Friday, April 17, 2009

Languages

There are about 6900 languages in the world and are over 800 are in Papua New Guinea, an island the size of California and a population of 6 million.  These are distinct languages and not just dialogs.  PNG has been called the most linguistically diverse county in the world.  Some of the reasons there are so many languages is that the terrain in the country hindered people from moving around a lot and also tribal warfare kept language groups isolated. 

 

 

 We live in Ukarumpa, the largest missionary support center in the world.  We are here to support Bible translation; Paul  does this by using his skills as a computer programmer and Laura works part-time to coordinate typesetting of translated scriptures.

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