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!
Brian & Anita Weber, Jan Schenk (not pictured Larry Schenk)
It was a long trip but well worth it. We drove from North Carolina to Michigan so that we could spend time with the Haugh side of the family for Thanksgiving. We don’t get to celebrate holidays with any family very often. It’s still a treat to join them in their traditions.
While there we had breakfast with some of our most ardent prayer supporters. The Webers and the Shenks have been a part of a group call the Haugh Advisory Prayer group (HAP) for 28 years. They, along with quite a number of others, have met once a month to pray for our family and for Wycliffe Bible Translators. They always ask good questions and make sure they really understand how we are doing that day in that week in that month. We love them dearly.
In six short days we’ll be taking another trip, this one to Edmonton, Canada. There we will be doing a two week course entitled “Leadership Matters.” There we will be studying with others from around the world. Since we are both entering new leadership roles (Ken on December 1), we are excited to combine some new management skills with our past experiences. We’re grateful to still be used for the Kingdom of God.
We’re grateful for you too. Please join us in prayer for safe travels and open minds as we learn December 2-15.
I love reading my Bible. I like to do it in an organized way that challenges me. That’s one of the reasons I’m involved with Bible Study Fellowship. But I also have loved using The Bible App (YouVersion) to both read the Bible and do some specific devotionals. This summer I used it to study the Minor Prophets. There are many different devotionals on this app, some lasting a year and some lasting just days.
Wycliffe Bible Translators has recently published a short 6-day devotional on this app. It’s called “In This Together.” Check it out here! We’re all in life together!
Our next newsletter will be out soon. There you can watch a video on Indonesians working together to translate the Bible into their heart language. The translators saw one man crying as he read the new Scriptures. He said, “I’ve known my whole life that Jesus Christ died for me, but this is the first time I have understood why!”
We love that we have been TOGETHER with so many of you year after year. We hope you are enjoying God’s words this week in your own language!