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.

Day 5-7
By Rich Rudowske on 12/28/2007 6:38 AM

So I had a reality check that every day of my life and my trip is not the most interesting thing worth posting on a blog.  On Christmas Day we had a great time with with the Kolberg/Homer side of the family at Maya's sister Jennifer and her husband Mark's home.  We stayed til almost midnight it was so much fun! 

Yesterday, 12/26 I spent a great deal of time trying to put together a sermon for Trinity in St Joseph on Sunday.  I am a little rusty at preaching and did not accomplish much.  Actually I had a great sermon if I was pastor at the church and could preach a series of follow up messages with related programming, but I don't do that anymore, so I had to rework it to be more suitable as a guest preacher.  In the evening we spent time with Maya's Grandma Homer, who at 86 is still going strong and is always a joy to be around.

Today 12/27 Grammy Grammy (Maya's mom) took all ten grandkids to the movie theat ...

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Day 4 - Christmas Eve
By Rich Rudowske on 12/25/2007 6:33 AM

Christmas Eve!  The kiddos spent the day helping Grammy Grammy, Aunt Jenny, and Maya make cookies and other baked goods while I tried to work on my sermon for Sunday.  For Christmas Eve we spent the evening as traditionally we do at the Rudowske home with my parents.  It was a quieter evening than normal with Grandma Joyce still on the recovery phase from a chemo treatment last week.  It was a good time with Grandma's veggie squares and of course, her frosted Christmas cookies which she made in massive quantities on a day she was pumped up on steroids before the chemo treatment.  It is unbelievable what she has been through with this treatment for cancer, but she has come through it well and ...

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Christmas Trip Day 3
By Rich Rudowske on 12/24/2007 5:53 PM

It was definitely colder as we left Sandau Haus at 7:30am to head to Michigan.  By God's grace, even though everyone including yours truly woke up on the wrong side of the bed, we were able to regroup and recommit to an enjoyable trip and interacting with each other with gentleness and understanding.  We stopped at about 10:30am in Bloomington IL to attend church at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bloomington, where my friend and classmate from seminary recently started as pastor.  After hanging out for a bit and taking a tour of the facilities and talking ministry, we headed toward Michigan.  It was windy and very cold, but inside the car was delightful, everyone behaved very well and got along well.  ...

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Christmas Trip Days 1 & 2
By Rich Rudowske on 12/23/2007 7:41 AM

The Crew Visits Bethlehem

Christmas Trip Days 1 & 2

Our fun filled traveling began at 3am on Friday 12/21 when we left Big D.  We traveled across Oklahoma and Missouri and arrived in St Louis at 4:30pm.  This was by far our longest one day trip with the crew and they did very well until about 4:15pm when chaos overtook the purple van and everyone melted down.  We recovered nicely though and checked into Sandau Haus on the campus of Concordia Seminary.  Sandau Haus is one of the furnished missionary apartments in the Woods married student housing at the sem.  We got to relive memories of living here, got some great deli food not available to us in ...

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Hello from 1909!
By Rich Rudowske on 12/23/2007 7:40 AM

Ok so it's not really 1909, but we've had some issues with the server where our website is housed and although we are mostly back up, there are still some things like 1909 dates that our valued webmaster is working on.  So - it is December 17th and my (Rich) coursework in the Certificate of Applied Linguistics ended last Friday.  In 20 weeks we learned the International Phonetic Alphabet and all the anatomy of the speech producing parts of the body, studied sound systems, the impact of language on a society, acquired a second language and skills for adapting to a new culture and wrote a grammatical sketch, phonological description, dictionary, and lexicon for Swahili based on the sixteen weeks of research I had done on it.  On Friday David Ross, the President of GIAL, said, "when we set out to teach the you the certificate courses we did not intend to kill you and today you are living proof of that."    I hear him say that, but I ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 12/23/2007 7:39 AM

Just a quick note to let you know that our family's most recent newsletter is posted on the newsletter tab.  Merry Christmas!

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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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