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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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Speeding toward the Finish Line

Here are some Bible Translation numbers!

The first 500 translations took 67 years to complete. The next 500 took only 17 years. The 1,000th completed translation occurred this year which was for the Keliko people of South Sudan. 

There are approximately 2000 spoken languages around the world that still await a translation project to begin!

*More than 1,500 languages have access to the New Testament and some portions of the Scripture.

* More than 650 languages have the complete Bible.

* At least 7000 spoken or signed languages are known today.

*In terms of population, China represents one third of the translation need. That’s a lot of people!

Won’t you stop and pray for these people groups right now?
How will God use you in this task?

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2019 in Bible Translation

 

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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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Join the movement!

Join us as we explore the possibility of God’s family working together to
complete the work of the Great Commission. During this exciting
one-hour program, you’ll hear from:
Chris Fabry, on-air personality with Moody Radio, author of the book,
“The War Room,” and our host for the event.
Dr. John Chesnut, Wycliffe Bible Translators’ new president, and his wife, Kelly.
Jim Wise, director of ministry services and senior private wealth adviser with Wycliffe’s ministry partner, Ronald Blue Trust.
Janet Vaughan, Atlanta-based philanthropist and Bible translation
advocate.
Andy Keener, executive vice president of global partnerships for Wycliffe Bible Translators.
This free webcast is exclusively for friends of Wycliffe Bible Translators
and Ronald Blue Trust. There will be two showings of the webcast
on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
Please attend at the time that works best for you – online or by phone. 
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by visiting: 
wycliffe.org/hiswordyourlegacy. Please email
 hiswordyourlegacy@wycliffe.org with any questions.
 
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Posted by on April 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Corporate Matching Gifts!

Image from Qgiv

“Double your pleasure. Double your fun!” That was Wrigley’schewing gum tag line. Well, how would you like to double your impact, the impact of your gift?

One of the smartest ways to do that is by giving through a Corporate Matching Giftsprogram.

Many corporations match the gifts of employees, and possibly those of spouses and retirees. Some will even match volunteer hours. Companies typically match the amount after a gift is made, but it is wise to begin the application promptly. Some employers will even set up automatic matching for repeating gifts.

Do you work for Amazon, Northrop Grumman Corporation, GM, or IBM? This are just some of the companies that have a matching gift program. 

That means your gift — whether to Wycliffe’s Worldwide Projects Fund, a specific project or to a missionary of your choice — may have double the impact, just by seeing if your company will match your gift, dollar for dollar.

Click hereto see if your employer will match yourdonation. 

*Paragraph partly taken from http://www.wycliffe.org

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Breakfast Love

“This is the best way to start a Saturday!”, said one!.

Saturday morning over 30 seniors in our area came for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, waffles, sausage and fruit. We love serving our members. Laughter permeated the room as everyone chatted together. We value people because God does too. Wish you were here!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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What’s MACR (May-Ker)?

We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express this past Sunday afternoon. It’s a new hotel on the property of Pioneers, a wonderful ministry aimed at planting new churches. Ken and I met on a missions trip hosted by Pioneers back in 1982 so they are special to us.

We’re here this week for MACR meetings. At Wycliffe Bible Translators, that stands for Member and Care Resources, a part of Human Resources. Ken’s department, Senior Benefits, and Anne’s as well, fall under this department.

Every two years we meet together for several days. We learn about each others roles and how we can work better together. The theme seems to be “Transitions” which is appropriate as Wycliffe USA has a new president, and new COO and a new HR officer as well as many other positions. Our jobs are new too, so we’re in good company.

Today we talked at length about how our work in the area of retirement aids in the vision of Bible Translation. One of the big takeaways was that people made in the image of God have value and therefore we should care for them from the moment they join our ministry into retirement.

Thank you for partnering with us as we serve over 3,000 members of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Anne, Bible Translation, Ken

 

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Wrapping up 2018

Sometimes I go through a day or month and think, “What have I accomplished?” It’s nice to look at a list with items checked off or to look at photos to see where I’ve been. It’s also great to see how my work and service hours are accomplishing much for the Kingdom of God.

We love Bible Translation! We think that having the Bible available in the format and language that you use most often is the best way to know God and His plan for your life. That’s why we’ve invested in Wycliffe Bible Translators for almost 30 years. And you have done so also as you’ve supported us prayerfully and financially.

So take a look back at this short video and praise God for what YOU’VE been a part of in 2018. It’s worth celebrating!

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Bible Translation

 

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