Possible missionary opportunities for a linguist in Africa?
Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:39 PM
As some of you may know, I am a translator and a linguist, and a good one, in fact. It has long been my dream to come to Africa one day in order to help the Orthodox cause on this troubled yet blessed and hopeful continent. I can't do anything about this desire, even though I now have three small children (the youngest being a newborn baby) and some health problems (backache). I know these dreams won't come true soon, if ever, but still I wonder if there is any opportunity for me to offer my help as a language specialist to the Orthodox communities in Africa?
I know that OCMC sends missionaries but this is only for US citizens. I also know that SIL International and Wycliffe missions work to provide Bible translations in tribal languages and they need translators and researchers but they are mainly Protestants, so I am not sure whether it is right for us Orthodox to work for them. Anyway, I would feel much better if I worked for an Orthodox mission. I also anticipate that the answer might be "There's so much work to do at home, in Belarus, why go to remote lands?", although I cannot fully apply my linguistic skills here. The problem is, there is hardly any worldwide organization that supports and promotes missionary work, and jurisdictional borders seem to impede mission as well.
What would you advice me? Should I leave the vain hopes and pipe dreams or...? Maybe you know how it is done (contacts, useful websites, other...)?
Posted 30 June 2011 - 05:29 PM
Here is a link to some wonderful updated videos of the missions in Kolwezi: http://orthodoxmissi...-kolwezi-congo/
The numbers it lists are amazing!
This is a very active Orthodox diocese, with 105 parishes, 40 priests and over 2000 youth attending its ecclesiastical schools, and its own ecclesiastical radio station among other things. It baptizes an average of 1200-1500 people a year.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:45 AM
Are there, basically, any Orthodox missions, which facilitate this process, like Protestant missions do? Are they online? How can one poor little linguist like me contact them?
Edited by Fyodor Vaskovsky, 01 July 2011 - 03:47 AM.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:13 PM
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