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Christopher and Lauren Merke

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Christopher and Lauren Merke have joined Wycliffe to help fulfill the goal of seeing the scriptures translated into every language of the world! Christopher and Lauren live and work in Mbeya, Tanzania doing linguistics, language survey and vernacular media work.

As a linguist, it is Lauren’s responsibility to analyze and evaluate the linguistic and cultural data that is collected by language survey workers. Her role is very important because it speeds up the Bible translation process and makes translators for effective, ensuring the Good News of Jesus Christ reaches people as quickly as possible.

Christopher is fulfilling two roles as a language surveyor and as a vernacular media technician. As a language surveyor, Christopher travels to remote villages in order to gather linguistic and cultural data about various people groups and language groups. This is critical information, as it lays the foundation for Bible translation work through seeking answers to critical questions in the first stages of the Bible translation process. As a vernacular media technician, Christopher’s role will be to help translate various materials, such as the Jesus film and Christian radio programs, into other languages in Tanzania to ensure that the Gospel reaches as many people as possible.

Christopher and Lauren are thrilled to be able to use the gifts that God has given them and would like for you to prayerfully consider partnering with them in this journey!

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Kwa Heri

September 30, 2016

Kwa heri (Goodbye) until the New Year! We are going to be taking a break from posting here for the next while (probably until the New Year), so if you are interested in keeping up with our comings and...

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Kisi or bust!

August 31, 2016

Our house has been full of both excitement and nervousness as Chris prepares to leave on his very first language survey trip bright and early tomorrow morning at 6:30am! I wish I could say that everyt...

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Life in Transition

July 01, 2016

Transition. Transition. Transition. I feel like a broken record when I say the word. It's something that I've said, heard and thought about many times over the past 6 months. I used to think when this...

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Our special guests!

May 30, 2016

In our most recent newsletter I (Lauren) wrote about the special guests who were able to visit us for a few days at the beginning of May…my parents! My Dad works abroad and was able to stop by with my...

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Thanks for praying/Hiking in Mbeya!

April 30, 2016

First off, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been praying for us over the past month. We have really appreciated it and have been enjoying getting back into our full-time language study as...

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