Our hearts are still raw. Wednesday afternoon, the word quickly flew around SITAG that our friend and colleague, David, was rapidly declining at the hospital. In the wee hours of the morning Thursday, David went to be with the Lord that he loved so much. In the midst of the grief and in wanting to fully support our SITAG and BTLP SI families, we have decided to delay our return to the village by a week.
In 2013 David and his wife Ribeka completed their studies at the Christian Leaders Training College in Papua New Guinea. David obtained his BA in Biblical Studies, while Ribeka received a BA in Mission Studies. When they returned to the Solomon Islands, David and Ribeka began to oversee the translation work of the Old Testament in their own language as part of the Isles of the Sea translation group.
In 2014 David was selected to lead Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership, Solomon Islands (BTLP SI). He worked hard to promote the importance of Bible translation in the languages of the Solomon Islands as well as to present the realities of the Solomon Island translators to partner organisations. (from the memorial service program)