SIL Pacific

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