One Week of Applications

As I (David) work with the YouVersion Bible app, the team I work with is constantly looking at the quality of support that we provide to our users. Our team recently changed our goal of responding from 24 hours to 6 hours. This means that users who are having an issue with the app or are unable to figure something out get a response from a real live person within 6 hours no matter what time zone or region of the world they are in!

I think this is amazing for a FREE APP, I’d be happy to get this kind of support for services that I pay for!

This requires additional volunteers, and not just volunteers in the United States but all around the world. One of my jobs is to review the applications and see if the volunteer might be a good fit for our team. This week there were 44 applications to join the English Android Support team, normally I only get 2 to 3 a month.  Currently we only have 26 volunteers on the Android English team so this would be a huge increase if all of these applicants joined are team.

Not all of them are able to join our team, but I was reminded of why I do this when I read a few of their responses to the following question.

Tell us why you want to join the team.:

I believe I can contribute to the growth of the team which has been a blessing to me ever since I started using it and with my background education in computer science.

I enjoy being involved in the community, helping others in any way possible.

I love helping people with the word of God I have a passion for it.

Never join a support team before. I always think I probably can do better and can be the one on the other side of the conversation in a help and support situation. (English was not his primary language, his mother tongue was Chinese)

Help those seeking God’s word.

Help people understand the Bible more and, answer all their questions.

Nothing beats service in God’s kingdom to God’s people. To be great in God’s kingdom I have to be a servant to all

I’m joining this team because, I want to know more about God.

I am passionate about joining a team of individual who have the same vision for spreading God words.. .

I would love to join the team at YouVersion because I have a passion for spreading God’s Word and making it accessible for all people. I love connecting with people and I think that volunteering with YouVersion will be a great way to reach out to those in need. I have an extensive range of IT skills, which I have been eager to use! Helping on the tech support team would be a great way to find my calling.

I have dedicated my life to bring souls closer the word of God Almighty. I am drawn to every opportunity push the gospel. I am ready to support in every way possible, To push past my capabilities to make valuable contributions that influence growth.

I’ve had a lot of success using this app, and it has helped in my personal work with God. I’d like to help others in any small way I can to achieve same.

I love helping people with technical problems.

To direct attention of indigenous users to their heart languages.

When I read that last one I thought of “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9

Will they first read this verse on their mobile phone? I don’t know, but if they do I want to make sure they have the assistance they need to access it.

God’s Word is currently available in 1,115 language on the YouVersion Bible app and we had volunteers apply to help on the English Android team last week from the following locations around the world.

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What If?

I think at some time in our lives we ask ourselves what if questions.  What if I would have gone down that road instead of this one?  What would my life have been like if I were born in a different country?  What if, what if, what if?  The list could go on and on.

Recently some of the new members, whom I serve by helping prepare them for leaving the USA to go to different places around the world, shared a story they heard first hand while at one of their training courses by a man named Nard.  I challenge you to watch his brief and incredible story by clicking on the link.  https://vimeo.com/128186766

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The Great Eclipse, Charlie Brown

If you live or tune into news in North America, you have probably been bombarded with the Great American Eclipse news for several weeks now.  Today was the day…August 21, 2017.

I will admit, I didn’t get as excited as many others, but did want to see it.  I was grateful to a friend at church who shared the special viewing glasses with us.  (I’m not a selfie taker, so I stink at selfies and on another note – the pool belongs to our neighbor)

I had other things to do beside just watching the eclipse – a medical appointment, running a few errands and work.  While I was out and about it was raining and raining with clouds completely covering the skies, so I was thinking that the hype was going to be all for nothing if one can’t view the eclipse.  In our area, the clouds parted about a hour before the eclipse would pass, making it possible to view the 99% coverage that we were going to be experiencing in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Below are pictures of the eclipse as it passes by.  FYI – I put the glasses lens over the camera lens to try and capture the eclipse.

This picture I took of the neighbors because of the sky.  This is what the sky looked liked during the coverage phase – clouds that weren’t visible during the sunlight became visible and shades of pink like sunset colors were visible.

