majuro
On the island of Majuro, the Laura Seventh-day Adventist Church organized a much-needed camp meeting this summer. They delivered messages of hope amid the early onset of COVID on their island.
October 4, 2022
In His Perfect Time
COVID measures have relaxed in most of the world, but on Chuuk, restrictions only recently lifted enough to allow a wife to finally return home. How would you manage two years apart from your family?
September 20, 2022
Life goes through seasons. Kaela spent her summer serving on Saipan, but all did not go as anticipated. She wondered if God could bring harvest from a summer that felt like a failure?
September 13, 2022
Far But Not Forgotten
The Marshall Islands spans 750,000 square miles. This summer, the Ebeye SDA Church pastor traveled to two of these remote islands, connecting people to Christ through health and evangelistic meetings.
September 6, 2022
Reaching Rota
We have heard what the Lord did with some bread and two fish (John 6). But what can He do with piles of literature and two willing hearts reaching out to a small island in the Pacific?
August 23, 2022
No Weapon Formed Shall Prosper
Missionaries often enter dangerous ground in the mission field. A former student missionary to Pohnpei recalls standing among potentially fatal weapons and seeing God's providential protection.
August 17, 2022
GMM Pastors Attend NAD Called Convention
Ministerial families from the Guam-Micronesia Mission traveled to Lexington, Kentucky this summer for the NAD convention for pastors.
July 26, 2022
Health Ministries Marches Forward in Majuro
Members of the Delap Seventh-day Adventist Church on Majuro took a health initiative and literally ran with it. What began as a GMM-wide 5k series in the winter has grown into new local health events!
July 12, 2022
The Gift of Hospitality Keeps on Giving
Dr. Wresch fondly recalls the site visit that drew him to serve Guam three decades ago. A welcoming church member named Tommy Cruz introduced him to the beauty and history of this intriguing island.
June 28, 2022
Dr. Wresch Retires After Thirty-Two Years on Guam
Dr. Robert Wresch, an ophthalmologist at the Guam SDA Clinic, retired this summer after more than three decades of service to his patients, his church family, and the Guam-Micronesia community.
June 16, 2022
Saipan Celebrates Milestones in Ministry
The SDA clinic and school celebrated the accomplishments of 50 years of medical ministry and 40 years of Christian education. The true cause for celebration is found in their patients and students.
May 31, 2022
Literature for the Islands
Tons of Adventist magazines and tracts are flooding our islands! Pray that the messages reach receptive hearts and cause a tidal wave of health and spiritual revival.
May 16, 2022
Small Islands Give the Most
Are you a Cain or an Abel? When the Marshallese people on a remote island welcomed their Ebeye visitors with the best that they had, Rebeca wondered, "Like Abel, do we give everything from our heart?"
April 28, 2022
SA Retreat at Guam Adventist Academy
Separated from the ubiquitous stressors of personal electronics, classrooms, and deadlines, GAA students savored personal relationships, the outdoors, and s'mores over the Student Association retreat.
Gina Oh
April 18, 2022
Return to Palau Impacts the Nation
Pastor Idechong was only 19 years old when the tragic DePaiva murders occurred on his home island of Palau. He had the privilege of witnessing his nation heal through the powerful act of forgiveness.
March 30, 2022
Ebeye Senior Trip to Majuro
The travel restrictions keeping the Marshalls free of Covid didn't stop Ebeye seniors from having fun on Spring Break. They island-hopped to Majuro for visits with schools, ambassadors, and the queen!
March 28, 2022
Pathfinder Bible Experience Comes to Guam
Master Guide Dustin Evans organized the first Pathfinder Bible Experience event for the Guam-Micronesia Mission. Club leaders on Guam helped the youth build on principles of Bible study and teamwork.
March 23, 2022
5th Alumni Reunion at Loma Linda
The Guam/Micronesia Alumni Missionaries Committee hosted the 5th annual reunion. The event celebrated 65 years of proclaiming the gospel through health care in the Guam and Micronesia region.
