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Imitation Psalm 23!

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Laura and Christine, March 1992, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

It’s January 1, so naturally I’m cleaning my house like everyone else! I came across a journal I kept when we first arrived in Indonesia in March 1992. It’s so interesting to hear my thoughts. I was reminded of things that were so new but became so “ordinary” like lizards that live in your home. We left them so that they would eat the mosquitoes.

One evening, less than a month after arriving the girls and I (aged 6 and 7) wrote a silly poem based on Psalm 23.

M is for Mommy, I shall not want,
She makes me lie down in my bed,
She leads me to taksis each day,
She repairs my clothes,
She guides me through crowds of people for shopping sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valleys of Irian Jaya,
I will feel no evil,
My umbrella and string bag go with me.

She prepares my food three times a day
in the presence of ants.

Surely Mommy and Daddy will follow me to school
all the days of my youth,
And I will dwell in their house
for a long as they can stand me!

With apologies to King David!

Thanks for sticking with us from the heat of Indonesia to the warmth of North Carolina. The work continues reaching the Bible-less people groups of the world!

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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

12 million people are now richer

We were so pleased that we could attend the Scripture dedication celebration this year! 30 Bibles were dedicated this year. That translates to over 12 million people who get to read the Bible in their own language!

At the celebration in Waxhaw, NC the Bibles were brought in on an African seat usually used to carry a chief into the village. The story was told that the chief insisted that the newly printed Bible in his language be carried in on this seat since it was the most important thing of use for his people. We heard stories and saw wonderful videos of people dancing and praising God because they can now read the Bible in their mother tongue.

This video is of the celebration at our headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Enjoy. You helped with your faithful giving and prayer for many years!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Leading with BSF

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Bible Study Fellowship

September is almost here! That means it is time for Anne to get back to her leadership responsibilities with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). This wonderful, international study has been a big influence on me and how I approach God’s Word. My Michigan friend, Rita, introduced it to me many years ago as we were raising our support to go to Indonesia for the first time.

This year is a new study called People of the Promised Land. We will cover several Old Testament books as shown in the image above. Although I still meet every Tuesday morning with other leaders in Rock Hill, SC, I will be facilitating a virtual class online! Leading the class at 2pm every Tuesday may rule out those who work in the States, but it allows me to have people from other time zones join me.

As of today, I have four ladies in my group from Europe! We’ll be using English to discuss what we’ve learned during the week and to pray for each other. If you would like to join me or another leader either in your own city or online, please check out our online link BSF Virtual Class orĀ www.bsfinternational.org.

Working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Bible Study Fellowship feels like a perfect fit for me. Getting people into God’s Word is so satisfying!

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Anne, Uncategorized

 

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Sacrificial Support

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Ken with two grandsons

Ken just returned from his trip to SouthEast Asia. We’ll tell more stories about that in our monthly newsletter. Although suffering from jet lag, he spent the next morning with our grandkids who missed him very much while he was gone!

 

 

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Christine & Anne

While he was away, Anne was able to spend a week with our daughter, Christine. She lives on the other side of the country, so it was a special treat to be with her. We only get to be with each other a few times a year.

When I think about how much we miss our children and grandchildren I remember how kind our parents were as we lived far from them in Indonesia for so many years. They missed those critical growing up years but supported us in spite of their loss.

Support comes in different modes. It usually means a sacrifice on someone’s part.

Thank you for your sacrificially prayer and giving month after month. Your support is immeasurable.

 
 

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Keyboards for ALL!

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I like that our partner organization, SIL, has created something necessary for so many people around the world. With technology often favoring well known languages it leaves millions of people at a loss when they want to use the computer.

We love languages! God created them all! Being able to type a language is important for Bible Translation.

So proud that this is now available. Give it a try here if you can use it for your own work!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2018 in Bible Translation, Uncategorized

 

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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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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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