Ten days ago, Ken had surgery on his knee. Previous surgeries were uneventful and Ken was up and driving the next day.
Not so with this one. The doctor removed a large mass from his knee. Praise God with us, it is not malignant! But the space attracted a lot of blood. Two extra trips to the doctor to have the blood painfully removed were necessary. We are very hopeful today. It seems like the knee is starting to heal.
We’ve cancelled some parties and Ken has been working from his Lazy Boy chair in the living room!
Staying tucked in for a few days allows us to slow down and remember the holiday we are celebrating. If you have children or grandchildren, we are including the link to a very fun devotional you can use. There are Bible readings, follow up questions, a recipe and a challenge to pass on what the children learn.
The second link gives you “12 Days of Christmas with Kate & Mack”, another fun resource from Wycliffe. You could use this in your church as well!
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.”
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!
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!
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.
When I held my newborn girls in my arms for the first time, I wondered who they would become when older. Who will they look like? Will they be funny or serious? Will they run hard after a relationship with God?
I’m often proud of our two girls, Laura and Christine. I love how each of them reflect God in a variety of ways. This week waves of joy fill me as I watch Laura embrace her own personality in a world that gives conflicting messages to us. She’s in Honduras for the second time, serving on a team from her church. She’s being stretched as she is leading small groups and devotions along with a translator. A few years ago, she would have shook her head and laughed if you had told her she’d be doing this.
Now she is talking about “purpose” and how present God has felt this week as she has served. I know that feeling. It took me much longer to feel it and embrace my own inadequacies and gifts; intertwining both and presenting them to God as a living sacrifice…holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1-2).
Rejoice with us this week! She has 3-4 more days in service THERE before returning to her service HERE.
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!