Friday, November 21, 2014

Giving Thanks for Your Prayers

This past week, God has answered your prayers in some very obvious ways as we "Connected" with 19 colleagues and their 5 MKs who have served overseas.  What a privilege to hear stories of God's faithfulness in their lives through the joys and the challenges.  Some would say they came to us "wounded" or at the very least "discouraged" by the wear and tear of ministry and cross-cultural living.  While God alone is the Healer, it has been a blessing to have a front row seat to the beginnings of His healing in their lives as we sought to serve and honor them.  Your partnership with my Wycliffe ministry through your prayers and gifts now extends to them as they continue all around the world.  Thank you!

There were also some unique logistical challenges that could have interfered with the impact of week.  We watched in awe as the Lord gave wisdom and willing hearts and hands to keep things running.  The "Crew" hosting the week felt exactly like the servants at the wedding feast, knowing Jesus had made the wine and truly was the One who kept things together for them.  Your prayers helped us as facilitators... helping grow our faith and rekindling our own passion to continue serving.

To step back, we do all of this because there are 180 million people in our world without a single verse of Scripture in the language that speaks to their heart.  Our colleagues go to the uttermost parts of the earth... we serve them in Orlando... you pray and give where God has placed you... so that Bible translation may be accelerated and lives may be transformed as people understand how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the translated Word.  You share in the reward He will give because of lives that have been changed through the sacrifice of your time and resources.  Each of us impacting His Kingdom in the way He has called us to do... all for His Glory.

Prayer Requests:
 - for the Bibleless to have access to His Word soon
 - for me to have rest and opportunity to express much gratitude, especially in this Thanksgiving season

I am praying for you, too.  Please let me know if there are specifics I may remember on your behalf.

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Glimpse into Equip

Equip #24 - Participants and Crew
One of the recent Equip (new member orientation) participants had this to say about her experience in Orlando:
I had three minutes.

Three minutes to articulate what God has been doing in my life over the last 37 years. Three minutes to share how God took a little girl who was hurt and broken and molded her into a woman with a passion for the Word. Three minutes to share all God has done in our family over the last few years to bring us to this exact moment. Three minutes to share God’s goodness and graciousness.

We’re currently in Orlando, attending the first of our training courses with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Our course is called Equip and it is designed to do just what it says: EQUIP us as we start on our journey of sharing with others about the needs of the Bibleless people around the world.

On Sunday, we spent most of our day listening to the stories of how God has led each individual, couple, and family to this point. It was amazing to listen to the myriad of experiences that paved the way for people to give their lives to advocating for, supporting, and working for those who are still waiting for the chance to read the word of God in a language that speaks to their heart.

Over and over again we listened to stories of God weaving together experiences, dreams, disappointments, conversations, encounters, opportunities, and passions to bring each of the people to a point where they could say “Yes!” to Bible translation.

What a joy for us to work equipping Janet and others as they become a part of Wycliffe.

A Look Ahead

This month will include planning for 2015 programs and for my December 16 - January 4 time in Indiana.  I look forward to worshiping with Faith Church, Village Life Church, and Solid Word Bible Church during my visit.  I hope to see many of you then.