Thank you so much to each of you who pray and give towards our ministry of training new missionaries with New Tribes Mission. We graduated 33 missionaries in May with another large group of students continuing studies in second semester starting in mid-August. We are also expecting 60 new students in August so we praise the Lord for this large incoming class! Several of the students are in the Himalaya’s region this summer for survey work as this area is uncharted territory for us as a mission. How exciting! Please pray for a successful trip for them!
This past spring I taught IPA Phonetics for two weeks at CIT (Center for Intercultural Training) in North Carolina. This was my third time teaching there. CIT offers an intensive 6 week course (2 weeks Language and four weeks of culture study) for mission agencies that don’t offer their own training. Agencies represented this time included Pioneers, United World Mission, Navigators, Reach Global, SIM, Kids Alive, World Team and others.
I also gave afternoon and evening consult sessions for the sounds of the languages they were studying including French, German, Guarani, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Chechewa of Malawi, and Vietnamese. No, I don’t speak all of these languages but can help students make the sounds of these languages that we do not have in English! There are over 700 sounds represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (thousands of sound combinations) yet we only use 44 of these sounds in English. Other languages may use only 26 of these sounds as in Japanese, or 24 as in Indo-Malay, or 40 sounds as in Russian, or…
Now our English “44 sound box” that we live and function in, will overlap with Indo-Malay’s “26 sound box,” but there are a handful of vowels that are different and a handful of consonants that are different. The few sounds which are different than the ones found in English are the sounds that we really need to work on as we study a new language. The average is 5-15 sounds which are different when comparing any two given languages.
On the home front, summer is in full swing. John, Kaitlyn, and Grace bicycled 40 miles and camped at the Pedaler’s Jamboree (start in Columbia, Missouri) over Memorial Day weekend. They enjoyed cycling, live music and visiting over the two days. Paula and Nate still live in Wisconsin and little Alice, our only grandchild is enjoying her first summer.
We sent Paula’s little dog Gus up to Wisconsin with Kaitlyn so Paula is reunited with her dog after 3 years! (we sent our other little dog Tristan to live with Anna’s folks as Anna’s mom Gail really loves Tristan and she could use a friendly little lap dog!) Kaitlyn has been living and working in Wisconsin since February, but plans on returning to the Lake of the Ozarks area. Kurt is working grounds at a local lake vacation spot and learning lots of practical skills while Grace continues to clean lake homes and summer homes. Anna continues to work at a lake restaurant, but has the summer off driving school bus so she is enjoying her “more relaxed” schedule now. Our support remains around 65% recommended so we both continue to work outside of ministry (John only Saturdays), but we know this is what God has for us in this “season of life,” and we are not complaining as he abundantly blesses us.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our ministry,
John, Anna Marie and Kurt