"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why Wycliffe?

Wycliffe Bible Translators started about 70 years ago by a man named William Cameron Townsend who had an incredible passion for everyone to be able to read and understand the Bible.  Wycliffe and its partner organizations believe that every person should access to the scripture in their heart language.  In 1999, Wycliffe started a commitment called Vision 2025.  Vision 2025 is Wycliffe's commitment to have a translation project started in every language that needs one by the year 2025.  This is really exciting for us because we could actually see this done in our lifetime.

Throughout America, many households have several copies of the Bible in different translations that may or may not ever leave the shelf.  Many are collecting dust because in America it’s easy to take for granted to what we have such an abundance of, but for millions around the world there is not one word of scripture written down in the language they fully understand; the language that speaks to their heart.  For the lucky ones that are lucky enough to have access to a Bible, it’s often in someone else’s language.

Traditionally, couples would enter a village alone or in a small group, start to learn the language of the people, create an alphabet, and then start the translation.  Using traditional strategies, it would take more than 150 years to provide every Bibleless people group with God's word.  It doesn't have to be that way though.  If God's people work together, a translation for every group that needs it can be started by the year 2025.  Wycliffe's goal will be realized.

Literacy is also an important part of Wycliffe’s mission.  If translators go into a village and translate the scripture, but no one can read it, then the work was in vain.  Wycliffe has teachers, literacy specialists, and musicians that work hard to teach the villagers how to read and write.  This not only gives the people access to the lifesaving word of God, but it also gives them access to potential lifesaving educational materials.

Every job within Wycliffe is needed and important.  Whether you are working as a translator, a literacy specialist, a teacher, in a support role, or if you are at home serving as a financial or prayer partner, everyone is important.  Together we can make a difference. 

As we enter this opportunity with Wycliffe, we realize that we can't do it alone.  We need a team of partners that are willing to come with us.  We need people to commit to pray for us.  Prayer is most important part of our team because we believe that God answers the prayer of His people.  The power of prayer is our greatest strength.  We also need committed financial partners.  These are special people, churches, and organizations that our willing to let God us them and their finances to bring God's word to the people that so desperately desire it.  We need people like you that believe in us and believe in this ministry to help us complete this mission.  All Wycliffe members have to raise their own support before going to the field, so without you our work cannot begin. 

Only two things on Earth will last for eternity - God's word and God's people.  Let's use our lives to make a difference for eternity.  Please pray and consider how you can help us finish this important work.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ohio State Baby Hat Attempt 1

Steve decided that he wanted the baby's "take home" outfit to be an Ohio State outfit.  That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that knows him.  He bought some onesies while in Ohio this past weekend.  Since the baby is due in October, I thought that the baby would also need a coat and hat to complete the outfit.
I found a great little hat and coat online and thought, "Hey, I could maybe make that."  I'm a very beginner crocheter. I'm still very much learning.
Well, last night I bought some yarn and needles and got to work.  It was very hard to find some baby yarn in non pastel colors.  The red and gray are not "official" baby yarns, but they are still soft.  I think the finished project turned out pretty good though.

Now, on to the coat.  That looks much harder.  I've never made anything besides hats or blankets.
 Our rainbow bear was a great model.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

28 Weeks!

My sister is a great photographer.  It's hard to believe that we are at 28 weeks now.  12 weeks or less until we get to meet our beautiful rainbow.  We have so much to do to get the house ready for the new arrival.  Baby had some lazy days over the weekend which made mommy nervous, but he/she is moving around today.  I think baby missed daddy.

Here are some of my favorites of the pictures she took last night in our parent's backyard.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Steve's Trip to Ludlow Falls

Steve is home from his trip to Ohio.  He had a great time.  Thank you to everyone that was praying for divine appointments and for safe travel.  He was able to find a place to stay at the last minute in a lodge at the Ludlow Falls Camp.

He drove over to Ohio on Saturday after work to attend his High School class reunion.  He was able to reconnect with some old classmates and even share our ministry and what we will be doing with some of them.  Sunday, he spent the day at Ludlow Falls Camp.  This weekend just happened to line up with the beginning of the district's Missionary Church camp at Ludlow Falls.  Steve spent Sunday through today at the camp with the pastors there and others staying at the camp.  With prayer meetings in the morning and speakers throughout the day, he spent some great time with God.  He also tried to find as many opportunities as he could to share our ministry and the exciting work that Wycliffe is doing.  He met a few people at the camp that are currently working with Wycliffe in different capacities, so he able to get some encouragement from some.

The purpose of the trip was to share our ministry and invite new friends to partner with us, but it was a refreshing trip for Steve as well.  He got to spend some good time with God in the beauty of God's creation when he took walks around the camp.

I wish I could have gone with him, but unfortunately I was unable to get the time off of work. I stayed home and tried to get some housecleaning done to get ready for company visiting tomorrow.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome July ICLW Bloggers

It's been a few months since we have participated in this.  It's International Comment Leaving Week.  Comments are the new {Hug} - a way to say hello and encourage each other.


