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.

Catching My Breath
By Rich Rudowske on 11/10/2007 4:52 PM

Hey good morning to everyone.  I have been in the course called field methods and data management (six credit hour grad. level course) that ties together everything we've learned the first twelve weeks by having us go and explore the language we've already been learning for the second language and culture acquisition (SLACA) class (Kenyan Swahili is my language) and with the data elicited from the native speaker produce a description of the phonology (sound system) and grammar of the language.  It has been really keeping me hopping because we are doing in an eight week course what would normally take years to do - for example Nathan Esala did a good part of the phonological write up for Komba a couple of months ago after four years of being exposed to the language (see his website for more about that). 

Besides all that everything is going well.  I will post some ...

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House in Dayton Closed!
By Rich Rudowske on 10/17/2007 3:41 AM

Praise to our God - we closed on the sale of our house in Dayton yesterday, Monday, October 15th at 4:30 EDT.  We are thankful to the Lord that He provided a buyer.  We ask God to provide us the finances to absorb the loss and move forward in this mission endeavour.  He has always provided for us and we know He will this time too.  We are at great peace here and every day in awe at what the Lord is doing in our family, educational, marriage,and faith lives.  Session Four starts tomorrow bright and early.

May the peace of God dwell in you richly.


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End Session 3
By Rich Rudowske on 10/12/2007 3:35 PM
Session Three ends (actually on Monday, but most of the coursework is done today).  That means I have finished the grammar, phonology, and second language and culture acquisition classes and am ready to put it all together with the phonetics I learned in session 1 & 2 for an eight week 'Field Methods' course, where I will simulate a linguisitic assignment on the field including continuing to learn a language (in this case - Swahili), and write phonological and grammatical analyses as well as a whole bunch of other stuff I haven't learned yet.  I am so thankful to be doing Bible translation work in an age where we have computers as tools to organize, catalog, and process.  Back in the day, people had to write stuff on index cards and put  it in a shoebox and then type stuff out (on a typewriter - gasp!).  Of course if you needed to revise something, that meant you were typing it all over again.  An old timer around here remarked that he is sure that ...
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New Pics
By Rich Rudowske on 10/4/2007 9:58 PM

We put a few new pictures in the photo section showing just some around the house stuff here in TX.  Now that I've figured out how to upload more than one photo at a time, we should be able to get new pics up more frequently.


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Communication is in the Details!
By Rich Rudowske on 10/4/2007 3:49 AM

A quick funny story.  Details in a language are so important.  I am in a class right now called Second Language and Culture Acquisition - (SLACA) the goal of which, among other things is to learn how to acquire a second language by developing a language learning strategy.  My partner, fellow LBT candidate Kory Fay, and I are learning Swahili with a native speaker of Swahili from Kenya in East Africa.  For our 'final exam' for the language learning we are simulating a trip to the market where we go and find what we need and bargain for and pay for it.  So we were learning some stuff about that the other day and I piped up, "So if I want to say 'Do you have fish', do I say "Ou ko samaki?"  And my language helper just started cracking up and laughing so hard and she said, "You are so close, but what you actually said was, 'Pardon me, miss.  Are you a fish?'  The correct way to ask if she has fish for sale is &quo ...

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How Sweet It Is!
By Rich Rudowske on 10/3/2007 3:31 AM

We have been studying the book of Haggai the past several weeks at the church we are attending down here.  (Haggai is three books in from the end of the OT - it's only two chapters - so don't miss it)

This week the text was Haggai 2:15-19, which has the Lord saying to the people (in my own paraphrase), "Remember when you were hardheaded and wouldn't listen to me?  Remember how difficult it was to live when you were living contrary to the way I designed you to live?  Take a look around now that you have been following me, are things any better yet?"  And the people have to reply that yes they remember how they were hard headed and turned away from the way the Lord had chosen for them.  And no, even though they were now turning back to the Lord things weren't better, there was still a lot of hardship and some of that stuff from the past just kept hanging with them.  And God says in Haggai 2:19 "Consider very carefu ...

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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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