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How Wide and How Deep?

I’ve heard it once said that the African church is a mile wide and an inch deep. When probing further,  comments regarding the “health and wealth, name it-claim it Gospel”, lack of commitment, a lack of Biblical knowledge, and/or a lack of a Biblical lifestyle. But, that hasn’t been my experience.

I recently received a though-provoking chat from a mother tongue translator that I deployed a BGAN satellite terminal to and it blew me away.I wanted to share it with you, our readers, knowing that many of our foreign colleagues and brothers & sisters in the Lord minister under less that ideal conditions. Read on, if you will, and then ask yourself the question, “How wide, how deep, is this African servant?

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I’m so pleased to  share this few pages of sermon titled: “But I have no regrets.” to you all. (2 Timothy 1:12, The Message). It blessed my spirit and I pray that the Lord will use it to bless yours and keep you till Christ’s return.

While we may not have all the answers to Life’s difficulty, pains and many unsolved mysteries, we nevertheless have no regrets about where we have placed our Faith — in Jesus Christ — nor about the life which that Faith has emboldened us to live in this disturbed world.

What a wonderful thing to be able to say at the end of your days — “I have no regrets.”

Paul is standing in chains before Caesar, about to be condemned to death for preaching the Gospel. His confession was unwavering: “Jesus Christ is Lord. I pray you will not waver in your faith in Jesus name ” This singular sentence spoken in boldness, love, and sensibility so enraged the High Court of Rome that Paul was summarily dismissed and sent to await his execution.

While in his cell, Paul writes one last letter — to his young champion, Timothy. And he says, “It is for the cause of the Gospel I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12,KJV).

Inspired by this scripture, an old Gospel hymn says, “I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known; nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own. I know not how this saving faith to me He did impart; nor how believing in His word wrought peace within my heart. I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing men of sin; revealing Jesus through the Word, creating faith in Him. I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noonday fair; nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him, or meet Him in the air…..

“But I know whom I have believed in, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day!”

That’s a life with no regrets! I pray that we will all  stand  at the feet of Christ to proclaim this, when he will say to us: “Well done my sons and daughters” God’s grace to you.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Anne, Ken

 

Back from Germany!

Europe Project Funders Network Conference 2011

I was in Germany the past two weeks while Ken was away for his week-long training session in Nigeria, October is my busiest month of the year. Each year I help organize and facilitate a conference for our European Wycliffe organizations. This year we had 40 participants which included 11 different nationalities!

What a great week we had! Some of the problems and issues that we have been dealing with for a few years were settled in people’s minds and hearts during this conference. We had a special speaker come from the Netherlands who did some great workshops for our fund-raisers. It was a real encouraging time for each of them.

Thank you for praying for me. I really felt your prayers this past two weeks. I got over jet lag quickly and slept well most of the nights! I also just felt a peace as I worked. I have really enjoyed serving in this area the past 4 years or so. I’m so glad you are a part of our team.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Anne, Wycliffe

 

Just one of 41 Million!

The new fiscal year for Wycliffe Bible Translators starts October 1. While that doesn’t mean much to many people it means a lot to me. A new year means new project fund-raising goals. And for Wycliffe that means we need to find 41 million dollars in the next 365 days!

Yikes! That sounds like a lot of money, doesn’t it? Where will it come from? What will we use it for?

I have a huge Excel worksheet which has every project listed, what country it will go to, what project it will fund along with a myriad of other details. It takes months to write-up a project and then takes lots of work to carry it out all the while writing reports on how the money was spent and how it will aid in Bible Translation.

Much of the money will come from individuals, churches and from some larger organizations. Most of it will come in $25 at a time. This is money above and beyond personal support for missionaries.

These finger puppets are telling a story!

Last year we wrote about one project that a friend of ours was involved with. She works in Guatemala. While this project is not funded by a European (and therefore not in my area) I still have a great interest in it because this friend and her husband went through training with Ken and I over 20 years ago. They are still with Wycliffe, just like we are, but their lives and their work has been completely different.

The Deditos is a small non-profit group that was formed in order to produce audio and video materials for minority people groups. They have really become accomplished as they use finger puppets to tell truths and stories from the Bible. Check out their videos! The first one has English subtitles and looks fantastic!

It’s wonderful to see how God’s people are being so creative as they get God’s Message, the Good News, into the heart language of the people from around the world!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Anne, Europe, Video, Wycliffe

 

A Tale of Three Churches

There once were three churches. These churches were established some time ago, most long before you and I were born. Someone had a vision, and planted them. They’ve each grown, thrived, waned and grown again….some over a 100 year history.
While each church has similarities, each is unique…like each of us. One church, Central Presbyterian, became a second home for a small, petite girl with a big name…Anne Barajikian. This church taught her in Sunday School, provided VBS each summer, gave her lots of opportunities to serve in music, allowed her to meet her heroes, missionaries from around the world, and most of all, stood up for the principles of God’s Word in the midst of a prominent town.

