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.

Picture Links
By Rich Rudowske on 10/28/2008 8:13 AM

As of today, Chris, Katherine and I have been on the road for a whole month straight except for one night overnight at our Saint Louis home.

And that can only mean one thing . . . PICTURES! 

Since I haven't been able to upload them to the photo album on this website I have uploaded them to a website called facebook.  There are three albums from our trip that you can view by clicking on the three links below.


Michigan Part One

Michigan Part Two

Okl ...

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Blog Frustration
By Rich Rudowske on 10/27/2008 4:03 PM

I have to be honest with you.  I just spent about a half an hour pouring out my soul in a blog entry and then when I clicked 'update' it somehow didn't upload and is lost. 

I don't have it in me to retype it right now.  Suffice it to say that things are good, we have enjoyed ourselves immensely at the churches and schools we have stopped at and with our good friends Rick & Deb Tabisz.

Looking forward to being home with the whole family together for a couple of weeks.

God has shown me many things on this trip.  Perhaps I will write about them again later.  He is good.

Take care.

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Home Again
By Rich Rudowske on 10/22/2008 10:26 AM

Reading the last few blog entries it seems kind of redundant, but we had a great weekend in Paw Paw Michigan with the folks at Trinity Lutheran.  We (that is, Chris, Katherine, and I) also had a good visit to Michigan, although the busy-ness of home school (road school as we call it), office work, and speaking engagements prevented us from doing much else while we were there.

We did take an afternoon to visit the Berrien County historical museum in Berrien Springs MI, as well as the Holland Michigan museum.  Both had good exhibits regarding pre-European history of the area and settlement during the early 1800's, which tied well into our current history studies in US history.

I am in Saint Louis at our home right now and am having trouble sleeping, hence a late night blog.  I found a switch on the furnace that wasn't working correctly and got it going, so hopefully the house will warm up enough that everyone else will go back to sleep. ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 10/15/2008 6:27 AM


It felt really good to be home and in the pulpit of my adopted home church, Trinity Lutheran in Saint Joseph Michigan.  We had a very enthusiastic response and it really felt like everything 'clicked' (so to speak).  Had a great high energy Sunday school class from 1st grade to high school and we played quizbowl, duct tape soccer, played some southern Africa music and 'Super Missionary' aka the missionary chain game. 

We are in the home stretch of a four weekend tour away from home, wrapping it up with a class at Trinity on Thursday AM and then weekend services at Trinity Paw Paw Michigan on Saturday and Sunday (four services!).  We then will host a booth at the Halloween alternative 'Hallow Him' back at Trinity St Joe on Sunday afternoon and a board meeting there on Monday night.  We then head back to Saint Louis on Tuesday, spend one night there and head for a week in Oklahoma (Tulsa and OK City areas) before ...

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Hello from Michigan
By Rich Rudowske on 10/10/2008 4:44 AM

Hey everyone!

Everything is going well on the road.  We had a great week in the Racine/Kenosha Wisconsin area and then a great long weekend in the Petoskey Michigan area, driving through Green Bay and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see the fall color and the fantastic Mackinac Bridge!  I lived in Michigan the first 28 years of my life and never previously made it up to the U.P. and the bridge, so that was cool.

On the partnership side things are going well.  We've had very positive responses and interactions at our various stops.  It is up to God how those will turn out in terms of prayer and financial support in the coming months.  I have noticed that everytime I start to get discouraged I get an email or phone call from one of you and you have no idea how it lifts my day.  So thanks for that.

Maya and the little kids are doing great at home.  Concordia Seminary is a great c ...

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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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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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