Finally! After 14 months of social distancing, our independent living facility, Waxhaw Creek Apartments, had their first monthly dinner social with everyone invited to come at the same time! Most residents and all of the staff have been vaccinated so we’re all feeling more hopeful these days.
There was so much chatter going on between everyone that it was hard to break in and change the direction of all the participants. We played outdoor games, caught up with each other, ate and ate and even tried some Karaoke! Well, we’ll call it a “Sing-a-long” since no one volunteered to stand up, so we just sang songs together. We started with “Five Foot Two-Eyes of Blue” and ended with the hymn “It is Well with my Soul”!
Thank you for your support as we love and care for these retired missionaries who have served Wycliffe Bible Translators for decades.
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Left to right: Anne celebrates our first major social since February 2020; Bob grills up the hamburgers and hotdogs; two tables of residents; Karaoke; corn hole; plus 91-year-old Walter who collects the garbage for the “older” residents and brings it to the dumpster for them!!
We often serve a breakfast to all the senior residents we serve in Waxhaw, NC each February, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we delivered the breakfast door-to-door this year. What a sweet surprise for each person to get a hot cooked breakfast along with a card and some cookies. We are working hard to find socially acceptable ways to serve our seniors as loneliness can affect your physical health. As more and more get vaccinated, please pray we would find appropriate ways to serve them in the days ahead.
We get to observe many Seniors in our organization. Often, someone knows them from decades ago and shares stories of the wonderful ways they contributed to the Bible Translation task before they retired.
When we were recently in Pennsylvania helping to care for Anne’s mom, Anne was sharing with a visiting nurse about what a fabulous piano player her mom was. She wanted the nurse to see beyond the aging woman in front of her.
John E. Roberts wrote a beautiful poem about growing old.
They say that I am growing old I’ve heard them say it times untold In language plain and bold But I’m not growing old This frail old shell in which I dwell Is growing old I know full well But I’m not growing old.
What if my hair has turned gray Gray hair is honorable, they say What if my eye sight’s growing dim I can still see to follow Him Who sacrificed His life for me There on the cross of Calvary
Why should I care if time’s old plow Has dug some furrows in my brow. Another house not made with hand Awaits me in the glory land. My hearing may not be as keen As in the past, it may have been Still I can hear my Savior say Come faltering child, this is the way.
The outward man, do what I can To lengthen out this life’s short span Shall perish and return to dust As everything in nature must. But the inward man the Scriptures say Ah, the inward man Is growing stronger every day.
Then how can I be growing old’ I’m safe within the Saviour’s fold ‘Er long my soul shall fly away And leave this tenement of clay This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise To seize the everlasting prize I’ll meet you on the streets of gold And prove that I’m not growing old.
In August 1990, Ken and Anne took a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia to check out Wycliffe Bible Translators. One month later, we signed on the dotted line and joined this organization dedicated to translating the Bible in to every language on earth so that ALL may know God and choose to take His offer of GRACE and MERCY.
Thank you for standing with us. Together we have traversed many miles and served in a number of roles. It’s one of the best decisions we made in our lives! Time flies when you are having fun!!
We lived in Southeast Asia for 10 years, serving in an International School, starting in the early 1990’s. Our luggage weight was limited when we traveled so we had to be careful about each thing we packed. We would not return to the States for three or four years. But we also had to bring items that we knew we could not purchase in our new country.
One of those items we always tried to bring with us were Ziplock bags! These bags will still rather new and as well were expensive since no “knock offs” had yet been manufactured. But they were so good to have in a country with great humidity and lots of tiny ants.
I would purchase one or two boxes of large Ziplocks and a few small ones, take them out of the boxes and lay them down in a suitcase. Then, I would use them very surreptitiously while overseas. My family knew that if they got a Ziplock in their lunchbox, it had to come home with them!
I would then take the dirty, used plastic bag and wash it out in hot, soapy water. I’d hang it up in our kitchen. After it was dry, I would carefully fold it up and put it away to be reused. I never put something in the bag, like raw chicken, because that might contaminate it permanently and I needed to reuse this bag. Those bags would last for years, but would finally start to break down little by little.
Fast foward 10-20 years…one of my daughters was dating a guy and when he came to stay at our home, he was surprised to see Ziplock bags drying around my kitchen. “Why do you rewash Ziplocks?”, he’d ask. I felt kind of sheepish answering him…it seemed like I was so poor or backwards! But then I’d explain how they were “like gold” to us in the past.
Eventually I started to throw out the small Ziplock bags, even though my family would still come in to the kitchen, emptying out their lunch boxes and asking, “Can I throw the bag out or do you want this?”
But the large bags? No way. If they are “clean”, I still wash those things and hang them up to reuse. Why? Can’t I afford more bags? Yes, but those things are perfectly good to use and it just feels wasteful to me to throw them out.
The other day I laughed as I went through the Aldi ad. They now sell reusable “Ziplock” bags! Recycling has caught up with my frugal ways and it’s now “cool” to reuse, rather than throw out.
Adventures in Odyssey has a new episode titled “The Morning Star” which features the story of John Wycliffe and Wycliffe Bible Translators. In the episode, the character Matthew takes a trip to England in the Imagination Station and discovers why it’s so important to have the Bible in a language you can understand.
You can listen for free at any time by signing up for the Adventures in Odyssey Club two-week trial. Visit wycliffe.org/resources/kids for more information.
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!
We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express this past Sunday afternoon. It’s a new hotel on the property of Pioneers, a wonderful ministry aimed at planting new churches. Ken and I met on a missions trip hosted by Pioneers back in 1982 so they are special to us.
We’re here this week for MACR meetings. At Wycliffe Bible Translators, that stands for Member and Care Resources, a part of Human Resources. Ken’s department, Senior Benefits, and Anne’s as well, fall under this department.
Every two years we meet together for several days. We learn about each others roles and how we can work better together. The theme seems to be “Transitions” which is appropriate as Wycliffe USA has a new president, and new COO and a new HR officer as well as many other positions. Our jobs are new too, so we’re in good company.
Today we talked at length about how our work in the area of retirement aids in the vision of Bible Translation. One of the big takeaways was that people made in the image of God have value and therefore we should care for them from the moment they join our ministry into retirement.
Thank you for partnering with us as we serve over 3,000 members of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
Sometimes I go through a day or month and think, “What have I accomplished?” It’s nice to look at a list with items checked off or to look at photos to see where I’ve been. It’s also great to see how my work and service hours are accomplishing much for the Kingdom of God.
We love Bible Translation! We think that having the Bible available in the format and language that you use most often is the best way to know God and His plan for your life. That’s why we’ve invested in Wycliffe Bible Translators for almost 30 years. And you have done so also as you’ve supported us prayerfully and financially.
So take a look back at this short video and praise God for what YOU’VE been a part of in 2018. It’s worth celebrating!