The second church, Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church, was home for this girl’s grandparents. While newer than the other two, it has made its place in Dix Hills and the surrounding area, growing in leaps and bounds. This church allowed this girl, now a teenager, to sing with her school and start ministering at a young age.

Church number three, First Baptist Church of Brewster, allowed this teenager, now grown up with children of her own, to minister in music as well as the children’s ministry. It nurtured her young family as they made their first steps toward joining a mission that would take them far away from their home country.

Central has used it’s “central” location and opened its doors to the arts. Many Sunday afternoons, beautiful opera music sounds out in their vast sanctuary. Many people who would not normally pass through a church door, now come to hear the music that they love in a new place. Thursday afternoons, Central hosts a children’s club which ministers to the neighborhood. While these may not be traditional events for a church, they are ministering to the people around them in a most perfect way.

Dix Hills, who allowed a young teenager sing on its stage, has continued the tradition of nurturing the youth to take leadership positions. The youth group runs VBS entirely on its own for a local church closer to the city. The next generation is being prepared to serve their God in a unique way.

Brewster, is trying something new….VBS on Sunday! Who doesn’t like VBS? Encouraging local children and their families to come to VBS on the most traditional day of the week to worship will show them that Brewster Baptist is a great place to be every Sunday of the year.

And so, each church takes its place in New York. Similar, yet unique. And each one is our partner…they come alongside us as we minister with Wycliffe with both prayer and finances. And they get to rejoice when God’s Word becomes available in the heart language of another people group.

But we are their partners too! So I get to rejoice after each concert, on Thursday afternoons, and at the close of another VBS. Because I’ve partnered with them as they have served. And we all lived happily ever after!

(Thanks for allowing us to come and share with you this month! We love you all!)

Mom, sister Lois and Barbara Walling (Central), Walther and Shirley Reeves (Central), Mr. and Mrs. Tobiason (Central), Sam and Ashley Sutter – great hosts and servants at Dix Hills.Susan Tobiasin and Faye Maynard (Central), Pastor Rick Julian and McKelvie Wilder (Brewster), Central’s Praise Group, Central’s Pastor Aldridge, Paige, from Central.

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Anne, Family, Ken, Wycliffe

 

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To my “home town”!

Anne acting silly on a Smart Car in Frankfurt, Germany.

I, Anne, have returned from my latest trip to Germany. I had the opportunity to work in the office, planning some meetings for the Fall, as well as participate in our twice yearly staff meetings. Like me, half of our staff work remotely from our office which is in Germany. A few staff came as far as South Africa! So it is always nice to connect with our group, pray for each other and make sure our strategies are aligned as we served our partners in Europe.

Tomorrow, we take off for New York! We’re both excited to get back to Long Island where I grew up. I have such good memories of my childhood. I had a great family, good neighbors and my family and I attended a wonderful church called Central Presbyterian Church. As the saying goes, “If the doors were open, we were there.” We had lots of opportunities to serve at Central and most of the time it was in the music ministry with my dad greatly involved in missions. Two of my loves!

So this Sunday, July 17th,  we’ll be speaking at Central in the morning. Friday, July 22nd, we will be visiting the First Baptist Church of Brewster, a fantastic church we attended for five years. The next Sunday, July 24th, we’ll be speaking at another wonderful church, Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church. This is the church where my grandparents, Norman and Martha Clayton, worshiped when in New York. They, too, have stood by us for many years as we’ve served either with Children’s Bible Fellowship or Wycliffe Bible Translators. We’ll be doing a presentation we’ve entitled, “Looking Back, Charging Forward” to highlight our last 20 years with Wycliffe and the people who have made it possible.

Hope we can see some of you there! Please pray for us that our message will go forth in a clear way. Our job is not done!

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Anne, Europe, Ken, Prayer, Wycliffe, Wycliffe Europe

 

I missed a call!

Got home from shopping this morning and heard my answering machine beeping. When I listened to my message I was shocked to hear Ken’s voice! He was testing the satellite phone and used his one phone call to me! (I’m guessing he’d do that if thrown in jail too…but we’ve not had that problem yet!)

It was lovely to hear him from so far away. He followed up the phone call with a short email. He didn’t sleep that well because of the heat and humidity. I’m guessing a little jet lag might be mixed in there too.

Here’s some of his email:

“Today, we will practice more and go over last-minute details. This afternoon, we work with the co-translator and share our satellite information with him. We were told he is traveling 11 to 12 hours to get here to meet us and spend a little time with us. That means that we will spending that much time traveling back with him to the area we’ll deploy the satellite. So, Phil [his volunteer partner] and I are anticipating a long drive Wednesday.

The Nigerians are very, very accommodating. Special people.”

One of the many various roads in Nigeria. (Flickr credit to The Vuvuzela Diaries)

Please pray for them tomorrow as they have a very long drive. This is not highway driving. I was told there used to be lots of paved roads but many of them need a lot of repair so driving requires lots of meandering around the potholes. Looking at photos I see quite a variety of roads, some paved and some not.

