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Ken and Anne by the lake

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 (seconded to Wycliffe Associates).

Our blog chronicles our ministry experiences, thoughts, observations, experiences, tech stuff, helpful links, and whatever else comes to mind.  In addition to this blog we also send out a newsletter several times a year that anyone can request to receive by email and/or snail mail.

Click on the links above to read more about our ministry and our family.

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Family

 

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

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You’re invited to join us for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day focused on giving back during the holidays.

The potential is so great for this special day! You know from experience that when communities come together to make a difference, each person giving what they are able, great things are accomplished. And when the cause they gather around is close to God’s heart, we should be ready to see God multiply our efforts!

For the 2017 Giving Tuesday, we hope you’ll share in our goal to print 1,500 copies of the newly translated Bible for the Giryama people of Kenya. Each copy costs only $8. For some that might mean packing a brown bag lunch for work so they can give one copy. Others might feel lead to skip family night at the movies, and give five.

Would you prayerfully consider what you will give?

  • What: Your chance to make a difference this holiday season by giving the greatest gift the Giryama people of Kenya will ever receive.
  • When: All day on Nov. 28, 2016

*Printed from wycliffe.org

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Death Cleaning

Bob’s hat

The headline caught my eye. There is a Swedish word meaning “death cleaning”. It means decluttering as you look forward to your own death. As soon as you realize your own mortality, you start thinking about paring down the stuff in your homes. Sharing special items with family and friends or just donating them to others is a way we can prepare for our own deaths but also makes it easier for our loved ones when they have to come and clean out our homes.

On Monday morning, I arrived at work at the Waxhaw Creek Apartments, the retirement housing Wycliffe has in our Waxhaw, NC area. My boss informed me that one of the residents had passed away. Because of some software changes going on in our organization, I wasn’t able to work on our department’s receipts and had some time on my hands.

“Would you be willing to clean out Bob’s refrigerator and freezer?,” my boss asked me. Of course, I would. Off we trooped down to his one bedroom apartment. Contact had still not been made with Bob’s family, so we were careful to leave his goods and papers in place until they could arrive.

Bob lived a rather spartan life compared to most Americans. I guess living in a village in Papua New Guinea for over 40 years would do that to you. His home was filled with just the basics: food, clothing, books and important papers. It made me a little sad at first, seeing how little he lived with. But after cleaning out his refrigerator and finding the task quick and easy I found that I admired him more than felt sorry for him.

Bob spent most of his adult life working in literacy for the Waris people of Papua New Guinea. You have probably never heard of these people. I didn’t. But God knows them and loves them and created them in HIS image. He also gave them a beautiful language. And now they can read about God in their own Mother Tongue because of people like Bob who are willing to live without a lot of stuff so that others can have what is really important: God’s very words.

I went home on Monday and thought about all the stuff I have in my house that seems so important. Just cleaning out my freezer would take twice the time it took to clean Bob’s because it is stuffed with bits and pieces of this and that. I have something in every closet and drawer in my house. What does all my stuff say about me and what’s important to me?

Jesus Christ and the message of His salvation is the most important thing to me. It’s time to make sure my house reflects that.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

75 years!! Whoop! Whoop!

William Cameron Townsend

I clicked on the video and heard the voice of Wycliffe Bible Translators founder, William Cameron Townsend, speaking and reading verses from the Bible.

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” 

We’re celebrating 75 years of a concerted effort to give everyone, all people, God’s very words in their own tongue.

And by “we’re” I mean YOU and I!! 

Click here to watch a short video with beautiful images of some of those people who have benefited from your sacrificial prayers and gifts.

This video just gave me the chills! I can’t wait to meet these brothers and sisters in Christ one day in heaven!!!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Well, someone has to do it….

 

Jaars airplane just waiting to be washed!

A job was posted this past week at Jaars. Jaars is a non-profit ministry associated with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL. They aid in finding solutions in transportation, technology, media and training for the Bible Translation task.

There are many jobs at Jaars. Pilots, Vernacular media trainers, nurses, drivers and food service to name a few. But the recent job posting caught my eye.

“Airplane Washer” 

At first I thought it was a cute joke. They do have airplanes at Jaars. Because we live only 1.5 miles from their campus we hear and see small aircraft taking off and landing there all the time. But do they need to be washed down?

Apparently, they do.

Brief Description:

This employee will work under the Aviation Manager and Flight Coordinator at the JAARS Center located south of Waxhaw, N.C. This is a part-time, “as needed”, position.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Washing airplanes

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a deep and growing walk with the Lord Jesus that includes your personal growth and the ability to support others in their spiritual growth.

