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Bound by gold and love

36 year old wedding bands

Yesterday, Ken had surgery on his right knee. A nagging pain the last couple of years, became a nuisance as it was difficult to sleep, walk or even stand during the songs at church.

The golf-ball-sized lump on the left side of his knee was hard. The surgeon really didn’t know what it was even after scanning it. He told Anne that surgery would take about 30 minutes.

I sat in the waiting room, fingering both his and my wedding bands. Simple bands, they’ve been around the world a few times. When we slipped those rings on each others fingers 36 years ago, we had no idea what challenges and joys lay ahead of us. There were times we twisted the rings with a smile on our faces, and times we wanted to throw them across the room!

90 minutes later, the surgeon came into the waiting room with beautiful photos of the inside of Ken’s knee. So amazing. It’s certainly a place I would never see with the naked eye! He patiently pointed out what several of the photos were; a bit of arthritis and two tears in his meniscus. Then he said, “I took out something about the size of my fist. I had to go really deep so he’s going to feel it for some time.”

I looked at him and said, “Can we just clarify how large this ‘thing’ was that you took out?” He answered, “Well… not as large as my fist, but half the size of your fist.”

Yikes….not expected by him or by us.

The ‘thing’ is off to the labs and hopefully we’ll get more answers within the week.

Meanwhile, I put my drugged husband into the car with help. If you’ve ever been with someone who has just been under anesthesia, you know how completely vulnerable they are. They say things they don’t remember, they can’t do a thing for themselves and they are depending on you to protect them.

I felt like a Mama Bear yesterday! I love that man so much! I would do anything to make sure he is cared for, especially when he can’t care for himself.

Time and practice made our marriage the thing it is today. I’d never go back to those early days. I love who we are today. And if the roles were reversed, I trust Ken would care for me in the same way. I KNOW he would. As they wheeled him off to surgery, half under his drugs, he said, “Go get something to eat. ” The nurse said, “He’s still watching out for you.”

Yes, and now it’s my turn.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Their language has value

Photo by Thomas Griggs on Unsplash

Easter Island has always held so many secrets. All those statues keeping watch across the small island. How were they made and moved? Why? The island used to be teaming with people but by the time Wcyliffe’s Bible Translators arrived in the 1970’s, there were only 2,000 inhabitants on the island.

Check out the short video below. Rejoice in the transformation of the people once someone started paying close attention to their language. Languages are connected with the way people feel value.

This is why we support the work of Bible Translation. Value, worth, able to understand the very words of God…all good reasons to keep to our task of giving every people group the Bible in the language that speaks to their heart.

Thank you for praying and giving your hard earned money to help us do that. We love you all!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Good Report

Ken has returned home from his week in Dallas, Texas. Thank you for praying!

He had a very full schedule, meeting with people one-on-one every hour over several days. As well, he was able to take the staff out for dinner who serve at the Wycliffe Senior independent living facility in Dallas, Texas. This facility is bigger than the one Anne manages in Waxhaw. It is set up more like a hotel, with everyone living under one roof.

Ken sends out a survey to see how he and his team has done after each of these events. Here is what one person wrote:


“I’m very appreciative of the Wycliffe USA Senior Benefits Dept making the time to come for face-to-face conversations. Specifically I appreciate Ken Haugh’s commitment to quality and compassionate service. I’ve [left] knowing [my] next steps and [am] encouraged.

Ken has been in this position for less than three years. It can be stressful working with individuals because everyone’s financial situation is different from the next person. What was wonderful is that Ken felt more confident this time then ever before.

We attribute that to his hard work and yours as well. Thank you for standing with us in prayer!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Haugh Happenings

We’ve just returned from a week in Pennsylvania. My sister and brother-in-law were able to go on vacation for a bit. It was a much needed time away. My mother is good natured and spends a good part of her day reading the Bible as well as some of her Bible devotionals. When she can’t sleep at night, she prays. My take away this week is doing the same: start praying when I am restless and can’t sleep.

Our oldest daughter, Laura, has taken two trips to Honduras with a group called “Glow” (Go Love Our World). Last night we joined others, listening to stories of the wonderful work that has been done by this group over the last couple of years. Laura, along with her husband, Josh, led our time in musical worship. We were in the middle of the woods on a hill just named “Halleluia Hilltop.” What fun! My goal is not just to be generous, but for it to be sacrificial as I look at the needs around me.

Ken has just arrived in Dallas, Texas. He has a full week of meetings with a number of members, looking over their financial profiles and helping them plan for their future retirement whether it is one year or 30 years hence. Thank you for praying for him. Each person is unique and requires a unique conversation.

You are unique as well! Thank you for joining in with us as we serve together supporting the work of Bible Translation.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Young Servants

The whole group!

Last month over 30 youth from three different youth groups in Wisconsin, made the long trip to North Carolina. They got to hear about the work of Bible translation, fly in a small airplane and were fed really well.

But for a good part of every day, they served! Half of the group served at JAARS, the technical organization that serves Wycliffe Bible Translators. The other 15 youth and 5 leaders served our residents at Waxhaw Creek Apartments where Anne is the manager.

They washed windows that are difficult to reach, they cleaned the four laundry rooms used by the 42 residents, they spread mulch in the hot Carolina sun and they painted.

During their breaks during the day, many of our retired residents shared stories from serving with Wycliffe and were an inspiration for the young people. A number of the group did not normally attend church so they were able to hear the WHY of serving God from our residents.

What a blessing to have them come!

Sweeping the porches
Two leaders with one of our residents.
 
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Posted by on July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Shopping supports Bible Translation!

Did you know that if you shop with Amazon, you can set it up so that a donation is given to the organization of your choice each time you shop? I have chosen Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT). While this donation doesn’t come to me directly, indirectly it supports our service.

As you can see, WBT has benefited by almost $20,000! It’s so easy! Shopping supports Bible Translation!

Make sure you start at “smile.amazon.com” to make it count!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

There’s no place like home!

I’m sitting on my couch at HOME in North Carolina, having just finished work for the day. A few days ago we arrived after traveling for 10 days or so.

We spent 5 days on Long Island, visiting three churches that we have a relationship with. Entering these churches, we felt right at HOME with them. They listened to us attentively, asked good questions and fed us really well!. So many people found ways to care for us in unique ways. We are inspired to keep working hard and being sacrificial in our love as they were to us.

While there, we drove by my childhood HOME which has changed quite a bit. With one of my neighbors passing away this past year and our other good friends choosing to move to different states, it didn’t feel like my HOME anymore!

From Long Island, we traveled back to Pennsylvania, staying at my sister’s HOME and visiting with her family as well as Anne’s mother. We are there several times a year and sleeping in the apartment of my sister’s attic, it feels like as second HOME for us.

Thank you for investing in our lives once again as we care for those working in Bible Translation across the world, some far from Home, some near. I leave you with a few photos of our time there!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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