Bible Translator Dream is Becoming a Reality for ILS Alum!
Alyssa Tomalino recently visited Immanuel to share her fascinating story with our ILS community during a special chapel service. While in 5th grade at ILS, Alyssa picked up a Christian fiction book and discovered a crazy and exciting side character who wanted to be a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Even though Alyssa didn’t know where the country was or what it took to be a missionary, the Lord planted a dream in her heart, and she has been chasing it ever since!
A couple years passed and Alyssa found herself volunteering in the community with Duncan Howard (former ILS teacher) and his wife Laney Howard. The couple encouraged Alyssa’s dream to be a Bible translator and missionary. They pointed out that her unique skills and talents would be a great fit for Wycliffe, a ministry that has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their very own languages. Alyssa loves anthropology, culture, missions, and travel, and was blown away to find out about a ministry that could blend all of her passions into one great mission. Alyssa immediately started learning everything she could about Wycliffe. She later became a lifetime member of the ministry in 2016.
Since becoming a member of Wycliffe, Alyssa has completed many training sessions including a course on intercultural communication. This course provided Alyssa with cross cultural and awareness training that will help her to acclimate to a new home while sharing the Gospel. The course also helped Alyssa to gain better understanding of her own culture and how it impacts her view of others. She enthusiastically shared how incredible it is that Jesus is relevant and applicable to all people, in all places, at all times!
Alyssa is passionate that every person should have the same opportunity to read the Bible in the language that speaks to their heart, so that they may learn about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! She is saddened by the thought of people needing to learn a second (or third or fourth) language to hear of Jesus’ love, therefore, she is committing her life to Bible translation and missionary work.
Alyssa will move to Papua New Guinea in July 2018 as long as her visa and work permit are approved in time and if she has 100% of her Wycliffe budget raised. Although she is a career member of Wycliffe, her first assignment is two years in PNG as a Language Program Intern. She currently holds an Associate Degree in Anthropology and will spend her first two years with Wycliffe on the field to gain experience while figuring out which Bible translation specialty suites her gifts the best.
As a Language Program Intern, Alyssa will be pursuing scripture engagement, which includes working with communities to help them use and love the Bible within their very own culture. She has beautiful relational gifts and loves getting to know people. While sharing the Gospel, Alyssa will teach the people of Papua New Guinea how to interact with Scripture.
Alyssa is so excited about moving to Papua New Guinea as she can’t wait to bring the good news of Jesus to the people there. She recently visited ILS to speak during the chapel service our 4th graders led about making disciples around the world. When asked if there is anything specific that Alyssa would like us to know about her and her ministry, Alyssa let us know that one of the things that she remembers vividly from her time at Immanuel is the teaching from 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Alyssa emphasized that she has felt empowered and encouraged by the teachers and staff at Immanuel since she was a student at the school. Although she’s constantly the youngest person at the Wycliffe training sessions that she attends, Alyssa is confident that she is following the call that God placed in her heart over ten years ago while attending Immanuel.
We are so proud of Alyssa and cannot thank God enough for using her in this wonderful way to build His Kingdom! Our third trimester Chapel offerings will be given to Alyssa in support of her first two year assignment in Papua New Guinea. If you also feel called to partner with Alyssa by helping her to earn the last 27% of funds needed for her mission, please click here. You are also invited to email Alyssa at email@example.com if you would like to receive her monthly newsletter to follow along her journey.
Please join us in praying for Alyssa as we praise God for the great work that she is doing through Him for His kingdom, and for God to abundantly bless Alyssa, Wycliffe, and the people of Papua New Guinea.