FROM OUR WMF PRESIDENT

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My wonderful, trustworthy, twelve year old maroon car that faithfully carried me for over 100,000 miles was totaled by a pickup truck.  It was a sad day!  I could turn on the radio, hit the windshield wipers, and turn on the lights without looking.  My coffee mug fit perfectly in the rack and I hadn’t changed the six CD’s in the console in over a year.

At the car dealership, we explained the make, model, year range, and price range of our desired “new” vehicle .  The salesman gently explained that it would be very rare to find one not only in Williston, but anywhere.  He was encouraging us to buy a new Pilot and we had to inform him we would not be comfortable driving anything that was the cost of our home twenty six years ago.  At that moment of impasse, he suddenly jumped up and said “Let me look into something”.  When he came back, he was all smiles!  A pilot matching our criteria had come in that morning.  We went out to test drive it and decided to make an offer.

On the second day of ownership of this blue beauty, we noticed part of the key fob was missing.  We retraced our steps, to no avail.  It didn’t keep anything from working, just kind of annoying and the battery could easily fall out.

Arriving at church the next day, one of our faithful ushers showed us he had found a piece of plastic and didn’t know what to do with it.  The lost was found.

Our family has been praying for six months for a job for our newest college graduate.  What a great reminder that God hasn’t abandoned us ( I will never leave you nor forsake you.   Joshua 1:5 b NIV) ; forgot about us (For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  ESV);  or brushed us off ( The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise.   II Peter 3:9 a ESV) .  He has a plan and in His timing, He will open the right doors. 

In the middle of our being concerned about our son  finding a job, our experience of finding this vehicle reminds us God is in control of every aspect of our lives.  He is faithful!

Amanda Bellefy Update

Greetings from Ecuador,

As I’m writing this, I’m outside watching the biggest and prettiest hummingbird I’ve ever seen fly in front of me.  The school year is coming to an end here at the Bible school.  The students are taking finals this week and they graduate on June 14th.  Next week I will be going with them to Cuenca as they will have a week of practicals before they graduate.  After they graduate, I will be moving to Cuenca for the summer and house sitting the Pillman’s house as they are in the states until August.  I was in charge for most of May as the administrator was in the states, and praise God nothing too major happened and I think it went well.  I taught her literature class and a class on the book of Ruth during that time, which really helped my Spanish.  I got a 6 month tourist visa, so I have until November to get my missionary visa.  I have all the papers that I need except one-the church’s registration papers.  The place that has the registration papers is currently without a manager, and so I am waiting for them to get a manager so that they can sign the paper.  It sounds like such a simple thing, but I have been waiting for this paper for 2 months already, so please pray for this.  Yesterday we had a fun adventure chasing our chickens-I have decided I never want chickens (unless I can watch the entertainment from a distance).  I have been working on a play based on the book of Hosea and the book Redeeming Love.  I just finished it and it will be performed by the students in August, I am told.  This summer I will be working in Cuenca, and Rachel (the administrator) and I are organizing a Kids’ Camp for the month of July.  I will be working on making the Bible lessons for the teachers this coming week.  Thank you for all of your support and prayers.

Prayer Requests:
1. For the students as they graduate, that they would continue to grow in their faith after leaving Bible school (Pocho, Kevin, Taty, Johanna, & Raquel)
2. For future students in the fall
3. For my missionary visa
4. For the summer Kids’ Camp

In Christ,
Amanda Bellefy

 

Wagner June Update

TRANSLATING THE BIBLE INTO THEMNE

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These are books of the Old Testament that have been drafted into Themne.* These particular ones have also made it through the next step of commenting by external reviewers, who focus especially on clarity and naturalness. To address accuracy, we will soon be hosting an experienced consultant from Ghana (later this month). He comes periodically to check the translation work and advise on progress. May our time be productive and give a boost of energy to the team!

*Themne is the mother-tongue of over 2 million people in Sierra Leone (30+%). Our family has been assigned as translation and Scripture engagement advisors among the the Themne. The translation project began nearly thirty years ago, and the current team is in the process of revising and checking a draft of the Old Testament.

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Thanks, Team!

Josh, Ruthie, Elijah, & Baby due in July
Missionaries with LBT to Sierra Leone
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Michigan District WMF Retreat

Held April 25-26, 2014

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The cold temps did not keep the Michigan women from coming to Lake Ellen Bible Camp near Crystal Falls, Michigan!  They were tucked into cozy rooms and comfy great areas to learn more of “Loving God’s Abundant Life” from John 10:10.

 

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Carol Mackey was the MC and had us giggling despite the recent loss of her mom.  Much reflection took place as we “examined ourselves”, allowed the Lord to do “heart surgery” on us, learned how to study the Bible on our own, shared how the Lord abundantly blesses us as we spend time with Him and learned how we can, in turn, share those blessings with others.

 

One of the participants wrote:
“Thanks so much for all you have shared with us here at Lake Ellen.  It was no accident that I came this weekend.  All you have shared from God’s word and what was on your heart has blessed me and was just what I needed to hear.  God is good!  I am so glad that you and your friends were willing to give of yourselves to encourage and bless me more than you know.  Your love for Jesus and a desire that others do too radiates from within you.  My life was so blessed in a mighty way today.  God bless you as you continue the work for the sake of the Kingdom.”

