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

 

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Clemen.Timez 03 September 2017

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

In this update we would like to share Sean’s health journey and upcoming needs for college.

Sean was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the age of seven. However, it wasn’t until Grade 8 that we realized its severity.  Even though he was on a gluten free diet his body was not growing.  In 2009, we left our overseas assignment to seek medical attention for his health needs. After moving to Michigan to work in recruitment for Wycliffe, we began our journey of finding those who could help Sean.  His high school years were difficult. At the age of 18 his bone age was only 13. Because of his size he had to drop out of the sports he loved, basketball and soccer. Fortunately, Sean is a go-getter and found an outlet for his athletic drive.  He is now passionate about parkour, free running, and Ninja Warrior training.

It has taken six years, several doctors, an incredible naturopath, amazing dentist, and other dental specialists to get Sean where he is today. We are beyond grateful for these professionals and all of you who have given emotional support to him and us. Without you, waiting for him to grow would have been unbearable.

Sean is now 23. Healthy, focused, and ready to tackle life. His love for the Lord and spiritual strength is beyond his years. We often prayed for smooth roads, but the trials of life has given all of us strength and a deeper walk with God.

This fall Sean is transferring from Grand Rapids Community College to Cornerstone University. He will be studying Exercise Science and Nutrition, with a minor in business.  His career goals are to train others in nutrition, exercise, and parkour.  He also hopes to own his own gym someday.

Sean has received some financial assistance through grants, academic scholarships and a scholarship for cross-cultural experience. He has also been working hard this summer to save money. However, he is still $8000 short of fulfilling his financial obligations at Cornerstone. We have been encouraged by several partners to make his need known. To that end, we are asking you to consider helping Sean. If you would like to donate to Sean’s financial needs please contact us. At that time we will inform you how this can be done.

Pressing on for His glory,

 

Robert and Molly

 

Clemen.Timez 3 December 2016

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

thanksgiving-gangThis November brought many blessings to the Clementz family. We received an extra special gift for Thanksgiving – 13 missionary kids (MK) and international students warmed our home as we shared food, games and laughter! It was a great time to share stories of Papua New Guinea and other places around the world.  Such a joy for Molly and I as we were able to see what God is doing in their lives. Sean, Mikayla and Emily spent as much time as they could over the long holiday weekend with these true friends. It was sad for it to come to an end. One thing we know however, with MK’s it is never goodbye; it’s, ‘See you soon!’.

My new job in developing teaching materials and training translators in the newest version of ParaTExt is to begin January 2017. I am excited to get back into a teaching/training mode again. In order for me to begin my job we need to be at full support. This leads to another huge blessing in our lives, we only have $800/mo to reach this goal. God is good and touching the hearts of many people to come behind us with monthly gifts and/or one-time gifts.

Please pray with us for the following points:

  • Additional monthly partners and personal advocates for us to finalize the last $800/mo.  wycliffe.org/partner/clementz
  • Any year-end gifts would help us meet this coming year’s expenses.
  • Sean and Mikayla as they both look to God for direction concerning college for next year.
  • A replacement for our little car – it does not do well in our winter weather.  We’d like to get a 4WD truck.

Our desire is for more people see the value of God’s Word in all languages.  1700 people groups are still waiting for the Word in their heart language.  He wants everyone to have the opportunity for God to speak in a way that is meaningful to their lives today and for the future.

Please let us know what is happening in your life.  We’d love to pray for you.

Blessings always,

Robert

Clemen.Timez 1 November 2016

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

Over the past four months we have been at a crossroads of uncertainty and decisions. In June, we were informed that the recruitment event, Race to 2025, was being cancelled. Robert had been developing and running this program for over four years. Many factors brought Wycliffe administration to make this decision. For Robert, as a director of the program, it brought about new challenges. He must decide, should he continue in recruitment or look for another assignment that would more closely fit his skills and gifting.

Since June we have been praying, seeking wise counsel, and investigating other assignment options. Also, because we must be at 100% support before starting another assignment, we have been actively seeking more people who would join our ministry team. It has been a long four months, but we are happy to announce that we have accepted a new assignment.

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Robert’s new job will be part of a team developing teaching materials and also training translators in the newest version of ParaTExt. Version 8 is in beta and the stable version is to be release in January 2017. Currently there are about 10,000 users of this software worldwide. Many of the translators are nationals in various countries. He is excited to get back into a teaching/training mode again. Once we get to full support, he can begin this new assignment.

mikayla-emily-hc2On the home front, there is never a dull moment in the Clementz family. With three children still at home, people are coming and going continually. Sean is healthier than he has ever been. He is involved with college classes, work, and training for Ninja Warriors.  Mikayla is busy with high school, a college class, working, and leading as the Student Body President.  Emily is serious about school and works diligently at whatever is put before her. She just completed a great season of varsity golf, the girls made it all the way to State Finals! She is also very persistent on driving so she can get her license as soon as possible.

