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All around the world – in spite of war, economic collapse and religious conflict – life goes on. Afghanistan’s 51 vibrant language communities are no exception. Babies are born, children go to school, people marry, cook dinner, question the meaning of life, seek God and sell watermelons at the market. And the 35 vibrant language [...]

Harvest Time

Posted: 1st August 2011 by Elyse in Resources
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Harvesting grain in Cambodia sure does look glamorous. With an arm full of golden grain and a face full of sunshine this farmer makes the harvest look like light work. Cambodia has been through some hard times in the past – war, genocide, starvation and the list continues. But we can give thanks that in [...]

Dark Houses

Posted: 16th May 2011 by Elyse in Resources
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Four young children from a remote village in Vanuatu are looking on in shy curiosity at the arrival of strangers in their community. You may notice the house in the background with its narrow door and absence of windows. Like many Ni-Vanuatu, the people of this village still live in dark houses, building them without [...]

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A warrior sounds the triton shell battle horn. Strangers have arrived on the beach. Spears fly and slings are snapped as the white sail of the canoe approaches. The visitors cry out in the local tongue – “This is the Word of God in our Gapapaiwa language!” A dramatic reenactment of the first arrival of [...]

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How’s this for a visual story – a big stack of boxes and a very happy translator. These boxes clogging up an office in the Solomon Islands represent years of hard work, hundreds of thousands of readers and a hope for national unity. The complete Pijin Bible was celebrated as part of the Solomon Islands’ [...]

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What is she thinking? This young girl lives in the lowlands province of Sanduan, Papua New Guinea. This structure is her family’s house, and this opening – a window. Taken on film about 10 years ago, she would be a young woman now, with children of her own. The photographer, an SIL literacy specialist, was [...]

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This image doesn’t leave you to wonder – it screams – this is a celebration! This colour, joy and dance marked the 25th anniversary of the Bible Translation Association of Papua New Guinea, back in 2005. Now for over 30 years Papua New Guineans have been training new recruits, translating Scripture and advising the work [...]

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These young boys are playing with piles of confetti that were blasted all over the stage during the unveiling of the Kerala Sign Language Bible portions in southern India last year. This is just one of the many moments of visible joy on a day when over 1000 Deaf people gathered to get their hands [...]

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A new morning has dawned in this remote village in Vanuatu. The villagers were up just before the sun – stoking the fires, collecting water from the crystal clear river and preparing for the day’s work. An Australian missionary family who live in the house on the right are also up – enjoying the view [...]

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I hope this happy face brightens your day! This smile was captured by Wycliffe photographer Janeen Michie at a cultural festival in the Philippines known as Kaamulan. This year’s celebration in the Bukidnon region finished just last Friday. Tribal villagers representing the seven hill tribes of Bukidnon gathered in unity with the local dwellers in [...]