Giving Stuff

When I started in my new role with Wycliffe, I was a bit startled to learn that 90% of the assets of the average American are non-cash–things like vehicles, real estate, furniture, etc.  Ninety percent!  In thinking about it, I realized our family wasn’t that much different and it started to make sense.

Then I met our staff who specialize in working with people who wanted to give through creative means.  Maybe their cash assets were low and didn’t think they could participate financially in the Bible translation movement.  However, God uses all of our gifts.  Just in the past few weeks I’ve learned of people who have given iPhones, RVs and even land–all for the sake of advancing Bible translation.  I’m grateful for the way so many have responded to give creatively to this movement!

If you have something, valued at $75 or more, would you please consider donating them to Wycliffe, even to support our own Wycliffe ministry?  Click here if you’re interested.  It’s quick and easy and puts your stuff to use in God’s Kingdom!

Some of the more common things to find around that could be donated:

  • Smart phones: Maybe an iPhone if you’re upgrading to the new iPhone 6s.
  • Gift cards: We might remind you about that one again after Christmas.  🙂
  • Vehicles: Your motorcycle that has gone unused or the inherited boat that never sees the water.

Thought of something sitting in your garage or storage unit that could be put to work spreading the gospel?  Here is that link again for donating toward our ministry with Wycliffe.

The image below is a link to a blog post written by my colleague Melissa which looks at this in more detail:Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.02.50 AM

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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!

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!)

Motivated By Scripture

This story from southeast Asia is pulled from the Wycliffe USA blog and it is an excerpt from The Finish Line monthly downloads. The Finish Line is a guide to praying for translation projects within three years of completion.  Click here for more about The Finish Line.

Having access to God’s Word in a community’s heart language is important, but people also need to be able to understand how to use the Bible and apply its teachings to their daily lives. That’s why Scripture use workshops are so important—to equip people in reading and studying the Bible for further understanding. In one community, a workshop was to begin after the Sunday morning service. Five hundred worshipers crowded into the morning service because they were so excited about the workshop in the upcoming days!???????????????????????????????????????????? One of the attendees was seventy years old. She walked a total of four hours every day, to and from her home in the mountains, so that she could attend the workshop! Then she’d head home each evening to look after her husband, who was paralyzed from a stroke. What a beautiful testimony of a woman who is motivated to learn more about the Scriptures!

 

Several of you have asked if I was able to start in the office yesterday.  Unfortunately, our level of financial partnership is still low–about 73% of the ongoing commitments needed to start have come in–so I was unable to begin the new assignment.  If you would like to partner, please contact us or sign up here.

Investing for Impact: 30% in 30 Days

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting about our transition from Nigeria to the U.S.  The impetus for this move is my new role with Wycliffe as Vice President for Advancement.  I am slated to start on July 1.  We can’t wait to dive in to the new assignment, supporting the work of Bible translation around the world which leads to transformed lives!

This pastor is carrying a case of recently-translated Bibles in his heart language, Berom, to his congregation in Nigeria.  God's Word being carried off to transform lives!

This pastor is carrying a case of recently-translated Bibles in his heart language, Berom, to his congregation in Nigeria. God’s Word being carried off to transform lives!

However, the biggest hurdle to overcome right now is the growth needed on our financial partnership team.  Though we’re now living in the States and have a different job title, we will continue to raise funds to support the ministry of Bible translation to which God has called us, and given our larger family size and the higher cost of living in the U.S. compared to Nigeria, our monthly ministry budget has increased significantly. We will not be able to start our new assignment until God has led our friends, family and church communities, combined, to pledge at least 100% of that amount. At the moment, we are only at about 70% of our goal, leaving us with a rather significant (from a human perspective) gap.

At church a few weeks ago in Michigan, the pastor dug into the astonishing work that God performed through David in the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. While I was slightly pre-occupied holding Josiah and trying to dodge the mustard yellow stuff seeping through his outfit (a nice outfit, seeing that we had him dedicated that morning as well), God used that sermon to remind us of a truth that was easy to forget in light of this gap: focus on God, not the giant. To the best of our knowledge, David never wavered in his faith in God to win the battle and the role that God had for him in that battle. David’s focus was on the Lord Almighty, not on the giant before him.

What are the giants in our life today? Different people have different giants, to be sure, but this seemingly huge financial gap could easily be a giant for us in the coming weeks. Despite the gap, we need to keep our focus on God. He will provide in His time, in His own unique ways.

Would you please consider joining God in what He is doing through Bible translation and at the same time help us to bridge this gap? We are looking for partners who are willing to commit to giving to Wycliffe on an ongoing basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly, etc.) with preference for our ministry. (Current partners who would like to increase their level of giving are also welcomed!)

For more information on giving, please click here. You can give by credit card, EFT withdrawal or by check. Please let us know if you have questions!

Thank you for helping us overcome this giant!

Note: Wycliffe uses and approves a ministry budget for its members. This budget reflects the amount needed to fund each ministry. Wycliffe requires its members to develop financial partnerships with individuals and churches to fund its tax-exempt purpose and to meet their full ministry budgets.