| Dr. Ross Jones, Linguist and
Ross was born in Maffra, Victoria, Australia.
After attending school there and at Scotch College in Melbourne he
qualified as a pharmacist. He was born again of God's Spirit at the
age of 22 and his life was totally transformed by Jesus Christ. After
initial training at Murrumbeena Baptist church and OAC Ministries
he attended Melbourne Bible Institute in 1966-67 where he received
a Licentiate of Theology. While there he was convincingly called by
God to be a Bible translator in Dahomey (now Benin) in West Africa.
He has been a missionary with SIM International since 1968. He married
Joy in 1972 and they have four sons. They worked in Benin until 1985,
when they returned home to Melbourne for the education of their four
sons. Since that time Ross has been returning to West Africa for 3
months each year.
While in Benin his main task was the translation
of the Bible into the Boko language, of which there are over 100,000
speakers. He was also involved in running a medical clinic, evangelism,
church planting, starting a Boko Bible school and literacy. The
Boko people have been influenced by Islam for centuries, but we
thank God that there are now churches in most of their villages.
The Boko Bible was published in 1991. "The
Kingdom that God Established" is a paper written by Ross
which illustrates how difficult it can be to translate Biblical
concepts in an accurate and meaningful way. "Explaining
Jesus to Muslims" is a set of 20 tracts which present the
truth about Jesus (Issa) to the Muslim mind. "Fetishism,
Islam & Christianity" contrasts these religions of