One Young Couple Shares Their Story
Last month twenty-nine people were at Wycliffe USA headquarters in Orlando for our two-week Equip program. Here, new Wycliffe personnel learned how to build a team of prayer and financial partners as they prepare for their job assignment with Wycliffe. Here’s a fun story told by one new Wycliffe couple about how God brought them to this point in their lives:
Brian: We’re Brian and Marie, and our journey at Wycliffe began in the way we met—which for me was partly a bet.
photo by Jon Shuler
Marie: And for me it came from being in graduate school in tiny small-town South Dakota, in an English department where there are no men. [Chuckle] I was with one of my friends one day, and we decided to join a dating service.
B: And I had a friend who had joined these online dating services, and I always made fun of him. I made him this bet that if I hadn’t been on a date in a year and a half or so after college, I’ll join.
And so I ended up joining.
M: One of the things that’s interesting about this online dating site is that you get to rate what’s really important to you. And one of the things I rated as an eight or higher—so very important to me—was Vision 2025.
(Vision 2025 is Wycliffe’s commitment to see a Bible translation program in process in every language still needing one by the year 2025.)
B: I saw that and said, “Hey, here’s a girl who’s interested in missions. She’s a slam dunk.”
M: So, long story short, we wound up getting married. He was working as an engineer, and I worked as an English teacher.
B: We’d kind of put the whole missions thing on the back burner, so we decided, “Ok, we like our jobs, but this isn’t what we wanted to do long term.” So we went to a one-day Explore Wycliffe event, and it was after that that I was really sold on the vision of Wycliffe.
M: We were really excited, but he was worried that as an engineer it wouldn’t be a good fit for him. So we decided to go to Dallas and attend a TOTAL It Up! course, which is a one-week introduction to translation and linguistics. It was crazy—every man we sat down with that week said, “I was an engineer, too,” and so we said, “Ok God, we’re hearing your voice. We want to follow you in this.”
B: At the same time we had student loan debt, and we felt like we needed to take another step of faith and try to do this as quickly as we could and make other changes necessary. So we moved across town to the dumpiest and cheapest apartment we could find.
M: It was truly terrible, and it was an especially hot summer.
B: We cut out shopping and we started couponing on food, and even dumpster dived in the recycling bin to get coupons.
M: With the grocery store’s permission.
B: Yeah, that’s key.
M: We paid off more debt in those seven months than we earned! I don’t know what happened, but it was clear that God was on our side, so we’ve been calling it “God math.”
B: So then we applied for Wycliffe and started the process of choosing where we wanted to go.
M: Places started e-mailing us, saying, “We need translators.” It felt like going to the orphanage, and there are hundreds of children who need a home, and you can only choose one. And that was a really painful thing, but at the same time we really felt like God was leading us to Asia.
B: We chose Asia partly because of the number of people there without the Bible and also because we had connections to it previously in our life and we really had a heart for it already.
M: And so, last summer we quit our jobs and moved to Dallas to attend GIAL. We did the certificate last fall in linguistics. And now we’re headed to work on partnership development. We hope to be in Asia learning the trade language by June!
Brian and Marie have just started building their partnership team. You can help send them to Asia through a one-time donation or by joining their team. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
God uses many ways to lead us to the places He has for our lives. If you are interesting in checking out Wycliffe, visit us at www.wycliffe.org
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