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First place team at a tournament earlier in the season.

Please pray with us for the following points:

  • For more monthly partners and personal advocates for us as we continue our work with Wycliffe here in the States. wycliffe.org/partner/clementz
  • Prayers of thanksgiving for more new partners in the past weeks and some partners who increased their monthly gifts.

As our family continues to serve the Bibleless, we desire for more people see the value of God’s Word in all languages. Did you know that 1700 people groups are still waiting for the Word in their heart language? It is still the conviction of our hearts that His Word belongs in the hands of all people groups.

Please drop us a note.  We’d love to pray for you.

Thanking the Lord every day,

Molly

Clemen.Timez 14 April 2016

 

Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,

Thanks for praying for oTN 2016 group2ur recent Race to 2025 events.  Once again I had the privilege and pleasure to direct the Tennessee race.  We had the largest number of participants yet!  The energy and passion of the group was contagious.  The participants ranged in age from 14 to 45.  Also, six people returned from previous races and brought new members for their respective teams.  A new challenge this year was log cutting with a two-person hand chainsaw. log cutting2

One of the best parts of the weekend is to hear the life stories from our participants and their comments about this event.  One participant wrote in her evaluation: “The race was a beautiful combination of enthusiasm in terms of adventure and thrill, woven together with the urgency of the Gospel.  I think more people need to know how exciting it is to carry the Gospel and serve Jesus!”  Check out some of the photos and posts on the Race to 2025USA Facebook page.

As our family presses forward, we desire to see more people of all ages grasp the value of God’s Word in all languages.  Did you know that 180 million people are still waiting for the Word in their heart language?

Please continue to pray for us on the following points:

  • For more monthly partners, increased giving by those who are able, and personal advocates for us as we continue our work with Wycliffe here in the States. https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/clementz
    • We are thankful for the increase this past month from current and new partners.
  • Planning for the new Race to 2025 event in Wisconsin this fall.
  • For a newer car that fits our family’s needs.

Please send us a note to let us know how best we can pray for you.

Robert

Update: Ukarumpa – USA

Dear Friends, Family, and Partners,

leavingLeaving Papua New Guinea and returning stateside has been bitter-sweet.  The morning we left brought many tears.  So much so, it was difficult to get on the plane.  We were all very sad to say good-bye to friends and colleagues, knowing it may be a long time before we see them again.

The sweet side was the excitement and anticipation of being reunited with family, friends, and wonderful supporters. When we left I remember saying, “Seven months is not a long time, we usually go for three years!”  Well, I have to say that it is a long time when you leave behind a home, loved ones, and lots of work.

We are just beginning our third week back and the roller-coaster of emotions continues.  Daily, we are reminded that reverse culture shock and transition are real.  However, many little joys and lots of special people have helped us through the adjustments.  We are learning to treasure each day.

Our hearts are full and our stories are many.  We look forward to the opportunities of sharing our passion and vision.  As a family, we are excited to see where God takes us next.  You never know…it just might be back to PNG.  A deep heart-felt thank you to all who encouraged, prayed, and financially supported us during this time.

Sincerely grateful,

Molly
“Thank you God for this day of life, it is a precious unrepeatable gift.”  Sarah Young

Clemen.Timez 6 June 2015

Dear Partners, Friends, and Family,

Trip LuggageWe leave for PNG on Monday!  It has been a long process to get to this point.  Bags are packed and passports with visas are in our hands.  We are thankful to all who have given toward our extra costs for airline tickets and needed items as we head back to Papua New Guinea.  Many of you have offered to keep us in your prayers.  Prayer is an extremely important aspect of this ministry.  Pray especially for the six college ladies who will spend time living in villages and facing a different culture.  Also for our girls as they transition to a lifestyle that will seem new to them.  We are confident that all the ladies will do great.  God is good!

Please pray for the following details:

  • safe flights for us and our team – Los Angeles to Brisbane to Port Moresby (June 8 to June 10), then to Wewak on June 11.
  • a positive training session in Wewak for the first 12 days.
  • the final $650 of monthly support.
  • for our boys and Leanne as they care for our house and navigate on their own.

Pressing forward by His hand and your care,

Robert and Molly for the Clementz family