Dordt College News

Wycliffe workers to speak at Dordt College

October 25, 2004

Hug-A-Linguist Days at Dordt College will be Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 1-3, with the public invited to hear guest speakers on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Classroom Building lecture hall C160.

Speaking on Monday night will be Chuck and Barb Micheals, who have served with Wycliffe and SIL International for 19 years. Chuck operated the commissary in PNG at Ukarumpa for 14 years, which served the needs of missionary families and Papua New Guineans who were involved in Bible translation work. Barb helped raise their four children and later worked in the high school as a librarian.

The Michaels returned to the U.S. in 2000, and Chuck is currently serving as Mobilization Director for the Wycliffe nine-state North Central area. The topic of their talk will be “Lone Rangers? Engaging the Global Church to Reach the Whole World.”

Speakers Tuesday evening will be Mark and Lynn Onken of St. Joseph, Michigan. The Onkens and their three children (then 16, 11 and 7) joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1993. With a background in teaching, Mark and Lynn felt drawn to helping people learn to read the translated Scriptures. They went to Papua New Guinea as literacy specialists with SIL, and have supported Bible translation by conducting Writer’s Workshops, Teacher Training Workshops and Alphabet Design Workshops in the villages, enabling Papua New Guineans to write their own language and become teachers to help others read. They have also been involved in training Papua New Guineans on the regional and provincial level.

The Onkens will speak on the topic, “Reading, Writing and Orangutans: Opportunities in Teaching.

These discussions are free and open to the public.

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