“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!
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.
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!
I love reading my Bible. I like to do it in an organized way that challenges me. That’s one of the reasons I’m involved with Bible Study Fellowship. But I also have loved using The Bible App (YouVersion) to both read the Bible and do some specific devotionals. This summer I used it to study the Minor Prophets. There are many different devotionals on this app, some lasting a year and some lasting just days.
Wycliffe Bible Translators has recently published a short 6-day devotional on this app. It’s called “In This Together.” Check it out here! We’re all in life together!
Our next newsletter will be out soon. There you can watch a video on Indonesians working together to translate the Bible into their heart language. The translators saw one man crying as he read the new Scriptures. He said, “I’ve known my whole life that Jesus Christ died for me, but this is the first time I have understood why!”
We love that we have been TOGETHER with so many of you year after year. We hope you are enjoying God’s words this week in your own language!
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 or www.bsfinternational.org.
“All leaders see MORE than others see and BEFORE other see.”
What a statement! When I heard leadership expert John Maxwell make that remark last week my first thought was, “Do I?”.
Anne spent two days last week with her colleagues attending The Global Leadership Summit hosted by Willowcreek Church. In spite of the many difficulties this organization is going through we felt we could learn from the presenters and better ourselves as leaders.
Both Ken and Anne will be moving into other leadership roles very soon. While not in leadership positions for the first time, we realize that all good leaders should be working on their skills day by day, year after year. We still have a lot to learn!
With God’s help, our hard work, other colleagues and your prayers, we move forward, doing our part in the Bible Translation task.
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!
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.