Message from Shack - Upcoming Time in the States

I’ve been living in South Asia for over four years now, and time sure has flown! It’s been a privilege and a joy to learn a new language and culture, work with friends from South Asia and around the world, travel to remote areas of the country, grow in my understanding of linguistics and research, and see the real impact of my team’s efforts.

 I’m a member of a local branch of an organization that works with Wycliffe Bible Translators to do Bible translation and language development. My job is language assessment (also known as survey), a branch of linguistic field research. 

It might be hard to imagine exactly what I do, as linguistics is not a common profession. A few times per year I travel to remote areas of the country to gather information about minority languages spoken there. The rest of the time I live in the capital city. I work from an office analyzing data, writing reports, connecting with the national university, and helping my colleagues with their projects.

The information my team and I gather lays the groundwork and informs decisions about translation and literacy programs supported by my organization. Our work also adds to the international body of academic knowledge, and informs the government and others of the needs and resources in each language community.

I have been so grateful for the love and support of Hope throughout my time here! Living overseas can be difficult, and knowing that the folks back home want to stay connected and understand my life is incredibly encouraging. If you would like to support and encourage me, send me an email or a message, follow me on Facebook or Instagram, read my email updates, and listen to my podcast!

I'm looking forward to reconnecting with you, my community, this year during my home leave! 




Pat Roach, Serving with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) as West Coast Area Coordinator


Pat is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Westminster Seminary. He was the RUF campus minister at Rice University from 1999-2007. In 2007 he moved to Portland, OR to plant Hope Presbyterian church, where he pastored until 2014.

He has been married to his wife Ashley since 1997. Ashley serves on the faculty of the nursing school at Oregon Health Science University, and is working on her PhD at the University of Tennessee. They have three children - Mary, Anna, and James (born in that order). They also have three cats, and two dogs. But who is counting. 

He can be reached at 503.805.0110.


Sarah, Serving in South Asia


Sarah works in South Asia as a language surveyor. Her ministry there is with her organization's language assessment team, designing and performing research for the various minority language groups around the country. Not only does her work add to the academic community, it aids her organization in making sound decisions regarding language development projects in these areas, ultimately supporting the work of Bible translation.

Greg & Dolly Joines, Serving at Christ Central Presbyterian Church

Christ Central Presbyterian Church is a new, Christian community in Corvallis, OR. We are rooted in the belief that the historic, Christian Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, compelling, and transformative. It is through the Gospel that our lives, families, and communities are transformed by God's grace

My wife, Dolly, and I believe that God has uniquely called and prepared us for church planting in Oregon. We are both Northwest natives and are passionate about bringing the Gospel to the people in this region. 
For years, we have prayed for the Lord to lead us back to the Northwest to an area in desperate need of the Gospel and a grace-centered church. We have fervently prayed for him to give us a heart and love for the people. He has answered our prayers in giving us a heart for the city of Corvallis. With much excitement, Dolly and I look forward to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Corvallis.