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Bob Harp, longtime missionary to American Samoa, dies at 84

MAUI, Hawaii — A woman named Tolua Tavai once asked Bob Harp to “come back to Samoa with your family. You make Jesus’ church in my home.”
He did.
Harp, who dedicated nearly 50 years of ministry to the people of South Pacific, died Sept. 10 in Maui, Hawaii, after a long illness. He was 84.
Born in Floydada, Texas, Harp served in Japan with the U.S. military from 1946-47. For the next 15 years, he served churches in New York, Texas, California and Maine.
While serving as a minister for the Culver Palms Church of Christ in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, Harp traveled to Wellington, New Zealand, for a gospel campaign. He toured the region and took the invitation to move his family to American Samoa, a U.S. territory.
He and his wife, Jackie, and their three young children, Scott, Eric and Vicki, moved to the town of Lauli’i in 1964.
Under difficult physical circumstances, they remained there for six and a half years, during which they launched the first Church of Christ among the islanders in Lauli’i.
Three years later they helped build the first church building for the Church of Christ in the village of Nu’uuli.
In recent years Harp had served as associate minister for the Maui Church of Christ.

  • Feedback
    It is with sadness that I just read that Bob passed last year. My husband and I were married by Bob in 1993 in Maui. He was a kind man and left fond memories of our island wedding. Rest in peace. Aloha.
    Daryll Lambert
    not applicable
    Halifax, nova scotia
    May, 8 2013

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