Meet Marilyn and Shirley

Hearing the call…on a farm

Marilyn heard God’s call at age 12, studied linguistics and then lived 24 years in a jungle village translating God’s Word for people who had never had a written language, let alone a verse of the Bible.

Her second half of life, she was a sought-after speaker for conferences, retreats, colleges, banquets and other events. With a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous smile, she recounted times when she heard God’s call, argued with him about who’s in charge, ate grubs and witnessed miracles.

As good as her stories about the past were, the best part was what the Lord did in the lives of people she interacted with. You might have seen her one minute on stage in front of thousands of teenagers, and a little while later sitting and listening to a young girl’s fears and dreams and then quietly praying with her.

Marilyn’s own life didn’t dwell on the past either. She was an example of seeking God’s guidance and following him in new ways. This led to distributing the New Testament in audio form, the Proclaimer, to people in Papua New Guinea who do not read.

What made Marilyn so special is that she didn’t think she was special. She believed she was just an ordinary person serving an extraordinary God – and He gave her opportunities throughout life to trust Him and find Him faithful.

Shirley, Marilyn’s sister, currently serves in Papua New Guinea, working everyday to continue teaching kids to read and write, and teaching teachers to travel to other villages to start primary schools.