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Wycliffe representatives present gift to Dordt College

November 11, 2004

Wycliffe North Central Mobilization Director, Chuck Micheals, recently presented a gift to Dordt College in honor of both the college’s 50th anniversary and the introduction of a new linguistics minor now being offered at Dordt College. Gift Print

The framed print by artist Hyatt Moore, “Feeding the Three Thousand,” was presented to Dr. Leendert van Beek, chair of Dordt College’s foreign language department, during Hug-A-Linguist Days, Nov. 1-3.

There are currently close to 3,000 of the world’s languages still without written form or Scriptures. Micheals said the art is a reminder of the challenge of our times, and both the practical and spiritual aspects of the solution. It depicts Jesus the miracle worker, the “bread” in the baskets represents Scripture, the basket carriers represent missionaries, and in the crowd are pockets of new readers (different ethnic groups).

Micheals said in order to translate the Bible accurately into new languages, linguists must have both language skills and theology education. “You can’t be a Bible translator unless you have that kind of training, and there are only four colleges in the U.S. that offer that combination.” Michaels said he was excited that Dordt College’s new linguistics minor would result in more trained individuals who can partner with Wycliffe in their goal of making the Bible available to every language group.

Chuck Micheals and his wife, Barb, spoke to several classes at Dordt College during Hug-A-Linguist Days, along with linguists and literacy specialists Mark and Lynn Onken and a mission computer recruiter, Jim Leamer. Micheals said he is seeing a growing interest level in linguistics at Dordt College, where an ag missions major was also added in the 2004-2005 school year.

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