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.

Leaving Texas
By Rich Rudowske on 6/30/2008 4:18 AM

Howdy,

We spent today (Sunday 6/29) at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Glenpool Oklahoma (near Tulsa).  It was quite an adventure getting here.  We planned to tow a trailer with our van like we did when we moved to Texas, but when I got home Friday evening just after 5, coolant started spewing from the radiator of the purple people mover.  Of course no mechanic was available on Friday.  With some help from an old retired missionary named Dick Bergman I acquired a new radiator at Auto Zone and then early on Saturday morning drove to the Mexican part of Grand Prairie where I found a mechanic that Dick recommended.  None of the people I encountered could speak English but thankfully I showed him the radiator I had bought and he figured out why I was there.

We then exchanged the trailer for a small truck to move in.  Dick was concerned about the strain that towing would put on the transmission in the 100 degree ...

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Kudos to Nurse Maya!
By Rich Rudowske on 6/25/2008 3:36 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that while she's not really a nurse, Maya finished up the coursework for her Primary Health Care class already yesterday evening (she's the first done!) and has already been commended by the nurses teaching the class for her insight and skill in the diagnoses she has determined on the case studies as well as her work on the hands on parts of the class.  Members of her class gave each other shots on the first day of class - inserted hydration tubes, stiched up chickens, etc. etc.  We have some, uh, interesting pictures and video that we will be uploading to the website in the next few weeks to show you a little about what they've been working on. 

Anyways, I'm real proud of Maya - she's done a great job!  I'm even more glad to have her available in the evenings again so we can finish packing and moving. 

In other news - I had my last Sunday at Faith Lutheran in Grand Prairie TX.&nb ...

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Next . . . ?
By Rich Rudowske on 6/9/2008 9:56 PM

Well, today we packed some which was lots of fun and um well that's pretty much the plan for the next three weeks.  That and get some more PD dates scheduled for the fall.  The kids are all home from school.  I am already working with Christopher and Katherine on some of their coursework but it is light (about an hour and a half per day).  Maya has developed an absolutely dynamite schedule to keep us all on track and with some sense of routine, (since without it we go haywire, including yours truly).  Pray for us to be productive this week as Maya starts her primary health care class next week (it is 8-5, M-F for the last two weeks we are here plus homework)  Additionally we have VBS at our church starting next week in the evenings (yours truly is teaching memory verses with rhythm and motion - showing how desparate they were to find someone to do that). 

So the time will fly by and before we know it we'll be trekking ...

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All Done
By Rich Rudowske on 6/5/2008 4:58 PM

I am sitting in the last ten minutes of my last class at GIAL for now.  Based on some conversations I will be having a little bit later today I have somewhere between 1-4 courses left to finish a MA in Applied Linguistics  here.  If it is a lower number, there is a chance we will wrap that up next spring before heading to the field.  More conversations to be had with the office at LBT to decide that as well. 

In the meantime we have three weeks to pack up and reset our furnished house back to the way it was when we got here.  Maya will be taking a Primary Health Care class the last two weeks of those three.  I will be spending time writing sermons and contacting pastors too.  Additionally we have VBS at our church in a couple of weeks.  So, we're staying busy, certainly not on vacation by any means.

But it does feel good to be done with coursework for now.  A year ago I ha ...

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Rangers Baseball!
By Rich Rudowske on 6/3/2008 6:01 PM

 Last Saturday evening the Rudowske family went with a group from our church to Lutheran Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a little Major League Baseball!  It was quite fun and we actually lasted all nine innings plus a fireworks display with all five kids AND (believe it or not) we actually had a fun time!  (As opposed to most times in the past where everyone wants to leave by the 4th inning).  We had the requisite cotton candy, peanuts, and dippin' dots that the kiddos have come to expect.  The Rangers let fans bring in food and plastic bottle drinks in soft side coolers, so we were able to enjoy the good life without paying like it.  In the midst of  a ...

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Life by faith or by fact?
By Rich Rudowske on 5/24/2008 5:03 PM

Recently, a friend of mine from Tanzania in East Africa said this to me:  "I have noticed that in America most people don't live by faith.  They live by fact.  They say if you have this and this than you can do this, but if you have this and don't have this than you can't do this.  We live by faith.  We say I have this but I don't have this but God wants me to do this, so he will provide what I need.  That is faith." 

So how does that square with what you believe?  Recently some friends of mine and I were sifting through scripture about money for a presentation on funding that we were doing for one of our classes.  Someone brought up the passage in Luke 14 where Jesus says, "suppose someone wants to build a tower, will he first not count the cost to see if he has enough?"  We got into a discussion about this passage which is often applied as "don't ...

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God Talks Back!
By Rich Rudowske on 5/16/2008 11:31 PM

Guest Author - Maya

Hey, I don't get on here very often, but I wanted to share something.  Last night I went to a prayer and Bible study that some of the ladies in our neighborhood share.  We share what's going on in life, pray, and share scriptures.  Last night, when we prayed, we all joined together in prayer out loud for the various things that were on our mind and hearts.  What a strange and wonderful noise it was to hear many people's voices all at once praying to God for different things.  When we were finished, we all began to share scriptures that we felt led to share and it was as though God was talking back to us, speaking to us through His word!  And that's when it ...

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Summer Newsletter
By Rich Rudowske on 5/15/2008 10:55 PM

 

The Summer Edition of the Encouraging Word is finished extra early and available over on the newsletters tab for your readiing pleasure.  Enjoy!

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Saying Goodbye
By Rich Rudowske on 5/7/2008 11:57 PM

It's just beginning.  This past Sunday evening, the Bible club that our kids go to on Sunday evenings had its closing program.  And I watched my little kiddos say goodbye to friends from there that they may never see again, and I watched them say goodbye to teachers and guides who invested in their lives and faith growth and I felt a little bit sad.  The kids for the most part seemed oblivious to the fact that they wouldn't be back next week and that this was saying goodbye for real, but that's how life is as a kid I guess.  You just keep moving on and experiencing whatever is happening at the moment, not so worried about what's coming up next. 

In the next months we'll also say goodbye to teachers and school friends and then neighborhood friends as we move from Dallas to St Louis at the end of June.  I seem to take it harder than anyone else.  Katherine was already upset a few months ago that we would eventually have ...

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May Already and Bugs
By Rich Rudowske on 5/3/2008 11:29 PM

Hey all,

Grace & Peace to you.

I trust that for most of the readers in the north that spring has finally reached you and you are enjoying it as much as we have been for the last three months.  Not a lot new to report here.  The attacks of the fire ant seem to have subsided.  We never were able to fight them chemically because apparently the ones we have are native to Texas and if you kill them off then the non-native ants move in and they are even worse!  So we are managing.  Chris went fishing this last week and took one of his fish and put it near a fire ant mound to see how that would all work out.  To be honest, I haven't had the courage to go look, but he tells me that it now has lots of tunnels through it and they seem to be systematically dismantling it.  Which is keeping them busy from biting our toes apparently. 

Meanwhile, my lovely bride, who likes to ...

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