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.

Spring 08 Newsletter Posted
By Rich Rudowske on 3/26/2008 4:08 AM

 Howdy all you faithful blog readers.  A special note to you that the Spring 08 Encouraging Word Prayer letter has been posted on the 'Newsletters' Tab.  The rest of the e-world won't find out about it until April 1st.  Don't ya just love being an insider? 

Enjoy!

Rich & Maya

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Christ is Risen!
By Rich Rudowske on 3/24/2008 10:26 PM

May we who live in the post-resurrection of Christ era of world history ever be mindful that each day we waken, we may still proclaim that Jesus Christ is Risen Today - Hallelujah!  This is the Day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Our family had a great day celebrating the resurrection from the sunrise service and breakfast at our church to the Easter egg hunt with the Youth Group to the sabbath rest of Sunday afternoon.  What joy there is in Easter!  As we pick up our vocations of students and missionaries in training, we do so anew and refreshed (recentered?) in our place as people of God living in the light of the resurrection.  The course of the universe changed that first Easter and we are free to live our lives in joyful response as He leads.  May I keep that in mind as I finish papers and presentations and travel to speak - all of this finds its roots in Easter - for if Christ is not raised it is all foolishness, b ...

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Just Like You
By Rich Rudowske on 3/20/2008 4:22 AM

This past weekend was not one of my finest.  I was sick.  Every muscle associated with coughing ached from overuse.  My coursework was falling behind.  I had PD stuff to plan.  And I just felt bad.  And when I got home on Saturday evening I felt really bad.  And I was mean to my family, had a real short temper, and just not real pleasant to be around.  Not my finest showing.

Thankfully, my family is flexible and very forgiving.  And on Monday, Joshua and I were playing around and out of the blue he looks at me with those wide blue eyes and says, "I want to be just like you, Dad!"  Can you imagine?!  Just like me?!  That's like the LAST thing I would wish on anybody!  But I scooped that little dude up and gave him a hug at which time he was acting super silly and I said to him, "I think you already might be, a little."< ...

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Cross Cultural Incident
By Rich Rudowske on 3/13/2008 10:29 PM

Yup,

You read that right.  Not cross-cultural 'experience'.  Cross-cultural 'incident'.  Thursday evening we trekked across the street to the home of our new neighbors Absalom and Esther.  Absalom is a pastor from Tanzania, East Africa and Eshter is his wife.  Absalom has been here in the United States for four and a half years.  His wife and two sons were finally able to join him here last month.  Maya and Absalom had spoken with each other and agreed on a time that they wanted to have us over.  'Tomorrow' he had told her on Wednesday afternoon.

So, we showed up at the door and knocked.  Esther answered the door and said, "Oh how wonderful come in, come in, so good to see you and we all introduced ourselves and she took our coats and we talked for a little bit and she showed us into the living room where she invited us to sit, and the kids were all playing and she spoke w ...

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Back in the Saddle
By Rich Rudowske on 3/7/2008 12:36 AM

It's been an unusual week here in big D.  We had snow on Monday night.  At 10PM.  And the whole neighborhood came alive with kids going out to build snowmen etc.  It was very excellent packing snow.  It's supposed to snow again tonight.  Meanwhile I have been battling the biggest head and chest cold that has ever descended upon me.  It is just taking a while to run its course, and although I was slowed down by it some the last couple of days, I am feeling quite a bit better today.

But that's not the reason I called this entry 'Back in the Saddle'.  I called it that because I was blessed with the opportunity to preach at our church home away from home this past Sunday - Faith Lutheran, Grand Prairie TX www.faithlutherantx.org

It was such a good feeling to have the opportunity to preach and share the gospel with God's people.& ...

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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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