The Ten: Pacific missionaries who died far from home

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BUNOA, Pauliasi


Served as a Methodist missionary in Rabaul for 30 years. Was ordained as an Adventist pastor in Australia in 1906. Died of Spanish influenza in Fiji.

DASVALU, Ratu Tevita

May 23, 1928—Papua New Guinea

Missionary from Fiji. Died of blackwater fever.

KEMBU, Belinda

February 2, 2012—Papua New Guinea

Morobe Mission accountant. Died in MV Rabaul Queen tragedy (aged 24).


1938—Papua New Guinea

Mussau missionary. First Adventist missionary murdered in PNG.


1940—Papua New Guinea

Missionary from Ranongga, Solomon Islands. Died of chest infection while serving in Manus.


Papua New Guinea

Missionary from Emiara. Died while hiding in a cave from Japanese during World War II.

SIMI, Mary

1929—Solomon Islands

Wife of teacher. Clubbed to death.

SINGOI, Matthew

April 23, 1973—Papua New Guinea

Medical missionary. Killed in plane crash at Goroka (aged 35) along with his two sons Remah (11) and Harvi (3), and pilot Lawrence Shields.


Papua New Guinea

Missionary from Cook Islands. Died of complications from pack horse accident (aged 62).


October 9, 1918—Papua New Guinea

Missionary from Fiji. Assisted Septimus and Edith Carr in bringing the Adventist message to PNG. Died of snakebite.

This list pays tribute to those of Pacific Island heritage who died in mission service. It is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to read more, there is a list of Adventist missionaries from all nations who have died in the South Pacific region at

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