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.

Compromises
By Rich Rudowske on 2/29/2008 1:06 AM

The word compromise generally has a negative connotation like if you engage in this activity you are selling out on what you really believe and so if you really believed it you would fight for it to the bitter end.  One of the most joyful aspects of my week is teaching my son and as we have studied American History - just turning the corner on the close of the 1700's and into the early 1800's the thing that has struck me so much about our history was that the men tasked with designing our government, while they had strongly held beliefs, also had the good of the country and their freedom 'for themselves and their posterity' in mind at the forefront of all discussion.  They were remarkable outside the box thinkers and brilliant in the ways they compromised on significant issues as things that we now take for granted but had never before existed came into being.  Things like a bicameral legislature based on popular representation as well as equal representation per state - th ...

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Weakly Update
By Rich Rudowske on 2/23/2008 12:17 AM

How often do you update your blog?  Weakly.  Get it?  HA!  Man, ten days sure did fly by fast.  Maya and I are well underway in our classes, she learning Swahili in second language and cultural acquisition and I exploring the Cognitive recesses of the human mind as it corresponds to language in Culture Language and Mind and Discourse Analysis.  I am also in a once a week cross culture teaching seminar that I am actually teaching this coming Monday. 

I was officially welcomed into ministry as a pastoral assistant at Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie TX this past Sunday.  I am volunteering as pastoral assistant to help the Pastor who is doing a lot in the circuit with vacancies etc.  I get to preach and teach and assist in leading worship occasionally as he needs while we're still down here in Dallas thru the end of June.

I am swamped in course work at the moment so I'm going to ...

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Without a Bible
By Rich Rudowske on 2/12/2008 11:54 PM

The other morning at about 5:30am I snuck into an unused bedroom in our house (it was unused because for some reason Matt & Josh had gotten up during the night and set up camp with their sleeping bags in my room). So I closed the door and then turned on the light hoping to do a little reading and reflecting before getting on with the day.  I had everything I needed, my notepad, pen, but woops!  I forgot to grab my Bible.  Which was right in my  bedroom right around Camp Matt-n-Josh which  I wanted to avoid so I could get a little quiet time.  (They wake up at the drop of a pin and then all chance of quiet time is lost).  So I proceeded to reflect and have devotion without my Bible.  And you know what I found?  It is very hard to reflect for very long and at any meaningful depth when you don't have a Bible.  I could go for a little bi ...

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New Encouraging Word
By Rich Rudowske on 2/8/2008 12:10 AM

The Winter 08 Encouraging Word Prayer Letter is available on the 'Newsletter' Tab.  The past week has been tough with various members of the family being affected in one way or another with the flu.  Thankfully spring weather is becoming more the norm the last few days.  We appreciate your prayers!

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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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