Interactive Bible Translation Open House in Orlando

The Wycliffe Discovery Center, located in the Wycliffe USA offices in southeast Orlando, is an interactive, kid-friendly center to learn about the Bible and the worldwide Bible translation movement.  We highly recommend visiting if you have never been before!  For those in the Orlando area, we are looking forward to hosting you at the Discovery Center next Saturday, September 20, for an interactive open house!  Following is a brief outline of what our morning should look like:

  • 9:45 a.m. — Arrive at the Wycliffe Discovery Center, located at 11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard, Orlando, 32832  We will meet you in the lobby.
  • 10-10:30 a.m. — Tour of the Discovery Center with a Wycliffe staff person
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Interactive presentation and question/answer time with Chris and Christie (Light refreshments will be served.)
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 noon — Free time to explore more in the Discovery Center or visit with us

Please RSVP (It’s fine to e-mail or text.) by Friday, September 19 so that we know how to plan.  There is normally an $8 charge for adult admission, but as our guests there will be no charge to you.  Feel free to join for all or part of the morning.  Families and children are welcome and encouraged to attend.  We look forward to seeing you and exploring with you!

One new feature in the Discovery Center is the ability to explore clothing from different cultures around the world–come join the fun!

Doubling Gifts

A few days ago, our remaining commitments needed to start our new assignment seemed daunting.  However, thanks to a partner who wants to see us get started in our new role very soon, we have a special opportunity that we think will push us over our goal by October 1, our anticipated start date.

From now through the end of September, all new commitments (or increased commitments) will be matched up to $750 per month for the first year.  This effectively doubles your monthly, quarterly or annual commitments and gets us into our new assignment twice as fast!

Three new partners have already joined the team in September and another has increased, leaving only $400 per month in new (or increased) commitments that is available to be matched.  Will you help us meet our goal and have your money doubled?  Click here to make your commitment and/or e-mail us to let us know.

(If you received our e-update from last night (you can see it here), you may notice that the remaining need has decreased already!  This is great news, but the match will only be available for another 16 days so if you want in on it, please do so soon.)

Signing Up All Over Again

When anyone joins Wycliffe, they are usually really enthused about the ministry of Bible translation and how God is changing lives through His Word.  Logical, right?

However, I’ve also observed how God continually brings experiences to the lives of Wycliffe staff that makes them want to sign up all over again.

Yesterday morning, I had one such experience.  I had the opportunity to attend part of the Wycliffe USA Board of Directors semi-annual meeting.  The devotional was given by board member Larry Cheng (learn more about him here), who hit the ball out of the park when looking at Acts 2:1-13.  He shared about God using a miracle involving languages–instead of something like a burning bush or parting the seas, both things He was capable of and had done before–to grab people’s attention at a pivotal moment in history.  He could have used any miracle He wanted, but He chose to reach people in their own languages, speaking “about the wonderful things God has done.” (Acts 2:11 NLT)

Larry Cheng sharing at the Wycliffe USA Board meeting. Photo courtesy Ruth Hubbard.

How cool is it that we get the privilege of being a part of an organization that is continuing on in the same ministry as the miracle at Pentecost?  Many of you are playing a role, too, whether you are praying, giving or serving with us.  We’re continually grateful we signed up and we thank you for being a part of the Bible translation movement, too!

(My attendance at this meeting unfortunately does not mean that I have started the new assignment yet.  We are still short of the financial partnership that we need in order to begin.  If you would like to join our team, please click hereWe are hoping I will be able to start by the beginning our fiscal year–October 1!)

Growing So Fast!

I can’t believe Josiah is five months old…. so you know what that means – I finally uploaded pictures from when he turned four months.  ;)  We’ve been trying to do pictures with this purple stuffed gorilla that we have each month, but usually the picture gets taken several days weeks after I intend to.  On the plus side, though, at least they’re getting taken!

Here are some from months before….

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And four months is a series of outtakes….  ;)

Most of the pictures started with Josiah, who couldn't quite sit on his own for terribly long, propped up. Before long, though, he was leaning to eat the gorilla.

Most of the pictures started with Josiah, who couldn’t quite sit on his own for terribly long, propped up. Before long, though, he was leaning to eat the gorilla.

...And then succeeding in eating it....

…And then succeeding in eating it….

...And then landing on top of the gorilla....

…And then landing on top of the gorilla….

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…Or it landing on him.

And then ended with him deciding the paper tasted much better than purple fur.

…And then ended with him deciding the paper tasted much better than purple fur.

Moral of the story?  We never did get that perfect shot, but that’s okay – these pictures much more accurately reflect his wiggly worm self anyway!  :)

…And his wiggly self is definitely loved a lot….

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…sometimes a little TOO much.  ;)

Time to get involved!

A few months ago, a friend–who I hadn’t talked to in quite some time–sent in a gift for our ministry.  When I was corresponding with her about the gift she wrote, “I’ve enjoyed reading your newsletters over the years, and decided it is time to get involved!”

Does this describe you?  Maybe you’ve been getting our newsletters, following our blog or tracking us on Facebook over the past couple of years but have yet to join our ministry team?

It’s not too late!  Now would be a great time to commit to praying for us or giving financially on a regular basis.  We can’t start our new assignment until we reach 100% of such commitments; currently we are only at 73%.  The sooner we begin the assignment the sooner we can start to have an impact, through fund development, on the nearly 2,000 language communities around the world who are still waiting for God’s Word.

If you would like to join our team, please click here or let us know if you have further questions.

Gifts Adding Up

I was visiting with a friend recently who said something to the effect of, “I really want to help you out financially, but I can’t give much and don’t think it will make a difference.”

Was I ever quick to jump in and correct her thinking–“Whatever you can give WILL make a difference for worldwide Bible translation.  One of the great things about our partnership team is that there are lots of people giving what you might consider ‘small’ gifts…and it adds up quickly!”

Not long after that, we received word of her commitment to give monthly to Wycliffe with preference for our ministry.  Commitments like hers are getting us closer to our goal of having 100% of our ministry budget pledged.  Don’t think you can give enough to make a difference? Think again!

However, despite new partners and others who have increased, we are still only at 73% of ongoing commitments–leaving a gap that must be closed before we can start our new assignment.  An empty office (see this recent post for a photo) remains at Wycliffe until we reach 100%.

If you want to help us get started in our new role please let us know of your desire to partner financially with us on an ongoing basis.   You can also set up gifts online through the Wycliffe website at https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/7921ED

Your gifts play an important part in reaching the nearly 200 million people still waiting for even one verse of God’s Word in their language.