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Finding her own way

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.

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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Family

 

Spoiled and Loved

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!

There were 13 of us all together as well as a few teenagers.
 

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What’s MACR (May-Ker)?

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.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Anne, Bible Translation, Ken

 

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January Wrap Up

It’s February! For some reason, January seemed so long for me this year. I think it may be because we packed it in with so many travels. For this post, I’ll share some photos so you can catch up with us. I’ll be writing a newsletter soon now that we are home for a bit!

What have you been doing this month?

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Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Family

 

Scenes from the North

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Ken introduces himself at the Leadership Matters Course, near Edmonton, Canada.

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We saw beautiful sunrises like this as well as sunsets nearly every day! This is looking across a frozen lake.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in Anne, Ken

 

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Long Trips worth Traveling

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.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2018 in Bible Translation, Family

 

Weathering Florence

Just missed!

Hurricane Florence arrived in the Carolinas with a vengeance this past week. We prepared our home by putting everything away that was outdoors. We filled our tubs with water and bought food.

We prayed. 

Living under a canopy of huge trees brings one to their knees during a hurricane. 

But we were spared the worst of the storm, not even losing our electricity which was such a surprise. 

Others did not fare as well, getting flooded, stranded or having to leave their homes. 

We had one tree fall down in our yard. Anne heard it breaking while on the phone and threw the phone down, yelling for Ken. The tree hit the ground with a thud but missed our house. The “Y” in the tree split on either side of two sides of our house. Wow. 

I wonder how many other “close calls” there have been in my life that I am not even aware of. I wonder how many other things could have harmed me yet I was spared. 

But why do others get hit? These are the questions that have had people questioning a loving God for years. I’m sure others prayed this week too, but have lost so much. I don’t presume to be more righteous than them. Perhaps God knows they can handle problems better than I can! 

I hope this week goes well for you…storms or no storms. One of you has just buried a son. God is your strength in this time of trouble. Another of you needs a job desperately. I know that God has one for you and pray that you will hear His voice. 

Thank you for praying for us year after year. 

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Family

 

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