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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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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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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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In This Together

I love reading my Bible. I like to do it in an organized way that challenges me. That’s one of the reasons I’m involved with Bible Study Fellowship. But I also have loved using The Bible App (YouVersion) to both read the Bible and do some specific devotionals. This summer I used it to study the Minor Prophets. There are many different devotionals on this app, some lasting a year and some lasting just days.

Wycliffe Bible Translators has recently published a short 6-day devotional on this app. It’s called “In This Together.” Check it out here! We’re all in life together!

Our next newsletter will be out soon. There you can watch a video on Indonesians working together to translate the Bible into their heart language. The translators saw one man crying as he read the new Scriptures. He said, “I’ve known my whole life that Jesus Christ died for me, but this is the first time I have understood why!”

We love that we have been TOGETHER with so many of you year after year. We hope you are enjoying God’s words this week in your own language!

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2018 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Equip, Translate, Print, Done!

Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 1.59.58 PMClick here to watch a short video highlighting Wycliffe’s goal of changing lives in 25 communities in 18 different countries this summer.

The link we lead you to more information and how you can give and pray.

This verse was so special to me as I read it this morning:

“My heart is confident in you, O God…no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart.” Psalm 108:1

When my heart is heavy with the burdens of others, I will try to sing God’s praises today! Oh that others could know these words in their own language!

Thank you for helping end Bible Poverty!

 

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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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Some Good News!

Jaars in Waxhaw, NC

 Our partner organization, Jaars, has 4 days a year that they open up for a great touring experience for the whole family! You can also come daily for a tour in the morning, but Jaars Day is the best way to see their facilities.

Here are some of the things you can do that day:

  • Watch a pilot demonstrate the precision and skill needed to operate a mission airplane or helicopter overseas.

  • Come see how people get Internet in the rainforest. Record your voice into the JESUS film.

  •  Learn how God’s Word is changing lives, how Internet access helps translation work, and much more.

  • Chat with JAARS people on our campus. They’re pilots, software developers, boat captains, trainers, translators, and more—people who’ve served all over the world. And they all have stories.

  • Hop into a missionary plane or helicopter. Or pile into a four-wheel-drive vehicle and enjoy our off-road course. Either way, you’ll get a taste of how Bible translators reach remote villages. Come early!  Rides in both aircraft and the vehicle course are limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. (waiver required)

  • Visit our museums to take a close look at the heart of our work: language, culture, and Bible translation. Come trace the history of writing. Or learn the importance of minority languages, and how former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas made a difference. Check out the newest exhibit about Scripture Celebration.

  • Shop at our gift shop and take home a souvenir of your day at JAARS. Your gift shop purchase helps JAARS make Bible translation possibleCome June 9, 2018 from 9am-4pm! 

Check out these Bible portions that were dedicated in April 2018!
You helped with this! 

  • Garap New Testament dedicated on March 31, 2018.

    • Location: Chad

    • Population: 12,000

  • Ramuki* New Testament dedicated on April 7, 2018.

    • Location: Southeast Asia

  • Thudanga* New Testament dedicated on April 8, 11 and 18, 2018.

    • Location: South Asia

    • Population: 500,000

  • Vagla Bible dedicated on April 21, 2018.

    • Location: Ghana

    • Population: 16,000

  • Lemi New Testament dedicated on April 24, 2018.

    • Location: Myanmar (Bible Society of Myanmar)

    • Population: 20,000

  • Koromfé New Testament dedicated on April 28, 2018.

    • Location: Burkina Faso

    • Population: 196,000

  • Soli New Testament dedicated on April 28, 2018.

    • Location: Zambia

    • Population: 54,400

For the second year in a row, Wycliffe USA “has been recognized on Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Best Midsize Employers, ranking No. 310 out of 500 companies.” We find it a great organization to serve!

Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference in the world ending Bible Poverty! 

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Bible Translation, JAARS, Wycliffe

 

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