This team will explore Lusatia in eastern Germany to meet Sorbian speakers and perform initial research, media collection, prayer and missional conversations. Linguæ Christi wants to establish long-term work here in the future. 11 July – 10 August 2020
This team will be focusing on Sorbian speakers in Lusatia in eastern Germany. This is a very independent project. Those who require a great deal of direct supervision or instruction should not consider this assignment.
Linguæ Christi has embraced the calling of addressing the spiritual needs of speakers of ALL the indigenous, minority languages in the European/Eurasian context (from Portugal in the West to Siberia in the East). Much as we have done among speakers of Celtic languages for the past 20 years, we intend to begin new work with other European minority languages groups. Over the next 2-5 years specifically, it is our desire to open new work in at least 2 or 3 new areas. To begin this work, we want to send some specialised teams of students to do some initial exploring in those areas and among those languages groups.
For more information about the different aspects of Exploration Teams – research, media collection, prayer and missional conversations – visit our Exploration page.
As the trade language in Lusatia is German, it would be very helpful and advisable if interested students (1) already possessed some good proficiency in German before arrival (level A2 or higher), or (2) would be willing to commit to go through our “crash-course” (free and by distance learning) in German before arrival on field. Some knowledge of Slavic languages, especially Polish, Czech or Slovak, could also be helpful. No knowledge of Sorbian is required or expected before arrival, as an intensive introduction to Sorbian will be offered as part of the initial, on-field orientation.
|Focus People Group||Sorbs (Lusatians, Wends)|
|Target Language||Serbska Rěc / Serbska Rěč (Sorbian)|
|Dates||11 July – 10 August 2020|
|# of people||4|
Linguæ Christi conducts an exchange programme for university and secondary students as well as older adults and families. These aren’t your average mission trips in Europe; the aim of these projects is cultural exchange with a strong educational component, focusing on the languages, cultures, histories of indigenous minority language groups. As a specifically Christian cultural experience, participants will explore matters of faith with local believers, those open to spiritual discussions and other interested parties.
Project participants cannot seek employment or remuneration of any kind during their time with us. All participants must raise all financial support prior to their arrival.
Project costs do not include travel insurance, screening costs or airfare to the field of service. However these costs are otherwise inclusive for all on-field costs: food, lodging, internal travels, ministry supplies and training.