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.

Texas Travel
By Rich Rudowske on 1/23/2009 7:45 PM

From the great state of Texas howdy!  We visited our Texas home church, Faith Lutheran Grand Prairie, last weekend and had a good time there, it was great to reconnect with them.  It has also been fantastic to reconnect with friends in the neighborhood at the International Linguistic Center, where we lived last year, and to enjoy the milder Texas winter.  Yesterday, the kids and I went to Concordia University in Austin where I had the opportunity to speak at chapel, speak to the mission club, and teach the 'Communication for Church Workers' class.  It was a great opportunity to speak about LBT's mission and also of the importance of 'exegeting' the scriptural text and 'translating' it to whatever culture, group, person, etc that the Lord place you in contact with. 

Additionally, the LCMS's Board for Higher Education for the Concordia University System was on campus and got to hear some of the LBT vision shared in chapel too.  A ...

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Among the Nations
By Rich Rudowske on 1/17/2009 8:46 PM

"And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore.  And the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.  Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord God.  That is the day of which I have spoken."  Ezekiel 39:7-8 (ESV)

When one sets out to read some of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, one finds that you have to wade through an enormous amount of historical background questions as well as rightly discern whether you are reading prophetic literature or apocalyptic literature (or a combination of the two).  And distilling all that, you'll find a great deal that has already happened, a great deal that points to Christ, to His church, and to the end times. 

The compelling thing about the historical things in the Bible is that when you think about it, you find that the storie ...

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Begin with Prayer
By Rich Rudowske on 1/16/2009 6:00 AM

6Therefore let everyone who is(J) godly
   offer prayer to you at a time when you(K) may be found;
surely in the rush of(L) great waters,
   they shall not reach him.
Psalm 32:6 (ESV)

I read this passage in my morning devotion a few days ago.&a ...

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Express Birthday Party
By Rich Rudowske on 1/12/2009 7:13 PM

 I am still not sure what happened.  Matt had his 7th birthday party on Saturday.  It was scheduled from 1-3.  His friends that we able to come over apparently had the first day of basketball that same day.  The parents said they could stay for half an hour.  So, with three high energy first grade boys, and Josh our high energy kindergartner, we crammed into a half an hour two games of MonkeyBall 2 on the Gamecube, birthday cake, presents, pin the tail on the donkey and another game of MonkeyBall 2.  It was the most intense birthday celebration I have ever taken part in.  Maya and Chris left.  It was all ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 1/9/2009 5:09 AM

My trip to the travel clinic today reminded me how blessed we are to live in America, where many diseases that ravaged our forefathers have been eradicated.  Of course, in other places in the world, they still exist and thus we must be immunized against them. 

So today I was immunized against Yellow Fever - a horrible disease that once shut down the United Stated Federal government when an epidemic swept through Philadelphia in the mid 1790's.  President Washington retreated to his Viriginia home and because the constitution clearly stipulates that the federal government cannot meet in any place beside the designated place, the government was immobilized and not able to function.  Almost a third of the city's population died that summer.

I also had to start an oral vaccination against typhoid, which is largely unheard of in the US nowadays, but which claims the life of a large percentage of people who get it.  Wilbur ...

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Kid Quotes
By Rich Rudowske on 1/5/2009 11:32 PM

When you have five kids, you are bound to get a good stock of quotable quotes.  That is certainly the case in my family.

Early one morning I am sleeping and Joshua comes in.  He says, "Dad, I think it's morning."  I said, "What makes you think that".  He says, "Because it is light outside and it looks like you need to shave again."


At Grandma's house, Becca comes upstairs and says to Grandma Joyce: "I can't be loud anywhere." 

Grandma:"If you go downstairs you can play down there and not worry about being so quiet." 

Becca: "That's what you told me, but when I went down there my mom said I had to be quiet down there too." 

Grandma:  Well you need to do what your mom says.

Bec ...

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2009! It's finally here!
By Rich Rudowske on 1/2/2009 3:45 AM

Our family has been waiting 2009 for quite some time with the knowledge that at some point during that faraway year, we would be moving to Africa for our first term! Now it is finally here! We are so excited and in awe of how far we've come and we continue to trust God for the growth in our family that will be necessary for us to thrive on the field.

If I could reduce 2008 to a picture it would be one like this one from our travels this summer - our family in so much transition, spending time together and learning what it means to be a missionary family in the US, forming partnerships, and participating in ...

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Home for Christmas
By Rich Rudowske on 12/26/2008 5:16 AM

Despite the weather forecasts, the Rudowske family traveled from Saint Louis to Michigan on dry roads with sunshine on Christmas Eve!  We got to attend our home church for Christmas Eve service and for the first time in years just be part of the crowd gathered to worship and adore our newborn king.  Church was so full by time we got there that we sat in the very back row of the upper level pulpit side transcept - a place very rarely occupied by anybody.  Our kids were amazed that all those hymns we'd been singing all advent long were part of the worship service in the packed candlelit church and how wonderful it all was with hundreds of voices joining with the organ and choir to sing them in honor of Jesus' brith.

We got to spend today at mom and dad's for Christmas Day for the first time in a number of years and had a relaxing day of food, presents, playing in the snow/ice and being together. 

It has truly been a peaceful ga ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 12/20/2008 4:49 PM

Recently, our LBT colleagues Kory and Cara Fay wrote about the Apostle Paul on their blog located here.  Paul is a monumental character in the story of the Christian movement, to the point that he is almost legendary - but the part I really love is that he was a human being too and just like any of us, God chose to work through him, and by God's grace, Paul was obedient to the call.  But that did not always make it easy.  Something about the way historian Thomas Cahill in his masterful book Desire of the Everlasting Hills:  The World before and after Jesus writes about Paul really resonated with me when I read it today and I wanted to share it with you because it so sums up how I feel sometimes in the path that the Lord has set out before my family and me:

"Dimly ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 12/17/2008 8:00 PM

(The Lord) will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is a treasure from him"  (Isaiah 33:6)

Something about that verse struck me today.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom according to the book of Proverbs.  It is the key to salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.  And it itself is a gift from Him, the giver of all good gifts.  May He be the sure foundation for our times, both this Christmas season and in the years to come.  May he constantly draw us to Himself that we would participate more fully in the rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge that He sets before us.  To Him be all glory.  Amen.

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