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 town, wearing their intricately woven costumes for a celebration of culture, diversity and traditions.
One of the extraordinary blessings of being a participant in a global movement committed to serving the minority language communities of the world–participating with them as they set, strive for, and achieve their own developmental goals related to their language–comes as I meet (usually through story and sometimes through image) people like this woman. My own vision of God is clarified and broadened every time I meet someone new, engage a new culture, hear a new expression of life.
Wycliffe’s passion to see God’s great glory magnified as people from every nation, every tribe, every language, every people worship Him is worked out in our deep commitment to seeing that all peoples have access to the very Word of God in the language and form that serves them best.
Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.
For he loves us with unfailing love;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise the Lord!