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.

The End of January
By Rich Rudowske on 1/31/2008 6:06 PM

Mercifully January ends today.  Dallas January is better than Januarys that I have experienced elsewhere but we still had our share of gloomy cloudy cold days and the early nightfall etc that makes January just seem to drag on forever.  We did not have any snow or even ice but the cold winds that blow around here are simply amazing!  The family has survived January well aside from some runny noses, until the last couple of days when Katherine went down hard with the flu and ear infections.  She had a fever as high as 105.6!  But the Lord has been merciful and through his power working through lots of fluids and antibiotics she is doing a lot better today.  The doctor has her out of school until next Monday.  Today, Maya has a milder version of the same flu and she's knocked out, but it's nothing that the Texas househusband can't handle. 

Other news in January:  well, Becca has decided that she must no ...

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Back from the South
By Rich Rudowske on 1/22/2008 7:34 PM

We had a nice trip down to McAllen TX this MLK weekend.  The family went over the Progreso bridge to Mexico for the day where we ate and walked around Progreso, a small town built right up to the river banks.  The children were impressed with the difference in appearance of the city and the sights and sounds that are so different than in America.  It was a good introduction to what it looks like outside the US.  Even though McAllen is in the same state as Dallas, the trip is 10 hours one way so that was really something.  And whenever you drive ten hours south you should expect a climate change and it was quite a bit warmer there than in Big D.  Unfortunately Big D was only 20 degrees, so it was only 49 degrees down there, but hey, it was in the mid 60's and sunny the day we went to Mex ...

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Tales of a Texas Househusband
By Rich Rudowske on 1/18/2008 12:30 AM

Yep.  It's true.  With Maya and all the kids back in school - I have assumed the role of the househusband.  Which I actually love.  I had huge plans of house cleanliness (getting it nearer to godliness instead of godforsakeness) and all that jazz.  However, the first three days of Maya's new class were somewhat disastrous.  She was under the weather with this weird flu we have this year - the one that makes you feel tired and achy with a slight fever but nothing else so you question if you really are sick or just being wimpy.  On top of that this is the first time this particular class is being taught so there are a ton of bugs getting worked out of it.  It is an introduction to Language Structures class, the goal of which is to teach support workers enough about linguistics to get them into second language and culture acquistion class (SLACA).  The instructor is using this AMAZING book from the Ohio State University Dep ...

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Back in Dallas!
By Rich Rudowske on 1/7/2008 4:44 PM

Monday, January 7, 2008

We had a wonderful whirlwind week of travel after New Year's with an overnight stop at Sandau Haus in St Louis, where we caught up on sleep and got repacked and reorganized for the trip south(west).  We then went to Marshfield MO, where I (Rich) got a tour of St Paul's Lutheran Church and Learning Center where my friend Robb Holzrichter is the pastor.  We spent a couple of days with Robb and his wife Gina and their children.  We went to this place called Incredible Pizza which is basically Chuck E Cheese on steroids.  It had indoor go carts and bumper cars, the food was way better and it was a blast!  It is also Christain owned and not too expensive.  If you are ever passing through Springfield MO, you have to stop in and try it!

By the way - since on our trip we had passed through both Springfield IL and Springfield MO, we did a little research and found that 24 states have a Springf ...

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New Year's with the Neujahrs
By Rich Rudowske on 1/2/2008 5:55 AM

Howdy folks,

Our travels brought us to Trinity Lutheran Church in St Joseph Michigan where Rich preached and we introduced our ministry with Lutheran Bible Translators in our first preaching stop for partnership development with LBT.

We said goodbye to our families in southwest Michigan and moved on to Hudson Michigan, about 30 miles south of Jackson, to visit with the folks at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for New Year's Eve, including our good friends Rev. Troy and Stephanie Neujahr (pronounced 'new year') and their eight children.  So we had quite a houseful and had a lot of fun.   Members of the congregation gathered at church for games including Euchre and Bible Trivia, and starting at 10 minutes to midnight we gathered around the altar and prayed in the beginning of the New Year. 

We had originally planned to go on to Dayton Ohio on 1/1 along with a stop at my sister's in Plymouth, MI - but w ...

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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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