Category Archives: Missions

She Reads Truth: My Delight is In Her

For the past two weeks I have been walking through the book of Ruth with an on-line community, She Reads Truth. She Reads Truth is a call for women to read the truth of God’s Word, to hold each other accountable, and share what He is teaching along the way.

I honestly did not know how relevant the short little book of Ruth would be to my life right now.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, ESV

God uses all of Scripture to equip us and complete us. The book of Ruth has spoken to me deeply. In the first chapter, Naomi loses her husband, both her sons, and is left with two barren daughter-in-laws. Her life has not gone the way she expected, and she rejects her name, Naomi, and says her name is now, “Mara.” Bitter. For the Lord has dealt bitterly with her.

God has called us Chosen. Beloved. Daughter. Child. Heir. But sometimes we look to our circumstance to determine our name. If things are not going the way we hope, we can give ourselves different names. I know I can.

A question for us to consider during this study was,

Is there a discrepancy between the names by which Jesus calls you and the names you give yourself? Are there circumstances in your life to which you are giving undue power, power that rightfully—and in reality!—belongs to our sovereign God alone? Sister, who names you today—your God or your circumstances?

I can look to my circumstances, my sin, my struggles, this waiting period God has us in, and call myself Forgotten. Unworthy. Failure. Unloved. Worst Mom Ever. Inadequate.

But my daily circumstances do not change the truth of God’s Word, or the reality of His sure, steadfast love, and His unchangeable purposes.

In God’s perfect timing, God led me to Isaiah 62 today.

The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is In Her,
and your land Married,
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married;
For as young man marries a young woman,
so shall your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:4-5, ESV

Just as God was working all things together for Naomi’s good, working to bring about His sure, steadfast purposes for her life, He is doing the same for me and for each one of us. The Lord names us – you – me, “My Delight is in Her!”

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This season of waiting on the Lord’s provision has been challenging. Yet He is teaching me in a new way what it means to rest in Him, to trust in His sovereignty and in His goodness.

You can join the conversation over at She Reads Truth today by going to this page.

Vision 2025: Now. Is. The. Time.

“By 2025, together with partners worldwide, we aim to see a Bible translation program begun in all the remaining languages that need one.”

This is the core of Vision 2025.

We have over 400 English versions of the Bible, while hundreds of millions of people wait for a single verse.

Can we be ok with that?

Wycliffe USA and our partner organizations believe the answer is a resounding, “No!” Now, now is the time for God’s people to mobilize.

If you have 5 minutes, please watch the video below from one of Wycliffe’s partner organizations to learn more about Vision 2025 and why we believe it is so crucial.

Longing for the Word

Two ladies read from their Wuvulu-Aua NT during the Wuvulu Scripture Application and Leadership Training (SALT) course. Used with permission, Wycliffe Bible Translators, David J. Ringer.

Two ladies read from their Wuvulu-Aua NT during the Wuvulu Scripture Application and Leadership Training (SALT) course. Used with permission, Wycliffe Bible Translators, David J. Ringer.

Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
    for your rules at all times…

Your testimonies are my delight
they are my counselors…

Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works…

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your rules before me.
I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;
let me not be put to shame!
I will run in the way of your commandments
when you enlarge my heart!

Psalm 119:19-20, 24, 27, 30-32

Do we understand what it means to consumed with longing  for the Word of the Lord? May our delight in God’s testimonies prompt us to pray, give, and go on behalf of those who are saying, “Hide not your commandments from me!”

Here in our place, we want the Bible too, but we don’t have anyone to help us. Can you tell your bosses to send someone to help us? – Papua New Guinean man to Wycliffe translator

 

Join the Team – Pray for the Bibleless!

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It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions. – John R. Mott

The above video is from The Seed Company, one of Wycliffe’s partner organizations. Will you pray?

Reaching the last language groups with the power of God’s Word is only possible through Christ’s body working in unity, with many people fulfilling a variety of roles. One essential role is that of prayer warriors, who will pray diligently for specific missionaries, specific countries, and specific people groups.

David and I have been blessed to be a part of the Bibleless people prayer project since early 2006. We received a simple card with the pseudonym of a people group, without any access to God’s Word. We began praying that God would reach this people group. That He would raise up workers. We prayed. And we prayed. In 2011, we received more information about this people group, along with the wonderful news that two different couples were headed to work among them! It is our great privilege to continue to pray for these missionaries, for God to equip and raise up more workers, and make Himself known in a powerful way.

This is what Wycliffe’s Bibleless people prayer project is about. You receive the name of a real people group, and commit to pray diligently for them. Wycliffe has seen God answer these prayers in mighty ways!

Often, especially in America we pray the little prayers… The little things that we think might happen, without the power of God… When we pray for missions, pray for big things to happen! Pray for entire language groups… when it seems impossible.

You can sign up to join the Bibleless people prayer project here!

Join the Team – Start a Campaign!

We are so close to being able to leave for Papua New Guinea! During the month of May, God brought us to 75% of our Wycliffe monthly ministry budget. He is so good!

As we shared in our latest newsletter, as soon as we reach 100% of our monthly ministry budget and our Visas come in, we can leave for Papua New Guinea! We invite you to partner with us in all God is doing!

