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Jan Harthan and her husband, Dave, have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1971. They worked for 19 years in Brazil and 10 years in Mozambique. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Jan holds a B.A. from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in Elementary Education. She is a professional copy editor. She has done editing for many years for Wycliffe Bible Translators. She has done freelance copy editing for Tyndale House Publishers, Scripture Press, Livingstone Corporation, and J. David Schmidt Company. Jan was one of the copy editors of the New Living Translation. She is utilizing her gifts to produce a paraphrase of Godís Word that will grow and nurture children after Godís own heart.

Jan and Dave began their missionary career in Mexico for Jungle Camp training with Wycliffe Bible Translators. From there, they went to Costa Rica to study Spanish and on to Colombia for an internship. They arrived in Brazil in August of 1974, where they spent the next 19 years. Jan filled various roles over those years, depending upon current needs: typist, bookkeeper, computer operator, computer department supervisor, graphic design, literature production coordinator, and human resources coordinator. They left Brazil in July of 1993 and then worked for three years in the Wycliffe office in West Chicago. Dave and Jan then worked in Mozambique from 1996-2006. During those years Jan worked in various roles: editor, bookkeeper, office manager, and public relations coordinator. They are currently assigned to JAARS, the technical support arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Waxhaw, NC.