March 21, 2022
In a League of Their Own
The GAA middle school girls volleyball team showed their mettle in the first season. Willing to forfeit the Sabbath games, the team not only stood out, they stood up to win first place.
Gina Oh
February 23, 2022
Brad & Kandus Thorp: Growing God's Garden
How does your spiritual garden grow? Elder and Mrs. Thorp offered a masterclass in evangelism -- from weeding out unresolved pain to planting Biblical seeds until the tender harvest of new believers.
February 16, 2022
Saipan SDA Clinic Hosts "Give Kids a Smile"
What's sweeter than a child's smile? A healthy cavity-free, pink-gummed smile! Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Clinic gave 260 kids bigger, brighter smiles by providing free dental tools and education.
February 9, 2022
"Let's Move It!" Fitness Initiative
How's your new year's resolution? Many GMM members began theirs early, by joining virtual holiday events from November to January that exercised every aspect of one's well-being. Let's keep it moving!
January 28, 2022
God is Way Bigger Than You Think
A student missionary teaches high school Bible and learns what God can do through him. When Tobias allowed God into his life and classroom, he experienced God move in big ways.
January 16, 2022
Coconut Christmas Tree
A uniquely tropical Christmas tree greeted visitors who welcomed the new year at Pohnpei SDA School. This symbol helped celebrate the hundreds of ways we can live and shine for Jesus all year long.
January 7, 2022
2nd Quinquennial Session
Delegates from churches and organizations across GMM convened for the quinquennial constituency session. The two-day virtual event cast a vision to further the gospel over the next five-year term.
December 10, 2021
Saipan Clinic With A Heart Goes to Rota
If you've ever lived with a toothache, you can imagine the gratitude when it's relieved. That's the joy the Saipan SDA Clinic provided on Rota with free dental services that went on to touch hearts.
November 29, 2021
Thanksgiving Letter from the President
Pastor Matthew Kirk, our GMM president, reminds us to trust in the Lord with prayer and thanksgiving. May we remain faithful to Him as our lives testify of God’s goodness.
November 24, 2021
Guam Academy Wins in Rookie Season
Guam Adventist Academy’s middle school cross country teams brought home double gold in their rookie year. However, the real gains were made through a season of mentorship, teamwork, and witnessing.
November 15, 2021
Why Ebeye?
When the Marshallese borders reopened in time for this school year, only one new missionary arrived on Ebeye. What led her to this tiny island with a tremendous need for teachers? What might lead you?
November 8, 2021
Love Found in Missions
When God led two missionaries to serve the same year as teachers on Palau, their love for mission drew their paths closer together. Now they have returned to Palau to serve as a married couple.
October 25, 2021
Road Blocks Led to Kosrae
It took two years, but Dylan is finally getting to serve as a student missionary. COVID, and even his own health scare, were just a few of the bumps in the road that eventually brought him to Kosrae.
October 15, 2021
World Pathfinder Day in the Pacific
How did you show your Pathfinder spirit this year? Pathfinders in GMM celebrated the World Pathfinder Day through songs, sermons, and serving their communities with "a message to tell to the world".
October 8, 2021
The Love Waiting on the Other Side
Rachel, like other missionaries serving the Marshall Islands this year, endured nearly a month of quarantine and other setbacks to get to Delap SDA School. What finally replaced her growing doubt?
October 1, 2021
Mission Accomplished
As Jesus drew people to His side through His love and presence, a missionary in Saipan demonstrated the same kindness to reach a young heart. Discover how her patience was rewarded.
September 21, 2021
Journey to Yap
Do plans ever go as, well, planned? A Walla Walla University student followed her calling to become a missionary, but the road took a few unexpected turns. Find out why it was worth the delays.
September 17, 2021
GMM Welcomes New President
Pastor Matthew Kirk arrived on Guam this month to assume his new role as the 17th GMM president. We look forward to God using Pastor Kirk's leadership to advance the gospel across the region.
September 7, 2021
Si Yu'os Ma'åse, Mafnas Family
"Thank you" to Pastor Mafnas for nearly two decades of service in the Guam-Micronesia Mission. This Guam son is upgrading his education to win more souls to Christ through the right arm of the gospel.
