Archive for the ‘Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy’ Category

Equipped to serve God anywhere!

Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Jo Johnson

The training arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy (CLTL), operates as part of Redcliffe College in Gloucester. Redcliffe seeks to ‘provide excellent Bible-based training in cross-cultural mission, leadership, member care and linguistics, equipping you to serve God anywhere!’

Changes are afoot at Redcliffe, as a press release issued on 30th January explains:

CLTL literacy classThe needs of mission training in the UK and abroad are changing very quickly. It is our view that only radical change will enable us to meet those needs.’

Part of this radical change will be a physical move to new premises. The current building which houses Redcliffe College and CLTL will be sold and the college is currently looking for new premises that will better fit their needs, but still in the Gloucester area.

Please pray for all those involved in pushing forward this new initiative:

  • for wisdom in all the decision making and details. It necessarily will require consultation with many different parties.
  • for current students and staff and for those starting study there in the next few months, who are part of this transition. Ask God for grace, to counter stress, and to live and work well together.
  • for God’s provision of the right premises for the college to move into and the right buyer for the current college building, at just the right time.

Read the whole press release giving more details about the upcoming changes at Redcliffe college.

The best thing I can do… is to train

Friday, November 28th, 2014 by Jo Johnson

Imagine you’ve decided you want to help people have the Bible in their language, or to help them read, or apply it to their lives. You need training to do what God has called you to. Where would you go?

You would probably go to the Centre for Linguistics Translation and Literacy (CLTL) at Redcliffe College, Gloucester. The foundation courses are taught from August to December and from there usually you would spend 2 years helping in a team overseas. Then you can come back for more training, and possibly finish your MA.

One of the part-time members of staff, Sharon, shares some of her experience of life at CLTL:

2013 literacy‘The staff are teaching others to do what they themselves have already been involved in, in many places around the world. They are committed to helping students learn how to be effective in whichever field they’ve decided to work in.

Some staff live more or less locally, while others come from wherever they work in the world, Asia, Africa, Eurasia specifically to teach on certain courses because, like me, they know that the best thing they can do to get the Bible into the hands and hearts of those who don’t have it is to train people!

For those who don’t live locally, like me, there are challenges. We come and stay at Redcliffe for the duration of the courses we teach on, or for parts of it. This may mean leaving family at home, or leaving other work elsewhere.

In my case, I am normally away from home from Monday morning through to Thursday afternoons. I love my times at Redcliffe, but for my husband, left at home with 2 teenagers, my times away are sometimes challenging! ‘

Please pray:

  • For the current students to finish the foundation training well and as they prepare to go overseas.
  • That God will give grace and good life-work balance for all the students, especially those with families and for the staff, especially those who don’t live locally.
  • That God will continue to provide good numbers of students.

Find out more about training at CLTL

Sharon Morgan head shotSharon Morgan is married to David and has two teenage children. She has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is now based in the UK.  She teaches at CLTL for 5 weeks in January and February and 11 weeks between September and December each year. She loves gardening and cats.

From the classroom to Cameroon

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Jo Johnson

At the end of July, new students will begin the first stage of training for Wycliffe work overseas. The Language and Culture Acquisition course (known as ʟᴀᴄᴀ) prepares workers to engage in depth with a new language and culture, and runs at Redcliffe College in Gloucester.

Suzie and Philip Burgess were at Redcliffe until recently, doing further training for work in Cameroon. We asked them what the benefits of studying there are.

Suzie and Philip Burgess

Suzie and Philip Burgess

‘It was good to be with other people who were training for overseas ministry from a number of different  organisations and it was helpful to enjoy fellowship groups and community worship times in the midst of an intense study programme.

‘We also thoroughly enjoyed the food and the pool competition (all work and no play is not a healthy balance!). It was humbling to meet others on the course who work in very different and challenging situations and see the sacrifices that they make, often just to be on the course.’

Pray for the course

Please pray for all the students and staff at Redcliffe College, especially those involved in ʟᴀᴄᴀ. Pray for good transitions back to study, good relationships and God’s enabling.

Pray for Philip and Suzie

Philip and Suzie have both worked in Cameroon before and recently returned to the capital city Yaoundé. They can’t move to live with the Parak* people Philip had previously worked with due to current security concerns. Philip will work with contacts in Yaoundé from the language group. Suzie will make short trips to the Yive village where she worked previously, and process and analyse the data at a distance.

By Christmas, Suzie hopes to be a long way through the 18,000-word dissertation which will be the completion of her MA; Philip hopes to have done more foundational analysis work in the Parak language before translation begins. They both want to encourage and build relationships within the communities despite the distance.

Please pray for safe travels, a strong marriage and wisdom about working at a distance for the projects and the peoples they have come to love.

Look into doing Bible translation and Scripture Use studies at the Redcliffe Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy.

*Parak is the pseudonym used for security purposes.

‘I’m not going alone!’

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Hannah

Clare is one of the latest people to sign up with Wycliffe in the UK to serve Bibleless people around the world. After training, now she’s off to Senegal. We asked her about what’s waiting for her in West Africa and how she’s feeling about all the changes…

clare-orrAs I write, it is just over a week until I leave for Senegal to begin a literacy assignment with SIL [Wycliffe’s linguistic partner overseas]. I completed my initial training at Redcliffe College in December and can’t wait to put some of what I learnt into action. I greatly enjoyed my time at Redcliffe; there was a real sense of community among the students, who come from all over the world and hope to serve God in many different countries.

Once in Senegal, I will spend the first few months in Dakar, getting stuck in to learning the culture and the language. I love language learning and especially learning about life in other cultures, so I’m looking forward to this part, especially as I know it will also be preparing me for what’s next.

A literacy class in DR Congo. Photo: Heather Pubols.

A literacy class in DR Congo. Photo: Heather Pubols.

During my time in Dakar, we will figure out where the best assignment for me will be. With a national literacy rate of only 40%, there is plenty of literacy work to be done in Senegal. SIL help to provide adult literacy classes as well as assisting with the provision of mother-tongue education in primary schools, before pupils make a transition to being taught in French. These are two key areas and I am looking forward to finding out where I fit into this!

Of course, as my date for leaving gets closer, nerves are setting in too, about whether I’ll settle in, whether I’ll be able to learn the language or cope with the weather and how much I’ll miss home. However, I go confident in the knowledge that I’m not doing this alone – it has been such an encouragement to see how God has led me here and has brought people together to partner with me. I am going to Senegal along with God and all my partners back home and am thankful to God for this assurance.

In Senegal, West Africa and the rest of the world, there are big needs for people who can help others to learn to read and write, giving them access to education, healthcare and the powerful and life-changing words of the Bible. What could you do?