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Steve & Sonia

Steve & Sonia Dettweiler

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Did you know there are over 450 languages spoken in Nigeria? It's a linguist's paradise! Steve and Sonia have been serving in Nigeria since 1991, equipping Nigerians to be engaged in Bible translation and language development. They are currently on home assignment and plan to spend an extended time in the U.S. while Steve pursues U.S. citizenship. Starting late October 2017, Steve plans to serve as a linguistics consultant, using his knowledge of Nigerian languages to promote clear and natural translations of Scripture. Sonia plans to serve as administrative assistant to the Director for the SIL Anglo-Lusophone Africa Area, which includes about 30 countries in Africa. Her organizational skills will be invaluable in that role. They thank God for these open doors to contribute remotely from the U.S. to the work of Bible translation in Africa.

Steve grew up in Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo area. He met Sonia, who grew up in Brazil, in Dallas, Texas. Their older son, Joel is living and working in Charleston, South Carolina. In May, their younger son, Micah, graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Biology. He is getting some field experience before pursuing further education.

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An Exciting Venture

October 13, 2014

About a month ago, Sonia and I were asked to share with a group of Nigerian colleagues, our Church Seconded Staff. We were happy to tell about some experiences of relating to our partners. In particul...

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