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On Weddings and Funerals

Churches: For weddings or funerals.... Credit: Annie Spratt @ unsplash

Churches: For weddings or funerals….
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Attending someone else’s wedding is good for my marriage. It reminds me of all of the vows I once made publicly 33 years ago.

Attending someone else’s funeral is good for me too. It reminds me to think of how I want to be remembered after I die.

This week we went to a neighbor’s funeral who, along with her husband, was also a long time Bible Translator with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We listened as her daughters, sons-in-grace (not “sons-in-law!), and grandchildren regaled us with stories of her crazy antics and her love for her family and God. She was a nurse, a Bible translator, and an author later in life. A prominent speaker, she and her husband had many stories of how God had worked in their village with the Awa people of Papua New Guinea.

What resonated with me were phrases such as, “She didn’t worry about offending people, but about offending God” and “She told everyone she met about the love of God.” There were no conversations about how clean her house was, whether she was a good cook, or what her favorite TV shows were.

God and family.

Stephen Covey, author of the popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, suggests to his readers to imagine their own funeral. Think about who will attend it. What will they say about your life? What did you stand for? Who were you as an individual?

The older I get, the more I see the importance about being intentional about my time. While I have a vague “bucket list” that I want to complete, what is paramount is serving God and family. Doing that well takes conversations with all involved. Using my gifts to do something that lasts beyond my own short life is most important.

So if you ask, “What are you doing this year?” my answer is “Supporting my family and serving God.” Being available for my extended family is intermingled with my service to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Bible Study Fellowship and volunteering at my church, Forest Hill. Hopefully, by the grace of God, that will come out at my own funeral.


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Throwback Packing


Circa June 1997

Circa June 1997

Just came across this photo from 1997. We had just moved into our newly built home in North Carolina three months prior and now we were packing to return to Indonesia. Some of our stuff was staying in the house for renters, some was being stored off site and the rest I was trying to fit in our bags. Each item was a decision making moment and it was EXHAUSTING! We knew it would be three or four years until we looked at everything again. Upon the advise of my husband, I called a friend with years of experience and she helped me decide what we needed and what we could live without. I really don’t miss doing this!



Like to Travel? Like to Serve?

Would you like to work with the kids of missionaries, missionary kids (MKs), overseas?

Here is an opportunity for adults to serve Wycliffe MKs through a VBS-type program.

Refuge 139 will be leading several retreats for Wycliffe MKs during their parents’ branch conferences in various locations around the world. We are looking for mature, Christian adults who love to work with children/teens. Come as an individual or bring a group from your church!

Mission . . .

supporting missionary families by ministering to their children through fellowship, worship, evangelism, prayer and Bible study

Your Trip includes. . .

pre-field material, in-country orientation/training, fun in-country outing, assisting with the Refuge 139 program, trip debrief by experienced Refuge 139 staff


airfare + $1500 (includes room/board, in country expenses, visa, evacuation insurance)

When and Where:

March 18 – April 2: Cameroon

June 6 – 15: Nepal

July 21 – 29: Thailand (Full)

July 24 – Aug 4: Malaysia

March 2017: Papua New Guinea

For more information send an email to or call 704-843-6042




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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Family, Wycliffe Bible Translators


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Promises Promises

“Who will not fear you, O Lord,
and bring glory to your name.
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

I love this promise and prophecy from God in his book of Revelations! Did you see the highlighted words? ALL NATIONS! All nations with all of their own languages will one day worship our God together. One way to reach them? Give them the words of God in their own language so they know how to get to heaven! Their worship can begin here on earth!

This is the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Wycliffe Associates. I’m so glad we get to be a part of it with you.

Wednesday night we’ll be sharing at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, SC. Hope to see you there!


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Where it all started…

The Ken Haugh Family-August 1990.

The Ken Haugh Family-August 1990.

It was 1990. Ken walked by a Wycliffe Bible Translators table with this sign on it: “99 Computer Positions Available Now.” It was the start of a decision that would change our lives. By that August, we had joined Wycliffe and haven’t looked back!

Information Technology (IT) positions are still available. If you are someone who loves computers or if you know of someone who might like to check out those positions and see fit they are a good fit, keep reading. There are three good opportunities for you.


Have an interest in computers, software, and field system engineering (power and wireless communications)?

Would you like to learn how up-to-date technology is used to support Bible translation globally?

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend an upcoming Check-IT-Out conference to discover how God is using technology to give every tribe, nation, and tongue His Word, for His purposes. Come early to learn how JAARS provides practical day-to-day support in many areas, to make Bible translation possible. Non-techie people enjoy the conference, too!

September 26–27, Check-IT-Out Fall 2014Early registration discount ends August 27. Spend an action-packed time in North Carolina with others passionate about God and His Word. Meet IT staff, translators, and hear about innovative progress and vital opportunities in the US and overseas.

March 20–21, Check-IT-Out Spring 2015—for singles, students, and couples, Friday afternoon through Saturday night. The optional Thursday pre‑conference includes a visit to the Billy Graham Library, smokehouse BBQ, and an ice cream social.

July 5–10, Check-IT-Out Vacation 2015—Includes a fun program for children ages three months and older, while adults are in morning sessions. Afternoon options include swimming, a picnic with IT staff families, flights in a helicopter or small plane, a ride on our 4WD training course, and free time to rest, explore the area, or meet individually with IT staff. includes more information, media, and links to some of Charlotte’s many interesting attractions. Don’t Miss Out, Register Today!