Another wrote:
“Thank you so much for coming all this way to spend today with us!  What a blessing to be among sisters in the Lord, and be encouraged and challenged.  We are in a rough season of life, and I often find my “tank” dry.  To be in God’s presence without the stressors, spending time drawing strength from His Word is absolutely essential, to be able to go back and face the battle head-on!  God IS good, and it will be HE that brings us through.  Thank you so much!”

And to that we say, “To God be the glory!”

If your ladies’ group desires for a National WMF Board Member or representative to encourage your women in the Word or would like to learn more about WMF, please contact:

Dawn Johnson
WMF Executive Secretary
2991 30TH Ave., Wilson, WI 54027
(715) 772-4454
ctk@wwt.net OR wmf.es@aflc.org

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Seeing the Redeemer Through the Rain

by Vicki Johnson

Have you ever wondered about those people? You know, the ones who seem to get the blessing all the while they’re complaining and grumbling? I was thinking about this as I was doing housework on a rainy day. The verse from Matthew 5:45 that says,  “…He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good, and sends rain on {the} righteous and {the} unrighteous.” Sun and rain, in their seasons are blessings. Some blessings, in various forms, are given to all simply because our good God has prescribed it. But sun and rain out of season can cause grief and pain. So, my thoughts, as they tend to do, wandered and paused on a book from the Old Testament: Job. If it EVER rained torrentially or scorched a person to the bone, it was Job.

Job was described as blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil and the greatest of all the men of the east. What a guy. He had numerous sheep, camels, oxen, and donkeys. A host of servants.  Ten children whom he loved and prayed for continually. And one wife.

This blameless man was chosen to prove that God was worthy to be worshipped, even if all earthly blessings were stripped away. So it began. One by one, all he possessed and loved were taken away, eventually, even his health. Except for his wife.

Mrs. Job has only one thing to say to her hubby and she muffed it. “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” This woman, the mother of his children, also benefitted from Job’s wealth and prestige as his wife. But she also suffered the loss of her children as well as the rest of their earthly riches. Sun and rain for both.

Integrity is easy to hold on to when life’s good. It’s the testing of integrity that determines how deeply it goes. Though Job struggles to understand why he is suffering at every turn, yet he clings to the one absolute truth that keeps him drawing breath, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God;” (Job 19:25-26) Job, because he is a righteous man, came to a point of humility saying, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6)

Job’s intense suffering comes to an end. God restores his fortune twice fold. He father’s 10 children: seven boys and three beautiful girls. He lives another 140 years, seeing his sons and grandsons. No mention of a new wife, so Mrs. Job partakes of the restored blessing also. But, where is her proclamation of faith and confession? Her life had its ups and downs; sunshine and rain. But how did she fare in her relationship with the Lord? Her terse comment to her boil-ridden husband is the last we ever hear of her. Truly a sad and faithless epitaph to have on one’s gravestone.

On the other hand, Job’s righteous testimony and tenacious trust in God has stood the test of time and served as a beacon of hope to countless generations.  He understood that the sunshine and rain would cease; his security is founded on neither.  No, Job’s true hope and joy was anchored in the Lord of Life, his Redeemer through the rain.

Done with Chemo party

Written by Esther Hylden

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
Romans 12:15

 

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Bethel Free Lutheran WMF, Grafton, North Dakota, hosted a “Done with Chemo Party” last Thursday for two dear ladies, Carol Hensrud and Maxine Larson.  In the early autumn days of 2013, both were diagnosed with cancer, and faced a long winter filled with chemotherapy.   Their church and WMF friends watched as their faces grew pale, their hair thinned and fatigue became the way that they started every day.  We sent cards, called with words of encouragement, offered rides…but felt helpless as we watched our dear friends struggle with yet another round of chemo.  How many weeks left, we would ask?  Eleven more weeks, nine more weeks…then finally one more week!   At last they were done, and we rejoiced!  However…we wanted them to know just how much we loved them, and how happy we were that their chemo was completed.  So, we decided to “shower them with love” at our May WMF meeting.  The Fellowship Room was decorated with flowers and balloons.   We brought cards and presents…and waited for them to walk through the door.  “Surprise!” we yelled as they entered.  “What is going on here,” they gasped as they looked around.  “We are having a Done with Chemo Party,” we told them.  The room was filled with laughter as they looked around in disbelief.  WMF opened that evening with a rousing chorus of, Count your Blessings, Name them one by One.  We looked at each other as we sang…and know that each was a blessing…and that friendship was a gift.  As we studied God’s Word that night…each verse…each comment…was precious.

Carol Hensrud shared Isaiah 43:2 with us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”     “Ladies,” she said, “notice that it says when you pass through the waters…not if.”  “We have all been through hard times, be it chemo, the loss of a loved one, a job, trouble at home…but God is here with us…even in the hard times.”  We nodded our heads in agreement …we had all been through hard times…and yes…God had been with us. We closed with this verse…a benediction…a prayer… “May the God of Hope full you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.”  Romans 15:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillman’s Thank You

 

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Dear friends of the WMF,
This month we had the blessing of a ministry team visiting from the AFLC Bible School.  They worked with the church youth to share Jesus with the children at the Bilingue elementary school.  Justo was involved as well and did a lot of translation.  Many children expressed a desire to know the Savior.  Thank you for your part in the Lord’s work here in Ecuador.  He is transforming lives!
In Him, Just, Tricia, and family