Reed Family 2020

REED, Martin and Alice


Martin and Alice serve in subarctic Canada as language program facilitators, specializing in Bible translation and literacy & bilingual education. As part of Wycliffe’s Western Cree Initiative, they aim to equip First Nations church leaders to build capacity for their people to do Bible translation and promote the use of God’s Word in their heart language.

They and their baby girl, Grace, are currently based in Thompson, Manitoba, where they are learning the Swampy Cree language and connecting with community leaders to explore the possibility of beginning Bible translation and language development initiatives in Western Swampy Cree (n-dialect).

Prior to that, the Reeds served for eight months in Kawawachikamach, Quebec, learning from Naskapi mother-tongue translators and assisting with the production of several publications, including Exodus, Psalms, and God’s Promises in the Bible – a bilingual collection of Scripture arranged by topics relevant to everyday life.  

Martin and Alice met while pursuing graduate studies in Dallas, Texas, and celebrated their first anniversary in Kawawachikamach. Alice has an M.A. in biblical exegesis and linguistics from Dallas Theological Seminary. Martin is pursuing a M.A. in language & culture studies, with a concentration in literacy from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.

In their free time, the Reeds enjoy trying traditional activities like camping, showshoeing, sewing, and beading. They also seek opportunities to disciple believers in how God’s Word of life and hope can heal generations of hurt from addiction, suicide, abuse, depression, and loss of language and culture.