By God's grace, both Minie and Michael passed their entrance exams for the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators, which they will be attending, beginning in January, 2017! Here is a note from Minie describing her experience:
"I am Minie Mathew. I desired to learn Biblical language- Hebrew as I was part of an OT project in India. Also I was looking out ways to sharpen my skills as an OT Bible translation Consultant too. However, due to various responsibilities as a wife, mother, facilitator for the project and Consultant, I couldn’t pursue my dream by learning in a Bible college. At that time, I heard from my friend and mentor, Bob Carter about Scott McQuinn. He told me that Scott is willing to give “live tuitions” for Hebrew, online. It was a surprise that someone is ready to help me online. I strongly believe, that was God’s doing and He appointed Scott to do the same.
Before the start of the Hebrew class with Scott, I knew nothing in Hebrew. I learnt the Hebrew letters, but was neither able to read or comprehend. So there was much apprehension, as well as greater anticipation on going about with the class. However on the first day itself, I felt very comfortable in the session. Scott was very understanding and encouraging. The classes were exciting as he used different props to make the lesson understandable. His method of teaching gave me enthusiasm to lean Hebrew and I used to look forward for his class. He was very patient, even I when I used to make mistake while conversing in Hebrew. He was always willing to clear the doubts and many times repeated certain things which he had already taught. To me the highlight was that to pray in Hebrew - he used to pray in Hebrew before the start of the class and later encouraged me to pray in 1 or 2 sentences. Within two months of coaching, I was able to come to the knowledge of one year Hebrew class. Though the initial plan was to enable me to clear the JCBT entrance exam, Scott was willing to continue taking classes till Dec, 2016. This would really enable me to more fluent in Hebrew and get much more out of JCBT Study program.
I am thoroughly blessed by Scott’s commitment to see me through the JCBT entrance. Due to the difference in time zones, he had to get up very early morning for the sessions. Also I need to mention his wife Vanessa too at this time. Some days, our sessions would go little beyond the scheduled time. However, she has been very supportive for the classes. Also their lovely kid who gets up early in the morning and quietly sit on father’s lap during the session. It was such a joy to see her.
To conclude, I am grateful to God for Scott and his excellent tutoring. There are many Bible Translation consultants in India, whose expertise is in Greek and NT. Now these days, we see many translation projects moving towards the OT translation. When I shared with my fellow consultants about the help rendered by Scott, they too were eager to know whether he could help them in future. Many consultants are not able to pursue their learning due to the constraints of time. However the way of learning Hebrew through online live tuitions, would enable them to carry-on their responsibilities, as well as pursue the learning, without being away from their workplace.
It’s my prayer that in the days to come, God will use Scott to equip many translation consultants in Biblical languages and be part of the greater task of bringing God’s Word into all languages in the world."