Imagine you’ve decided you want to help people have the Bible in their language, or to help them read, or apply it to their lives. You need training to do what God has called you to. Where would you go?
You would probably go to the Centre for Linguistics Translation and Literacy (CLTL) at Redcliffe College, Gloucester. The foundation courses are taught from August to December and from there usually you would spend 2 years helping in a team overseas. Then you can come back for more training, and possibly finish your MA.
One of the part-time members of staff, Sharon, shares some of her experience of life at CLTL:
‘The staff are teaching others to do what they themselves have already been involved in, in many places around the world. They are committed to helping students learn how to be effective in whichever field they’ve decided to work in.
Some staff live more or less locally, while others come from wherever they work in the world, Asia, Africa, Eurasia specifically to teach on certain courses because, like me, they know that the best thing they can do to get the Bible into the hands and hearts of those who don’t have it is to train people!
For those who don’t live locally, like me, there are challenges. We come and stay at Redcliffe for the duration of the courses we teach on, or for parts of it. This may mean leaving family at home, or leaving other work elsewhere.
In my case, I am normally away from home from Monday morning through to Thursday afternoons. I love my times at Redcliffe, but for my husband, left at home with 2 teenagers, my times away are sometimes challenging! ‘
- For the current students to finish the foundation training well and as they prepare to go overseas.
- That God will give grace and good life-work balance for all the students, especially those with families and for the staff, especially those who don’t live locally.
- That God will continue to provide good numbers of students.
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Sharon Morgan is married to David and has two teenage children. She has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is now based in the UK. She teaches at CLTL for 5 weeks in January and February and 11 weeks between September and December each year. She loves gardening and cats.