Finland

longs for certainty

Christine (Kikke) Klaver

In Finland, Scouting is a great way to work with youth in building their relationship with others, nature and also their relationship with God. It is one of the practical ways, in which I’d like to give my faith hands and feet in Finland.

Christine (or Kikke for short) has been involved in language research and translation for many years. Since 2010 she’s been doing this while based in Finland. Recently Kikke did a course in Literacy in England, so she can help develop literature in Inari-Saami. Last summer (2018) she moved to Lapland, in the North of Finland, because of her passion for the Saami people. The Saami live spread out over four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. There are nine different Saami languages. Kikke plans to devote herself to the Saami in Finland to begin with.

The Inari-Saami attach great value to their own Saami language, which is under strong pressure from Finnish and Northern Saami. Over the past two decades, the community has shown immense motivation to gain recognition of their identity and go to nearly inconceivable lengths to retain their language. The specific wish was expressed to be able to use their language also outside just their homes and schools (like leisure time activities and church work). They have also started a renewed attempt to translate Bible portions to Inari-Saami. As a linguist with a heart for God’s Word, Kikke loves to give her best to a broader use of Inari-Saami, Bible translation work into this language and stimulating use of the Bible.

After intensive language studies in Inari, Kikke hopes to also be involved in child and youth work in the form of Saamispeaking Scouting. In Finland, Scouting is a great way to work with youth in building their relationship with others, nature and also their relationship with God. It is one of the practical ways, in which Kikke would like to give her faith hands and feet in Finland.

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