The Announcement: Moving Overseas
Some people hadn’t realized we’re moving. We talked about it in our newsletter, but never here in the blog, so here’s the announcement we made in April, 2013.
We have a story to tell you:
Many years ago, in a cold land far away from Texas, there lived a lad named Steve. He loved the Bible and other books, and dreamed of becoming a Bible translator someday. He worked hard at a university and earned a linguistics degree. Then he applied to missionary organization of translators. Alas! They did not accept him. Steve eventually found work giving directions to clueless little creatures called “computers.” He married a beautiful, young princess named Debbie and three princes were born to them.
In the course of time, the missionary organization later accepted Steve and Princess Debbie. Computer shepherds who knew something about human languages were in short supply and the other missionaries asked him to work among the clueless creatures. Steve still wanted to translate, but he was told he was “too old” to do that work. So Steve continued computer shepherding and learned contentment in his work. Princess Debbie learned she had a heart for taking care of people. Their princes grew up and began to take their leave to build lives of their own. One will marry in May; the other two plan to leave for universities in August.
Computer shepherding has changed over time, and so has some Bible translation methods. Although now a decade older, Steve no longer is too old to become a translator. A very distant nation called Papua New Guinea (PNG) has asked him and Princess Debbie to please come. They are preparing a formal invitation for them this very day. They wish Princess Debbie to care for other missionaries and they would like Steve to work as a linguist/translator.
During the next year, Princess Debbie intends to continue her education. Steve took his linguistics classes a generation ago and PNG has asked him to update his education. He has been accepted at the Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics (GIAL), where many Bible translators receive graduate level training. The tuition will require additional financial support beyond the amounts the couple normally receives.
And so the adventures of the couple take an unexpected turn. They will stay in the land of Texas to help the princes start news lives, but then plan to leave for PNG in 2014.
Image credit: Zuanzuanfuwa, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea#mediaviewer/File:Papua_New_Guinea_%28orthographic_projection%29.svg