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Mission Spotlight: Emese & Riaan Bible Translation in Africa

EmeseRiaanFerreira2Emese and Riaan receive support from The Crossing for their work in Bible translation in Africa.

I first met Emese when her room was next to mine on the campus of AIU just outside Nairobi, Kenya. I was exploring orphans’ health and education ministries. She was studying for her Masters of Arts in Biblical Translation (MABT.)

By the time I met her Emese had already lived and worked with ministry teams in difficult places for a number of years. Upon graduation, Wycliffe posted her to live and work with a translation team in Jos, Nigeria where violence, lack of infrastructure, and political turmoil were constant struggles.

A few years ago she married Riaan who was also no stranger to living and ministering in difficult parts of Africa. His skills are in Tech and Administration. He joined Wycliffe and worked with Emese and the translation team in Jos, Nigeria until their more recent move to South Africa where Wycliffe remains their main agency as they coordinate with translation teams in a multitude of locations. (Click here for an Mission Spotlight overview of Wycliffe from a few weeks ago.)

While Emese and Riaan are posted in South Africa with Wycliffe, they are seconded to other agencies for the sake of translation work and admin/tech support. They recently described their duties and work in this way: