Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

By Melissa Paredes

Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing with your life is making an impact? If what you’ve chosen as a career will last longer than just a couple years, giving you the chance to make a mark on the world? We all have a desire to leave a legacy, to make a difference in this world. And sometimes we get a glimpse of that impact.

A Legacy 25 Years in the Making3That’s how it was for Dave Schutt, a teacher at Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. On January 10, 2014, students, alumni and faculty put together a surprise event to commemorate the 25 years that Dave dedicated to countless students. And what a surprise it was!

In the months leading up to the event, Faith Academy faculty had created a hidden Facebook group, requesting that former colleagues, alumni and current students share something about Dave — a favorite memory, an old picture or a thank-you expressing how their life has been directly impacted by his commitment to teaching.

Dave’s legacy at Faith Academy goes all the way back to 1989, when he and his wife, Tammy, moved to the Philippines. That August he began teaching, and he has continued to do so ever since then. A Legacy 25 Years in the MakingHe’s taught multiple classes throughout the years, depending on what has been needed — Algebra I and II, pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, physical education and weights. He’s also coached wrestling, boys’ volleyball, track and field, boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball.

I myself was privileged to have Dave as a teacher for several classes throughout high school. In fact, he’s probably the only reason my algebra classes were bearable! Somehow he made math fun, and I could see that he genuinely cared for us — both as a class and as individuals.

That genuine care was clearly noted by many students and faculty throughout the years, as the overwhelming response to Dave’s 25 year celebration attested. The impact he’s had on so many people was evident by the countless comments and pictures that were shared.

A Legacy 25 Years in the Making2But what’s kept him teaching for so many years? “God has been faithful,” Dave shared. “And Faith [Academy] is such a great school for us and our kids!”

“I have no regrets!” Dave said about his tenure at the school. “It’s a great ministry and Wycliffe and SIL have also been a great support to me as I teach and support their children.”

Teaching is a wonderful way to touch many lives — perhaps countless more than we could ever even begin to imagine. And for Dave Schutt, it’s been a legacy 25 years in the making.

Learn more about how you can touch lives and make an impact by serving with Wycliffe through teaching.

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By Melissa Paredes

I was twelve years old when my family moved to the Philippines, and my life hasn’t been the same since.My Life as an MK

It wasn’t easy packing up a family of seven to move 7,000 miles across the world, but somehow my parents did it. For me, it was an adventure; I’m sure for them it was much more stressful than my twelve-year-old mind could understand at the time. But we were going because God had called us—a calling that had been confirmed over and over again since we started looking into Wycliffe. That was only a year before we packed our bags and got on the plane that would take us to a new country, a new culture, and a new life.

At first it was hard moving to another country. I was old enough to miss our home in Colorado, our friends, and our church family. But I was also young enough that moving across the world was an exciting adventure. Everything was so different, but in a good way! I learned new ways of looking at the world as I interacted with people who spoke a different language and grew up in a different culture. It helped open my eyes to the many differences—and similarities—from one culture to another. And as time went on, I adjusted to life as a new type of kid—a missionary kid (MK).

Missionary kids have a reputation. We’re known for being a little “different.” We grow up in a culture that’s not our passport country, but not one we can fully identify with either, because we’re foreigners. So we create our own culture by taking pieces from both worlds and making it our own. At first you don’t realize what you’re doing, and then one day you realize that you’re just a bit different than everyone else. But we embrace it, and find a unique sense of freedom in not being able to be defined by a culture’s norms.

Kids dressed in traditional clothing at the first New Testament dedication my family went to for the Finallig language in Barlig, northern Philippines.

Kids dressed in traditional clothing at the first New Testament dedication my family went to for the Finallig language in Barlig, northern Philippines.

I lived in the Philippines until I was eighteen, when I returned to the United States for college, and those six years shaped my life and made me who I am today. How can I truly capture and share all that I saw, experienced, and learned? Living overseas is an experience that really cannot be summed up in just a few hundred words. I could go on about it for days and still not be able to share it all. But one thing I can share is that it was during those years in the Philippines that God filled me with a desire to also take a leap of faith and step out as a missionary one day.

There’s so much of the world that is still waiting to hear about God, to be touched by the hands of Jesus, and to know that they’re loved. Being up close and personal with this need made my heart soft to those who are still waiting to get God’s Word, to learn that He’s there, and most importantly, to know that they’re loved more than they could ever imagine.

