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Ripped Bags Torn Bags

Bags sewn by CUMC members

As I unpacked our bags from our recent trip to Michigan, I noted some wear and tear on our 26-year-old “shoe bags.” We use them for our shoes but that is not their original purpose.

At one of our campsites (1991)

Ken and I joined Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) in August of 1990. WBT provided us with extensive preparation so that we could successfully live long term in a different culture. One of those requirements was something called Field Training Course (FTC). For those going to Asia or South America, we traveled first to Texas and then to Mexico. For three months we lived in cabins, camped outdoors and stayed for a month with a host family in Mexico. It was “the best and worst of times” as they say.

Ken carried the bulk of our belongings.

Wycliffe gave us a list of items that we needed to bring to FTC and a weight limit on those items. One of the requirements was to bring 10 cloth bags that could be closed at the top with a string, just like a hooded jacket. For those who know me (Anne), I don’t sew. So this requirement caused me a bit of stress.

“No problem,” said several ladies from Christ United Methodist Church of Fraser, Michigan. “We’ll make them for you.”

And they did. Ten bags, some grey, some blue, some pink, were handed to us before we left on our adventure.

Bags hanging at a different campsite.

While their original purpose was to carry food on long over night hikes, they eventually morphed into bags that would protect our shoes. Those bags have traveled with us for over a quarter of a century! Every time we use them, we think of those who made them.

We just returned from a trip to Michigan where we were able to speak at Christ United Methodist Church. At the end of the service, the pastor called the leadership to the front of the church, along with a special group of people who have met and prayed for us once a month for 27 years (!), and they recommitted their partnership with us. Our heads were anointed with oil, and as the pastor prayed for us we heard “We’re with you, we’ve been with you, we’ll continue to be with you. We’re committed to Bible Translation.”

What a joy to have such a great group standing with us! If you’d like to partner with us financially or by receiving our newsletter and praying, please click on this link! Come join our team!

 

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Bible Translation, Family

 

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The Look

Everyone parent and every child knows “the Look.” You know, when the child is fidgeting in church and you turn to them and “look” at them? Or maybe it’s at the dinner table! Everyone is holding hands so you can pray and then two kids start arguing because one is squeezing the hand of the other too hard? They get “the Look” from the parent.

Stop.

Cut. It. Out.

It might look like this:

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Or this:

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When my dad gave me “the Look” or when my husband gave our girls “the Look” they usually stopped what they were doing immediately and settled down. While each of us love our children immensely, sometimes we don’t love their behavior. “The Look” gets them back on track.

In John 18, we read the account of Peter who denies Jesus three times when asked if he was a follower of Jesus. The book of Luke (22:61-62)  records that Jesus “looked straight at Peter” after he refused to admit three times to others that he was a follower of Jesus.

The difference between my parenting look and this look of Jesus was that this was not a gesture of condemnation. Instead, it was one of complete love and of one who knew Peter’s heart. He knew that Peter loved Him deeply, he knew that Peter would deny Him (he had warned him), yet he still loved him.

What struck me again was the difference between Peter’s remorse over his sin and Judas’ actions after he had turned Jesus in. While Judas immediately ran out and hung himself, Peter didn’t. He wept bitterly, but he still came to the place where Jesus was hung on a cross. We know from later chapters and church history that Peter went on to be a great leader and writer in the church.

Why the difference?

Because one had a relationship with Jesus and the other didn’t. Judas hung out with Jesus and looked like he was a disciple of Him, but his heart had never really changed. He was the same sinful Judas, whereas Peter spent the same amount of time with Jesus and had a changed life. Yes, he was loud and impulsive (sounds like me) but little by little, he turned different areas over to the Lordship of his Savior.

We don’t have the privilege of physically walking and talking with Jesus, but we do have the Holy Spirit with us here on earth who guides us as we have a relationship with the entire Trinity.

We have been given God’s very words to read and study so we can learn from people like Judas, Peter, and even Jesus Himself. That’s why we are committed to getting God’s Word in to the hands of the Bibleless people of the world!

Who will you be today? Choose to be a Peter…a follower…a sojourner. Then when you get “the Look” you’ll know it is one full of love, not condemnation, and you too can look forward to the day when you see Jesus face to face.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Bible Translation, Family, Wycliffe, Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

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Ok…I doodled!

We were gifted a few days at the beach last week, so I practiced my doodling while walking alone one morning.

Thanks for praying as Ken spends two weeks in our Orlando, FL office. He’ll be serving our members who are on furlough as they get refreshed and cared for at our home office.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Bible Translation, Ken, Wycliffe

 

I don’t doodle my husband’s name

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As I sat listening to a lecture on I John, I found myself doodling. I know from others more experienced in this art form that it doesn’t necessarily mean your mind is wandering. It actually increases focus and recall. I usually doodle a flower or a geometric shape, since I’m not really good or creative. That day, it was a Christmas tree, although the appropriate holiday was long past.

