“Did you hear about the Hancocks?” “Did I read this right?” “It’s got to be correct…I read it on Facebook. Well…yes…it is true. The Hancocks are relocating back up north.
What about Wycliffe Associates? Have they left the ministry? That is the best part….WA is allowing us to continue with the ministry but in a colder climate. Technology is really opening up doors for national translators to start Bible translation projects from anywhere around the world. Technology is also allowing people to serve outside of the office and still feel connected with the ministry. Mark will continue his role on ensuring that the proper technology is used and deployed to various parts of the world, making sure that MAST trips have the tech personnel to support the national translators, and we hope to connect the ministry of Wycliffe Associates with Faith Baptist Church and the other churches in the northeast.
So why are you coming back? or Are you crazy? Going back to the snow and leaving the sun and the palm trees? First of all…it does not hurt being closer to our grand children…but really we are not going back because of them. When we started this journey with WA the Lord opened every door to get here. Oh yes…during that process of waiting just so we could start…we learned a lot and trusted God more. Boy…it has been a wild ride since we arrived in Orlando with Wycliffe Associates. Like all wild rides, you get to a point that you think the ride is over but then you are surprised and upside down crying like a baby. I would not have missed this for the world. What a privilege it is to partner with you and serve national churches and translators as they are translating God’s word in their own heart language.
The ride is not over. We need you during this most critical time in Bible translation history. Becky and I are still depending on you to continue your partnership with prayers and with your financial support. Mark will still continue supporting MAST events and ensuring that national translators have the equipment they need to do their work. Becky will still be assisting the HR/Recruiting team to make sure that volunteers and staff are ready to travel to parts unknown. We hope to include you on this ride too. Not with our dazzling newsletter stories…but with helping configure tech and even going out and serving translators.
Earlier we celebrated our 9th year serving with Wycliffe Associates here in Orlando Florida. When I say we…I mean we all have celebrated 9 years with Wycliffe Associates. It has always been us on this journey. Now it is time to take that next step and see where God takes us.
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support!
Mark and Becky
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:14-20
Mark and Becky, what a joy to hear of your journey with God and WA. It was such a blessing to work with you both and Darla and I look forward to watching the doors God will continue to open for you. Peace to you both!
The Hancocks were the first neighbor’s that I met by name. Mark & Becky, we will miss you! Enjoy the journey and safe travels.
And yes God knows your next steps. When we went to the mission field we thought we’d be there until He came again, but he re-routed us to England for a brief time to accomplish things we didn’t see coming like the removal of a brain tumor. Then back home to California six months later. All the way guiding and providing. He will do it for you too as you are obedient to His calling.