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We went to Peru in 2000 as adult literacy specialists to work among the Quechua people. There we helped several indigenous organizations develop sustainable literacy and Bible translation programs. In 2007 Justin completed his MA in NGO leadership from Trinity Western University (done mostly via distance while in Peru).

Having completed our project in the summer of 2010, we moved to Calgary (location of Wycliffe Canada’s headquarters), where we served on the leadership/administrative team for six years. As of May 2016, Justin currently serves as the Americas Area Director for SIL (Wycliffe’s main field partner), which involves giving leadership to all of SIL’s work in North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean. Tammy is his administrative assistant, as well as part-time receptionist for Wycliffe Canada. Although our roles have changed over the years, our vision remains the same: to see that all peoples on earth have access to the Word of God in their mother tongue, enabling them to know God and converse with Him in a language that best speaks to their hearts.

We have two sons, Caleb (Dec '97) and Jesse (Sept '99). As a family we love to do adventurous activities outdoors. We can often be found mountain biking, backpacking, cross country skiing or snowboarding.

Justin & Tammy Hettinga's Blog


Shaping the Future of SIL in the Americas

March 19, 2017

February 19-26 I accompanied Justin on another work-related trip to Dallas. Justin had invited a little over 50 people, including 11 partner organizations, to come together that week to answer the que...

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God Has Been Preparing Us For This New Ministry

February 04, 2017

Justin and I arrived safely home last night from our two-week trip to Peru and Mexico where we attended each country's annual SIL* retreat/conference. We really enjoyed reconnecting with former collea...

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One Year Anniversary of the Accident - The Six Teens Reminisce

February 03, 2017

It's an emotional time for us as we near the anniversary of the accident that involved our son, Caleb, and seven of his friends. The traumatic events of Feb. 6, for all involved, are forever etched in...

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Heading to Peru and Mexico

January 21, 2017

Justin and I will be leaving tomorrow for a two-week work trip. We'll be spending the first week (Jan. 22-27) near Lima, Peru and the second week (Jan. 29-Feb. 3) in Oaxaca, Mexico. We'll be attending...

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2016: Year in Review

January 09, 2017

 2016: Year in Review 2016 was full of change, travel, tragedy, recovery, healing, challenges, victories, learning, and growth. We kicked off the year with Justin starting a new leadership role as Ame...

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