HARMS, Jeff and Lenice

Jeff and Lenice are originally both from Saskatchewan (Saskatoon and a farm near Swift Current).  They joined Wycliffe Canada in 2002.

The Harms first went to Indonesia in 2004, where Jeff served as an aircraft mechanic. Lenice did some linguistic work, but was primarily at home in the early years, caring for their children.  Now Jeff is the stay-at-home parent and Lenice is the translation co-ordinator for the Papuan Malay translation team.

Papuan Malay is spoken by over one million people as a first language. It is also spoken by many others as a second language, people move to the cities and intermarry, and as languages traditionally spoken in areas near the cities are being used less by the younger generations.  Papuan Malay is the trade language in Papua.

The Harms’ two oldest children, Amaris and Jonah, have graduated from high school and are currently in post-secondary studies. Isaiah and Taletta are still at home.