Friday, October 26, 2007

Time flies when you're having...


Our focus for the past week (and next 3) has been the verbs within Cherokee. We're discovering that you can communicate a full English sentence with only one word in Cherokee. For example, you can say "She will not be stomping" with only one word. We're getting to a very exciting point in the language, as we are now accustomed to writing it down and the sounds we should expect to hear.

I'll post more pictures soon! Thank you for your prayers!


Monday, October 08, 2007

Surprises around every corner...

We got to go to a United Keetoowah Band pow-wow on Saturday. The Keetoowah are a tribe of Cherokee here in Oklahoma. These are only a few pictures of the 115 participants in the pow-wow. They came from all over to participate. It was great to be able to see a pow-wow.

We also were surprised with the presence of Chris and Ginger. They are in Tulsa visiting with family, and decided to drive over to visit us. Please be praying for them as they are waiting to hear if they will be receiving their visas in time to leave in January.


Friday, October 05, 2007

Home on the Range...

Sweeping the Dining Hall

This is the size of our rooms!

It took us about six hours to get to Tahlequah, OK from Roach. This weekend will be full of cleaning and finding a language helper at church on Sunday. I'll be working with one of my classmates, Justin.

Please be praying:
-- that we will find a language helper that we can work well with.
--for us as we rely on each other for meals, cleaning, and bathroom sharing.
--families that will be adjusting.


Monday, October 01, 2007


On Friday morning, our class is driving down to Oklahoma to begin studying Cherokee for six weeks. We will be staying at a Cherokee-run conference center outside of Tahlequah.

Until then, we are frantically working on "Kuman". Kuman is a language from Papua New Guinea. Our goal is to discover what the Kuman think they are saying, and to discover the grammatical structures within their language. This project is due Thursday morning.

Over the past few weeks, a few viruses have been passed around campus. As our minds are exhausted and our bodies following in exhaustion, would you pray with us that the linguistics students would not get sick? Our desire is to finish strong in this assignment this week, while preparing for our 6-week move to Oklahoma.

Thank you for your prayers!