Monthly Archives: July 2012

We are now official

We received our prefield comprehensive plan yesterday, signed our agreement to it, and today we received the e-mail letting us know that we are Wycliffe members!!!! I’m not sure if I can possibly use enough explanation points for that statement!!

As part of our prefield plan, we received an assignment for Papua New Guinea with David filling a position of software developer. This is absolutely where we have felt drawn, so we are completely overjoyed!

I know we’ve received several questions about Papua New Guinea over the last several months from those of you who knew we felt drawn there, so we are planning another post soon to share some details. We want to tell you about the country and what we know so far about life there as missionaries.

Another aspect of our prefield plan is that we are scheduled to attend the Equip training session that begins the end of August. Please begin praying that our life will be as free from outside distractions during that time as possible, so that we can focus fully on our coursework and reading for that. We would also appreciate your prayers that the financial needs for attending the session will be met by the payment deadline in September.

Thank you again for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement!

Approved!

We got an e-mail today that we have been anticipating, hoping, praying, and dreaming about since we started the application process with Wycliffe several months ago. Actually, longer than that…. For all the years we’ve felt called to Wycliffe, we’ve dreamed of this.

The title of that e-mail was “Letter of Approval.” We are now officially member candidates with Wycliffe! From here, we will be assigned a pre-field administrator that will walk us through setting up a comprehensive pre-field plan. This will include our service assignment (where we are going and which position David will be filling), what trainings we need to complete and when we will do those, and an approximate timeline for when we will start our service assignment.

Those are the details.

I wish I could find a way to put into words the complete and utter joy I felt at the moment of reading that e-mail, and that I still feel at this moment! I am sure there will be times of fear and doubt as we prepare to leave everything that is familiar, but for this moment… This moment we celebrate the joy!

We also want to thank all of you who have encouraged us and prayed for us through the application process. To our families, our LifeGroup, our church family, David’s co-workers, and the many friends who have encouraged us via facebook and e-mail… Thank you. To many of you, this post isn’t a surprise, and you’ve humbled us and blessed us as you’ve told us over and over that you were confident this moment would come. Many of you have stood in the gap for us as we’ve faced attacks of almost crushing discouragement and doubts. Thank you for standing with us. It means more than we can ever express to you.

Thank you to our friends from SEBC, Fran and Jenise. Fran and Jenise are Wycliffe members currently in language school in France preparing for an assignment in Cameroon, Africa, where Fran will be aiding the work of translation through aviation. Fran and Jenise, your willingness to be obedient to God’s call on your life challenged us and God used it to prompt us to step forward and begin the application process ourselves.

To God, our Savior and Redeemer…. We are so thankful that you called us to this! We are thankful for all the experiences in our life, that although hard, trying, and beyond our understanding at the time have prepared us for this. Most of all we are thankful that You use foolish and weak things…

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption– that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” ! Corinithians 1:26-31

 

Learning from the best!

I have always known that my folks had very hard times when I was little. Last night I had a taste of what that meant for my dad.

First a little back story. Melissa and I  have had trouble with our washer and dryer for the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, they are things that aren’t too hard to fix. I’m just having to learn as I go, so the process is going slowly. Plus we have had to wait on parts to arrive. Dad came over to help me out last night.

While we were putting the washer back together he told me a story about one of those hard times. It was a conversation that sprung from him telling me how the timer worked. It was some years back when the timer went out on their washer. They did not have the $80 or so to replace the timer out right. Which is normally what one does when it goes out. So my dad took it apart. Cleaned each of the contacts inside the timer. Put it back together. Then put it back into the washer. It worked!

As I thought about it this morning, I realized I owe Mom and Dad huge thanks.

  • Thank you, Mom and Dad, for teaching us about faith in God during the hard times and good times.
  • Thank you, Mom and Dad, for teaching us to work hard (even sometimes making us work hard).
  • Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the crazy things you did to be frugal so you could raise three boys!

Progress Report

Do you remember in school ever getting a progress report (report card, evaluation, etc)? I do. Most of the time my grades were not that bad, but from time to time (while I was in public school), I would bring home one of these cards with a not so good grade on it. Now mind you a not so good grade in the Smith home was (and still is) a B-. Just letting you know. (Notice that I gave myself an A+ in Python ;)).

Well this post doesn’t have much to do with one of these progress reports. It does have everything to do with reporting our progress through the Wycliffe Bible Translators application for membership! Why do I hear murmurs? So with that in mind this post is really more like:

Quite a bit of progress has been made on our application. In fact technically the application is now officially finished. We conducted our interviews about a month ago, but all of them had to be transcribed. Then our church leadership had to be interviewed and that had to be transcribed. As of today Melissa and I, are happy to let you know that all of these steps are now completed! We now wait an approval as candidates for membership into Wycliffe!

Thank you, so much for all the prayer and encouragement. It has meant a great deal, but since there is still a long road ahead of us, I’d ask you to keep praying!