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Serving the Easiest Way

Food….one of our most basic of needs is right up there with water and air. A person can go without food for about three weeks and up to eight weeks if drinking water. Most of us, gratefully,  eat every few hours when awake.

Eating food is a basic need, but when we are weary or hurting it can become one of the hardest things to supply for ourselves. The act of planning what to eat, shopping for the food, putting it away, cooking it, eating it and then cleaning it all up can look daunting when tired or stressed out.

I remember when my daughter was in college and juggling taking a heavy load of classes as well as work and keeping up with relationships.  She wished there was a pill she could take that would fill her stomach up. Cooking seemed like too much work.

On the other hand, preparing food for others can be one of the easiest ways to care for them. Preparing food from home or even purchasing it from a restaurant is a relatively easy way to give. It’s easier than having a difficult conversation where there is stress involved. It’s easier than talking deeply with people when a loved one is dying. It’s easier than sitting quietly with someone who is mourning and we don’t know how to make it better for them.

This past week found me in the kitchen cooking for a family. The instructions were that each meal needed to feed 10-12 people because there were many in their large family coming and going. Coming and going because their mother, wife, and friend was suffering terribly and could not lovingly prepare meals for her own family anymore.

After I delivered a meal to this family, the husband showed me some of their beautiful yard. But then I saw that weeds three feet tall grew in the garden planted by his wife just a few short months before. Too weak to clean it up and the family too busy to care for it, the weeds are growing with the same speed as the tumor in her head. One looks messy, the other will kill unless there is a miracle. They still pray and hope each day.

Sometimes the easiest gifts are one of the most necessary. So dozens have offered to bring meals to this family so that they can serve and survive. The harder part is the next gift: providing something else necessary to live but harder to give. It might be time, it might be mowing a lawn, it might be cleaning out a chicken coop, it might be weeding that garden….

Today I’m so grateful for all who have sacrificially given to me. It might have come easy for you. It might not have been easy.

Thank you. We try to pass on your generosity to others as able.

P. S. Just before posting this I saw that our friend has died and is now in the presence of God.

 

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Posted by on July 31, 2018 in Anne

 

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Celebrating 35 years of Marital Bliss

Got your attention? Anyone who has been in any kind of relationship knows that there are good days and bad days. We’ve had our own ups and downs, but 35 years ago we committed to each other publicly and plan on staying married for many more if God so wills it!

We’re taking time to REST and just enjoy each other’s company this week. 35 years ago, when we were newly married, we had moved from the east coast to Wyoming. Camping in the many national parks out west became the norm for us. While we no longer sleep in tents, we are enjoying the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this week. It’s so close to our home, yet Anne had never spent any time here.

Thank you for your care when we are working and when we are getting rejuvenated.

How will you rest this year?

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in Anne, Ken, Uncategorized

 

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The Love of a Prophet

Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton on Unsplash

I’ve been reading the Minor Prophets the last couple of weeks. Lots of gloom and doom mark these pages! Warnings, threats and more warnings from different men across the ages.

It must have been hard to be a prophet. I’m not sure I could have done it. I want to be liked too much!

But what has struck me this time reading is the love and hope that comes across from each of them save Jonah (recently called “The very worst prophet”).

Hosea 1:10 God, through Hosea, reminds people of His covenant with His people which will not be broken: “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured…”

Joels 2:13 implores them to “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from seeing calamity.”

Amos repeats the phrase from God “…yet you have not returned to me” over and over again, but then calls out “Seek me and live!”

This is the kind of follower of God that I want to be. While I want to warn, I really want to love.

Giving people God’s words in their heart language is one of the best ways I can love people.

Thank you for your continued support both prayerfully and financially that makes this possible!!

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Anne, Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Whoop Whoop! March Dedications!

Didinga Men (Source: Africa Inland Mission)

Join with us in praising God for these March 2018 Bible Dedications! If you do the math, that is nearly 300,000 people who now have access to God’s words in their own language! Words like, But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, from Romans 5:8!

Thank you for your prayers and finances which made this possible! 

  • Didinga New Testament and Old Testament portions dedicated on March 3, 2018.

    • South Sudan

    • Population: 60,000

  • Ngomba New Testament dedicated on March 16.

    • Cameroon

    • Population: 120,000

  • Avatime New Testament dedicated in Volta area on March 17.

    • Ghana

    • Population: 24,000

  • Tonac Mixtec* New Testament dedicated on March 18.

    • Mexico

    • Population: 45,000

  • Modla* New Testament dedicated on March 24.

    • Americas

    • Population: 14,300

  • Baeggu New Testament dedicated on March 24-25.

    • Solomon Islands

    • Population: 10,000
      *pseudonym

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in Bible Translation, Praise, Wycliffe

 

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Happy Resurrection Day! (again….)

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Bible Translation, Family

 

Serving the Servants

Servers! (Anne, far right)

Anne works part-time at the Waxhaw Creek Apartments, an independent living facility run by Wycliffe Bible Translators for retirees, here in North Carolina. This Friday our monthly dinner was held along with a Town Meeting. Items discussed were “Scams targeting the elderly”, “soap scum”  as well as introducing our new maintenance manager, Bob Seavey.

Bob and Barb Seavey have been members of Wycliffe for 38 years, serving many of them in Peru. Barb was born in Peru and her parents were Wycliffe missionaries. After Barb’s father died, her mother came to live at the apartments until her own death. So it is a blessing to both Bob and Anne to serve this long line of folk who have served God all over the world.

Many of them continue to serve as pictured above! Thank you for being a part of this line of servers: You serve us with your prayers and financial gifts and then we serve others, some who continue to serve and some who are retired.

We love you all!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Anne, Bible Translation

 

No…Thank YOU!!!

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Every time we write our thank you notes, we pray and praise over the person that we are writing to. So it was a delight to receive this email from one of our dear supporters, a woman who has partnered with us for 30 years!

I’ve gotten many thank-you notes from you over the years, so I thought, with the suggestion of my Daily Bread devotional, that my thanks to you are long overdue.

Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you because your faith has been reported all over the world.”

So I want to thank you and Ken for your deep faith and diligence which brings the message of Jesus Christ to so many people around the world.

I love you and ask God to continue to bless you, which of course he will.

As I recently studied the Gifts that God has given each of us, I can’t help but give praise to God for how each of you have used your gifts for the kingdom of God. Look what it says in I Peter 4:10-11:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have…..so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ! 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support toward the mission of Bible Translation.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Bible Translation, Family

 

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