Pascal and Janet

Janet came to St Mary’s in 1986 when she was studying at East Surrey College. Having previously worked in Uganda, she felt that God was calling her to return and work long term in Africa.  She trained as a nursery nurse and later in linguistics.  Whilst learning French, she met Pascal, a postman from Switzerland and they were married in 1995.  They now have four children, Daniel born in 1997, Rébecca in 1998, Timothée in 2000 and Joanna in 2003.
Pascal and Janet became members of Wycliffe UK and Wycliffe Switzerland and, in 2000, left Europe to start working in Senegal with SIL International (Wycliffe’s partner organisation).  SIL works in minority unwritten languages, developing an alphabet, analysing the structure of the language so that people can learn to read and write, and so that the Bible can be translated.  They have subsequently been working in Gambia and more recently in Senegal again, where Pascal has a leadership role and where they have been involved with translation work.