IComLeavWe: Join the Conversation

Welcome to our humble blog.  This blog was originally created as an online journal for my college Bible Study and it has evolved over the years into a website for our ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

A little about us:  
My husband and I met at Bethel College and decided that we liked each other enough to get married in May 2007.  Until this summer, we both had one full time job at the YWCA north central indiana and part time jobs at different Sears stores.  We are also members of Wycliffe Bible Translators which take some more time, but it's important work and we love it.  Steve has now quit his job with the YWCA and is focusing his time with Wycliffe and still working part time at Sears.

If you want to hear more about our ministry and how you can possibly partner with us as a prayer partner or a financial partner, you can join send a message here or write a message in the comments.

***pregnancy mentioned***

We are currently expecting our first-born child in October 2013.  We could not be more excited. It has not been an easy journey for us to get here, so we know how blessed we are.  We do not know the gender yet, because we are currently "Team Green."  I can't believe that in less than 90 days, we will meet our rainbow.

Get to Know You Questions:
Join our blog and answer in the comments:

1) What is your favorite form of exercise?

2) If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do (after you paid off all your debt and did all the responsible things)?

My answers:
1) Walking along our city's Riverwalk. It's beautiful.
2) After we became debt free, funded retirement and started a college fund for baby, I would put the rest in a mutual fund to fund our ministry.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hello Third Trimester

We feel so blessed to have gotten to this point.  We have so much left to do to get ready for the baby and so much to learn, but we are excited.  Between getting ready for the baby and preparing our ministry, we are very busy.  I wouldn't change a thing.  We even started thinking of names for little one.  We decided on a really great boy's name, but we are still narrowing down a girl's name.  We won't be sharing the names until much later though.  I signed up for a free Prenatal Yoga class at the Women's Care Center that starts on Saturday.  I'm really looking forward to it.  After all we have been through, I can't believe we have actual hit the third trimester.  I never thought this day would come.  We know how blessed we are.
How far along?: 27 weeks

How big is baby?:

Your baby's the size of a rutabaga!
At 13.6 to 14.8 inches and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds, she's not just getting bigger, she's getting smarter.

Any appointments or updates this week?: We had a regular appointment last Monday and it went really well.  The doctor had so concerns at all.  She said she could hear the baby moving around and kicking on the Doppler, which was pretty cool.  She predicts that he or she will be a tall baby.

Best moment last week?: The best moment was definitely when Steve could feel outside movement.  I could tell that he really enjoyed that too. 

What I'm looking forward to?: Even though I have loved being pregnant, I'm looking forward to meeting our sweet rainbow.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How Bible Translation Changes Lives

Translators Ed and Debi Condra were repeatedly saddened as they watched Kudal grow up. They were translating the New Testament into the Papatar language in his village.  Kudal grew increasingly violent and foul mouthed through his teen years.

In March of 1998, the New Testament was completed and dedicated and the Condras weren't able to remain in the village. But after several months, Ed was able to return for a short visit.  Travel conditions and weight limits on the small aircraft severely restricted Ed's luggage preventing him from bringing even his copy of the translated New Testament.

When Ed arrived in the village, the young man Kudal was one of the first people he ran into.  Ed remembered Kudal's sister buying a New Testament and asked Kudal if it were possible to borrow it.  Ed was surprised when Kudal reached into his shoulder bag and pulled out a copy of the New Testament. 

Further surprised, Ed noticed specifically that it was worn and underlined, a well used Bible.  He received chills as he began to understand.  It was evidence of the Holy Spirit working in the young man's life, transforming him.

Bible translation is about more than just giving people a Bible in a language they can read with their heart.

Wycliffe Bible Translators started about 70 years ago by a man named William Cameron Townsend who had an incredible passion for everyone to be able to read and understand the Bible. Here in the US, it is a simple task to pick up a Bible and read from it.  Many people around the globe pick up a Bible, if they can get their hands on one, and when they try to read it they do not understand the words on the page.  Wycliffe formed around the vision to see God’s word accessible to people in the language of their heart. 350 Million people are still waiting for this to happen.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fourth of July Celebration/25 Week Update

We had a great 4th of July.  I spent the morning buying some flowers to plant in our front yard and going for a walk around the Mishawaka Riverwalk with Erin, mom, and dad.  I love the Riverwalk. It's so beautiful and peaceful.  It was a very hot morning, so I made sure to drink a lot of water and wear light clothes.  My sister got a great picture of me in the rock garden.

After our walk, my mom came over and planted the flowers I bought in our garden.  With all the rain we have had, the flowers are growing really big.  Last year, we hardly had any rain by this time.  Most places canceled fireworks because we hadn't had rain in more than a month.  This year it seems to rain every week.

We were invited to a cookout at our friend's house, so I cut up a watermelon and ate great food with friends and family.  Steve met us there after work and we watched fireworks along with river in Mishawaka.  It was a great day.  The weather was perfect.

How far along?: 25 weeks, 3 days
How big is baby?:
Your baby's the size of a cauliflower!  During month six, the average fetus measures about 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.

Any appointments or updates this week?: Our next regular OB appointment is on Monday.  I can't believe I'm this far along all ready.  100 days left!  I have to schedule my glucose test next week.  Oh goody.

Best moment last week?: I can definitely feel movement more than I could last week.  Hopefully, soon we will be able to feel them on the outside so Steve can feel them too.

What I'm looking forward to?: Feeling kicks on the outside and holding my perfect baby.  The answer to this question will probably be pretty consistent.