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.

Good News Monday!
By Rich Rudowske on 4/27/2009 10:19 PM

Dear Faithful supporters,

We ask you to include in your prayers this week prayers of praise to the Lord for good news about two of the items we have been praying about!
1.  Michael Megahan, Carl Knight, and Dean Moitlho successfully completed survey work among Kgalagari villages last week and the raw data of their assessment shows that a Bible translation project is quite viable.  This means that there is a need for translation, the community is not likely to abandon the language, and there is a willingness to partner in the work, provide qualified personnel, and some measure of financial support as well.  This is what we suspected, but are glad to see that the survey bears that out!  So this is very good news!
2.  Praise God that with a week to go in April, we have surpassed a funding goal set for May 1 that should enable us to get a go ahead on departure this summer.  We still await the final ...

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The Call
By Rich Rudowske on 4/22/2009 4:34 PM

Here at our home on the campus of Concordia Seminary St Louis today is Call Day.  It is a day when the approximately 100 or so candidates for pastoral and deaconess ministry receive their first congregational calls - the culmination of four years of study and practice and the confirmation of an inward call that they felt quite a while back that led them to seek training for the ministry.

The process of formation and of waiting leading up to the commencement of the call can feel difficult.  However, if we stop looking forward so much and pay attention to what God is doing in our lives right now, what He is teaching in our lives right now, how are struggles right now and forming us more and more to be the people who He calls us to be - it just changes things so much.  Every day and moment lived and breathed and worked and struggled through is an event that God is sovereign over and used by Him to form us.  I have especially needed that message the ...

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A Thought on Discipleship
By Rich Rudowske on 4/15/2009 3:12 AM

Just thoughts from my devotional reading.  Ran across this quote in some of my reading:

"Generally, what I find is that the ordinary people who come to church are basically running their lives on their own, utilizing 'the arm of the flesh'—their natural abilities—to negotiate their way.  They believe there is a God and they need to check in with him. But they don't have any sense that he is an active agent in their lives. As a result, they don't become disciples of Jesus. They consume his merits and the services of the church. … Discipleship is no essential part of Christianity today.  We don't preach life in the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus as an existential reality that leads to discipleship and then character transformation."

Dallas Willard, Author The Divine Conspiracy

A lot to think abou ...

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Easter Greetings
By Rich Rudowske on 4/9/2009 11:19 PM

Good afternoon,

As we contemplate our Lord's passion and resurrection we are mindful of the privilege to be His ambassadors to share that life changing message with those who have not yet heard it in their heart language.  We thank you for your prayer and partnership and wish you and your family a joyous resurrection celebration - He rose that we might also rise with Him and live under Him in his kingdom both now and for eternity!  Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

The Rudowske Family

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Perspective from the Gateway City
By Rich Rudowske on 4/7/2009 4:59 AM

Howdy y'all!

Another great road trip is in the books - we had a good time in Racine Wisconsin at Trinity, Christ the King, and Redeemer Lutheran  churches.  We drove home to Saint Louis Sunday and apparently brought the wintry Wisconsin weather home with us.  Not exactly our plan!

It is great to be home again.  Maya and I spent some time talking and thinking about the upcoming transition to Botswana and looking at some of the various supplies we may need to procure here before going to Botswana.  I also read newsletters from colleagues in Botswana, the Beckendorfs and Veiths and it really helped to refocus me on our upcoming mission.  For both of them they are starting to hit their stride in their projects, both after some period of time on the field.  Vision is good, it helps through the times of waiting.

The next two weeks are times of cleaning and organizing, whittling away at ...

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By Rich Rudowske on 4/4/2009 9:39 PM

There are periods of this partnership development phase when I am busy beyond belief - sermons, Bible classes, school chapels, board meetings, individual meetings.  Behind the scenes there is always the administrative paperwork, reading and research on translation theory, school for C & K, personal devotions and theological reading.  Like many people, I feel a sense of purpose when I am busy.  Moreover, I feel a sense of progress - progression toward a goal, a time, or a place. 

But then there are other times where I've done all I can do.  There is no one else to speak to.  There needs to be a break from research and reading.  Sometimes in this journey toward our deployment to Botswana, all I can do is . . .  wait.

And it is SO hard to do.  When I think about the Biblical examples I've seen of waiting it sure seems like it is one of the most dangerous times in life.&nbs ...

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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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