The Encouraging Word Blog
Author: Rich Rudowske Created: 7/30/2007 9:14 PM
Welcome to the blog! Our family will post updates, musings, and other fun stuff from our experiences in Botswana to work in the ministry of Bible Translation.

Answer to Prayer
By Rich Rudowske on 9/25/2007 3:47 AM

Following is a note from my realtor received this evening at 8:30PM:

Hi Rich,
We have an accepted offer.

I signed the contract as written using my power of attorney for you and
Maya.  I will mail you a copy of the contract as well as drop off a
contract at Emmanuel.

They want to close as soon as possible after the inspections etc. which is
fine with us.

What an answer to prayer, right in time for the voters meeting tonight.  I
called Pastor Phil and he was in the parking lot taking my cell phone call
and would pass the good news onto Kevin.

I will keep you posted etc.  Keep praying that the inspections go okay.

Wow, Thank you Lord!
What more can ...
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End of Session Two
By Rich Rudowske on 9/17/2007 9:20 PM

Ok, session two of the Certificate in Applied Linguistics ended today at GIAL with no fanfare or pomp, because session 3 starts right away tomorrow.  However, the Articulatory Phonetics class that Maya and I have been taking wrapped up today with a final exam.  We don't have our final grades yet, but I would estimate that Maya did in the 'B' range in a graduate course in linguistics so congrats to her!  If you get the chance to give her a call or send her an email to congratulate her and say way to go, I know she would appreciate that a lot.  She has the next four weeks off of class, but will be doing some Bible study and other mission related reading as well as taking the chance to make some Christmas gifts and catch her breath before she picks up with Cultural Anthropology from Mid-October to Mid-December.  I'm so proud of her!

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Fulfillment of Prophecy
By Rich Rudowske on 9/6/2007 10:20 PM

"Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing."  (Ezekiel 47:12)

There is a marvelous picture of our lives given to the prophet Ezekiel many years ago (approx. 572BC) about us.  In the last chapters of Ezekiel, written when the prophet was still in exile with his people in Babylon, God showed him a vision of a different kind of temple with no veil separating God from the people, and a lot of other imagery including water streaming from it to the south toward the Arabah (desert wilderness) and the Dead Sea, giving them life!  And on both sides of that river of water, fueled by that water, strong trees would go that would bear fruit for food and healing.  I love that picture!  That is who we are in Christ.  ...

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Matt's First Day of Kindergarten
By Rich Rudowske on 8/28/2007 8:46 PM

Well, it finally happened, Matt started Kindergarten today at CJ & Anne Hyman Elementary School in the Duncanvillet (TX) school district.  He got to ride the bus.  He thought that was cool.  He wasn't sure about the rest.  He said, "You know how on meet the teacher night my teacher had a nice happy voice?  Today she had only a boring voice.  And you remember all those toys in the classroom.  Well we hardly ever get to play with them, we have to stay in our seats and work, work, work.  I want to go back to my old school (The SIL preschool on campus).  Welcome to real life buddy!  Check out the photo album section for a couple of pictures.

See ya!

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Update on Mom
By Rich Rudowske on 8/27/2007 8:34 PM

My mom came through her surgery on last Friday just fine.  The surgery itself seems to have gone well, her recovery is going well, she has help daily from a nurse, and on Wednesday she meets with the surgeon and will find out it the surgery was successful in removing all of the cancer.  Pray for it to be so, pray for wisdom and clear thinking for the medical professionals and for mom.  Thanks to all in church, at LBT, and anywhere else who has been praying and may the Lord be praised.

Rich for Maya and the Crew

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Proverbs 23
By Rich Rudowske on 8/25/2007 5:43 PM

The book of Proverbs gives the wisdom of God, applying it in day in and day out life situations.  Proverbs 23 was my reading a couple of days ago.  It warns against falling into the folly of desiring earthly wealth.  There was a time in my life when my ambition was to make lots of money.  I grew up in a home without much money and I thought that I could satisfy my desires and life with money.  It was foolishness.  Proverbs 23 tells us how to apply our lives instead:  "Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge . . . Buy truth and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction and understanding."  It says that a son who grows in wisdom is the most pleasing thing a father can have.  The call to seek wisdom above wealth and power is so strong in this passage.  It is also very counter cultural.  But the result is satisfactory and fulfilling.  Lord teach me always to seek ...

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The Stuff You Do
By Rich Rudowske on 8/22/2007 8:44 PM

There are a number of things that I have had to do to get ready for this ministry of Bible translation.  I have had to learn how to produce a sound that is made by passing voiced air over your uvula and making it shake as opposed to passing voiced air close to it and holding it still, because those two sounds might mean something different in some language.  And today I am listening to a Paul Harvey broadcast again and again and again to mark the pitch, rhythm, intonation, and emphasis of how he speaks so that I can learn to do the same thing for a language that I don't know yet.  It's important to remember as I listen to Paul Harvey for the 20th time, or spit all over the place trying to make the right sound, that there is a purpose to all of this.  Somewhere there is a people group who I get to help produce a Bible in their language.  And to help them get it, it needs to sound like the way they would use their language (both sounds, and intonation, pitch ...

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One Down . . .
By Rich Rudowske on 8/18/2007 9:36 PM

Maya and I hit our first milestone here at GIAL finishing session one of the "MOD-20" certificate of linguistics coursework.  We start back up again on Monday morning continuing the phonetics class we have been in, but the grammar class takes a break for four weeks while I (Rich) start a course in phonology - the study of sound, and Second Language and Culture Acquisition.  In four weeks we will be finished with the phonetics course, and I will pick up grammar again while Maya takes a four week break.  Fun stuff!  Texas has a no sales tax weekend this weekend, so we got the kids' school uniforms purchased, they are all registered and ready to go.  Katherine is going into third grade and Matt is going into Kindergarten at Hyman Elementary just up the road a bit.  Josh and Becca will continue at preschool in the SIL Child Center on campus, and Chris is going into 6th grade working on a homeschool program that I have modified to focus on bu ...

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Now that's Hot!
By Rich Rudowske on 8/13/2007 9:28 PM

I've lived a few places, but not really outside the midwest since I was a real little kid, so these things fascinate me.  This morning I got up to run and I was outside at 6AM and it was ALREADY 85 DEGREES!  The high around here is forecast to be 105 degrees the next five days.  When I start up the car, the engine fan just comes on before you go anywhere!  When I walk to school it takes my body a good 45 minutes to stop sweating once I've gotten to class, not to mention the time it takes me to dry off (maybe that's too much info).  But then I remember that I'm pretty far south.  For the family back home, you know how when you get on the highway it says Detroit one way and Chicago the other.  Here it says Austin one way and Shreveport LA, the other.  And I usually ask myself, "Do I really have to choose one of these?  

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The Big '34'
By Rich Rudowske on 8/11/2007 11:04 PM

Well, it happened again.  Yesterday was my birthday.  The kiddos gave me a surprise party, we had some pizza and then some Dairy Queen ice cream.  It's been hot in Dallas this week, up to 100 degrees the last four days.  The A/C can be set at 85 degrees and it still feels good at that temperature!  Our first round of classes at GIAL is coming to a close this week.  Maya is earning a solid B in this college level phonetics class we are taking, which is awesome!  I'm doing fine with my classes, keeping up with the relentless pace etc.

Please continue to pray for our family to do well here, pray especially for our house in Dayton to sell to relieve us and our church in Dayton of the added expense of keeping it up.  Continue also to pray for my mom who meets with a surgeon next week to discuss options for dealing with the cancer that was found in her testing these past couple of weeks.  She asks that you ...

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