This team will explore Miranda Do Douro in northeastern Portugal to meet speakers of Mirandese and to perform initial research, media collection, prayer and missional conversations. Linguæ Christi wants to establish long-term work here in the future.
4 June – 4 July 2022
This team will explore a particular language group and the area, where they live. Though we have been doing various types of ministry in the Celtic nations for over 20 years, our independent missionary agency/organisation, Linguæ Christi, has now embraced the calling of addressing the spiritual needs of speakers of ALL the indigenous, minority languages in the European/Eurasian context (from Portugal in the West to Siberia in the East). Much as we have done among speakers of Celtic languages for all these years, we intend to begin new work with other European minority languages groups, organised by linguistic affinity. Over the next 2–5 years specifically, it is our desire to open new work in at least two to three new linguistic affinity areas. With that in mind, we would like to send some specialised teams of students to do some initial exploring in those areas and among those languages groups, where Linguæ Christi intends to open new work in the foreseeable future.
For more information about the different aspects of Discovery Teams—research, media collection, prayer and missional conversations—visit our Discovery page.
This team will be focusing on Mirandese speakers. This is a very independent project. Those who require a great deal of direct supervision or instruction should not consider this assignment.
Regarding language, as the trade language is Portuguese or Spanish, though not strictly required, it would be very helpful and advisable if interested students (1) already possessed some good proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish before arrival, or (2) would be willing to commit to go through our “crash-course” (free and by distance learning) in Portuguese or Spanish before arrival on field. No knowledge of Mirandese is required or expected before arrival, as an intensive introduction to the specific minority language will be offered as part of the initial, on-field orientation.