The sun’s back out and the clouds have disappeared that were visible during the “dark” portion – we didn’t have dark as in nighttime.

Fluffy wanted in on the eclipse action.

 

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Cameroon Near and Far

The last blog shared how we originally thought we would be in Cameroon for a long time, but things changed.  It was hard to leave because it felt like we weren’t following through and that a door was being closed, but a new door was opened – the internet.

My role as a Launch Coordinator has also been so encouraging about keeping Cameroon in our lives.  Instead of physically being in Cameroon, helping to orient new colleagues arriving to the country; I get to help prepare them on this end to go to, live and serve in Cameroon.  Since October, I’ve had the privilege to “launch” two single women and two families to Cameroon!

It’s so incredible that we get to continue to serve “in” Cameroon from Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

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Change of Plans

When our family left for Cameroon in 2009, we thought that would be our new permanent home.  David and I truly thought we would be Cameroon at least until the boys were ready for college.  When our health declined and the Lord made it clear it was time to leave Cameroon in 2015, we had mixed feelings.  Leaving Cameroon meant we weren’t going to be following through on what we thought would be our long term home and ministry.  We were happy to be reunited with family and friends in the US, but sad about leaving Cameroon.  We also questioned ourselves time and time again, especially while struggling throughout 2015 and 2016.

David started volunteering with the YouVersion Bible App immediately upon our arrival back to the US in 2015.  He began sharing some of the help tickets that he would receive with me.  We were amazed how many help tickets were coming from former colleagues in Cameroon and Cameroonians.  He not only could answer the help tickets that were in French or English, but he could also have that bond of continuing to serve Cameroon.

On Friday, David was answering help tickets and he received this ticket.  We are continually encouraged and amazed how God uses us no matter where we are planted and that the door to Cameroon wasn’t closed, it was just changed from actually physically being there to opening the door via the world wide web.

“Greetings  to u in the name of jesus . I will  be grateful  if I can have  a free bible. For now I don’t  have  one. I am in Africa .  Cameroon .  Douane . Bonaber. Thanks for understanding . “

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Joyeux Anniversaire

How is it possible that he’s 14!

Below are some fun facts about this incredible boy/young man.

  1. He’s lived on three continents.
  2. He can understand fluently in two languages, but will only speak in one.
  3. He’s shy and can stay very quiet, but then can burst out of his quiet bubble and be quite talkative.
  4. He has a photographic memory, especially with maps.
  5. He loves maps and geography and can’t understand why others don’t know where countries are all around the world and their capitals.
  6. At the age of six, he memorized the RER and Metro lines map while we lived just outside of Paris.
  7. He can share something profound one minute and the next minute call his brother a poop face.
  8. He loves to work and sees school as work, he gets upset when he doesn’t get a 100%.
  9. He’s now taller than his Mom and has bigger feet than his Dad.
  10. Condiments are his kryptonite.
  11. He could care less if his clothes match or his hair is combed.
  12. If it isn’t an elastic waistband, he’s not wearing it.
  13. He doesn’t understand why he needs to clip is fingernails and toenails.
  14. He’s a sweet, gentle young man with a soft heart who we love to the Moon and Back!

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Four Decades

Well, I’m officially 40 years old!  To some of you it’s a surprise that I’m only 40, with my skunk hair and all.

I had this big idea that I would come up with 40 tidbits (words of wisdom) for this blog, but that fizzled out.

I had a great day turning 40 in the Rocky Mountains, the only other setting that I could think of that would be equally beautiful would be the beach.  I feel like the mountains were a great place since I’m at the top of the mountain “hill”, maybe I’ll go to the beach for my 50th when I’m “over the hill”.

David and I don’t exchange gifts on birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc….  We give one another a card, but that’s it.  I was surprised that he ordered cupcakes in advance from a local grocery store in Estes Park.  He purchased decorations, spoke to those in charge of the family camp, etc… to make it a special day for me.  He even purchased me a sash to wear that he insisted I wear all around the camp.  Thank you honey for making it special!

We were on vacation with our church for family camp at the YMCA in Estes Park, CO next to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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