September 3, 2021
God Works Miracles Amidst the Pandemic
Everyone loves reunions! Schools across GMM are welcoming back student missionaries. After 18 long months, we give God the glory for the return of SMs to the islands! It was not an easy road back.
August 30, 2021
The Marshallese GLOW
The first GLOW tract in the Marshallese language has been published! It was ignited by a missionary's love for her students and is spreading like wild fire across the Marshall Islands.
August 25, 2021
Women's Ministries Update Briefs
A pandemic couldn't stop these women! GMM Women’s Ministries has been busily sharing Jesus with the islands. With Bags of Love, tracts of hope, and touches of joy, they're building bridges of healing.
August 10, 2021
Agana Heights Pastor Accepts Call to Portugal
We express our heartfelt appreciation to Pastor Cunha and his family for their service to the people of Guam-Micronesia. We pray for God's blessings as they begin to minister in their home country.
August 3, 2021
A Smile is a Living Testimony
Fhine went to Chuuk with the desire to be God's living testimony of love. When she faced unexpected tragedies, she had to cling tighter to the God that she came to share with others.
July 27, 2021
Telephone Booth Evangelism
Think outside the box and work from inside a booth! Church members use an obsolete telephone booth as their newest way of communicating God's love to the people on Pohnpei.
June 15, 2021
Trust the Captain of the Boat
Missionaries leave the security of home, family, and sometimes, even their rice and water. Why take the risk? After three years on Chuuk, one young woman describes the privilege of seeing God at work.
June 8, 2021
Dental Clinic Brightens Community
Covid put the brakes on Saipan SDA Dental Clinic’s annual community outreach last year. But on May 28th, nothing stopped the team from brightening smiles with their "Clinic with a Heart" drive-thru.
June 1, 2021
Forty-six Islands Need Joy!
It's official! We've been blessed with a new channel for ministry at 630 on the AM dial! Located on Guam, these radio waves reach Chuuk and Yap. Learn how it happened and what you can do to help.
May 26, 2021
Five Months in Paradise
What can five months teach you? As one first-time missionary teacher prepares to leave Guam, he reflects on the changes that a single semester made in his life and in those of his students.
May 18, 2021
The World of Service
A tiny island became the launching pad for a path to mission service. Recently a volunteer at Total Health Spokane, Schley describes how she first learned on Ebeye what is and isn't service.
May 11, 2021
Teach to Reach for Jesus
Do you have a missionary spirit and a teacher's heart? Davis does! He not only found a job, but a purpose when he became a 3rd grade teacher at Palau SDA Elementary School three years ago.
May 6, 2021
The Treasures of an Island
A dot in the middle of the ocean, it is easy to overlook the tiny island of Ebeye. But the faithful teachers at Ebeye SDA School seek treasures that will last for eternity -- hearts for Christ.
April 27, 2021
My Missionary Journey
Purpose is not a destination, it's a journey. One Union College graduate looks back on how God revealed each step, leading her into a fourth year of service in the Guam-Micronesia Mission.
April 21, 2021
Excellence Through Athletics
GAA Angels showed up to work! The girls' volleyball and boys' inaugural cross country teams represented their proud Guam Adventist Academy family. Making the podium, both teams stood for excellence.
Gina Oh
April 13, 2021
Long Way Home
In January, Pastor Cunha left Guam for what was to be a week-and-a-half trip to Portugal. Several prayer-filled nights at the airport and 38,000 miles later, he was finally reunited with his family.
April 9, 2021
F5 Challenges Guam
What's better than getting fit? Getting fit with friends! The Guam SDA Clinic sponsored an F5 Challenge with the goal of creating new friendships while having fun, getting fit, and promoting health.
March 31, 2021
Outgoing GMM President
Elder Ken Norton has served as president of the Guam-Micronesia Mission for five years. As he departs to lead the Montana Conference, GMM wishes him and his family God's continued blessings.
