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 mission to bring us home. We know that the work of human redemption, of the great commission – of bible translation – is God’s work, and we are privileged to be a part of it.

This relatively small active volcano known as Mount Yasur is constantly booming and spilling ash on those who live in the south of the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. I took the 5 images that make up this panorama while visiting two translation projects nearby in 2009. One of those projects has now finished and a celebration day is set for next May! The translation advisers’ house looks directly onto the volcano, a constant reminder of God’s power and our fragility.

Photo: Elyse Patten
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