Friday, January 17, 2020

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness Through You

This photo was taken in November 2010 at Faith Church in Indianapolis where I was commissioned for service with Wycliffe Bible Translators. I remember it as an affirming day with many encouragements, mingled with the sadness of also knowing I was about to move away from family and friends.

So much has happened since the commissioning. There are some pictured in the photo who are now in heaven. There likely have been many other changes for each of us.

My Wycliffe acceptance came in January 2010. My first role was to work and ask God to build a team of prayer and financial partners for my Wycliffe ministry who would “go with me” as I served. The Lord brought you to this team! Many of you have been onboard, praying and giving, since the very beginning.

It has been such a privilege to serve with Wycliffe on your behalf. Because of your faithful prayers and gifts, we’ve been able to touch the lives of hundreds of Wycliffe colleagues who are now impacting literally millions of people around the world, speeding the process of Bible translation so others may have access to the translated Scriptures. I am beyond grateful.

Personal Update

Thank you also for your prayers for the technical project we have been working on. We met our first deadline and are ahead of schedule for the balance of the task. God provided access to the right people and information at the right time for us to move forward.

Mom also continues to do well and my treadmill walking is improving one bit at a time. I’m not “fast” yet, but my stamina is considerably improved! God has been using your prayers in wonderful ways.

Friday, December 13, 2019

There is no Bible in my language...

In the summer of 2013, a group of summer interns came to Orlando. Alan was in the United States for university and had attended Urbana 2012 where he learned of Wycliffe and internship opportunities. I was very moved when he said to us, “There is no Bible in my language.”

Alan spoke English and French, but the language he grew up speaking is Havu (or Kihavu), spoken by about a half million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I learned recently that Bible translation has begun in Havu! The Havu people are primarily an “oral” culture. That means knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material are received, preserved and transmitted from one generation to another through speech or song, rather than through writing. Some Bible stories have already been recorded in Havu. The next goals are for translation of the Gospels and production of the JESUS film.

Thank you for your faithful part in Bible translation through your prayers and gifts. God is at work all around the world, changing lives as people receive the translated Scriptures. Pray that the translation work will continue without hindrance!

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Personal Update
This past month, I’ve spent more time on a treadmill, normalizing my stride. I am very thankful to feel like I am still making progress there.

Mom continues to do well, too. We are grateful for her docs and their work to balance her meds. We are more than grateful for your prayers!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

A Bible to Call my Own

The Deaf Bible Society and Wycliffe Bible Translators are among the organizations who are working together to reach the 70 million Deaf around the world today. It is estimated that 80 percent of the Deaf do not have appropriate access to education. For those who can read, written language is a “second language” and often requires extreme effort to clearly understand.

Today’s smart phone and video technologies can be used to provide access to the Bible for the Deaf. This video shows the challenge of those who have only the printed Word and highlights the effectiveness of video Bibles for the Deaf.

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It’s been my privilege through Wycliffe to coach a couple and a single gal who are serving in translation work for the Deaf. We’ve had numerous others come through Equip for their orientation. As you have prayed and given for my Wycliffe ministry, you have a part in providing God’s Truth to the Deaf. Thank you!

Personal Update

In October, I saw a second surgeon who recommended no further procedures for my leg length. Using principles I learned during physical therapy, I am focusing on building strength and stamina to help my body continue to adjust my gait and stance. I am thankful to report continued progress. Thank you for your prayers and many encouragements. When I look back, I had experienced arthritis pain in my hips for two full years before the first replacement. I am more than grateful that is now resolved.

Financial Update

For my annual financial update, please visit my google group.