I’ll keep you update but it might be awhile until we hear from him. At least a day or so I would guess.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Anne, Ken

 

Small countries taking on a large task!

Wycliffe Sweden reports on their progress

What do you do when you are a small organization in a relatively small country but called to do a large task? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Anne, Europe

 

People Before Projects

Sometimes I am so goal oriented that people get in the way. And I said I never wanted to be that way.

The heavens rolled back in Waxhaw Tuesday afternoon and, after two days of cloud cover and rain, we were blessed with bright, light blue Carolina skies. The sun was shining and people were happy. And Anne and I saw our opportunity! Seed the lawn today, for rain is coming for the next two or three days. NOW is the time! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Laura was on the tractor mower, cutting the lawn before I seeded. Anne was raking or using the power push mower to cut small sections of grass. I was seeding and watching Luke at the same time, careful to keep him away from the mowers. Of course Luke, a little boy being the little boy that he is, would reach in the seeder, grab a handful of seed, and throw it – either on the driveway or in Anne’s 4×4 garden plot – anywhere but the lawn! (Anne doesn’t know this yet but I’ll sure she’ll figure it out when grass starts growing in around her plants).  “But, that’s not where it goes Luke”, I told him, “throw it on the lawn. Throw it right here,” pointing to an orange-ish colored bare spot where grass should be.

Then ‘Lil Luke suddenly became afraid of the mowers. Each time either Laura or Anne started the mower engine, Luke would run to me with up-stretched arms and eyes wide with fear.

I worked around Luke while watching over him knowing that mowers were nearby, but always with the goal in mind – gotta plant seed for this is the day! Then it suddenly hit me – “Ken, you said Luke would never get in your way, that he would never become a bother.” And, here I was focusing on the task, not my grandson. Although I didn’t consider Luke a bother at that point, my 20 month old grandson certainly wasn’t my focus.

I changed directions. I picked Luke up and started carrying him while pushing the seeder. It was a challenge, especially given our sloping lawn. But, we talked and giggled throughout the time. And when the wheelbarrow became full with grass clippings, Luke and I jumped at the chance. Here is the result.

I pushed Luke around the yard, eventually dumping the grass in the mulch pile. Luke loved it and so did I.

Just a reminder, people before projects.

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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Anne, Family, Ken

 

Would Jesus get a second “grant”?

Rob Martin, from First Fruit, spoke for several sessions. (Photo courtesy of TWR, Benjamin Tangeman)

I (Anne) just came back from Cary, North Carolina where I attended a one and a half day conference titled, “Unhealthy dependency to faith reliance.” It was hosted by Trans World Radio and HCJB (another radio related ministry) but about 27 organizations were represented with myself and one other person from Wycliffe Bible Translators.

It was a challenging two days both personally and for my work. This year alone, we in Wycliffe have been challenged to raise $40 million dollars for our projects world-wide. These projects range from printing a new Bible to AIDS awareness classes held in local churches. 80% of this money will come from the United States.

But when should our brothers and sisters in Christ take over the running of these programs? We in the “west” have made a lot of mistakes. We’ve started programs that others cannot replicate on their own. We’ve created an environment where people expect the west to supply the funds. And The Church world-wide has not learned generosity.

We need to make some changes…and fast. I’m challenged to share this with my pastor and see if we can promote good practices as we serve others…even the poor in our own neighborhoods.

I bought a book while at the conference after hearing the author, Brian Fikkert, speak so well. It’s called, “When Helping Hurts.” The subtitle is, “How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself.” I have a lot of work to do. How can i share what I learned and try to make changes in a system/model that we’ve used for 100-200 years?

Brian Fikkert said, “How many people would have given Jesus a second grant after his first three years of ministry? What did he have to show for His work? Most of what matters is difficult to measure.”

What is my new measuring stick?

Here is an excellent video on a people who have done this well:

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Anne, Europe

 

What’s the purpose of life?

Have you ever wondered why you are doing what you’re doing? I have. It was in the mid 70’s when I was working for a major U.S. company. Two of my work colleagues died, the first one week before he retired and the second one week after he retired, that caused me to consider the purpose of life. I was reading the Bible at the same time and came across the Mark 8: 34-36 verses that say, “Then he (Jesus) called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his lifec will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

These verses challenged me to consider my work, my purpose, and my life. It was then I asked God into my life, relocated to Billings, MT and started all over again. God has since led me into missions and, although there were times you could have given me $.50 and a plane ticket and I was “outta here”, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

And here’s why. May I challenge you to click on the link below to watch this video and see how technology is speeding up the process of Bible translation. Providing the technical infrastructure for our national co-translators is the work I’ll be focusing on this year, possibly even installing the BGAN satellites in Africa, India, or other locations in the near future. It’s exciting, give me purpose, and I’m glad I have the privilege of doing what I’m doing!