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Say What? 30 Years???

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!!

 

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Rewashing Plastic Bags

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.

Hmmm. for once I am ahead of the game.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2020 in Bible Translation, Family

 

Being Chased

Saturday afternoon found me in the kitchen for a few hours. I was making several cheesecakes for an event for this coming Friday. Needing to be entertained while licking the cream cheese off of the spatula, I put on one of those “Planet Earth” shows.

I’m always in awe of the shots that are made by the photographers. I watched as a Damsal Fly went underwater, cut a hole in the stem of a plant and laid her eggs. How, how, how did they know where to put a camera in that area of the pond??

Anyway, as time went on, I watched as an animal called a Stoat chased a rabbit. You might know the name Ermine better to describe this small mammal. The video proceeded with the small animal chasing down a huge rabbit. Round and round it went, tiring the poor rabbit until the underdog Stoat was able to eventually overpower the hopping bunny and make it a meal.

Sigh. I have a love-hate relationship with these shows. I love the footage and love learning new things, but hate seeing things die.

The thing is, as the stoat chase the rabbit round and round, many other rabbits were seen in the view. Some turned their head, watching the chase, but most just kept on eating. No one ran to rescue the soon-to-be-dead rabbit. No one distracted the Stoat. Everyone just did their own thing. The attitude seemed to be, “Hey, that’s his bad luck. Have you tried this great lime green grass? It’s fabulous!” Disconnect.

This past week found me studying I Thessalonians. Paul and Silas started the church in Thessalonica back in A.D. 140. New converts, amidst persecution meant that the young believers needed to get a tutorial in godly living.

Don’t be idle.

Encourage the timid.

Help the weak.

Be patient with everyone.

Try to be kind to each other.

And more….

Believers can’t sit idly by while others get eaten. Ok, no one’s literally being eaten but sometimes it feels like you are when no one jumps to your defense when you are clearly right! It feels like cannibalism when a friend is impatient with you or talks behind your back. There’s no place for that among believers.

So we work on our own sanctification. How can we be more holy, more like God today? How can we be kept blameless until the coming of our Lord?

Pray for each other. That’s what Paul did and what he encouraged the Thessalonians to do.

Speaking of which..thank you for praying for us, day after day, week after week. We feel it, especially when we feel down and are having trouble facing a day that looks very much like the one before.

We love you. Just like Paul loved his brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you are interested in seeing a stoat chasing a rabbit, click here.

You’ve been warned!

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2020 in Family, Wycliffe

 

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Chapter Two or is it Three?

Just a quick medical update on Ken. In brief, after meeting with both his surgeon and an infectious disease doctor on Monday, the decision was made to have another surgery. His continued pain as well as other things let them know that it was not healing inside.

Tomorrow we have to be at the hospital by 5:30 a.m. for surgery. We are hoping and praying that this will take care of all of the infections and that in time, Ken can get back to his physical therapy and walking and biking as normal.

We thank you for praying for us over the coming days.

A lovely blessing: I, Anne, was supposed to fly to Philadelphia to help out with my mom but had to cancel my flight. American Airlines has kindly given me a voucher for the money lost to be used at another time, even though it was a ticket that “couldn’t be changed”. I really appreciate their graciousness. Little blessings warm my heart!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in Family

 

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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