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.

On the Road Again
By Rich Rudowske on 9/26/2008 8:18 PM

The Partnership Loop

On the road again with a trip through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan!  Please pray for Rich, Chris, and Katherine as we depart Saturday 9/27 and return Monday 10/20 for stops in Wisconsin and Michigan for partnership development.  Please pray for an increase in the level of prayer and financial partnership for our ministry and for Maya and the little kids at home too.

It is an exciting time to see friends and family again and we are thankful for that.  It will be exciting to share for the first time since my return from Botswana more specifics about what ministry opportunities are available there and what we may be doing.  Good times!

God's blessings and if we're coming near y ...

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Living in the Present
By Rich Rudowske on 9/20/2008 1:09 PM

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is God's gift to you, that's why it's called the present."

I don't know the origin of that saying, but there is some value in considering it.  Too often I have lived my life looking to the future - planning, looking, figuring out what happens next - all the while simply enduring the present and hoping that it will get better.  There certainly is a role for planning and looking ahead but with a healthy dose of James 4:15 and reliance on God and not only the work of our hands.  Certainly planning should not come at the expense of enjoying the present. 

On the other hand, many people spend life looking at the past - living it over and over again, painful words, hurtful actions, past abuse or relationship problems or mistakes - pick your poison.  And all that past comes rushing into the present - shaping it, molding it - or more accurately - distor ...

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Dumelang!
By Rich Rudowske on 9/13/2008 11:27 PM

Dumelang!  O Tsogile?!

Greetings to you from Botswana, where on Wednesday it was 40 degrees (104 fahrenheit) and today it is only 10 degrees (50 fahrenheit).  My prayers are with all of you who are in the path of or dealing with Hurricane Ike - I am thankful that it has not done the worst possible damage that it could have done.  The weather here has been a bit strange the last couple of days with very high above normal temperatures and then an incredible amount of wind the last couple of days.   Folks from around here say they haven't experienced anything like this before.

My trip here has been good.  I spent the first week in Shakawe (shuh-kah-way) in the northwestern part of Botswana very near the Namibian border.  All of the LBT missionary families from Botswana and Namibia were there for a retreat and it was a good time getting to meet and know all of them.  There was an airborne flu u ...

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Rich going to Botswana tomorrow
By Rich Rudowske on 8/28/2008 9:43 PM
Hello brothers and sisters,
 
Tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:35AM, I (Rich) will be taking off from Saint Louis and, after several exchanges, will be arriving in Maun Botswana on Sunday afternoon for three weeks of team building, meetings with church leaders, community leaders, and exploring possibilities for where and with whom our family will live and work in Botswana.  Our family asks for your prayers as we seek God's direction at this time, as well as for safe and healthy travel for Rich and for Maya as she holds down the homestead in Saint Louis with the children. 
 
We have looked forward to this opportunity for a long time and it seems surreal that it is actually here.  We will try to keep you updated as best we can - check our website blog to see if anything has been posted etc.  We look forward to the clarity God will give as a result of this ...
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On the Road
By Rich Rudowske on 8/24/2008 11:33 PM

It is a wonderful blessing to travel and share our ministry at different churches.  It has also given me (Rich) the opportunity to spend time with friends from seminary and my extended family, some of whom I have not really got to spend this much time with since childhood.  Chris and Katherine and I have spent the last four days in Alexandria Virginia in the DC area with my baby sister Rachel and her husband Kalvin and baby Kameron.  We've had fun - got to see some sites in Washington as well as play some Game Cube with Uncle Kal - the ultimate video game guru according to the kids. 

Maya and the three little kids have been developing routine with school in Saint Louis.  It seems to be going pretty well.  It will be interesting to see what happens when we are all back together again.  We go from Virginia to Dayton on Monday and Dayton to Saint Louis on Tuesday.  I have Wednesday and Thursday to prepare before ...

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The Big 3-5
By Rich Rudowske on 8/12/2008 3:21 PM

The Big 3-5

Well - it's true.  I (Rich) turned 35 on Sunday.  Which means I'm old enough to be elected president now.  I figure it's a little late to start on the 2008 campaign but maybe I'll shoot for 2012.  Anyways, I spent birthday morning at Saint John Lutheran Church in Gregory South Dakota.  Had a potluck and shared birthday dinner with 157 fine people.  After that we drove west about three hours to the Black Hills region of South Dakota where we were going to tent camp, but upon viewing the crazy storms in the sky, we opted instead to stop (I mean I just randomly saw a place on the side of the road and stopped) to rent a small log cabin for two nights.  Anyways, to ke ...

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Guess they were wrong . . .
By Rich Rudowske on 8/5/2008 1:27 AM

Traveling through South Dakota along I-90 the other day, we saw a sign for 'The World's Only Corn Palace'.  And I'm like . . . well yeah. . .  I mean who needs more than one?  For those of you who have not heard of it, there's this little town called Mitchell that has the Corn Palace - a building which has existed in one form or another since 1892.  In it's current form it is basically the town community center - a huge building upon which have been build very fancy Turkish looking spires and columns with flags and all over the building are murals of different scenes revolving around a certain theme - and the murals are made completely out of . . . ears of corn.  And there are columns made of corn shucks (sic?) and so forth.  Huge.  Very elaborate.  Made out of corn.  7-8 different colors of corn.  It's amazing what you can make with corn.  And every year as the corn harvest comes in they tear ...

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One Day Down
By Rich Rudowske on 7/22/2008 1:41 PM

Well the first of nine days of meetings at the office is in the books.  The meetings went well.  The children, tired from traveling and more than a little excited to be at the service center were quite a handful for the childcare crew.  We ask for prayer that Joshua especially will get into a good routine now and settle down some while at the office.  Also that Chris would be willing to engage with the things that the childcare crew is trying to do for fun with the family rather that resisting and complaining of boredom.

Otherwise, all is well - we are settled in some nice housing until the end of July.  Our good friends and colleagues Kory & Cara Fay and Ruthie Lee are right here in the same neighborhood and we are spending some quality fellowship time with them and it is good.

Hope your day is good and that you see God working in your life today.

 

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The Time Has Arrived
By Rich Rudowske on 7/20/2008 6:01 AM

It's kind of a surreal feeling, but the car is all packed and everyone else is asleep except me just doing a few last preparations for taking the crew on the road for the next month.  To be honest, it doesn't feel much different from most of our other trips except that we know we will do laundry several more times since we'll be gone longer and if we forgot something we won't be back next week to get it. 

After church tomorrow at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Ellisville, our church home away from home (where home is these days I don't exactly know), we will depart on an approximately 5 hour journey to Wycliffe North Central in West Chicago IL where we will spend July 20 - 31.  Those days we will spend in the LBT office at a prefield session called PREPARE (which means Partnership Resource Equipping & Pre Assignment Readiness Event)  We hope to have a clearer sense of direction regarding specificis of our assignment after this event as ...

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Dadisms
By Rich Rudowske on 7/9/2008 6:31 AM

Dadisms

Several years ago, my sisters started keeping track of 'dadisms' - that is, certain things that our dad always said - from the threats that all parents make to keep children line (you will do it with or without a spanking) to things that basically make no sense (listen, listen, listen).  Our dad has quite a repoirtoire of dadisms, and although I always have a nagging suspicion that someday my own kids will have a collection of my sayings (they've already started), I enjoy participating in a good laugh on the old man with the dadisms.  One of our favorite ones growing up was how he would explain to people how to say our last name 'Rudowske'.  He would always say, "picture a red key for your house OR a key for your red house - a RED HOUSE KEY.& ...

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