One new way you can partner with us is by starting a campaign through Wycliffe’s new website. Click the “start a campaign” button in the top right on our Wycliffe page. We’d love if you would consider starting a fundraising campaign to help with the remaining 25% of our monthly budget. You can also start a prayer or awareness campaign. Wycliffe’s site will walk you through the steps, and you will be prompted to upload a photo of yourself, share a bit about why you would like people to consider joining us, and then share your campaign.

We pray that these campaigns will be used for God’s glory, as He provides to send us to Papua New Guinea, and as new people have the opportunity to join in this exciting task!

May He Grant: Recap

Through the month of May we have been praying for various needs within PNG as well as praying for needs that our family has in our journey to PNG. We just wanted to recap with you guys how God has used this month.

  1. Melissa and I feel extremely revitalized. Not that we had lost track of what God has called us to, but it is not an easy track.
  2. We have reached 75% of our monthly budget! This is exciting news.
  3. This month Melissa and I had to make an important decision. We were approached by the PNG office and asked if we would delay our initial field training. We will still attend this training, but we are going straight to Ukarumpa and will attend POC (Pacific Orientation Course) later. More then likely January. After much prayer we felt this to be the direction that God was leading us. So what does this mean? It means that as soon as our visas have cleared and we are at 100% (and released by Wycliffe) that we are free to go to PNG!
  4. God has been working in the lives of the kids preparing them for PNG. Of course each one in their own special way.
  5. We had opportunity to visit with a lot of family this past month and begin the goodbyes. It wasn’t always easy, but it was a very good time.

To finish off that last point we stayed with David’s parents for several days in Tullahoma, TN. It was a great time to be with Mom and Dad. Next we went to Huntsville and attended the graduation of one of Melissa’s cousins. In fact a cousin that was in our wedding as a very young ring bearer (I am feeling a little old). And last we stayed with Melissa’s mom, sister, and sister’s family for a week in the Smokey Mountains. All in all a great time to play games and see people. Many of whom we may not be able to see for at least four years.

Here are a few pictures from our time!

Dad & Talia Teaching the next generation Cake!! Cup Cake that is. Teaching the next generation. Mother's day Maria & Talia

photo 4 Nehemiah being a ham! Melissa's attempt at a road selfie. Our Cabin... ok maybe not. Family Picture inside the Cabin Different view of the cabin, kids!05.21.2014.009-3279529099-W05.21.2014.124-3279624863-W

May He Grant: May 30th

May 30: Pray that the Lord will provide the staff needed to run Pacific Orientation Course (POC) that we were scheduled to attend in August.

If you’ve seen our newsletter, you know that we are no longer planning on attending the August Pacific Orientation Course, but will instead be heading straight to Ukarumpa, and planning for the January POC.

We do want to ask you to join us in praying for the August POC staffing situation, however. We have several friends scheduled to attend this session, and currently, there is not sufficient staff for the course to be held. There is still time for God to provide staff, and we are praying with our friends that He will do so!

May He Grant: May 28th

May 28: Ask God to give us spirits of humility, and that we would be open to correction and sensitive to any needed areas of growth as we prepare for cross-cultural service.

Something we learned clearly at ICC is that no one is immune to failing. Missionaries are not perfect. Whether you’ve served 3 days or 20 years, pride can lead you down a dangerous path.

As we continue to draw closer to our departure date for Papua New Guinea, pray that God would keep us humble, and surround us with people who are willing to speak truth into our lives so we can grow in our service to Christ and Papua New Guinea.

 

 

May He Grant: May 27th

May 27: Pray for the thousands of Papua New Guineans who are hearing God’s Word in their language through audio recordings. Pray that the truth would be clear to them and that they  would turn to the Lord.

In many cultures, truth is still understood best when it is heard, rather than read. Wycliffe works to get Scripture to people in many different forms, and in Papua New Guinea, audio recordings are a powerful tool that is often used in conjunction with printed Scripture.

Please join us in praying that as the Word of Life are listened too, they would soak into people’s hearts and minds, and that God would use them to draw many to Himself.

We listen to it daily. At noon we listen to it. We listen to it before going to sleep. Then we pray. Then we sleep.— Papua New Guinean man speaking about audio Scripture

Read more about the power of audio recordings in Papua New Guinea on the Wycliffe USA blog.

May He Grant: May 26th

May 26: Ask the Lord to provide 5 new monthly partners this week. That the Lord would give them a passion for many different languages in the world, and that none is without meaning. (1 Corinthians 14:10)

It’s Day 26 of our May He Grant prayer focus. Thank you so much for continuing to pray with us!!

I shared last Monday that God was reminding us that we don’t have the power to accomplish anything, by setting us in the mountains, with very limited internet access. We were praying last week for five new partners, as we are today, and as we have every Monday throughout May.

God is able, He is good, and He is ultimately sufficient for all our needs! From Saturday through this morning, He provided five new partners! He has also brought us to over 75% of our monthly ministry budget!! We server a mighty, living God.

Please pray alongside us that this week He would provide at least 5 new partners, and even bring us to 100% of our budget. Can He do it? Without. a. doubt.

Lord, You are so worthy of praise! Thank you for all You have done in the past few days. We ask you to continue to move. Stir people’s hearts, and fill them with a vision of Your glory, in every language. Your Word says that there are many different languages in the world. 800 of those languages are in Papua New Guinea, and you declare that none of them is without meaning. We long to see you glorified in every language, Lord, and we thank You that Your sufficiency is able to do all that we long for! We ask you to provide 5 new financial partners this week who long for the same thing. We ask You to do this in Your power, for Your name’s sake!