Dordt College News

Hug-A-Linguist Days

October 26, 2005

Hug-A-Linguist Days at Dordt College will take place Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 31- Nov. 2. The public is invited to hear guest speakers on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Classroom Building lecture hall C160. Hug-A-Linguist

The Monday evening speaker is Wycliffe linguist Andy Minch, whose topic is “God is not American: In Search of Cross Culture.” Minch has spent the past 20 years working as a Bible translator in Papua, New Guinea. During those years he and his wife, Audrey, learned the language and culture of the Amanab people from the people and proceeded with translation and literacy work. In November, 2001, they dedicated the Amanab New Testament. For the past two years Andy has been the director for language affairs, overseeing the 200 translation programs in Papua New Guinea. He has experience as a linguist (having taught three years at Moody Bible Institute) and a senior translation consultant.

Tuesday evening’s speaker is Janie Voss, whose topic is “Teaching: A variety of opportunities.” Voss grew up in Northwest Iowa and has been with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 37 years, most of that time as a school teacher for missionaries’ children. She has two adopted daughters from the Philippines, both of whom are married, and has seven grandchildren. In December, 2004, Janie returned to the U.S. to assist her 94-year-old father. She became a Wycliffe representative for the Iowa/Nebraska area in May 2005.

These discussions are free and open to the public.

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