Tropical Isles

Newsletter of the Guam-Micronesia Mission
Tropical Isles
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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".
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.

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