Brad and Tammie Harvey have been on mission in Africa since the early 1990s, supported by Southpoint since our beginning in 1992. They have three children, Bradley Jr., Moriah "Morrie", and their adopted Tanzanian son, Yuda. They are currently based in Kenya, while the two younger children finish High School. Bradley, Jr. is now a student at Milligan College, TN. Brad continues to travel to work in Tanzania for several weeks at a time.
Tammie’s field is anthropology. She is currently taking the opportunity to do further graduate studies in Kenya; she should complete a second MA, in Organizational Leadership, this year and has applied to begin a PhD in Intercultural Studies (Missions) in August. Completion of the PhD residency should coincide with the kids finishing high school. She accepts some occasional consulting work as a cross-cultural trainer, helps other mission organizations write project and grant proposals, and conducts some workshops in the areas of Situational Leadership and cross-cultural team building. She also serves as a small group leader on campus.
Brad is a well-trained, field-experienced linguist. He conceived and initiated a relatively new concept of "Cluster Approach" to Bible translation. Using this approach, translation teams of different but closely related languages can be trained together and benefit from each other. This reduces both the time and resources needed to produce translations. The East Africa Branch currently has ten New Testaments completed and typeset, ready for printing and distribution this year.
Currently, in addition to his duties with the Zaramo Bible translation team, Brad is a PhD candidate in Linguistics through the Graduate School of Humanities of Leiden University (Holland). The research he's doing, writing a grammar for the Zaramo language, greatly benefits the current translation project. Obtaining a PhD is also part of the training process to become a Bible Translation Consultant, which is a position of great need in the Africa Region. He hopes to finish the PhD over the next couple of years, which should coincide with the completion of the Zaramo New Testament and the Harvey kids' schooling.
In addition to Brad working as a Bible translation consultant, both Brad and Tammie, with their increased mobility, will be able to do more training of national Bible Translators and Exegetes. They also foresee helping train new generations of expatriate and African national missionaries, as the African churches take more responsibility for evangelizing and discipling their continent.