Bethel Bible School of Theology staff with Diocesan Bishop Tutai Pere and Mother Patricia Pere. 16110358
Diocesan Bishop Tutai and Mother Patricia Ann Pere, who is also known as Mama Pere, have fare-welled two of their beloved missionary warriors this week.
The pair arrived in New Zealand from Tahiti via Los Angeles on
Saturday, after sending off Suffragan Bishop Aukino Tauraaa in Tahiti on
Monday, March 7.
This was followed by the burial and service of Pastor and District
Elder Vaevae Ruaporo in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 15.
Speaking to Cook Islands News, Tutai along with Pere described
both men as 'better than life’ adding that they were both a ‘shining light’ when
appearing before others.
"Because your love is better than life, my lips will
glorify you, Psalm 63:3,” they said.
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your
good deeds, and glorify your Father in heaven, Matthew 5:16.”
According to Tutai, the late Suffragan Bishop Aukino Tauraaa
who was a ‘missionary warrior’ left his business as a building contractor, purchased
his home, and personally established the Jesus Pearl of Great Price Apostolic Church
located in Sydney, Australia.
He then took up the challenge of working as a missionary in
Tahiti in 2015, where he learned to speak the local language fluently, with
Shortly after this, he was then joined by his wife’s mother
Tepu Tauraa in 2016, who also held dual Australian and French citizenship
Tutai adds that within seven years he had established nine
local churches in the area of Paea, along with two churches in Papara, Vairao,
Fa'aa, Maina, and Papeete. Which was followed shortly by three more churches
established in Bora-Bora, Rurutu, and France.
He shares that apparently, after having spoken together, the
newly ordained widow and pastor introduced him to a young couple who were
husband and wife and that the late pastor Tauraa had already assigned them to
missionary work in Rimatara with saints there waiting for their arrival.
“Suffragan Bishop Aukino has left his footprint, (and is) one
of the greatest missionaries that our beloved SPDC and PAW has ever produced, said
“As his Diocesan, I have always described the power of his
work as that of a spiritual tsunami - affecting and impacting the whole of
French Polynesia in its wake.
“But watch what his widowed newly ordained pastor Tepu Porio
Tauraa has already done, she has already baptized 12 new adults, adding to the
body of Christ from the day we buried her dear husband.”
Tutai reflects that District Elder Vaevae Ruaporo was also another
great missionary, adding that together with his brother Amaru Ngatuakana Ruaporo,
both were called the 'sons of thunder’ or the ‘nga tamariki a te mangungu' during
the start of their pastoral works by the late Bishop Theophilus A.E. Price.
He reveals that the second son (referring to Amaru
Ngatuakana Ruaporo) sadly and unfortunately detoured and fell out of his
spiritual race, but that his brother Vaevae Ruaporo "...kept fighting his
good fight in Jesus, finished his race remarkably and kept his faith to the
very end - 2 Timothy 4:7.”
He went on to say that the most amazing and extraordinary thing
about Ruaporo was that he did not give up his job and business as a
professional painter, handyman, and restructuring contractor. Reflecting that
he was like the apostle Paul - in that he self-funded and self-supported the
SPDC - with whatever urgent financial needs.
“Who on all his three to four missionary journeys, never
parted from his skill as a tentmaker, animal skins, and leather maker-
self-funding his own missionary calling in Jesus,” he says.
Tutai explains that upon knowing of his terminal and incurable
infection in his liver, Ruaporo closed their joint kiwi saver account, applied
for his insurance investment to be passed on to his wife at his passing, sold
his fishing boat, caravan, trailers, six cars that he and wife had always kept,
and spared for traveling pastors in need of transport and room to stay.
He adds that he also accommodated many students for study
along with their families to start off a new life in New Zealand, and paid all
his bills, burial costs, and catering after his burial, meeting his savior
Jesus Christ in glory absolutely debt-free.
“(He owned) his own home in Mangere, Auckland, and bought
two houses in Tauranga where he started his mission work, he says.
“(And) bought three units in Tokoroa to whom he later
mortgaged one to our current lady missionary still in American Samoa, Pastor
Mehau Pate Samuel Strickland.
“Thus fulfilling Romans 13:8, which is to “owe no man
anything, but to love one another; for he that loves another hath fulfilled the
He ends by saying that both the Suffragan Bishop Tauraa and District
Elder Ruaporo have graduated to glory, saying they have fulfilled Hebrew 11:2 which speaks
about great heroes and heroines of the bible.
That by faith, the elders obtained at good report...Na to ratou
Akarongo, kua rauka I te au Tangata akarongo te turanga meitaki maata rava.
“So long and bye-bye apostolic oneness Jesus preachers
Aukino Tauraa and Vaevae Ruaporo, said Tutai and Pere.
“But welcome into the race of life, truth, and eternal
destiny apostolic oneness Jesus' women preachers Tepu Tauraa and Ngamata
“Let the race begin...with sincere love and Jesus 'go
ye...not sit ye, wait ye...great commission to all.”