Victor Schlatter, a nuclear chemist by trade, changed jobs in the late 1950s to study linguistics. Together with his wife Elsie, they went to Papua New Guinea, where they began to translate the New Testament and some chapters of the Old Testament into the language of the Angal Heneng tribes. They also founded a church that has now grown to nearly 100 congregations with about 10,000 local believers.
At the time of the book's first publication, Victor is the director of the South Pacific Islands Ministries and represents the islands at the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. He and his wife Elsie live in Australia. They have four children and 12 grandchildren.