Director’s Update — September 2020

Last month I greeted you under unusual circumstances (I was in London travelling at the time), and I will continue that trend in this month’s letter. I can greet you most heartily from my home in Talysarn, North Wales, where I have been in a precautionary 14-day self-isolating quarantine, after having return from the travels I mentioned last month. This was required by new UK government requirements for people, who had been in a few specific countries in the 14 days prior to entry into the UK. As it happened, I was in two such countries before my return, which is the reason for my quarantine.

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Sprachspielen: Indigenous

brown wooden bridge over river

In this month’s Sprachspielen, I’d like for us to look at a word that you have undoubtedly seen us use with great regularity. It is the word “indigenous.” Another word that we often use in a similar way is “autochthonous,” a borrowing from Greek, which is generally less familiar to English speakers, but actually fairly commonly used in Romance languages such as Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian. But for the moment, I’d like to focus on the more familiar word “indigenous.”

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Join our Explorer programme

The Explorer projects are ideal for recent college/university/seminary graduates, who are at a transition point in their lives, and willing to give some time to missions, before the next stage in their careers or further studies. These are projects, which are for 7-24 months, though the majority of which are about 12 months in duration. The primary focus for all of these assignments is to be a part of a local team, where the “Explorer” would use his or her passion to make Jesus known to those who do not yet know Him personally.

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An appeal for missions in the Basque Country

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En este video, John habla de nuestro equipo en el País Vasco y como puede ser parte del trabajo allí. Si le gustaría dar a Linguæ Christi para apoyar este ministerio, puede hacer un donativo en nuestra página web.

In this video John talks about our team in the Basque Country and how you can be a part of the work there. If you would like to give to Linguæ Christi to support this ministry, you can make a donation on our website.

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Director’s Update — August 2020

Ordinarily, I would be extending my greetings to you from Wales. However, as it happens I am writing this from London on my way for some travel on the Continent. Consequently—Greetings from London! For most of us living in Europe, August is often considered “holiday” month, when people take their annual holidays (“vacation” for those in the USA) or breaks. Our August here so far has seen record-breaking heatwaves and dramatic thunderstorms.

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Close to home: Welsh speakers, allyship, and justice for the marginalised

Thanks to my father, I have, since childhood, held strong convictions for correcting injustice. Growing up on a tobacco farm in rural Virginia in the 1960s and 70s, my father was also raised with the understanding that all people, regardless of race or socioeconomic class, should be treated with respect. Much of this was counter to that of his fellow white peers, especially at the time of integration.

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