We are Ken and Anne Haugh, a couple of ordinary people on an extraordinary adventure. We are privileged to be called into full-time ministry serving God in the Bible translation process as members of Wycliffe USA .
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When I held my newborn girls in my arms for the first time, I wondered who they would become when older. Who will they look like? Will they be funny or serious? Will they run hard after a relationship with God?
I’m often proud of our two girls, Laura and Christine. I love how each of them reflect God in a variety of ways. This week waves of joy fill me as I watch Laura embrace her own personality in a world that gives conflicting messages to us. She’s in Honduras for the second time, serving on a team from her church. She’s being stretched as she is leading small groups and devotions along with a translator. A few years ago, she would have shook her head and laughed if you had told her she’d be doing this.
Now she is talking about “purpose” and how present God has felt this week as she has served. I know that feeling. It took me much longer to feel it and embrace my own inadequacies and gifts; intertwining both and presenting them to God as a living sacrifice…holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1-2).
Rejoice with us this week! She has 3-4 more days in service THERE before returning to her service HERE.
Worship, sharing stories, lessons on dealing with stress and “How to say ‘No'” were just some of the highlights of our 5 days at Wycliffe Bible Translators’ (WBT) headquarters in Orlando, Florida last week. Wycliffe’s “Stateside Connection” is a short program aimed at members who serve primarily in the USA. The purpose is to provide us with organizational tools and resources enabling us to become more efficient and to reconnect us with the home office staff, the people behind the scenes who serve so that we can serve.
Three to four times a year Ken goes to these meetings to consult with those that attend, just like we just did. He and/or one of his team members give a departmental presentation and then set up one-on-ones with people that desire it. It was great to receive training, learn more about our organizational resources and tools, and be pampered!
Anne met with the insurance and tech departments and received some great responses to her questions. Ken was able to utilize his free time and meet face-to face with colleagues from other departments.
We’re so grateful for a mission that sees the need to take care of its members! We feel ready to tackle our jobs with joy!
Last month over 30 youth from three different youth groups in Wisconsin, made the long trip to North Carolina. They got to hear about the work of Bible translation, fly in a small airplane and were fed really well.
But for a good part of every day, they served! Half of the group served at JAARS, the technical organization that serves Wycliffe Bible Translators. The other 15 youth and 5 leaders served our residents at Waxhaw Creek Apartments where Anne is the manager.
They washed windows that are difficult to reach, they cleaned the four laundry rooms used by the 42 residents, they spread mulch in the hot Carolina sun and they painted.
During their breaks during the day, many of our retired residents shared stories from serving with Wycliffe and were an inspiration for the young people. A number of the group did not normally attend church so they were able to hear the WHY of serving God from our residents.
Did you know that if you shop with Amazon, you can set it up so that a donation is given to the organization of your choice each time you shop? I have chosen Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT). While this donation doesn’t come to me directly, indirectly it supports our service.
As you can see, WBT has benefited by almost $20,000! It’s so easy! Shopping supports Bible Translation!
I’m sitting on my couch at HOME in North Carolina, having just finished work for the day. A few days ago we arrived after traveling for 10 days or so.
We spent 5 days on Long Island, visiting three churches that we have a relationship with. Entering these churches, we felt right at HOME with them. They listened to us attentively, asked good questions and fed us really well!. So many people found ways to care for us in unique ways. We are inspired to keep working hard and being sacrificial in our love as they were to us.
While there, we drove by my childhood HOME which has changed quite a bit. With one of my neighbors passing away this past year and our other good friends choosing to move to different states, it didn’t feel like my HOME anymore!
From Long Island, we traveled back to Pennsylvania, staying at my sister’s HOME and visiting with her family as well as Anne’s mother. We are there several times a year and sleeping in the apartment of my sister’s attic, it feels like as second HOME for us.
Thank you for investing in our lives once again as we care for those working in Bible Translation across the world, some far from Home, some near. I leave you with a few photos of our time there!
Join us as we explore the possibility of God’s family working together to complete the work of the Great Commission. During this exciting one-hour program, you’ll hear from:
Chris Fabry, on-air personality with Moody Radio, author of the book, “The War Room,” and our host for the event. Dr. John Chesnut, Wycliffe Bible Translators’ new president, and his wife, Kelly. Jim Wise, director of ministry services and senior private wealth adviser with Wycliffe’s ministry partner, Ronald Blue Trust. Janet Vaughan, Atlanta-based philanthropist and Bible translation advocate. Andy Keener, executive vice president of global partnerships for Wycliffe Bible Translators.
This free webcast is exclusively for friends of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Ronald Blue Trust. There will be two showings of the webcast on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. Please attend at the time that works best for you – online or by phone.