A teacher by training, Janet Seever was volunteering as a counsellor at a Christian camp in Minnesota one summer when she decided to serve God in full-time ministry.
A missionary guest speaker had challenged the campers to serve the Lord full time. Realizing that she couldn’t expect the campers to do that if she wasn’t willing to make the commitment herself, Janet went forward for the altar call.
Later the Lord brought a mission-minded young man, Dennis, into her life and the two of them married two weeks before attending a training course offered by SIL (Wycliffe Canada’s key field partner). They joined Wycliffe in the summer of 1975, after completing the course.
The Seevers first served in Papua New Guinea from 1977-1981, where Dennis did maintenance in a small regional centre, and Janet did a variety of things, including typing a rough draft of two New Testaments for a translator. She didn’t understand either language she was typing. Later they served in the Philippines for a short time in 1985; in Dallas, Tex., at the International Linguistics Center on three occasions; and in Darwin, Australia for a four-year term from 1986-1990.
In 1993, they came to Calgary and have been there ever since. Dennis had a debilitating stroke in 2004, causing him to retire early. Janet has continued working in the marketing and communications department as well as in prayer ministries.
She does research on Bibles and New Testaments published each year and does an annual “Translation Update” article for Word Alive magazine. She also edits Prayer Alive, assists new members with their bios for partnership brochures and does proofreading.
“Prayer is essential for the work of Bible translation,” says Janet. “I feel privileged in sharing the needs of Canadian staff and projects with our prayer team who so faithfully pray for all of us.”
The Seevers have two adult children, Tim and Rachel. Tim is married to Renylor, and they have a son named Andrew. Janet enjoys her role of being Andrew’s grandma, picking him up from school two days a week, and fixing breakfast for him on weekends.