We have been members of Wycliffe since 2006, and have spent the last 10 years in Cameroon, Africa, working for SIL Cameroon. SIL, Cameroon is a Wycliffe partner organization with a vision to see people in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and the Central African Basin Zone flourishing in community using the languages they value most. To that end they assist in linguistic analysis, literacy programs and materials, and translation of Scripture as well as a broad range of other materials including health pamphlets, adult literacy materials, primary school educational programs and materials, and audio and video materials in local languages.
Jann has worked as a linguist, as well as a broad range of other roles when needed, including serving as a guidance counselor at the middle/high school. She is currently preparing for roles in Career/Guidance Counseling and Counseling.
Kevin primarily has worked as a language software specialist/consultant, training and developing training material for translation and literacy teams in the use of computers and software for linguistic analysis, translation, and the development of literacy materials. He has also assisted with software development as part of the Adapt It software team, maintaining software used to adapt scripture and other written materials from a related language. In a recent trial using an existing tool called “Adapt It,” translators were able to reduce the time for the rough draft phase by nearly 80%. This was between languages in a “cluster” (related/similar languages). Cameroon has 36 clusters and 260+ languages(most are still without any available Scripture or writing system). After earning his M.S. in Cyber Security in 202, Kevin also plans to assist with information security for Wycliffe as needed.
WHO WE ARE
Jann grew up in Georgia and has previously served as a missionary in Japan. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia International University and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently working on an M.S. in Counseling.
Kevin grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He has spent 20 years in the computer industry before joining Wycliffe. Kevin has a B.S. in Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics from the Canadian Institute of Linguistics, and an M.S. in Cyber Security.
If you are interested in partnering with us in this ministry, or learning more about partnership, there is more information on the Partnering With Us link (above). Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.