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.

Tlokweng Days
By Rich Rudowske on 7/25/2009 9:20 PM

We are in the small village of Tlokweng just south of Gaborone.  Today we went out to play soccer in the field across the street and found a number of other children there so we all played and it was a blast.  Everyone hit the hay around here at 8PM and I am going to as soon as I am done with this blog entry.  We are adjusting well, we are over jet lag and sleeping a good amount.  Matt had gotten sick but has gotten over it.  We are still having a rocky start each morning - all except yesterday when we moved Bible time to first thing after breakfast.  That really seemed to make a big difference so we are going to continue that.

This afternoon I went out to work on Setswana reading and a number of folks came over and offered to help, so I made some good recordings of Setswana reading, which will be good for learning proper pronunciation.  The children who read loved hearing their voices on the recorder when it was playe ...

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Fireworks and Progress
By Rich Rudowske on 7/21/2009 11:07 PM

Today, Tuesday, was the last day of a very long weekend here in Botswana for President's Day.  We have been able to spend some good time together as a family (and some of the time has been not so good as some of us are still a little tired and occasionally cranky from the time adjustment).  We have spent some time out with Drs. Chuck and Janet Wilson who run the guest house we are living in.  Chuck is in administration at the Assemblies of God Bible College here in Gaborone and Janet is a linguist, doing some work with a San language group west of where we will be.  Also in the guest house compound is Aaron and Margaret, Aaron does a lot of handy work around here and to be honest I am not sure what Margaret does, I think she has been off work the whole time we've been here due to the President's Day Holiday, but she does something connected to the Bible college.  Finally, there is Jocelyn the intern who has a ton of studying to do, but who comes out to our ...

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Botswana First Full Day
By Rich Rudowske on 7/19/2009 8:20 PM

Yesterday (Saturday) was our first full day in Botswana.  They say it takes you one day for every hour of time difference to overcome the jet lag.  Living in St Louis, our time difference is seven hours, so God willing, in a week we should be used to sleep habits here.  However, the first night definitely did not get it done.  On Friday we were in our apartment before noon local time and by 2:00 everyone was out like a light.  Which of course means that nobody went to sleep easily on Friday night (except Maya that is).  Our apartment is very small so we also rented a bunkhouse on this compound and that is where Rich and the three youngest kids have set up 'Botswana Missionary Kids Camp'.  Anyways, the kids were up past midnight and then after that Matt was the only one who could not sleep AND he also felt obligated to wake me (Rich) up every 45 minutes to let me know he still could not sleep. 

On Saturday, we ...

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Summer 2009 Newsletter Posted
By Rich Rudowske on 7/5/2009 5:52 AM

We depart for Botswana on July 15.  All our plans and requests for prayer are in our Summer 2009 Encouraging Word prayer letter.  Check it out over on the 'Newsletters' tab.

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By the Numbers
By Rich Rudowske on 6/25/2009 6:54 AM

This past Sunday we wrapped up our prefield speaking tour at Trinity Lutheran in Sawyer Michigan.  As we reach this milestone I want to share a few numbers that mark this event:

9 - Number of states where we have supporting churches praying, encouraging, or supporting us

40 - Number of churches that we spoke at

46 - Number of times Rich preached the sermon 'In the Story'

21 - Number of other sermons Rich preached

24031 - Number of miles driven since last summer

200000 - The Plymouth Grand Voyager (Purple Palace of Partnership) hit this milestone on the way home from Sawyer.

147 - the mile marker on I55 South in Illinois where we hit 200k.

20 - the number of nights we had to spend in a hotel in the last year - the rest of the travel we were housed by friends and family - THANK YOU!

We thank the Lord for these milest ...

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Embracing Differences
By Rich Rudowske on 6/13/2009 4:15 AM

WIth the coming of interleague play in Major League Baseball this weekend, an age old debate heats up once more:  The DH.  Some love it, some hate it. But regardless of that the call from both sides is generally the same:  Make both leagues the same -either do it in both or don't do it in either. 

I for one prefer a different stance.  I think that it is great that we have two different major leagues and I resist the idea of trying to make them one homogenous 'product'.  I prefer instead to enjoy the American League's increased offense from nine solid hitters and the flexibility of moving position players around the whole batting order while at the same time enjoying the nuances of the National League game with the double switches, pinch hitting etc. related to the pitcher position.  Both games have different aspects to be appreciated, not blended into some generic no name 'baseball'.

And on the week ...

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That's how we roll
By Rich Rudowske on 6/9/2009 4:41 AM

One month and five days before we move to Botswana for three years and where am I (Rich) at right now?  That's right, my mom and dad's house in Michigan.  While my lovely wife back in St Louis figures out how to put all of our earthly possessions in 14 pieces of checked luggage and seven carryon pieces.  And she is LOVING it.  Two sons and one big guy out of the house has apparently made this task much easier for her.  Cuz that's how we roll.

So meanwhile I am in the basement suite in Michigan finishing up some correspondence to partners, prepping liturgy for the commissioning service, and sorting through file boxes of important papers and documents to give to our power of attorney.  Cuz that's how we roll.

DId I mention that I am still speaking every weekend too?  My final 'Smitten with the Mitten' tour of Michigan (yes I stole that from Rob Bell) has us at St Paul Cassopolis, Trinity Berrien Sprin ...

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Tickets Purchased!
By Rich Rudowske on 5/28/2009 6:01 PM

Well, I guess the title says it all.  I'm still stunned to be honest.  It is actually happening!

The labor exemption was received on Monday, before I had even written the last blog entry.  He knows our prayer before we even ask!  We leave from Chicago on Wednesday July 15th and arrive in Gaborone Botswana on Friday morning July 17th. 

More details to come!

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Travel Update
By Rich Rudowske on 5/26/2009 3:20 PM

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.  We sure did in Hudson Michigan at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and with our friends Pastor Troy & Stephanie Neujahr and their nine children.  They are good friends of ours from sem. days and it was very good to spend some time with them.

This week there are a couple of things going on that we ask you to commit to prayer.  First and foremost, we hope to hear from Botswana that the government has granted us a labor exemption.  That is a certification we need to have in hand when we enter the country.  As soon as we hear that we have it, LBT plans to buy our tickets.  An itinerary I saw a couple of weeks ago had us leaving July 15 and arriving in Botswana on July 17.  So, we request prayer that the certificate comes this week.

Second, we have a concern with the van I (Rich) have been driving for PD all year.  On the left side there appear ...

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New Prayer Letter Posted
By Rich Rudowske on 5/15/2009 5:36 AM

Our newest newsletter has been posted on the 'Newsletters' tab.  Take a look at it for more info about our upcoming commissioning service as well as tentative plans for a July departure to Botswana!

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