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It’s been a great nine years in Orlando. Here are some of the highlights from our time here.

Nine years in picturesAidan breaks his femur and wears a cast for seven loooonnnnng weeks – Jun 2002

< Aidan originally wanted pink. “I’m sorry, honey. They’re all out of pink,” Mom said with a straight face.

Roy begins work in Orlando as graphic design facilitator – Aug 2002

Becky begins work in Orlando as a market researcher – Aug 2002

Niece Hannah visits us during her 7 weeks of life – Dec 2002

< Baby Hannah spent a significant amount of her short life as our first visitor in Orlando

Roy designs booth for Urbana03 – Dec 2003

< Another over-the-top booth for the Urbana student mission conference: a traverse climbing wall

Our most commented-on newsletter article, The Great Armadillo War – Mar 2004

Three hurricanes hit Orlando in five weeks, and Roy bails 40 gallons of water out of our living room… twice – Aug/Sep 2004

Roy leaves graphic design and does a three-month internship for a senior vice president – Nov 2004

Roy takes position as director of recruitment resources – Mar 2005

Roy and Becky take a tenth anniversary, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel – Apr 2005

< The Jordan River in dry season is a far cry from flood stage, when the nation of Israel walked through it

Roy and Becky’s 10th wedding anniversary – Aug 2005

Kaitlyn is born – Nov 2005

< The beginning of a color shift in our laundry

Aidan’s appendix ruptures on New Years Day, and he spends 16 days in two children’s hospitals fighting infection – Jan 2006

< If you ask Aidan, Atlanta Children’s Hospital had the better play area, but Arnold Palmer had the better video selection

Roy leads Wycliffe team at Urbana06 in St. Louis – Dec 2006

< After participating on the planning teams for two prior conferences, Roy’s team took on the first Urbana that wasn’t at Urbana, Illinois

Roy becomes an elder at CrossPointe Church Orlando – Feb 2007

The family takes a road trip to Pennsylvania and Washington – Mar 2007

< Aidan and Cotter demonstrate Lincoln’s brotherhood ideal

Roy becomes director of specialty recruitment – Apr 2007

Roy and Becky celebrate ten Years in Wycliffe – Aug 2007

Roy starts The Threshing Floor community for young leaders – 2007

On the way home from Thanksgiving, a garbage truck blows a tire and we somehow escape with minor scrapes – Nov 2007

< After our brush with death, Aidan pointed out the truck’s bumper sticker, “How am I driving?”

Becky takes over as Children’s Ministry Director at CrossPointe – Dec 2007

< The ministry eventually grows to 160 kids and 85 volunteers

Roy asks Karen Snyder to move to Orlando to start an internship program – Apr 2008

< Karen (on the right) eventually moves in with our family and became the big sister Kaitlyn always wanted. Later she initiates Crepe Day on Saturday mornings.

Becky starts homeschooling the kids – Aug 2008

< Three years later, Kaitlyn has her technique perfected: she picks a new location for school each morning. This one is on top of Becky’s desk.

The recruitment team Roy leads brings in 56 members in one year – 2007-08

Becky begins teaching coupon workshops, and her disciples begin annoying cashiers all over southeast Orlando – 2009

Roy takes new role as director of leadership development – Apr 2009

Roy serves as chair of the Board nominating committee for Wycliffe USA – 2009-10

Roy spends a week in Peru and another in Panama – 2010

< Roy enjoys a laugh with Jorge, a Bolivian who is a huge fan of Vision 2025. He wears his passion on his sleeve – in the form of iron-on decals.

CrossPointe moves from the YMCA to its own location – Sep 2010

< Becky and Roy go crazy painting murals to illustrate the God is Bigger theme

Roy gets a life-changing phone call from the Wycliffe Canada search committee – Nov 2010

Our family walks outside to see the last space shuttle launch – Jul 2011

< We were hoping to see something like this shot, taken in 2006. Instead, all we see is clouds. But what a unique opportunity we had over the last nine years to watch the workhorse of the space program from our house.

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It’s been ten years since Wycliffe adopted Vision 2025, committing ourselves to see Bible translation started in this generation for every language still needing it. So how are we doing? Wrong question. It’s a lot more messy than “we,” as Bible translation movements have popped up all over the world. What we do know is this:

  • New Bible translation project starts last year, by far the largest ever recorded: 109! That’s one translation started every three days!
  • The largest number of language communities in history with at least one book of the Bible: 2,479.

Praise God! This is the greatest acceleration of Bible translation in history. Our president Bob Creson likes to say that we are the first generation who could see the last Bible translation started.

So, what’s the remaining task? About 2,250 language communities – a population about the size of the United States – still have no access to Scripture in their heart language. With 16 years to go, we’re still not at the pace we need to be, but God is moving!

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