I am Nora McNamara and I have been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators for over twenty years. I have a BA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and taught bilingual third grade and Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la lectura in Texas before I joined Wycliffe.
For three years I lived in intentional community in France to prepare me for the eight years I lived in West Africa doing Bible storying. If you would like to know more about storying in West Africa, click here for posts about that. If you’re interested in storying in general, check out OneStory. For stories in a ton of different languages, try OneStory-Media.
These days I live at O’Hare airport, since I travel quite a bit for storying and language learning workshops. My stuff is mostly in Indiana, but I live at O’Hare airport since I currently travel quite a bit for language learning and storying workshops. I love telling stories and mentoring people. A friend who helped me write this bio said, “She uses fun methods with her teachings that make it easier to learn. Her strong relationship with God helps her to encourage and challenge others in their current roles.”
I coach missionaries and other people who want to learn a new language, equipping them with techniques to help them communicate with the people around them.
I hasten to add that the opinions expressed in this blog are my own and should not be taken to represent the organization I work for. If you would like to know more about me and how I got into this work, this 43 minute talk at a music festival in 2006 more or less captures that story.
I am the unbiased auntie of two perfect nieces, and enjoy Sacred Harp shapenote singing in my spare time.