Jon and Christy are missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), an organization dedicated to translating the Word of God for those people who do not have the Bible in their own language. Jon serves as a linguistic researcher specializing in the field of anthropology and sociolinguistics, and Christy serves as a linguistic researcher specializing in Bible translation and dictionary development. They have been working on the “Maple” language project since 2002. The homeland for the Maple language community is located in a valley situated at approximately 12,000 feet in the Himalayan Mountains. However, over the past two decades, hundreds of Maple speakers have moved to many different countries all over the world. They stay connected through online social media, and they continue to claim their language as their own and their beautiful Himalayan valley as “home.” Of the approximately 10,000 Maple people, only 5-6 people proclaim to be Christian. Almost 100% of the rest of the population claims to be of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. These few Christians are anxiously awaiting the word of God in their own language, and three of these believers are already devoted members of the Bible translation team.

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