Dave and Julie Eberhard serve as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In their most recent newsletter, they share the impact the pandemic is having on them, as well as the creative way they celebrated their son’s wedding. Here’s an excerpt:
Dear family and friends,
We pray this letter finds each of you safe and staying healthy from this Covid 19 virus. We are fine, but as with most of you, we are getting restless.
DAVE: Since Dave “works from home” anyway, he continues with his projects. However, his “work from home” usually meant he would go to the local library to work, or a coffee shop, or anywhere to break up the sameness of his work. However, during this time, he is definitely going a little stir-crazy, especially since all overseas trips have been canceled. On the up side, this has been a great period to accomplish the “honey-do list” since he is always looking for something to give him a little break!
He has taken advantage of this time to focus on improving the Ethnologue and to finish some writing projects. Last month he finished a chapter he is co-writing with two other linguists describing the Nambiquara language family (which Mamainde is a part of). He is now making headway on a new volume he is co-editing with another SIL colleague which will showcase endangered language communities who have taken steps to strengthen their traditional languages, using the training Dave has taught them.
JULIE: After spring break, the community college where I teach part-time went online for the rest of the semester. It was an interesting experience and I probably worked harder trying to keep tabs on all my students. As we look towards the fall, the college is looking at either online or “hybrid” classes. At least this emergency spring session has given us all tools and ideas for the future.