March 23, 2021
Missionary Alumni Virtual Reunion
The pandemic once again provided an opportunity! The 4th annual Alumni Reunion for Guam Micronesia clinic missionaries was online this year, widening its reach, including to student missionaries.
March 16, 2021
Three Angels Over Chuuk
Chuuk SDA Church is praying for spiritual revival! Pastor Ifa shared the three angels' message of Revelation and witnessed hearts and lives change as they responded to the Holy Spirit.
March 9, 2021
What are the Essentials?
What do you consider essential? A roof over your head? Flushing toilets? Progress to improve some our school facilities was slowed, but not stopped. Praise God for moving these projects to completion.
February 23, 2021
Learning from a Distance
A missionary, who left Ebeye just before COVID forced closures, has come back to the islands. This time from Guam, he is teaching students from a distance and learning about himself by serving others.
February 17, 2021
Palau President Whipps Inaugurated
We congratulate President Surangel Whipps Jr. as he leads Palau! President Whipps is an active Adventist member and his values of family and faith were highlighted during his inauguration in January.
February 9, 2021
Unchained from Dysfunction
How many times should we forgive? What about forgiving those meant to protect you? Fathers? Husbands? When Lily gave her life to Jesus, she broke a cycle of hurt and opened the door to bless others.
February 3, 2021
Ten Days of Prayer in Pohnpei
Will anyone show up? This was the question Pastor John faced when deciding whether to hold their annual Ten Days of Prayer program. By grace, Pohnpei SDA Church experienced the biggest attendance yet.
January 26, 2021
Inmate Says JOY FM Saved Him
Guam inmates were further removed from society during the pandemic. Families cannot visit nor drop off items because of the restrictions. But God made the way for JOY to reach these isolated souls!
January 19, 2021
Building Bridges of Healing in Micronesia
Abuse. Porn. Healing. The GMM Women’s Ministries Department raised awareness and offered tools to address these taboo subjects in the context of island culture.
January 12, 2021
Celebrating the Holidays in Chuuk
Catching turkey, visiting prison, and greeting the new year on a beach were some of the holiday activities enjoyed in Chuuk. Pastor Ifa describes how turbulent weather could not dampen their spirits.
January 5, 2021
Let Hope Be the New Normal
Most can't wait for 2020 to end. Start the new year with "Hope Now". Because COVID pushed our tent meetings on Guam to a digital platform, all islands and beyond can now join the Bible seminars LIVE!
December 28, 2020
Face to Face
As we gather as close as possible to our loved ones this season, there is One who desires to be even closer.
December 24, 2020
Young Hearts Won for Christ
Youth Ministries Director Pastor Intong shares how youth across the region are on fire for Christ. Young people are engaging in church activities and giving their hearts in baptism.
December 14, 2020
The Printed Page
In the age of digitalization, is literature evangelism still relevant? Pastor John describes opportunities to place tracts in the hands of everyone from school children to civic leaders in Pohnpei.
December 8, 2020
AMEN Guam-Micronesia
The health message is called the "entering wedge" of evangelism. The recently formed AMEN team of Guam-Micronesia unites medical providers and pastors in the work of healing souls.
November 30, 2020
Re-New Normal
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings, but with so much changed by the "new normal" of the pandemic, how do we celebrate? Thankfully, there is a Gift we can always be thankful for.
November 26, 2020
Missionary Teachers Still Needed
The Ebeye SDA School has been both blessed and challenged by the pandemic. As other Ebeye schools closed, SDA enrollment increased, yet closed borders means a greater need of online teaching support.
November 17, 2020
The Story Channel: Where the Stories Never End…
Just in time for the holiday season, JOY FM launches "The Story Channel". Enjoy the gift of story time 24 hours a day with this new web streaming channel. Gather round, it's time for a story!
November 10, 2020
Made to Move
The NAD Health Ministries Department challenged people across the division to move physically and spiritually. Participants from GMM islands connected over fitness, faith, and new friendships.
October 28, 2020
75 years of Soul-Winning and Counting
The liberation from World War II introduced Guam to Adventistism. When a family offered hospitality to a military visitor, they opened the door to more than they expected.
October 21, 2020