When you come face to face with that need and it smacks you right between the eyes, drilling down into the depths of your soul and penetrating to the core, you can’t help but want to respond. We’ve been called to be the hands and feet of God. There’s an unmet longing in each of us that can only be filled by Him, and we can help others find the answer to that unmet longing by being a missionary to those around us.

My Life as an MK2Growing up, I didn’t know that I’d one day come to work for Wycliffe at their headquarters in Orlando. I always thought I’d go overseas right after college and start living out this calling in a different country. But God’s shown me that we can be a missionary wherever He’s placed us—right in our communities and neighborhoods, to the people we meet at the grocery store, or even to our church community. We’re all called; we just have different places He’s called us to.


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Russel is a Bible translator for his own language, Majukayong, in the Philippines. He’s been working on the project for over twelve years, having joined the team back in 2002. Although Russel is a shy man by nature, he knew that sharing God’s Word with his people was important. So he would bring home drafted portions of the New Testament they were translating into his mother tongue, and gather his neighbors together to read and discuss the flow of the translated text in their own language.

???????????????????????????????As Russel continued to hold these gatherings, they eventually developed into a Bible study. And as time went on, the group began to multiply. God’s Word in their heart language was making a difference as more people became interested in what the Bible said, and it was visibly spreading across their community as more and more people joined the group.

In 2005 a church was built and Russel was commissioned as pastor to the new congregation. Now he is no longer known as a shy man, but rather as a passionate preacher of the Scriptures to the Majukayong community. Russel is also the first pastor in the community to use the translated Scripture in their heart language!

But more people need access to the Bible in Majukayong. In a community that has long practiced revenge killing, legalistic rituals, and animistic practices, Russel and the translation team believe that God’s Word in the heart language has the power to transform lives. For those who already believe, there is a desire to ???????????????????????????????understand the Scriptures for themselves, without relying on pastors from other communities to interpret the Scripture from another language.

You can help print Bibles for the Majukayong community and make a difference in this community through the gift of God’s Word in their heart language.

Go to www.wycliffe.org/summercampaign to learn how!



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“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT).

What began as a very small idea four years ago, has blossomed into something much bigger than was ever anticipated. Peter and Betty Green serve as translation and Scripture use consultants for the Aklanon people of the Philippines. In an effort to see God’s Word in the hands of the Aklanons, the Greens began creating products that highlight the Inakeanon* Scriptures—calendars, wall hangings, bookmarks, crocheted bags, and household décor, among many other items. In 2012, more than 6,400 of these handmade items were made available and can now be seen in Aklanon homes and businesses!

Click here to read the rest of this post from Wycliffe’s PrayToday blog, and to learn how you can pray for our efforts with the Aklanon people.

*Inakeanon is the name of the language spoken by the Aklanon people.

Locals join in prayer in Antique, Philippines.

Photo is meant to be representative and may not feature the actual Aklanon people of the Philippines.

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“Jesus rose from the dead, just like He said He would!” —Nard Pugyao, Philippines


Make these yummy empty-tomb rolls on Easter morning!

Check out our new Easter lesson: Jesus is Alive! to do with your kids at home or for your Sunday school class. It includes a skit about a Filipino boy’s dramatic response to Christ’s empty tomb when he read about it in his own language, along with discussion questions and a recipe to make empty-tomb rolls.

Click here for more FREE children’s curriculum from Wycliffe.

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Translation Team Bible study at Ate Bea's house.

“…your faithful service is an offering to God…” (Philippians 2:17b, NLT).

February 28 marked the sixtieth anniversary of SIL International’s original work agreement with the government of the Philippines.

At the invitation of Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, SIL Philippines began Bible translation and language development in 1953. It was SIL’s first initiative in Asia. In the sixty years since 1953, SIL has provided linguistic research and vernacular materials in almost 100 languages/dialects of the Philippines.

For each month in 2013, SIL Philippines will designate a different theme to celebrate the sixty years. This first month highlights the history around the initial invitation given to a still-young Summer Institute of Linguistics (the former name of SIL International.)

This article was originally posted on the Wycliffe PrayToday blog. Click here to read the full story.

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Al Williams, a pilot in the Philippines, tells why people filling support roles such as accounting, teaching, and mechanics are critical to Bible translation.


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