Category: Wycliffe
FAQs – our most Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often when talking about our ministry.

1.    When are you leaving for Papua New Guinea?
Commissioning for departure depends on when we reach 100% of our budget.  Our full-time job right now is to talk to people about Wycliffe and this ministry, continue building our partnership team, and prepare to depart.  We are currently working to update our passports, request work visas, update our vaccines (ouch), get first aid training, etc.
 
2.    How long will you be in Papua New Guinea?
Jim and I are planning to spend the rest of our career with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  We have made a commitment of 2 year for the assignment in Papua New Guinea but know that (barring any emergencies) we will stay there longer.  There is so much work to be done to get a safe maritime travel system set up that we feel we should be involved as long as we can.  The short answer:  We are leaving this up to God.
 
3.    Why do you have to travel halfway around the world to do God’s work?
There is work to be done everywhere in the world and locally.  As Jim and I were feeling the call into ministry, we did not have a true destination in mind.  Wycliffe helped compare our passions, skills & desires to their needs.  Maritime travel for missionaries is expected to exceed air travel in the next 10 years to reach the remaining language groups of people.  Since Papua New Guinea is in desperate need of safe and efficient boating operations, we said yes to this assignment location and role.  Since accepting the assignment, our hearts continue to grow toward Papua New Guineans and their abundant needs.
 
4.    What work will you do there?
Our assignment is to help grow and manage the maritime program in Papua New Guinea.  This entails receiving future boats into areas of Papua New Guinea where they are needed, working to hire and train local captains and crews, provide safety gear and training, and establish safe routes of travel.  Since we will need to move around to different areas frequently, it is desirable that we live and work on a boat since this type of safe transportation is scarce.
 
5.    What do the kids think about this?
Ask any American kid if they want to leave their comfortable homes to travel halfway around the world to help people they have never met and likely their answer would be no!  Our kids were no different… at first.  They have been on the journey with us through training, praying, testing our live aboard skills, partnership building, church visits, and more.  There have been many ebbs and flows of both blessings and challenges.  We have come together and all 4 of us believe we are answering a calling from God.  We know that it will not always be practical and easy.  Comfort comes from knowing that He is with us and will provide the skills we need to do what He asks. 
 
6.     Why do you have to raise your own money for this work?  How does the funding work?
Wycliffe uses a biblical model of missionary support that requires all members to raise their own financial support.  This comes through the leading of the Holy Spirit and responsiveness of family, friends, and others whom hear about this ministry.
 
Wycliffe determines the budget needed by each missionary based on the approximate living costs and operation expenses for each assignment.  Cost include daily living expenses as well as taxes, fees, visas, medical, travel, etc. are added to get the total amount needed. The missionary then has 24 months to raise 100% of the established monthly budget.  Once the monthly amount is reached, the missionary is official commissioned, departing for their assignment.  (Info)

 

 
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean!

We recently learned about an old meaning for the word “partner”. It comes from the days of tall sailing ships.  The old tall ships had masts extending down through several decks.  At each deck level, there were strong timbers wedged around the masts. These timbers, called “partners”, supported the masts as each mast bore the stresses and strains of full sails, strong winds, and unpredictable seas.

This older definition seems to more aptly describe a missionary’s network of supporters. It also becomes more meaningful to refer to my family, friends, and sponsoring churches as partners.  In the truest sense of partnership, we each take on the role of those support beams for one another throughout our lives together.

We cannot begin to describe our gratitude to all the partners that have joined our team to date!  If you have not joined yet, it is not too late.  We are still in need of both  prayer and financial partners.

To our current partners – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  We could not to do this without you!

Here are a few amazing facts about our amazing partnership team….it consists of:

  • 43 one-time givers
  • 67 monthly givers
  • 4 quarterly givers
  • 6 people considering partnership before year end
  • 36 people considering partnership next year
  • 375 people receiving our monthly newsletter
  • 215 people on our prayer team
  • 33 people on our power prayer team
  • 102 people like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Sailing4Him
  • 4955 views of our blog site – www.sailing4him.org
 
Spirit of Giving

We pray for you to have a joyful Christmas season and hold tight to the promise of our Christ Jesus this Advent.

With all that is going on in the world and here at home, it is easy to be distracted from the original purpose of this season and the spirit of the greatest gift ever given.  Please join us in looking for ways to give back what was so graciously provided to us, hope, peace, joy, love….as we wait in anticipation of the second coming of Christ Jesus.

Here is the Wycliffe Christmas Giving catalog and order form. Please review the gifts enclosed and pray as to how God may be calling your to give to those whom He loves.

Wycliffe Gift Catalog_Christmas 2013

Wycliffe_OrderForm_Christmas 2013

 
Ever heard of Gullah?

Gullah?  What is it?

I learned at the recent  JAARS open house that the Gullah are the descendants of West Africans who live on the Sea Islands located in the US state of Georgia.  The Gullah people and their language are also called Geechee, which is thought to be a name from the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia.

I practiced language learning skills as a JAARS audio specialist recorded my attempt at reading John 3:16 from the Gullah Bible.

 
Here’s a copy of the text I am reading – in case you want to check my grammar—good luck with that!   And, yes, this is a real language!  One more tidbit – The folk song Michael Row Your Boat Ashore comes from the Gullah culture.

Learn more about the Gullah language and people.

 
Warm welcomes

As part of a cultural sensitivity assignment, we attended a Congolese church the past 4 Sundays.  We were to participate fully and learn all we could about this wonderful culture.  After each visit, we reflected on the things we learned and emotions we encountered.  This was a very insightful exercise where learned a lot about ourselves and others.  No one seemed to notice how different we are from them.  We were so welcomed by this beautiful group of people and their Pastor Willy — we did not want to leave!

 

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