One day on the Wycliffe Associates banquet tour

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.

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05:00pm: Set up audio/visual equipment and our displays.

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05:45pm: Final wardrobe adjustments.

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06:00pm: Guests start arriving at the banquet venue.

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06:45pm: Time to start on salads (but not the cake! :) )

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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.

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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.

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07:30pm:  When most people had finished their meals, Max showed a couple of inspirational videos about Bible translation work around the world.

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Then each banquet guest took time to fill out a registration envelope.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Half-way! Eleven Wycliffe Associates Banquets to Go

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We’ve made it past the half-way mark.  After completing 14 Wycliffe Associates banquets in Washington and Oregon, we have 11 banquets remaining before our tour is complete.  We’ve shaked countless hands and shared our story with so many people over the last four weeks.  It’s been a great opportunity to let people know about the exciting things God is doing in Bible translation, encourage them to get involved, and hopefully build up our ministry partnership team at the same time. Check out a few photos from our tour so far. 

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We’ve been able to see a few of Jeff’s relatives along the way, and while we were in Portland, we also ran into some old friends. Serge and Olivia used to work with us in Nairobi.  Serge serves as the administrator for language programs in Eastern Congo and Olivia is a Bible translation consultant.  It was great to see them all the way out here!

Please continue to pray for us as we come closer to the completion of our banquet tour:

  • Pray that God will continue to keep us in good health so that sickness will not interrupt our ability to do our presentation at the remaining banquets.
  • Pray for safety on the roads as we travel to our locations. We’re now working our way down the coast of Oregon.
  • Pray that God will use what we share to encourage people to get involved in the ministry of Bible translation.
  • Pray that God will provide us with connections to new churches and individuals that will become new ministry partners.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

Photos by Max Lewis

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West Coast Wycliffe Associates Banquet Tour

In just a few days we’ll be heading to the west coast of the US.  For the next month we’ll be the primary speakers at Wycliffe Associates banquets in Washington and Oregon.  We’ll be sharing our stories about how God has been using us and our skills in computers and communications in the ministry of Bible translation.

If you live in Washington or Oregon in one of the cities where we’ll be speaking, we’d love to see you! Consider coming to a banquet.  Here’s our schedule:

October 11 at 7pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bothell, WA
October 12 at 7pm at the Red Lion in Bellevue, WA
October 14 at 7pm at the Northwood Hall in Bellingham, WA
October 15 at 7pm at the Cotton Tree Convention Center in Mount Vernon, WA
October 17 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Everett, WA
October 21 at 7pm at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Tacoma, WA
October 22 at 7pm at the Red Lion in Port Angeles, WA
October 24 at 7pm at the Red Lion in Olympia, WA
October 25 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, WA
October 26 at 7pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beaverton, OR
October 28 at 7pm at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Clackamus, OR
– October 29 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Portland South in Wilsonville, OR
– October 31 at 7pm at the The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA
November 1 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria, OR
November 2 at 7pm at the Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville, OR
November 4 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem, OR
November 5 at 7pm at the OSU Alumni Convention Center in Corvallis, OR
November 7 at 7pm at the Shilo Inn in Bend, OR
November 8 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Eugene, OR
November 9 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Coos Bay, OR
November 11 at 7pm at the Best Western Beachfront Inn in Brookings, OR
November 12 at 7pm at the Roseburg Country Club in Roseburg, OR
November 14 at 7pm at the Riverside Convention Center in Grants Pass, OR
November 15 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Medford, OR
November 16 at 7pm at the Shilo Inn in Klamath Falls, OR

To reserve a place at one of these banquets, click on the date of the banquet you can go to, and follow the instructions for making a reservation. These banquets are a great opportunity to learn more about what God is doing through the ministry of Bible translation. And, this time – it’s also a great opportunity for you to hear our story! :)

Admission and your meal are free. An offering is taken to cover expenses and raise funds for Bible translation projects.

Please be praying for these banquets:

  • That God will help us to communicate what He wants people to hear.
  • That God will lead us to interact with people who will become partners with our ministry.
  • That God will provide us with energy for this intensive schedule.

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Speaking at Wycliffe Associates Banquets in California

We’ll be sharing briefly about our ministry with Wycliffe at several Wycliffe Associates banquets in southern California.

– April 16 at 7pm at the Embassy Suites in Temecula
– April 18 at 7pm at the Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs
– April 19 at 7pm at the Westside Baptist Church in Fontana
– April 20 at 7pm at the Courtyard by Marriott in Riverside
– April 22 at 7pm at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville
– April 23 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn in Ontario
– April 25 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn in Torrance
– April 26 at 7pm at the Airport Holiday Inn in Long Beach
– April 30 at 7pm at the Courtyard by Marriott in Monrovia
– May 2 at 7pm at the The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank
– May 3 at 7pm at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills

If you can come to one of these, go to this link, find the banquet you want to attend and follow the instructions for making a reservation. We’d love to see you!

These banquets are a great opportunity to learn more about what God is doing through the ministry of Bible translation. Admission and your meal are free. An offering is taken to cover expenses and raise funds for Bible translation projects.

These banquets are held all over the US. Is there a banquet in your community? Go to this link and click on your state to find more information about banquets near you!

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Fall WA Banquet Tour Complete

We finished our last WA banquet tonight in Baldwin, NY. We’ve toured during these last three banquets with Sherm & Bernie Guyer (speakers) and Bill Richardson, banquet emcee and WA Northeast Area Director.

We decided to leave after the banquet in order to avoid New York City traffic. It got us back late, but the traffic was light the whole way. It’s been a very full month, and we have one more church service left to go this month.

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