Clemen.Timez 27 June 2018

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

Hello from the beautiful country of PNG!
We are on school break right now, but there are still plenty of activities for each of us to be involved with. Molly is able to renew friendships with some of our national friends and see the additions to their families. She is also getting curriculum ready for the upcoming semester. I have been directing a group of students in remodeling a school room for the Student Representative Council and the new student store. I also have been getting the wood shop ready for classes. Emily has been playing community sports, helping with various school projects, and is already busy in her role as senior class representative.

It is great to be involved with Ukarumpa International School once again and also seeing the work of Bible translation first hand. Already, since we have returned, there have been two new Bible dedications. Thank you to our partners, friends, and family who have helped make this work possible. Our return and service here in PNG is an encouragement to many, especially as we say goodbye to colleagues who are returning to their home countries. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

In the midst of it all, God is sovereign and faithful!

Prayer needs:

  • That the communities receiving their new Bibles will embrace reading and learning about Jesus.
  • That we will be messengers of God’s love and faithfulness to all we come in contact with.
  • For monies to cover the medical expenses we had just before leaving the States, bills continue to come in.
  • For our kids Sean, Mikayla, Zach, and Leanne who are holding down the fort back home.
  • Preparations for the new school year to go smoothly as we are starting back on July 18.

Robert and Molly

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

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Clemen.Timez 29 May 2018

 

 

God is good – all the time! That is so true in our lives and even more so recently. As Molly drove me home from the hospital just two weeks ago we were both shell shocked and speechless. God took what many viewed as terrible and turned it into something that has solidified our faith in His sovereignty and love for us.  We both feel as though we have a new lease on life. The question we are seeking to answer is, ‘how are we going to live it’?

Many people have been asking about our health. The photos above are during my heart catheterization, the before and after the stent was placed in my left anterior descending artery that feeds the left side of my heart. I am back to running (just a blur as I pass by our house) on the rocky roads of Ukarumpa and feeling good except for the thinner air at 5000 ft!

Molly’s blood pressure has been near normal for the past several weeks and she is doing a lot of walking around our centre.

In His loving hands,

Robert

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

Clemen.Timez 25 May 2018

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

After a whirlwind of activity over the past two weeks, we have spent the past week with even less sleep. Between six airports and five airplanes we traveled for 74 hours. The goodbyes to family and friends in America and wonderful greetings from friends in Australia and Papua New Guinea has been emotional.

We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision.

Praising God for a safe trip to Ukarumpa.

 

Please pray for us:

  • that we would settled in quickly to life in PNG.
  • that we will continue to have peace in the midst of all the change.
  • that He would cover the unexpected medical expenses before we left the US. (We are thankful that some has already come in.)

In His loving hands,

Robert and Molly

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

Clemen.Timez 17 March 2018

17 March 2018

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

A good friend reminded us a couple days ago – “God is good, all the time!” We have experienced His goodness toward us even when things around us have not felt good. Last week we received an email letting us know that the remainder of our expenses needed to return to Papua New Guinea were covered!  A blessing for sure, but more than that – it was an answer to the very specific prayers of our family. The waiting was hard, but the blessings far outweigh the waiting!  Now we need a bit more monthly support – only $250.

Easter is coming soon and we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for all peoples.  The Bible tells us of His life and love for us, yet almost 115 million people can’t read the Word in their own language. Above are the latest statistics on Bible translation. At this point in history there are about 7,100 living languages in the world, God is moving across the globe in an ever-increasing intensity and speed. Rejoice with us as many organizations and partners are coming together to bring the transforming Word of God to the Bibleless people of the world so they too can read about Jesus and His love.

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Please join us in celebrating with the language communities around the world that now have access to the Living Word of God. A special thank you for your part in helping make our work and greater work of Wycliffe possible. We are grateful for your partnership over the years.

Pressing on expectantly,

Robert for the Clementz family

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

Clemen.Timez 3 February 2018

3 February 2018

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

We continue to move forward with plans of returning to Papua New Guinea in May of this year. The picture above represents our projected flight path to PNG. The location of the aircraft indicates our financial status to date. We are just over two-thirds of the way to our goal. As we wait patiently for His provision and direction, we continue to press on with the responsibilities He has given us here in Michigan.

I am working diligently with my team to complete the educational videos for Paratext 8 training. We have 65 videos to this point and may have as many as 10 more in English. Then we will move forward with translating them into several other primary languages. Molly is teaching at NorthPointe Christian School. Her primary work is with students who need academic accommodations. The teachers and parents love having her provide the needed support for these students.

