PACIFIC

Two Tongan Hearts

“I tried to run away from Bible translation but I can’t!” Tevita Lalahi’s broad shoulders shake as he laughs. Anyone who knows the determined Tongan may not believe this confession, since the Senior Executive Officer of the newly formed Bible

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Two Tongan Hearts

“I tried to run away from Bible translation but I can’t!” Tevita Lalahi’s broad shoulders shake as he laughs. Anyone who knows the determined Tongan may not believe this confession, since the Senior Executive Officer of the newly formed Bible

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Meet Jerry

“That’s good. I’m a ‘free citizen’. Now I can go to any pub and drink,” Jerry thought to himself when the government changed its policy towards Indigenous Australians in 1965. Reflecting on his journey, Jerry sits in the glow of

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Meet Jerry

“That’s good. I’m a ‘free citizen’. Now I can go to any pub and drink,” Jerry thought to himself when the government changed its policy towards Indigenous Australians in 1965. Reflecting on his journey, Jerry sits in the glow of

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Festival of Pacific Arts – Opening Ceremony

As soon as we arrive from the airport, another Wycliffe photojournalist and I immediately gear up and head down towards the Honiara soccer stadium where the opening ceremony is already under way. It was easy to find, just follow the

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Festival of Pacific Arts – Opening Ceremony

As soon as we arrive from the airport, another Wycliffe photojournalist and I immediately gear up and head down towards the Honiara soccer stadium where the opening ceremony is already under way. It was easy to find, just follow the

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Late Night Ramblings in Honiara

My head is buzzing. Can’t sleep. My room mate sleeps heavily nearby as my mind flashes through all the colorful events and intense conversations of the last seven days. And worries about tomorrow. I’ve got four, maybe five, interviews to squash into my last day here

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Late Night Ramblings in Honiara

My head is buzzing. Can’t sleep. My room mate sleeps heavily nearby as my mind flashes through all the colorful events and intense conversations of the last seven days. And worries about tomorrow. I’ve got four, maybe five, interviews to squash into my last day here

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Celebrating Pacific Culture – Weekly Inspiring Image

Not only flashing a gorgeous smile, she is also dancing in unison with a large group of men and women representing the unique culture of the Solomon Islands province of Makira at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts. Held once

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Celebrating Pacific Culture – Weekly Inspiring Image

Not only flashing a gorgeous smile, she is also dancing in unison with a large group of men and women representing the unique culture of the Solomon Islands province of Makira at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts. Held once

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Meet Marlene

“I believe in my heart so much that God has wanted me to be a part of this,” says Marlene. She is one of many Australian Indigenous people who worked on the translation of the complete Kriol Bible leading up to its launch in 2007. Doing the translation was, “hard at first, but…

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Meet Marlene

“I believe in my heart so much that God has wanted me to be a part of this,” says Marlene. She is one of many Australian Indigenous people who worked on the translation of the complete Kriol Bible leading up to its launch in 2007. Doing the translation was, “hard at first, but…

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Mesmerised – Weekly Inspiring Image

Have you ever seen children sit so still? At a dark outdoor meeting with only the glow of the stage lights, this image was captured at a ridiculously slow shutter of 1/8 of a second. You could almost take a

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Mesmerised – Weekly Inspiring Image

Have you ever seen children sit so still? At a dark outdoor meeting with only the glow of the stage lights, this image was captured at a ridiculously slow shutter of 1/8 of a second. You could almost take a

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Meet Finau – Weekly Inspiring Image

Cheeky, intelligent and fluent in two languages, Finau entertains me during the morning tea break of a four day Bible storytelling workshop in the Kingdom of Tonga. Despite the fact the workshops are usually run for adults, thirteen year old

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Meet Finau – Weekly Inspiring Image

Cheeky, intelligent and fluent in two languages, Finau entertains me during the morning tea break of a four day Bible storytelling workshop in the Kingdom of Tonga. Despite the fact the workshops are usually run for adults, thirteen year old

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Five Hours of Daylight

You’ll never believe where I am as I’m writing this. Its 5:08am and I’m on a bus heading towards Auckland airport to catch a flight to Tonga. I’d better post this now since I’ll continue to the smaller Tongan island

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Five Hours of Daylight

You’ll never believe where I am as I’m writing this. Its 5:08am and I’m on a bus heading towards Auckland airport to catch a flight to Tonga. I’d better post this now since I’ll continue to the smaller Tongan island

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Meet Pastor Peter – Weekly Inspiring Image

Meet Pastor Peter, his wife Ansi and their youngest son Nehri. When this photo was taken a couple years ago Peter had recently moved his family to his home village on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. After many years of Bible