I used to doodle my husband’s name.

I met Ken the summer of 1982 while we were serving in Papua New Guinea for 10 weeks. After a month or so of conversation, we got “twitterpated” (see Thumper from the Disney movie) and by the end of the summer we pretty much knew we were going to marry each other one day. We separated and didn’t see each other but 3 more times before our wedding the following summer!

So in between our visits, we called each other twice a week (one call was his and one call was mine), and we wrote each other every day. Every. Day. Letters, cards, postcards…we wrote.

And, I doodled his name. Ken. Kenneth. Kenny. KJH. Kenneth Haugh. Ken Haugh. And later….Anne Haugh.

I don’t find myself doodling his name anymore. I was feeling kind of bad about that, but then I thought, I really don’t want to go back to 34-35 years ago. Thirty-four years ago, while I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Ken, we didn’t really know each other. For all the good and the bad times that cover that time period, I’d much rather have the “Ken and Anne Haugh” that exists now than who we were three decades ago.

We’re much more patient and tolerant of each other. We forgive faster. We fight less. We think more alike, yet still differ on so many levels! That’s good, even when it’s hard! I am who I am because of Ken. All the good stuff! I’m more confident and I’ve embraced my God-given gifts because of his encouragement. There is no one I trust more with my heart and life than Kenneth James Haugh. And I would fight to the death for that man.

I am so grateful for your prayers over us for so many years. Because serving God is more than our jobs. Serving God requires a good family life and an ongoing relationship with God. We’re still working on both.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Anne, Ken

 

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No…THIS is Us

tim-marshall-114623There is a popular television show running (which I’ve never seen). It’s title is This is Us.

As I sat and read what our partner Wycliffe Associates accomplished last year, which included the work of Ken, I thought, “No, THIS is us.”

Your prayers and financial support allowed Ken to take a multitude of trips in order to support our national Bible Translators. Together, much was accomplished.

Here are the stats:

  •   Currently Accelerating the work of Bible translation in 76 countries

  •   Last year mobilized 7,097 volunteer and staff members to advance the cause of Bible translation throughout the world in 76 countries

  •   Installed 544 Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs) in 48 countries for 788 language communities since started installing BTAKs

  •   315 new translation projects started in 2016 using Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST) workshops

  •   Improved hundreds of facilities for Bible translation around the world

Nicely done, partners.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Bible Translation, Family, Uncategorized, Wycliffe Associates

 

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Miles and Miles

Charlotte to Orlando

Charlotte to SouthEast Asia

Drive to Pennsylvania

Philadelphia to India

Charlotte to Philippines

Charlotte to South East Asia

Charlotte to Orlando

Charlotte to Montana (vacation!!)

Charlotte to South East Asia

Drive to New York

Charlotte to Orlando

Tired? Although Ken made his own schedule, he didn’t realize how many trips he had taken last year. When he returned from his last trip he said, “I’m not sure I can keep up this schedule.” He followed that up with, “But I feel like something big is going to happen soon.”

Ken loved his work supporting Bible Translation using his technology and training skills. Seeing God’s words translated and given to people to read immediately has brought us both so much joy. We’ve seen grown men and woman cry as they received portions of the Bible in their Mother Tongue for the first time. We feel so blessed to have been a part of this process in particular for the last 6 years.

When Ken had his heart attack on September 20th, we realized that our life schedule needed to change and that God really did have something else for Ken to do.

Thank you for standing with us as we support Bible Translation in yet another are of need.

P. S. Those trips covered about 100,000 air miles!

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Bible Translation, Ken

 

Encouragement via Colored Paper and Words

All those cards! All the love!

All those cards! All the love!

The day after Ken had his heart attack was one of joy and fear. Joy that he was alive and had survived two stents being put in his heart. Fear of the open heart surgery scheduled two weeks from then. And ultimately, fear of the unknown.

We had so many questions and wondered what was ahead of us.

But within days, cards started arriving in the mail.

“We’re praying for you.”

“God gives us peace.

“Recovery is a process.”

Other people sent emails, called or visited us. This continued for three months!

Your words we such an encouragement to us…like a warm hug, balm on a wound, or good piece of music. We smiled, laughed and cried over each one. Each act took time. It took effort. It took work for the person who did it.

The things you did helped remove our fears and replace it with just JOY and PEACE. As Ken healed, we were thankful for each new day. We also recovered as a family.

Thank you for being the body of Christ. You have taught us how to be better members for others.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2017 in Family

 

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