As members of Wycliffe Bible Translators Christopher and Lauren believe in the importance of translating the Bible into every living language in the world, as they believe in the power of God’s Word and the transforming effect that the Gospel has on people’s lives. Right now in Tanzania, there are 107 different linguistic communities that do not have even a single verse of scripture in their language, but they are seeking to change that by taking part in what God is doing in Mbeya, Tanzania.
As a linguist, it will be Lauren’s responsibility in Mbeya to analyze and evaluate the linguistic and cultural data that is collected by language survey workers. Some of her responsibilities include developing alphabets for previously unwritten languages and developing literacy programs to enable people to read the scriptures. Her role is very important because she lays the foundation for Bible Translators, which speeds up the Bible translation process and makes translators for effective, ensuring the Good News of Jesus Christ reaches people as quickly as possible.
Christopher will be performing two roles as a language surveyor and as a vernacular media technician. As a language surveyor, Christopher treks into remote villages in order to gather linguistic and cultural data about various people groups and language groups. This is critical information, as it lays the foundation for Bible translation work, and seeks to answer key questions such as, how many different linguistic communities exist in a certain area? As a vernacular media technician, Christopher’s role will be to help translate various materials, such as the ‘Jesus’ film, Christian radio programs, as well as other audio and video Bible resources into other languages in Tanzania to ensure that the Gospel reaches as many people as possible.
Kevin and Melissa are currently serving with Wycliffe Bible Translator's recruitment department. Kevin has been the lead recruiter for Alberta since 2012, and has had the blessing of seeing many young men and women join in the world wide Bible translation movement. And, with three energetic girls (Emery, Madelyn, Juniper), Melissa is kept busy at home making sure they get the loving care they need. In fall 2015, Kevin and Melissa will be moving to Papua New Guinea for two years to serve the local churches and their leaders by facilitating the use of mother-tongue Scriptures.
Royce and Laurel are founders of Hope Restored International. Although started as a non-profit in 2009 Hope Restored International gained full Charity status in January of 2013. The purpose of Hope Restored International is to introduce people to the freedom for eternity that only Jesus Christ can give.
We are currently working in India with the Dalit people group, helping the children to complete an education through tutoring centers. These centers are designed to give the children help with their homework and general studies as well as a nutritional snack on a daily basis. Along with help in their school work they are exposed to the gospel message in word as well as deed. We are currently staffing and working in 3 centers in Northern India and 2 centers in South Central India. We are currently serving more than 150 children in our centers in India.
Along with work in India we have expanded into Mexico with a shoe and sock program for children living in the dumps of Mazatlan. These shoes and socks form part of the uniform needed by the children to attend local schools. Working with local churches these uniforms are distributed to the children giving the churches the relationship needed to speak into the life of the families and share the gospel message. They also protect their feet as they scrounge through the garbage dump picking recyclables and other products they can sell to earn a few pesos’ to add to the family income.
Wes and Nadine are currently serving with Power to Change - Students at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Power to Change seeks to help change the world by helping students discover Jesus. We long for the day when no student would graduate from a post-secondary program in Canada and around the world without having the opportunity to engage with the life-changing message of Jesus.
Wes and Nadine have been working with students on university campuses in Calgary and in other countries such as Peru since 2011 to engage our world's future leaders with the Gospel while training and equipping Christian students to learn to share their faith and live in the power of the Holy Spirit for the rest of their lives. Wes also spent a year in Panama from 2009-10, investing in the world's future leaders there.
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Serving with Power to Change - Students, Stefan and Bonnie each seek to glorify God by helping students discover Christ. Stefan has been on campus with P2C-S since 2013, spending two years at the University of Victoria where he helped reestablish a movement of students engaging their peers with the Gospel. Now in Calgary, Stefan seeks to lead students in transforming the university campus with the message of Christ. Bonnie spent one year with Stefan at the University of Victoria 2014-2015, and now as Executive Assistant to the National Director she helps enable our staff across Canada to lead students to the Lord. Married in February 2016, they look forward to glorifying God wherever he takes them.
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