Along the way!
We started studying French in Albertville, France in September 2007. The school we attended there specialized in teaching French to missionaries. It was an intensive 10 month course which brought us to a point where we can function with basic communication in Africa.
In October 2008 we arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa where we improved our French skills while immersing in the culture.
There are about 4000-5000 Glaro people living on the border of Ivory Coast and Liberia. Our co-worker, Lesley, is currently working on translating the Bible into the Glaro language. We have begun learning that language, and once we have reached a certain amount of fluency in it, we hope to begin teaching the Bible to the Glaro people.
In 2011 we relocated to a village in Liberia. Most of the Glaro people are living in Liberia and since it is easier to learn a language if you are living among the people who speak it, it became obvious that we should move to Liberia. In 2012 we rebuild a old house that was used by missionaries before, but had been destroyed during the long Liberian civil war from 1990 to 2003. Much effort has been given to learn the language since then, yet the Glaro language is challenging and progress learning it is made slowly.