  • Embrace the vision, mission and core values of JAARS, and help us live them effectively across all facets of the organization.

  • Must view this position as a ministry.

  • Must be 17 years of age or older.

  • Must be dependable, detailed, careful and have the ability to follow instructions well.

  • Be available when aircraft are available to be washed.

When we share with groups, we usually tell people that God can use anyone with any of their gifts in the Bible Translation Task.

This kind of proves it.

Let me know if you’d like to apply for the job.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Bible Translation, JAARS, Wycliffe

 

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The work is not done! People are still waiting!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Two Actions=One Watch

Graduation watch

I lifted the side flap on the canvas lunch bag. The pocket was empty. I had stashed my phone, car keys and watch in there when we went to the beach. I unpacked the trunk of the car. Soggy, sandy towels, sandy beach toys, and sandy half-eaten lunches rounded out the contents. Where was my watch? I know I had put it carefully in this pouch, but now it was no longer there and no where to be found.

I dumped out my entire purse and pawed through wallet, receipts, gum wrappers and warm lip sticks. No watch! I guess it’s possible I put it somewhere else….but I knew I hadn’t.

We all showered the salt water off of our bodies, wrung out our bathing suits and got dressed for dinner. When I told my family about the missing watch, everyone jumped up and helped me search through the car trunk and under the seats, several times asking about the last time I had seen the watch. The watch had been given to me as a graduation gift from my family for finishing my degree just last year. It was special to ALL of us. My eyes filled with tears thinking that it might be gone forever.

The tide had been coming in when we had left the beach a few hours earlier. Upon arriving to the beach we had placed our towels about 100 feet from the edge of the water. By the time we left, it was a mere 5 feet away from our gear. No one remembered anything being left on the sandy beach. If it was on the beach, it was now under the salty water and undoubtedly ruined.

The only place it could be was the parking lot where we had left our car. “Let’s drive back before getting dinner. It’s only 15 minutes away,” my husband said. I was relieved that he had suggested it knowing how hungry everyone was and not wanting to delay our dinner any more.

We drove the 15 minutes in silence. I was silently praying for a miracle. When we arrived at the parking lot, three people on bicycles were resting at the entrance of the parking lot where we had recently parked. All three were in our way, in the exact spot where we needed to stop. Ken courteously waved them by and two of them moved on. The third person waved us through. Ken pulled in to the left of where we had parked our car. The parking lot was nearly empty. We all anxiously jumped out of the car, heads down, frantically scouring the ground for the watch.

At the same time, the woman on the bicycle came driving over toward us. “Are you looking for…..” Her sentence was cut off as I pounced on my watch, its gleaming silver edge protruding from the sandy driveway. The watch had been run over and was on level with the soil which was, thankfully, sand! I couldn’t even speak! I just held it out in disbelief and joy!! “I saw it just as you arrived“, the woman shouted, joyful as well that we found my prize possession! We yelled our thanks as she drove off.

Our eight-year-old grandson was so pleased and surprised. Unbeknownst to me, he and his Papa had prayed together that the Lord would lead us to the watch minutes before we departed on our search. He was able to see the answer to his prayer in 15 short minutes.

We prayed AND we looked! Two actions. What would have happened if we had only prayed? What if we had just looked? I’m not sure what the results would have been. Had we delayed even 30 seconds later the watch would have been innocently picked up by one of the bicyclists and carried home. We would never had known its story.

This reminds me about the woman in the Bible who had 10 coins and loses one. She lights a lamp, searches for the coin, then rejoices when she finds it. We don’t read that she prayed, but she looked and she celebrated as we did. Luke 15:10 says “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 

Every month several people groups receive the Bible, newly translated, in their own language. It may not previously been prayed over by the people, since they didn’t know what they were missing, but someone prayed over that language. Someone worked and gave them the ability to find out the way of salvation. It is theirs for the choosing. And when they find it, there is rejoicing in the presence of angels.

Thank you for making that possible. You do it month after month. Your prayers, your gifts, your hope, your action.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Anne, Praise, Supporters, Wycliffe, Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

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Did you know????

Through a charitable gift annuity (CGA) with the Wycliffe Foundation you can give a significant gift to Bible translation projects and member ministries while receiving monthly income for the rest of your lifetime.

Advantages of a CGA include:

  • Receive fixed income payments that arrive when it’s best for you.

  • Use the secure income to supplement your retirement needs and help provide financial security.

  • A portion of your income will be tax-free and you will qualify for other substantial income tax deductions.

The process to create a CGA is easy — just request the two-page application by calling the Wycliffe Foundation toll-free at 877-493-3600 or emailing info@wycliffefoundation.org.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized