Alumni Spotlights

Shadrack Kakui

Shadrack Kakui came to GIAL to get training in linguistics and translation. He plans to use his training to continue to honor his commitment to serve a people group that is largely unreached – the deaf. Shadrack would like to share with you the story of how God is working through him to reach the deaf community in Kenya.

Josh Samuels

For Josh Samuels, the road to GIAL has been full of twists and turns. However, he has sensed God’s leading each and every step of the way. Although Josh does not know exactly where the Lord will take him from here, he continues to trust that God will faithfully guide him to his future ministry in church-planting and Bible translation.

Pedro Delaplane

Pedro Delaplane has come to GIAL after completing two years of undergraduate studies in Florida. He plans to complete his BA through the College of International Studies as part of the exciting new TESOL program. We rejoice to see students follow God’s leading to GIAL. It is even more thrilling to see them use their training in diverse ways around the world to make inroads for the Gospel.


At the age of 13 Hannah went with her family to visit relatives in Ghana. While her uncle was showing them a school campus, he suggested that they also visit the nearby SIL regional office. Hannah was amazed by what she heard and saw there. The experience “totally tugged at my heart.”

Kaitlin Silvey

Kaitlin Silvey finished her BA in Linguistics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in December 2015 and is currently studying literacy at GIAL. Kaitlin and her husband Mac are members of Pioneer Bible Translators and are planning to work in Papua New Guinea. Kaitlin first heard about Pioneer Bible Translators from Mac, her then long-distance […]

Tim Bachmann

Having grown up in Brazil as the children of missionaries, Tim Bachmann and his siblings eventually decided to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Responding to God’s leading, Tim studied at Word of Life Seminary in Brazil. After completing seminary and marrying Von, a Brazilian he met there, Tim worked with his family in northeastern Brazil […]

Rachel Costello

GIAL alumni serve in a wide variety of roles all over the world. In 2014, Rachael Costello graduated from GIAL with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Bible Translation. Today, she is a Bible translation consultant working with a team of mother-tongue translators to translate the Old Testament into Mixteco de Jicaltepec, an indigenous language in Mexico.

Matt Connor

GIAL alumnus, Matt Connor, is using his World Arts training in Indonesia. Together with his wife, Chelsea, he is helping people experience the powerful, healing impact of God’s word in their heart language through their culture’s own art forms and training them to pass these “eternal riches” on to others.