The Celtic Languages Teams (The CeLT)

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John Robinson
2 Capel y Graig
Penrhosgarnedd LL57 2NL
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We believe that everyone in the world has the right to hear and interact significantly with the Good News of Jesus Christ through the medium of his or her heart language, regardless of how obscure that language might be. The CeLT embraces this principle within the Western European context, specifically with some of the "forgotten peoples" of this area: those who speak one of the numerous indigenous minority languages of Europe, many of which even today have minimal or no interaction with the Gospel in their own languages. The vision of the CeLT is to ensure that the speakers of the 7 modern Celtic languages have a witness to Christ available to them through the medium of their heart languages, which leads to making disciple-making disciples within the language groups, which further result in new and/or strengthened churches. The modern Celtic languages are Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Breton, Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Manx Gaelic, and Shelta. Some of these groups are numerically very small, while others are several hundred thousand. The number of speakers of all the Celtic languages would total between 1.2 and 1.5 million and perhaps more. Though some of the Celtic languages people groups have had a vigorous Evangelical Christian background at some point in history, others have had limited or no engagement for the sake of the Gospel in their heart languages. Even in traditionally Evangelical Christian places like Wales, today Welsh speakers are only about 1% Evangelical Christian.
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A. Short-term (1 week - 4 months): We tend to have a number of opportunities for students, particularly in the summer months. These generally come down to three types: (1) support work (art/graphic art, web design, research, photography/videography, etc.); (2) direct, relationship-building for the purpose of spiritual conversations and evangelism/discipleship among not-yet-believing Celtic languages speakers; and (3) assisting local Evangelical Churches in the languages, where these churches exist (primarily Wales and Scotland). Because very overt/confrontational evangelism is counter-productive in our post-Christian cultures, we try to find creative means for students to come and relate to our people groups. Some of these are through the arts and music (such as going to pubs and playing music with local musicians, or dancing in traditional contexts), others through sports, others through backpacking or simply "hanging out" where people are. We are looking for students who, first and foremost, love Jesus and follow Him, but also are resilient and able to be self-motivated. More than anything they need to be relational and actually enjoy being with not-yet-believers in natural contexts. Those who need a lot of "Christian interaction" will find it difficult at times, as there are very few believers and none at all among some of our target groups. Also as a part of our training for short-term projects (especially summer projects), we include intensive language training in one of the Celtic languages. B. Medium-term (4 months - 2 years): For medium-term positions, we are generally looking for people who can meet a very specific or project-oriented need. For example, we have need of artists and media people for specific projects, or teams to come and work on orality-based strategies for communicating the Bible effectively in the Celtic languages. These projects tend to be very specific types of assignments, but there are numerous and varied possibilities for Medium-term service in these specialised areas. C. Long Term (2+ years): Simply put, we are looking for people to come and invest their lives among our people groups, learning their languages and relating to them naturally and relevantly, embracing a missional approach to interaction with not-yet-believing Celtic languages speakers, which lead to new followers of Jesus, who are disciple-making disciples, resulting in planting new Churches or strengthening existing ones. Because of the Post-Christian European culture, the obscurity of the languages, and the deep spiritual needs of these people groups, this work of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in the Celtic languages-speaking context is a long-term investment of time and effort, and not necessarily for the "faint-of-heart."
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