After six weeks on the road speaking five nights a week on the Wycliffe Associates banquet tour in Oregon and Washington, we’re back in one place at least for a couple of months. Here’s just a glimpse of what one day on our tour was like.
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09:00am: Packing, packing, packing. Nearly every day we had to pack up to move to our next location. We became quite efficient at the packing and unpacking procedures!
10:00am: Time to check-out of the hotel where we were staying, load the van, and head to breakfast.
10:15am: Breakfast. We usually had breakfast at Denny’s or Shari’s. In our attempts to try to eat as healthy as possible on our tour, Jeff and I usually ordered oatmeal. As you may imagine by the end we started getting a little tired of oatmeal!
11:30am: Check in to the next hotel. Unpack.
12:00pm: Grab a small bite for lunch. Do laundry. Exercise. Catch up on our expense report and email. Work on updating our mailing list and sending letters.
02:00pm: Practice our presentation, and take care of any updates for our display.
3:30pm: Start getting ready for the banquet.
05:00pm: Set up audio/visual equipment and our displays.
05:45pm: Final wardrobe adjustments.
06:00pm: Guests start arriving at the banquet venue.
06:45pm: Time to start on salads (but not the cake! )
07:00pm: Max Lewis, who is the Northwest Area Director for Wycliffe Associates, opens the program by praying, welcoming everyone, and inviting everyone to begin to eat their main course.
On most nights we’d sit at a table during the meal to visit with banquet guests, answer some of their questions about Wycliffe, hear about their involvement and share a little of our story.
07:30pm: When most people had finished their meals, Max showed a couple of inspirational videos about Bible translation work around the world.
Then each banquet guest took time to fill out a registration envelope.
08:00pm: We’re up! Every night we shared our stories about being involved in Bible translation through our work in computers and communications and how we saw God at work.
Some nights I wore my favorite African outfit. It is pretty comfortable, but my suit was a little warmer for some of the cold evenings.
When our presentation was done, Max would invite those who attended to consider personal involvement in Bible translation by helping to fund the BTAK. Bible Translation Acceleration Kits include a fabric solar panel that charges a battery which then powers a laptop computer and a satellite internet modem (a BGAN). It is one project for which Wycliffe Associates is raising funds, so that staff working in remote areas can check email, upload translation files to remote servers, and even Skype or do screen sharing with experienced staff that can check the progress of their translation work.
09:30pm: Clean-up and tear down. The displays and a/v equipment all go back into the van for the next nights event.
10:00pm: Dinner. We’d usually go out for dinner with Max after every banquet to debrief the event.
11:00pm: Finally, in our rooms.
See some more photos of our tour.
When the tour was done, we spoke to more than a thousand people, traveled more than a thousand miles, and spoke for more than 600 minutes at 25 banquets in 25 cities. It was a great adventure! We were so glad to be able to share some of the stories about how we’ve seen God at work over these last few years. Our prayer is that God will use it to speak to many hearts about getting involved in Bible translation.