Back in the old hometown

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Andersons have been missionaries for 65 years

Special to the Times Herald

Lambert and Doris Anderson will be speaking Sunday about their long work with the Ticuna people. (Contributed photo)

Lambert and Doris Anderson are visiting in Oconto County, having just returned from six months of missionary work in Peru. Lambert grew up in rural Oconto Falls and graduated from the Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1945.

The Andersons, serving under the Wycliffe Bible Translators, have translated the Bible into the Ticuna language spoken by more than 50,000 people living along the Amazon River in Peru, Colombia and Brazil. The Times Herald featured several stories about the work from 1970 through the ’80s.

The couple will be speaking at the Oconto Gospel Chapel at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. They will also be speaking at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Section Eight Baptist Church, Coleman, to report on what God has been doing among the Ticuna tribe of people, where the Andersons first began their ministry in 1953.

Since then, the Bible has been translated into the complicated Ticuna tonal language, and the Andersons are in the final stages of checking the translated text prior to publication. They have also authored a recently published 335-page Ticuna-Spanish dictionary, a Ticuna pedagogical grammar and numerous school books to teach Ticunas to read and write in their own language as well as in the national language.

During their time in Wisconsin, the Andersons, who now live in Tucson, Arizona, plan to visit their many relatives and friends in the Oconto County area. They can be contacted at 520-256-2111.