Monthly Archives: October 2012

Equip, Disney World, Sick, oh my

Equip has been (is) intense. We have learned a great deal. A large portion we are still trying to soak in to see what we have missed. I have a feeling this will continue for some time after we get home.

We were privileged that Melissa’s mom came out to take us to Disney World. We could not afford it, and Cheryl stepped up and paid for all of us to go. It was awesome! The kids loved every minute. The kids got to meet the princesses and Mickey. The dresses the girls are wearing were made by my mom, Marie. She had several sleepless nights, but they were/are gorgeous dresses. Not like the fake costume dresses everyone else was wearing ;). Sophia enjoyed greatly the roller coasters with Grandma (Melissa’s mom). Makaylah had fun, but not on the roller coasters or Splash Mountain. All of us loved the Dumbo ride. Even if I got a bit sick of the constant up and down that the kids wanted to do. Isaiah had a harder time picking his favorite, but he was beginning not to feel good. Nehemiah loved Mickey Mouse. We all had a great time!

However, the second day at Disney World, Isaiah started running a fever. We were not exactly sure how high. Once we got back on campus at Wycliffe Bible Translators we had to borrow a thermometer. His fever and not feeling well has gone on now for about three days. 

Yesterday we went to see the doctor who serves on staff at Wycliffe. Good news was that he did not have strep or anything very serious. Just a nasty virus. We had started him on some benadryl the night before and he was beginning to clear up. Because of his fever, Melissa and I have had to make a lot of adjustments this week. One of us has to stay with the little guy all week. So we have divided up the rest of the week of classes. We are trying to figure out how we can get the most out of our classes with only one of us there.

Equip Check In

After a long twelve hours of driving, split over two days, we made it to Orlando, Florida, Saturday afternoon for the beginning of our Equip training.

Fresh out of the car! Glad to be here, but exhausted.

We hit the ground running, unloading our luggage into our apartment, and heading straight to our first meeting. The pace has not slowed down much since then, so please forgive us for the lack of updates!

We have been learning even more about who Wycliffe is, and their overwhelming passion for Bibleless peoples. It’s been a privileged to get to know not only our teachers, but our fellow classmates. One of my favorite activities so far has been the chance we had to each share our testimonies and journeys into Wycliffe. None of our stories look the same, but the evidence of God’s hand directing our steps is wonderful! We are a mix of IT, aviation, administration, linguists, arts, and language surveyors. All different parts of the body of Christ, with gifts and talents God has given us that can help bring people His Word.

Another great blessing has been to have teachers who served for many years in PNG, fellow classmates who served there for many years, and another couple and a single woman who are heading to PNG soon too. Our potential future neighbors and co-laborers!

The kids are having a great time, too. Even Nehemiah has had a great time playing with Isaiah, the two other little boys in their class, and their three teachers. The girls have school every day with one other classmate, and three wonderful teachers, where they do their regular schoolwork. They also get to learn about what it means to be a MK (missionary kid), Bibleless people groups, Papua New Guinea, and the work of Wycliffe.

We look forward to sharing more with you soon, but for now we wanted to thank all of you again for your partnership with us! So many of you have prayed for us, given to take care of our Equip tuition costs, and encouraged us along the way. I hope that you understand that everything we are able to learn and do through our time here, you have an essential part in!

 

 

 

Serious about Prayer

We often talk on here about prayer needs. On our “How You Can Help” page, the first thing we mention is that you can pray for us! There was a time where I felt like if all I could do was commit to pray for someone, that was pretty pointless. I felt guilty for not being able to give financially. Was prayer really that big of a deal?

Standing on the other side, as the one desperately in need of prayer, I can testify to the fact that prayer is a big deal. We are still early in the process of serving with Wycliffe, and already we are engaged in a spiritual battle.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, an, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:10-19

Do we need people who will partner with us financially? Absolutely. But prayer partners are every bit as valuable and necessary.

We have a real enemy, and he desires to see our family destroyed, discouraged, and disqualified. Does the enemy of God want to see Bibleless people hold God’s life-changing Word? Absolutely not! When you commit to pray for us, you are protecting us and holding us up in an invaluable way.

I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon about the importance of prayer.

It is interesting how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, ‘Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;’ and just as we are about to close the volume, the ‘Amen’ of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob – there a Daniel who prayed three times a day- and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elijah; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it.