Two Grace College seniors are headed to the University of North Dakota this summer to study with Wycliffe Bible Translators in their pursuit of a major in Bible translation and a dream of full-time missions work. Bethany Ingram, resident of Stryker, Ohio, and Mitchell Hussong, originally from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will study in North Dakota from June 7 to August 5, taking four linguistics courses with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
For more than 70 years, Wycliffe Bible Translators has worked globally to help indigenous tribes translate the Bible into their own languages. They partner with organizations in Africa, the Americans, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Wycliffe teaches college linguistic courses including articulatory phonetics, syntax and morphology, and introduction to sociolinguistics.
Wycliffe will introduce Ingram and Hussong to the sounds used in spoken languages and teach them how to recognize, produce, transcribe, classify and describe words. They will also be taught the fundamentals of analyzing grammatical and morphological structures of languages. Additionally, Ingram and Hussong will gain exposure to language as a phenomenon dependent on age, general, social class, and setting.
“I’m excited to start learning about new languages and cultures,” Ingram said. “The classes will also prepare me to effectively build relationships with tribal people. My goal is to prepare myself now for future ministry.” She anticipates using the material and new skills to partner with a Bible translation organization after graduation.
Hussong looks forward to learning and transcribing new languages. “I plan to be in full-time ministry as a missionary,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be a part of New Tribes Missions or Wycliffe Bible. I want to translate scripture into a language that does not yet have the Bible.”
Translating the Bible into another language is an extremely challenging process that can take many years. With these courses, including a foundation of core classes and biblical studies at Grace College, Ingram and Hussong will be prepared for roles as Bible translators, linguists, literacy workers and language surveyors.
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