Our journey to Wycliffe grew out of our lives growing up. Each of our journeys started differently, but ultimately the goal is the same. We have a desire to make God's word available to every person in a language that they understand with their heart.
|* I grew up, the third of five sons of a preacher in a small city named Lima, Oh, which could be an acronym for Lost In Middle America. |
* Since my father is a pastor we watched a lot "good" programming, including the Gospel Bill Show. I got down on my knees in front of the TV, while watching it one day after school.
*I do also remember listening to the local Christian radio station at night as I went to sleep. One night, they were talking about missions and they asked their listeners to pick a place in the world and pray for them to receive workers. I chose the continent of Africa, quite the over achiever.
* At Bethel College, two great things happened. I visited the missions’ conference in Urbana in '03 and I met Bridget, now my wife.
* The conference in Urbana and some confirmation later solidified my call into linguistic missions, putting my great joy of learning languages and cultures to significant use.
* Here I am now, on my way to Cameroon, Africa to do just that.
Bridget's Story* My journey towards Wycliffe began in High School. I grew up in a Christian home, but it was in High School that I realized that there was more to the Christian faith than just going to church every week. Jesus actually desired to have a relationship with me. He desired to walk with me through life.
* I went on some short term mission trips, both as a high school student and as a leader with the middle school ministry.
* It was then that God confirmed in my heart that He was going to use me to serve Him.
* I met Steve in college and I knew right away that he had a desire to join Wycliffe. I had never heard of Wycliffe before meeting Steve.
* Like I said, God wired me for service. He did not; however, wire me to learn languages. I didn't understand how God was going to use me in an organization that specialized in languages.
*God wires us all differently and He wired me to serve in a support role. Without people in support roles, translators can not complete their work.