In Memorium David Tago
Leader of the Solomon Islands BTLP will be missed.
David Tago was born at Lavagu village in West Rennell,
Solomon Islands. He grew up in a Christian family and was
baptised in the SSEC church. He served in the SSEC church in
many different ways during his life.
David attended primary school on Rennell Island, then
went on to secondary school at Su’u Secondary School on
Malaita. From 1986 – 1987 he did agricultural training in
Papua New Guinea, then attended the University of the South
Pacific’s School of Agriculture in Western Samoa for three
years and graduated with a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture.
Soon after returning from Western Samoa, David trained to be
a Secondary School teacher at the Solomon Islands College of
Higher Education. From 1996 to 2005, he taught at different
schools around the country.
In 2013 David and his wife Ribeka completed their studies
at the Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC) in Papua
New Guinea. David obtained his BA in Biblical Studies, while
Ribeka received a BA in Mission Studies. When they returned
to 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 Solomon Islands, as well as to present the
realities of the Solomon Island translators to partner
David and Ribeka have four children: a son, Philip, and
three daughters, Helen, Grace, and Gralen.
David loved the Lord with all his heart and served Him
faithfully. The fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control—
was clearly evident in his life. All who knew him were