King of Glory members Shedd and Kris Waskosky have lived and worked in Salasaca which is located at 9,000 feet in the Andes mountains of central Ecuador. Among the approximately 15,000 Salasaca people about 1 percent are evangelical believers. The Salasacas speak Quichua, a language of the pre-Hispanic Inca culture.
The Waskoskys have carried on a language program and Bible translation for the Salasaca people for over 20 years. They supervise the work of three mother-tongue translators -- Carlos, Segundo, and Roberto. Revision work is currently taking place in Romans and Corinthians. The Waskoskys also prepare literacy and Bible-related materials, making them available in schools and churches. When physical or relational needs arise they help individuals and the community in tangible ways.
During the summer, the Waskoskys teach introductory linguistic courses at SIL on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Shedd co-teaches Learner Directed Second Language Acquisition. Kris has co-taught either Syntax and Morphology (grammar of languages) or Sociolinguistics. They also encourage students by their chapel talks and individual mentoring.
Shedd has been invited to teach Learner Directed Second Language Acquisition in other parts of the U.S. and in countries such as India, Venezuela, and Colombia. He is usually gone for 3-4 weeks to teach an intensive course which gives national missionaries the tools they need to learn an indigenous language before they begin helping on a Bible translation project. Shedd follows-up by coaching participants remotely via Skype and email.
The Waskoskys moved to Sioux Falls in August with their son David, who attends Lincoln High School. Shedd and Kris now work remotely on the Salasaca Bible translation via the internet. They recently returned to Sioux Falls after their first semi-annual visit back to Salasaca in February. They appreciate those who prayed for and helped David in practical ways while they were gone.