Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

May Jesus be remembered and glorified, not only tomorrow, but every day as we remember the One who is the greatest gift ever given.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Storm Watch Update

I am really glad we have that drain pump!  It pumps 1200 gallons per hour.  At around 2am this morning I put it out in the new lake we had in our backyard, and it ran for five hours straight before the water level was too low for the pump to keep working.  1200 gallons per hour, times five hours, equals 6000 gallons of water that thing pumped out of our yard!  :o

We are supposed to get the heavy rains today.  ;)

Storm Watch 2010

We have a new lake in our backyard, which I am currently pumping out with a submersible electric drain pump.

We also have a pretty decent leak in our roof apparently, which is currently dripping water through the ceiling in our master bathroom.  Praise God, though, it couldn't be in a better place because it is currently draining right into our sink.  ;)

Please pray that the rain would let up enough for the roofing guys to come out here to fix the roof leak.

Watching this rain coming down, I realized that I haven't seen it rain this much or this hard since the early 1990s when I was working at a wholesale nursery in Rainbow.  Back then, the plants potted plants from the nursery were literally floating across the road while I was trying to leave the nursery, and I had to stick my head out the side window of the car to see where I was going because the rain was falling so hard that the windshield wipers on their highest speed couldn't clear the water fast enough to allow me to see out the windshield.

It is times like this when I remember that God promised to never flood the whole earth again, and I realize just how blessed we really are.  :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

The latest

Things have been very busy lately as our Perspectives class is coming to an end.  Mindy and I had to write integrative projects for the class.  Mine was twelve pages and required quite a bit of reading and research, but it all paid off because I scored 100/100 points on it!  :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ready for the Spring

I got enrolled in all the classes I needed for the Spring.  Going to be really busy come January.  :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Linguistics Fun

Here is a little linguistics "puzzle" of sorts, in a language called Yaqui.  See if you can figure out which English clauses are which Yaqui clauses.  They are listed in random order (1 is not a).

1.  Inepo siika.                              a.  You helped me.
2.  Empo nee aniak.                      b.  You danced.
3.  Inepo apo'ik aniak.                   c.  I saw you.
4.  Inepo apo'ik vichak.                 d.  I saw him.
5.  Inepo enchi vichak.                  e.  I helped you.
6.  Inepo enchi aniak.                    f.  I helped him.
7.  Empo ye'ek.                             g.  He saw you.
8.  Aapo enchi vichak.                  h.  I left.

You don't need to know Yaqui to figure it out.  Computer programmers out there may find this to be pretty easy.  Leave a comment with your answers.  :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New options

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Uh-oh!

Don't worry, nothing is wrong.  :)

Try saying "uh-oh" a few times out loud, and then when the people around you look at you funny, let them know you are just doing a little language experiment.  If you pay attention to what is going on in your throat when you say, "uh-oh" you will notice that the air sort of catches in your throat between the "uh" and the "oh."  This is something called a glottal stop, and I'll bet you never even realized you were doing it!  It is something that we don't really pay conscious attention to, and isn't even written down in the English language, but it appears in several of our words.  We don't write it down because it doesn't change the meaning of our words, but it does in other languages where they can have two or more words that have different meanings but are identical in the way they sound except for the presence of glottal stops.

The more I am learning about language in my Linguistics studies, the more I realize just how complex language really is, and how much information a native speaker learns about their own language without even being conscious of it.  Fascinating stuff!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A few quotes

In our Perspectives class on missions, we are studying about the history of world missions, and a couple of quotes by past missionaries really struck me:

"If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China" — Hudson Taylor

"If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" — David Livingstone

Friday, October 8, 2010

Canada for the Summer

I've been accepted to the Canada Institute of Linguistics for their 2011 Summer Session!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Walking on water

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matt.14:27-29

For those that may not know, I recently left my job as a computer programmer. Why would someone leave a perfectly good job? Well, God has been putting it on my heart to be a Bible Translator for some time now, and it was finally time to stop talking about it and start doing it. I can't do it without training, so I am moving forward in getting a B.A. in Linguistics, and will be taking my first set of Linguistics courses starting in June at the Canada Institute of Linguistics.

Between now and June, I am continuing my study of Biblical Greek, reading through the textbooks for two of my upcoming Linguistics courses, and I am going to be taking a full set of courses in the spring toward my B.A. degree. Mindy and I are also currently taking a course in missions called Perspectives (http://www.perspectives.org/), which has been excellent.

Some of you might be wondering what it really means to be a Bible Translator: the basic gist is that you and your family go to live with another people group (such as in a village), to learn their language and culture. Once you are fluent enough, you begin the long process (anywhere from ten to twenty plus years) of translating the Bible into that language. Many times that requires creating a written form of their language, and then the people need to be taught to read their language.

You can ready more about the work of Bible Translation here:   http://www.wycliffe.org/

We had been planning to join Wycliffe soon, but it looks like that will be delayed, perhaps until I get my degree. So, how can a family of five afford to do this you might ask? Well, we can't, but we are walking in faith with our eyes fixed on Jesus. If God wants the work done, and we believe strongly that He does, then He will provide for us. If you are feeling led to help us financially, then there is a Donate button on the right side of the page where you can do that.

Another area where we really need your help is prayer.  Please pray for our family that God would continue to provide, protect, and guide us along His path for our lives.

Thank you!