As a young man, Norm learned that God and His plan of redemption were all important, and that God owns everything. He began praying to know how he could be involved in what God was doing. About a year and a half later, when he heard about all the different kinds of professions that were needed on the mission field, he realized he could be used as a teacher to educate missionary kids so their families could stay on the field.
Norm and his wife, Patricia, worked in the Philippines with the Ifugao people for fifteen years. They knew that God’s Word changes people, and it impacts them most when they hear and study it in their own heart language. The Ifugao people are mostly animists, who believe in thousands of deities, but they are in constant fear and bondage to those deities whose desires can never be satisfied. God’s Word has now been translated in Ifugao, and there are hundreds of churches spread across the rice terraces of the Philippines as a result of people hearing the good news of Jesus Christ in their own language.
Over the years of working with Wycliffe, God has changed Norm’s job a number of times, but the reason for each job is the same: to enable people all over the world to have God’s Word in a language that speaks to their hearts. Norm and Patricia now live in Temecula, and he is currently the Director of The Launch Team. He oversees fifteen missionary staff who “adopt” and assist all of the new missionaries entering Wycliffe Bible Translators for their first two-year term of service. Their goal is to help them thrive and be productive, and support them in whatever they need.