Big Man

November 27, 2015: Can I really describe the craziness of this week? On Monday, the CNN crew came back to our home to video me working with the Ik guys on the dictionary. Just as their vehicle crested the hill, a helicopter camera drone appeared over our heads. It descended to about fifty feet and …

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The present day

October 15, 2015 (Timu, northeast Uganda): Yesterday, as I was walking up the hill from my quiet time, I said out loud: "I never know what the present day may bring." Even as I said that, I expected a more or less mundane day. That, however, was not to be. About mid-morning, an NGO [non-governmental …

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Timu Forest Academy

I'm not entirely sure what I thought our mission work among the Ik people would do for them. Probably I assumed that if we did X, Y, and Z, God would take care of the details. Providing them a translation of the New Testament in their mother tongue would, I believed, enable them to know …

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5 MB miracle

Part of my job as a linguist in the Ik project in northeast Uganda was to write a scientific description of Ik grammar. In order to cover most important topics, I knew I'd have to write at least 200 pages. In light of this, it occurred to me that I could write the grammar as …

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Under stress

The latter half of 2010 and most of 2011 were spent just living life in Ikland. In early 2010, we had a break Stateside, and when we returned, we were very eager to get to work and fulfill the mission we had come for. It was an intense period in our lives, full of unforgettable …

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