Living in Bubbles

Living in Bubbles

I was visiting with an older lady in the remote town in which I was first assigned as a missionary with Lutheran Bible Translators. She had heard a ‘rumor’. Did I have a toilet inside the house? “Yes,” I told her. She was not impressed. How could we live in the smell?...

Taking Root

Plants spring up at an amazing pace in the tropics. In fact, it is possible to just cut a branch off a plant, stick it into the ground, and see it flourish as it develops a root system and leaves. I experienced this personally during my first language project living...

Flexibility

For missionaries serving abroad, flexibility as a trait is constantly taxed. It seems we are always on the move and the rules are always changing. New problems surface, and new solutions and even adjusted expectations are sometimes necessary. For example, when I first...
A Matter of Understanding

A Matter of Understanding

Would you know Jesus if you hadn’t been able to access Scripture in your own language? Are you fluent enough in a second or even third language that the richness and fullness of the Bible in those languages would be clear to you? A local translator in Botswana said:...
The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

“One of the most enlightening classes we’ve taken was Second Language and Culture Acquisition,” says new missionary Andrew Olson. “We learned how to set up a plan to learn a language from scratch, even if no books or language learning tools exist. These methods should...