The following images highlight the efforts of two missionaries, Jed and Maricel, who live on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Mindanao is home to a vast array of chaos and uncertainty. An Islamic extremist group, the Mindanao Islamic Liberation Force (MNILF), seeks to separate the island from the rest of the country. Another group, the NLF, strongly opposes the government and mayor of Davao city. Among this political and religious turmoil, Jed and Maricel are changing lives.
Members of a larger ethnic community living across Southeast Asia, these children belong to a group of Bajao who reside in Davao, on the coast of Mindanao Island. The Bajao are a Muslim ethnic group, who make their living almost exclusively from resources of the ocean. Leaving the city of Davao on the weekends, Jed and Maricel venture into the central mountain regions of Mindanao. The following villages are far more removed from the environment of the city.
Local guides who know the mountain regions well assist those who are less familiar with the area.
In the mountains, four-wheel vehicles cannot access many of the roads. Villagers equip their bikes with wood paneling to allow for additional passengers.A local of a neighboring village drives his motorbike to a church to lead worship. Jed (left) and Maricel (right), reading scripture in front of a village congregation.