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Archive for July, 2008

More about Eskimos

I put up a post a number of months ago on my “Translator’s Page” about the great Eskimo hoax.  I hope I’ve done my part as a linguist to dispell this false story from our conversations, but in case I haven’t quite accomplished that, I would encourage you to read this article: pullum-eskimo-vocabhoax1

On a personal note… I have only two weeks left up here, and one more weekend.  This weekend I look forward to visiting Greg Linscott and his family in Marshall, MN, where he is pastoring a small church.  I enjoyed getting to know the Linscotts when they were in Grand Rapids during a short period of transition from one ministry to another.

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I sure have been seeing a good bit of Chicago this summer.  I passed through there on my way out to ND, went back there a week later for my sister’s wedding, and then went back in a month (last weekend) for a deputation meeting.  I’ll be back there once again on Aug. 8-9 for the Singles Conference at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, IL. 

Though it was a whirlwind trip (left Sat afternoon and came back Mon early morning), it was a great trip to Lake County Baptist Church in Waukegan, IL.  Pastor Ralph Warren definitely has a heart for missions and Bible translation.  His church is multi-ethnic and multi-lingual.  Numerous types of accents can be heard at Lake County.  Pastor Warren captured the international spirit of his church by having the Bible read in the representative languages–Italian, German, Tagalog, Hindi, Haitian Creole, French, etc.  It was great preparation for my presentation Sunday evening. 

Sunday was the start of their missions conference.  It was to continue until Wednesday.  I wish I could have stayed for the entire conference, but I’m glad I was able to be there for at least one day.  The people showed great interest in my ministry.  In fact, an entire page (plus one name) of my email sign-up sheet was filled out.  In addition, there was never a dull or silent moment, because I was constantly speaking to the believers about my ministry.  What a blessing to see their heart for missions and Bible translation!  I’m thankful for how the Lord answered prayers for this good trip.

Check out my updated itinerary on the “where am I?” page and my praise and prayer updates.

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