Nahnmwarki (Revelation 19:16)

Many years ago, I had the privilege to practice medicine in the Micronesian island of Pohnpei (Ponape). I loved the people who lived there. They were friendly, generous, and eager to provide hospitality to every stranger. I immersed myself in the culture and attempted to learn some of the language. One word that stood out in my studies was Nahnmwarki. It described an ancient tribal government and the leader or King was designated Nanhmwarki.

When I returned to Hawaii, I was eager to share my experiences with my local church family. I greeted the congregation with an exuberant shout, “I bring you greetings from the people of Pohnpei. I was blessed to be able to go there and return by the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the King of Kings, the Nahnmwarkien nahnmwarki!

Many years later, I was pleased to discover that God’s Word has been translated into the native language of Pohnpei. I am touched that the phrase I quoted so many years ago, was accurate and is now applied to the only King worthy of holding this title, Jesus Christ.

Nahnmwarkien nahnmwarki kan oh Kaunen kaun akan.

or, the more familiar translation…

And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:16

God’s Word is not bound by culture, language, or history. Let His promises resonate throughout all His Creation!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.