Dordt College News

Hug-A-Linguist Days at Dordt

October 25, 2006

Hug-A-Linguist Days at Dordt College will take place Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 30- Nov. 1. Guest missionary speakers will introduce themselves and discuss their work on Monday evening, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building lecture hall C160. Sharing their stories will be:

Steve Anderson, who has been with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 35 years, almost all of it in central Africa. Steve is currently the Linguistics Coordinator for Cameroon Branch. He has his PhD in Linguistics and his specialties are phonology, tone, orthography and the Bantu and Chadic African languages. His wife, Julie, worked in East Africa with African Inland Mission before meeting Steve. Julie is a musician who composes songs that reflect their faith walk, and sings and accompanies herself on the guitar.

Jamie Farr, the national director of Children’s Education Recruitment, grew up in mission fields and continues to work to bring the Word of God into every language. He grew up in Papua, New Guinea, where at age 18 he went through all of the coming of age feasts and rites to become a Korafe man. Jamie and his wife worked as a mission team starting Grace International School in Thailand, where they served until two years ago.

Joseph E. Richter is the executive director of FARMS International, which provides micro-enterprise loans to Christian families for agricultural and small business projects. FARMS has 24 loan committees operating in the countries of Bangladesh, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Rwanda Moldova, Senegal, and Vietnam. New programs are set to begin in Niger and Ecuador. Joe and his wife, Pat, also served as missionaries among the Igorot tribes of northern Luzon in the Philippines.

Tuesday Hug-A-Linguist sessions will be held in Dordt’s West Commons, with Jamie Farr speaking at 8 a.m. (Things that will stop you from getting involved), Joe Richter speaking at 9:30 a.m. (Doing good that is good: general focus) and Steve Anderson speaking at 2 p.m. (Phonetic and Phonology of the Grassland Bantu Language).

Tuesday night at 10 p.m. a mini-concert by Julie Anderson will be offered at the Humble Bean, with informal chat from 9-11 p.m. in the Grille area.

Wednesday Hug-A-Linguist sessions will be held in Classroom Building CL 246, with Richter speaking at 8 a.m. (Community Development in Ag Missions), Farr speaking at 9 a.m. (International Cultural Challenges) and Anderson speaking at 10 (Foundations for Translation).

An information booth will also be set up in the Campus Center from noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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