Hye Ree Park is a Bible translation missionary, serving with Bibles International, the Bible society of Baptist Mid-Missions. She is sent by Westside Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
She is originally from South Korea, where she grew up on a farm, regularly attending a church. From early childhood she learned to read the Bible and to pray. Yet, her knowledge unto salvation through Jesus Christ came later, when she was pursuing her dream to become a true farmer.
· Salvation: Having attended church most of her life, at the age of 23, while in Israel, She realized she didn’t really know Christ personally. It was then she searched the Gospels, and met Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God Who takes away her sins. She also found He is the way, the truth, and the life, without Whom none can come to the Father (John 1:29, 14:6).
· Preparation: A year later, she committed her life to Christ. Then God brought her into 14 years of schooling in the USA. She obtained an MS in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and an MA in Theology, a Specialist degree in Bible Translation, and a PhD in Old Testament from Bob Jones University. She recently obtained a M. Ed in Literacy Studies from Grand Valley State University.
· Call to Missions: God led her into the Bible translation ministry through her teachers at BJU and missionaries from Bibles International. She worked as a volunteer Bible translation consultant at the Bibles International headquarters for a year. She participated in five Bible translation projects: the Sango Bible (Central African Republic), the Haitian Creole OT (Haiti), the Tenek NT (Mexico), the Falam Chin OT (Myanmar), and Akha NT (Thailand).
· Ministry Description: As a Bible translation consultant, she will be focusing on two areas: consulting and developing Bible translation helps. The consulting work involves facilitating translation workshops and assisting national translators as they translate the Scripture into their own language. Secondly, developing translation helps involves researching and producing translation resources and tools which facilitate the Bible translation process.
She loves and desires to serve her God who challenges her from Jeremiah 33:3, `Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'