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March 15, 2013

We’ve been assigned to a language group! We now know the language into which we’ll help translate the Bible.

For the past few years, since we’ve been assigned to the Solomon Islands, we haven’t known what language we’d be planning to help translate. That was fine, as we’ve kept plenty busy learning Pijin, learning the culture, visiting a few villages, and working on projects here in the capital. The whole time, we’ve been talking with our director and others about what language would be most strategic for us.

The place that has seemed to be the best match is in the western part of the country on the island of Kolombangara. The national association of churches is who actually assigns us to a language group. Our acting director attended the church association’s last meeting and recommended that they assign us to do translation work on Kolombangara. The churches agreed and assigned us to that island. So, it’s official!

Language: Duke, also spelled Nduke (pronounced DUE-kay)
Island: Kolombangara (pronounced coal-um-BANG-are-uh)
Location: the west part of the country (see a google map)

SI map with west arrow
Now what? We can’t just move out west next week. First we need to make contacts with church leaders and other people from Kolombangara. Through various connections and seeming “coincidences,” we’ve already met with several pastors from Kolombangara who are here in town. One of those pastors offered to meet with us again to teach us a few basics about the language before he goes back home. Thanks to him, we had our first language lesson yesterday! Duke is nothing like Pijin or English, so learning it will be quite a project.

Soon John and our director will take an exploratory trip out west to learn more about the different villages and churches.

We’re excited! We’ll try to do a better job of keeping you all updated.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2013 4:52 am

    That’s great, guys! We’re so happy for you. What an awesome feeling after such a long time of preparation. Blessings!

  2. Tammy Hodel permalink
    March 19, 2013 7:29 pm

    This is so exciting John and Lori!! It’s what we’ve been praying for. Much love to you all!

  3. March 20, 2013 2:16 pm

    You only have to go to Hawaii to see that people don’t “live in Hawaii,” they live on Maui, on The Big Island, and so forth. You don’t “live in the Solomons” really at all! You’re going to be living for some time on Kolombangara, with its own distinctive native species and people. That you’re being sent there suggests that local leaders think that the larger islands are being adequately served by now, and that it’s time to send the young hotshots who grew up unimaginably far away from water to a little place where they cannot get very far away from it! Many years from now, NDUKE will make a really great custom license plate. Blessings!

  4. March 29, 2013 7:28 am

    I’m so excited for you! I’ll be praying as you transition into your language group 🙂

  5. Coleen Roudebush permalink
    April 5, 2013 9:30 pm

    Very excited for this!

  6. Nate permalink
    April 21, 2013 9:54 pm

    That’s Awesome! I’m So happy for you guys

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