Now He is Six

When I was one,
I had just begun.

Judah 018100_3780When I was two,
I was nearly new.

100_0632When I was three,
I was hardly me.

100_5458When I was four,
I was not much more.

100_7716When I was five,
I was just alive.

100_9277100_9367But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.

IMG_0407So I think I’ll be six
now for ever and ever.

by A. A. Milne

…And then he was six.

So soon.

And yet already he can’t wait to be seven. I wonder sometimes, is it just the birthday excitement he wants? If we gave him presents every day, would he want to slow down this fastness then?

I tell him to enjoy being the age he is, that kids get to spend much of their day playing and have far less to worry about, even if sometimes they do get time outs and often get decisions made for them instead of being the one to decide whether to have peas or carrots for dinner (or darn it, no vegetables, just cookies this time, thank you very much) or what time to go to bed… but still.  Still, he longs for the next age and the next and the next, while I long to hold on to each year a little longer.

Maybe Chris and I just make this grown up, parenting thing look so easy.  Yeah, that must be it.  (Cough cough.)

Well, no matter – happy birthday to our fast growing boy!  This boy delights us, tries us, stretches us and amazes us daily.  He is smart and silly, cautious and adventurous, full of questions that challenge us and make us think, and he has an insatiable desire to learn…. I love that he loves playing soccer and baseball and riding bikes as much as he loves reading and school.  (In fact, one of the things he wanted to do for his birthday today – despite being sick and even though it was his birthday and he could choose anything he wanted – was “have school.”)  We pray that as each day passes he will continue to grow in the fear and knowledge of the Lord and in favor with God and man.  Happy birthday, dear Judah!

Your Prayers Help!

Do you ever feel like you are just spinning your wheels when praying?  I’ve been praying for a group in South America for almost 10 years that does not have the Bible in their own language–and there has not been much progress during that time.

Regardless, I know that God is at work.  Check out this new video from Wycliffe about how prayer has specifically impacted language groups around the world:

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!)