Our children are pressing on with school this semester.  Sean has a full load at Cornerstone with several classes in his major. Mikayla has just started back at Taylor after spending two-weeks with her J-term class in Greece! And Emily seems to always be at school, with classes, basketball, tutoring, National Honors Society and even leading a worship team each Thursday mornings.

God cares about the work of Bible translation around the world and desires excellence in the work that we do. Wycliffe was recently honored with the GuideStar Platinum Seal. GuideStar is one of the largest independent evaluators of nonprofits in the US. This recognition means that Wycliffe has been diligent in measuring progress, has improved their impact, and continues to look for ways to be more effective. You can read the whole story at Excellence in the Great Commission.

Please pray with us as this time of waiting is never easy, but we know God is with us and for us.

Robert for the Clementz family

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

Clemen.Timez 19 December 2017

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

19 December 2017

2017 comes to a close soon, we reflect on the birth of Jesus and the amazing things He has done in us. The manger set up in our living room reminds us throughout this season that the hardship experienced by Jesus’ parents was a precursor to His birth. The words that come to mind are: ‘wonderful’, ‘peace’, and ‘joy’. Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, and Joy of our heart.

As we prayed through the months of October and November, we asked fervently that God would clearly show us His desire for our plans. We know that many others were lifting our requests to the Lord as well. God answers prayers. A good friend and pastor has said, “Sometimes the answer is yes, while other times it is no, and many times the answer is wait for My time.” Through several gifts from wonderful people we reached just over half of the funds needed to go to Papua New Guinea in January. In discussions with our Wycliffe leadership and others they suggested that we consider waiting until the end of the school year. Emily had her heart set on going in January to complete her junior year and the rest of her high school career, but we know that God’s timing is perfect. Though difficult, we count it joy and truly believe that God has the best plan for each of His children. We have a sense of peace that maybe there is something we need to be here for, either for our growth or blessing or for someone else.

Our family continues serving His people wherever He directs. It has been our honor to work with Wycliffe for the past 28 years. Any year-end gifts will go toward fulfilling our needs to return to PNG in May. Please consider investing with us in His work for the Bibleless peoples.

Wycliffe is an organization with a rich history of serving minority peoples needing His word for the past 75 years. To celebrate this milestone, Wycliffe put together a short inspiration video featuring words by its founder, Cameron Townsend, from 1981. Click here or the emblem to watch the video.

Celebrating His birth,

Robert and Molly for the Clementz family

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862

 

Clemen.Timez 19 October 2017

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

Over the last seven years we have been blessed to have our whole family together in Michigan. However, the inevitable is starting to take our family in different directions. This fall we have been spread thin with putting Sean and Mikayla in college, Emily at NorthPointe Christian, Molly working as a para pro, and me supporting my team of developers for Paratext.

During the past few months, in the midst of life’s busyness, God has been speaking to our hearts about returning to Papua New Guinea. We have been told that there are many critical needs at Ukarumpa International School where we worked in the past. Also, Emily has felt the Lord’s leading to finish her high school education in PNG. This new shift in direction has brought much prayer and many family meetings. We’ve sought wise council from our pastor, supporting churches, and many partners. The necessary paperwork to obtain visas has been completed. If the Lord continues to lead in this direction our departure would be at the beginning of the new year.

As always it is an honor and a privilege to work on the frontline of Bible translation, however this opportunity does not come without sacrifice. Emily is excelling in her junior year, headed to state golf finals, and making many new friends at school. Sean and Mikayla are well into their first year of college. With this, Molly and I are dealing with the emotions of leaving Sean and Mikayla in the States to fend for themselves. Please pray for us as we continue to listen and follow God’s leading.

God has always provided beyond what we could ever think or imagine. We also believe that if He is leading us in a new direction He will put all things in place. Our last big hurdle is raising the funds to move back to PNG. We would need about $10,000 for launch expenses. These include travel funds, visas, and supplies. If you would like to give specifically toward our launch expenses please go to the following webpage – https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/clementz and select Launch Expense Account in the dropdown as shown below.Alternatively, you can send a check to Wycliffe at the address below with a separate note designated toward Robert & Molly Clementz LEA# 71-231782.

Trusting in His direction,

Robert

Wycliffe Bible Translators * PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL  32862