God was sending me to live in a different town to my family, to be a witness to my own people. I began to feel that this was a call from God. That call is now very strong. That I would join this team and start with what I long to see for my people. That they would know God more.
Through my years of involvement with Wycliffe, I have become aware of the many factors that contribute to an individual or a community consciously or subconsciously giving up their heritage language.
Elsi, from Kalimantan, Indonesia, speaks six languages. Last year Elsi came to the Wycliffe National Centre at Kangaroo Ground to improve her English.
Where I work, the youth don’t speak their heritage language – they’ve ‘shifted’ to using a regional dialect of the national language.
In the world of Wycliffe we have used the term ‘language of the heart’ to describe someone’s mother tongue, the language they learnt in their homes and community of birth.