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.

But Some Doubted
By Rich Rudowske on 3/31/2009 4:46 AM

Many of the weeks when I am preaching at churches, the readings have been adjusted and the gospel reading is Matthew 28:16-20:   16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in

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I Found Spring!
By Rich Rudowske on 3/23/2009 11:15 PM

It was waiting in Saint Louis!  After a month in Michigan - which we truly enjoyed - we returned home today.  The day we got to Michigan there was a huge snowstorm to welcome us and a great deal of snow on the ground.  By time we left, the snow was long gone, and things had thawed enough for us to get the rest of the leaves off mom and dad's yard that were leftover from the first surprise early snow of last fall.  But everything was still brown and drab and matted down.  But as we drove into our home, Chris and Kat both said at the same time, "Wow, it's so green!"  Anyways, it's good to be home for a short visit before we invade Wisconsin for a couple of weekends.   One praise report to share:  we received word that our immigration paperwork has been received in Botswana.  Sometimes getting there really is half the fun, so we are thankful that it has arrived in the right hands and folks soon wi ...

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The Man of Action
By Rich Rudowske on 3/16/2009 2:53 AM
Sermon that I preached on Jesus clearing the temple, John 2:13-22 on March 15 at St. Paul Liberty Center OH and St Luke Wauseon OH. Click 'MORE' to read.
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Spring Newsletter Posted
By Rich Rudowske on 3/16/2009 12:07 AM

The Spring Encouraging Word prayer letter is posted over on the 'newsletters' tab.  Enjoy! Rich, Maya & The Crew

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The Dangerous Business of Apathy
By Rich Rudowske on 3/12/2009 4:49 PM

These thoughts are inspired by a Lenten meditation at my church last night.

In the 80's Phil Collins sang a song called "I Don't Care Anymore".  The lyrics depict a person who has reached a point in a relationship or situation where he has decided the best way to cope is to not care.  This is the picture of apathy.  I don't care anymore.  The dangerous business of apathy is that is circular.  You don't care about something anymore.  You stop focusing on it.  You lose vision or purpose.  You become less productive.  And this loss of vision and productivity leads to . . . more apathy.  I don't care anymore.  And before you know it your whole life can be swallowed up in an endless sea of apathy, just drifiting along hollow and empty.  I don't care anymore.

In Matthew 26, Jesus casts this battle with apathy as a battle between spirit and fle ...

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Post by Katherine: Rudowskes on the Road
By Rich Rudowske on 3/6/2009 4:33 AM
If you've ever wondered what PD travel looks like through the eyes of a ten year old girl, check out this post from my daughter, Katherine.
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Immigration Paperwork - What Does this Mean?
By Rich Rudowske on 3/1/2009 4:46 AM

Dear Faithful friends and family.  Hard to believe another month has passed and we are already to March.  Just a few updates to share with you:

This past Tuesday I spent most of the day at the LBT office in Aurora, Illinois.  The main accomplishment was to turn in paperwork for immigration to Botswana.  So, what's the big deal about that?  Well, it is a significant step toward our departure and it begins to narrow the window for when we are departing.  Some of that, of course, depends on how efficiently the government processes our paperwork and it assumes they will welcome us to come.  But, when we apply, we also give a ball park date for our arrival, which is anticipated to be in July or August.  In other words, it is a bit of a leap of faith that we believe our prayer and financial support will continue to be at the needed level to enable us to depart as planned. 

So, what is in ...

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Listen to Him
By Rich Rudowske on 2/22/2009 4:47 AM
Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday that I preached at Trinity Lutheran Church, Saint Joseph Michigan Click 'MORE' to read.
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The Open Road
By Rich Rudowske on 2/16/2009 6:23 AM

I just spent 14 of the last 34 hours driving from Saint Louis to Tulsa Oklahoma and back.  As crazy as it sounds, I LOVE driving on the open road, down America's highways.  I feel calm and at peace when cruising down the road.  Chris, Katherine and I have been studying American history the last 16 months and it is so cool to see so many of the places that people were born at or lived in.  Did you know that many significant Civil War battles were fought in central Missouri?  As a youth, George Washington Carver lived in Neosho Missouri, about a half an hour away from Oklahoma. 

Anyways, I guess we got the right job, because we get to travel a l ...

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Book Review: Number One Ladies' Detective Agency
By Rich Rudowske on 2/12/2009 6:40 AM

For our readers who are interested in getting a sort of picture of life in Botswana, I recommend Alexander McCall Smith's Number One Ladies' Detective Agency.  It is a mystery novel of sorts about a detective named Precious Ramotswe who operates a private detective agency in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.  The novel does a good job of depicting life, language, habits, values, and the ethos of the country of Botswana.  It is not necessarily a family friendly novel.  Chapters 2-4 lay out the backdrop for the main character which include some dark moments.  While unpleasant, the background described is realis ...

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