Equip 15 at our house :)

My heart is full tonight as we invited some Equip 15ers over to our house for good food, games and even a haircut. Haircut? Well Isaac needed one, so Evan gave a quick shave-just a $5 charge! :) We had a blast catching up with this part of our Wycliffe family and shared lots of laughs. So happy to be living close to the Michaels this year as they are on their furlough from teaching in Germany, and excited to see the Gokeys again at our training in North Carolina in January. Missionary communities are always so fun and feel like family-reminding me much of growing up in Korea.

Love Does – A Quote

So I’ve been reading this book by Bob Goff called “Love Does” and I found an awesome quote that really describes what I feel like Evan and are going through right now as we head on this journey towards Papua New Guinea. In it, it describes Bob Goff’s trip with his son to the Half Dome mountain in Yosemite.

“I think God is more of a Half Dome traveler than a Hampton Inn Traveler. Jesus doesn’t invite us on a business trip. Instead, He says let’s go after those things that inspire and challenge you and let’s experience them together. You don’t need a lot of details or luggage or equipment, just a willingness to go into a storm with a Father who’s kicking footholds in the the steep sides of our problems while we kick a couple in ourselves too…

Somehow in all of this, the terrain we navigate doesn’t seem as scary either, because when we’re on an adventure with God we’re too excited to be afraid and too engaged to be thinking of anything else.”

EQUIP 2012-Orlando, FL

Wycliffe, Orlando, USA Headquarters, Go Until God Says No, Ukarumpa, Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsLast month we went to a 2-week training course in Orlando called Equip. It was such an interesting and inspiring time. We learned a lot about how translation works and how important it is to get the Bible to the Bibleless people. Thank you so much for praying for us and providing the money that we needed to go.

One day while we were there, we went into the Discovery Center which is like a Wycliffe Museum. As we walked around, we came to what is known as the tower and we went inside. As we sat in the darkness of the tower, we waited for the program to begin. We learned that there were still over 2,000 language groups that are in the darkness because they don’t yet have a word of Scripture in the language that speaks to their heart. That represents over 350 million people.
Then as the lights began to come on one by one, people expressed the difference having the Scriptures in their language had made in their lives. We were reminded that this was indeed a cause worth giving our lives to.
One woman said that reading the Bible in her national language was like eating a banana with the skin still on it. But having the Bible in her language was as satisfying and delicious as eating a peeled banana.
Hearing these testimonies of transformation got us excited to be apart of the ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Continue to pray for us in the following ways:

-Our goal date to leave for Papua New Guinea is July 2013.
-Additional funds for a month-long cross-cultural training
in North Carolina in January.

-Pray for our parents who are graciously allowing us to leave them.

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