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Meet Pastor Peter – Weekly Inspiring Image

Meet Pastor Peter, his wife Ansi and their youngest son Nehri. When this photo was taken a couple years ago Peter had recently moved his family to his home village on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. After many years of Bible

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When I Met Estelle

Sometimes I find it hard to reconcile my faith in the Love and Grace of God with all that is so very wrong in our world. Which is why I like to keep a photo of Estelle on hand. Meet

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When I Met Estelle

Sometimes I find it hard to reconcile my faith in the Love and Grace of God with all that is so very wrong in our world. Which is why I like to keep a photo of Estelle on hand. Meet

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Promise – Weekly Inspiring Image

With my papers wrapped in plastic to protect them from the splash of the waves, I climb into the small dugout canoe and paddle twenty-five minutes to a neighboring village. Today I plan to check Mark 6, 7 and 8

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Promise – Weekly Inspiring Image

With my papers wrapped in plastic to protect them from the splash of the waves, I climb into the small dugout canoe and paddle twenty-five minutes to a neighboring village. Today I plan to check Mark 6, 7 and 8

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Every Weekend – Weekly Inspiring Image

Did you know that almost every weekend over the last year or so language communities in Papua New Guinea have been celebrating the translation of God’s word into their language? Rain or shine, all across the country, each weekend another

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Every Weekend – Weekly Inspiring Image

Did you know that almost every weekend over the last year or so language communities in Papua New Guinea have been celebrating the translation of God’s word into their language? Rain or shine, all across the country, each weekend another

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Alive and Active – Weekly Inspiring Image

I hope this image reminds you of how very small we are. All our human problems, striving and efforts are like the smoke that drifts out of a volcano and evaporates. And yet God made us and is on a

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Alive and Active – Weekly Inspiring Image

I hope this image reminds you of how very small we are. All our human problems, striving and efforts are like the smoke that drifts out of a volcano and evaporates. And yet God made us and is on a

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Party Time – Weekly Inspiring Image

Celebration makes the world go round. The people of this village on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu have been preparing for this day for months, even years. Collecting fruit and coconuts, harvesting root vegetables, buying fabric and rice, crushing and

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Party Time – Weekly Inspiring Image

Celebration makes the world go round. The people of this village on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu have been preparing for this day for months, even years. Collecting fruit and coconuts, harvesting root vegetables, buying fabric and rice, crushing and

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Fish Market – Monday’s Inspiring Image

Where in the world do you go to the fish market to grab one of these beauties for dinner? The Solomon Islands of course. You might be more accustomed to seeing fish like this swimming around in a tank –

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Fish Market – Monday’s Inspiring Image

Where in the world do you go to the fish market to grab one of these beauties for dinner? The Solomon Islands of course. You might be more accustomed to seeing fish like this swimming around in a tank –

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Dark Houses – Monday’s Inspiring Image

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

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Dark Houses – Monday’s Inspiring Image

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

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“Big Mob” – Monday’s Inspiring Image

I’ve just returned from a weekend of fellowship and celebration with Indigenous Christians from all over the top end of outback Australia. Camped out under the stars, or big mango trees, hundreds of people who could make the journey spent

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“Big Mob” – Monday’s Inspiring Image

I’ve just returned from a weekend of fellowship and celebration with Indigenous Christians from all over the top end of outback Australia. Camped out under the stars, or big mango trees, hundreds of people who could make the journey spent

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Battle Horn – Weekly Inspiring Image

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

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Battle Horn – Weekly Inspiring Image

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

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Smiles and Boxes – Monday’s Inspiring Image

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

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Smiles and Boxes – Monday’s Inspiring Image

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

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Open Window – Weekly Inspiring Image

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

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Open Window – Weekly Inspiring Image

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

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Celebration Dance – Weekly Inspiring Image

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 (BTA) of Papua New Guinea, back in 2005. Now for over

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Celebration Dance – Weekly Inspiring Image

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 (BTA) of Papua New Guinea, back in 2005. Now for over

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Early Morning – Monday’s Inspiring Image

A new morning has dawned in this remote village in Vanuatu. The village was awake 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

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Early Morning – Monday’s Inspiring Image

A new morning has dawned in this remote village in Vanuatu. The village was awake 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

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Plastic Shoes – Monday’s Inspiring Image

In a remote village in Vanuatu life goes on as it has for thousands of years – plus croc shoes. This young girl from the island of Espiritu Santo is working hard collecting supplies from the jungle with her plastic

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Plastic Shoes – Monday’s Inspiring Image

In a remote village in Vanuatu life goes on as it has for thousands of years – plus croc shoes. This young girl from the island of Espiritu Santo is working hard collecting supplies from the jungle with her plastic

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