GOD’S WORD ADVANCES
Even in a Pandemic
The pandemic has impacted all of our lives in various ways, and our alumni are no exception. But God is still on the move, and translation does not have to stop when field workers return home! Adam Huntley and his wife, Ruth, graduated from DIU (then the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) in 2007 and 2006, respectively. They spent several years serving in Cameroon and the Central African Republic (CAR). They recently returned to the US for a season, where Adam received a request to participate in a remote translation checking project for the Mandja language.
He was asked by the translation department in CAR to see if he can assist in new experimental quality control checks with teams in CAR. This is currently experimental in that it will be done entirely online and remotely. Thanks to their Bangui IT tech specialist and the prayers of many, they have been able to wrangle the internet to do a low-bandwidth version of checking.
Adam has been working on checking the Gospel of John with the Mandja team of three mother tongue translators, as well as a group of five expat consultants in three countries. The checking work entails the normal quality controls as the last step before a team has the green light to start publishing.
They start with Adam writing notes for the translators in the translation software called Paratext, which students in DIU’s translation track learn to use. The photo gives an example of notes for John 1:21. Here, Adam asks questions to understand better the text and then provide eventual guidance on how to deal with specific translation issues. The comments feature enables the team to give and receive feedback in almost real time so their work can continue virtually from wherever they are.
After this precheck, the team will set a date to have a Mandja speaker from the community come to do a live translation check using audio only on Skype due to bandwidth issues. According to Adam, the idea of the “precheck” is to clean up most of the issues beforehand with very low bandwidth so that they can accomplish more in the few precious hours when the internet works well enough to run audio on Skype. The reason for this is that the internet is very unstable and slow in CAR.
Still, the team is close to finishing the first chapter of John, and they are making headway despite the challenges of distance and bandwidth. They are grateful for your prayers.
Pray for Adam’s team and all the other teams so that they may have good enough access to the internet to continue these needed consultant checks. Pray for the safety and health of the Mandja translators, Pastor Edmond and Magloire.
The Learning Continues
DIU is still on the move! Things may look different around here, but learning is still happening, new programs are beginning, and we are still growing.
DIU’s first Summer session is already underway. To encourage and support our students during these challenging times, DIU offered summer courses at a 50% discount. We currently have 100 students enrolled, all doing classes in real time via the Zoom platform.
DIU is also excited to announce the launch of our new Center for Sign Language Linguistics. Students are now able to study sign language phonologies, phonetics, and methods for gathering field data at DIU.
Faculty/Staff Benevolent Fund
Friends, we are so grateful for all who responded by giving to the Student Benevolent Fund. Thanks to your generosity, we are well-equipped to respond to student needs as they arise during the challenging times in which we now live.
As we have considered student needs, we also hope to be able to respond to the needs of faculty and staff, most of whom are funded by the support of financial partners who may also be in need. With that in mind, we have established the Faculty/Staff Benevolent Fund. This fund will be available to assist faculty and staff related to DIU in responding to any challenging financial circumstances they may face.
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