Page 10A THE BEACON December 2019 A True Gift That Impacted the World Editor’s Note- I first met Karis Troyer and her father quite by divine intervention. Their story embraces all that is our community- a smalltown person having a vision and tenacity that has literally impacted the world. I would like to thank Karis and her father for sharing this incredible, lifelong journey with us. We Need Listings! HVL: Nice 3 bed tri level home on beautiful dbl lot, newer kitchen, and updated bath. $134,900 BRIGHT: 1400 sq ft ranch on 5 acres, 2 bath, 1 car garage plus outbuilding, 2 WBFP, front and rear covered porches. $124,900 By Karis Troyer, Brookville In the 1970s, when hedonism and free love were at their peak, one girl attending college in Indiana had a different idea of what her life was going to be. Patti married Mark, and that’s where their story begins- a young couple with dreams of changing their world in a big way. After their graduation, marriage, and training, they headed for a remote Peruvian village on the other side of the Andes Mountains where no one spoke English or had even seen a white man. They left knowing two words in the native language and with the goal of learning it well enough over years and years of translating the Christian Bible into a brand new language- a Quechua dialect. Before this trip, I had no idea that Bible translation took decades and that a huge team of people was involved- with Mark and Patti being one cog in the translating machine. Upon their arrival, they immediately learned a local legend of a “Pishtaco”- a very tall, pale boogeyman. If you have ever seen Mark, he is very, very tall and very, very white! The only reason that the locals weren’t more terrified of him was that he came with his wife and small child, and no one had ever heard of a Pishtaco with a family! After settling in, Patti told me a little bit about those first days and weeks. 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She told Mark that they were way off track, but after working it out with the Quechua speakers via hand motions and gesturesthe word was finally assigned the English descriptive meaning- “Big!” I had met Patti and Mark a few times in my childhood- the reason for my brief meshing with their story at the completion of their dream started before I was born. My mom and Patti were close friends in college- Patti even stood with my parents on their wedding day as a bridesmaid. I heard about Patti and Mark from birth- my mom helped support their ministry of Bible translation every month and extra at the holidays. I remember as a child going with my mom to the post office in July to send presents that would hopefully be delivered to Mark and Patti and their children before Christmas! We even received gifts from Patti- toy llamas made with llama or alpaca fur, dolls dressed in Quechua clothes, and flutes with which to annoy my parents. What I didn’t realize, and was only told about later, was how much of a contentious issue the monthly bills sometimes were for my parents. I was a kid who grew up blithely and happily unaware of anything outside of my small circle of care- bugs, bikes, Barbies. But each month when bills came due, and money was balanced, my dad questioned the faithful tithing of my mom- we needed that money! But her steadfast belief that, “You can’t outgive God,” and her absolute conviction in the rightness of contributing to Bible translation always won. My mom and dad knew for six or seven years that the completion of the “mission”- the full Old and New Testament translation into Quechua- was approaching and had planned to fly to Huaraz for the dedication. When my mom died of cancer in 2017, my dad continued supporting Mark and Patti in my mom’s honor but wasn’t sure about making the trip without her. After some backand-forth about what to do, the trip was planned with my dad and me flying down for the Bible dedication. South America has always been on my wanderlust radar, but never in the top ten places that I want to see. Usually, when I plan a trip, I know the country, customs, holidays, roads, and people as well as I can through time spent researching. So the evening I booked my flight to Peru, I spent time getting to know the country, but nothing prepared me for the arrival! We landed in Lima and spent one night before boarding a morning doubledecker bus that traveled eight hours to take us to Huaraz, which is the closest big city to where Mark and Patti spent their time working. The whole Fine glacial silt is suspended in the water of the glacier lake, resulting in its brilliant color. bus ride, as tired as I was, I couldn’t stop staring out of the window! The city of Lima itself was massive- much bigger than I expected. It took us more than an hour to make our way outside of the city limits! I didn’t realize that Lima is the third-biggest desert city after Cairo in Egypt and Karachi in Pakistan! Once we were out of the city, I saw the desert! The whole western spine between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean is a vast sandy stretchfoggy and surprisingly, full of rows and rows and rows of chicken houses! Once we cut into the interior of the country and away from the coast, things started getting green and more mountainous- more like the way I expected Peru to look. We came over the tallest pass- 13,871 feet above sea level and the highest I have been- and down into a valley with a vista of snow-capped peaks spread out around us in the most beautiful 180-degree panorama. The sun was setting behind us, and I can still see the view in my head. The light was all golden and Continued on page 11A Come dine with Third and Main in our family owned Restaraunt and Tavern, open since 1891! 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December 2019 THE BEACON Page 11A Karis Troyer and her father, Pat Murphy fulfilling a family legacy in Peru. Continued from page 10A peachy with the best shades of glacier blue and deep purple at the tops of the mountains. It took my breath away. We settled in Huaraz and spent the next several days sightseeing the area from sunup to well past sundown. I’m an easy sell to love something, and Huaraz stole my heart. It was noisy and dirty, and hundreds of dogs roamed, but it was also friendly, open, accessible, beautiful and gorgeously old nestled at the base of some of the tallest peaks in the Andes. Most of the buildings are fairly newish- a massive earthquake nearly leveled the town in 1970- but the buildings were rebuilt in the old way, just with a little extra rebar for support! I could go on and on about the town and the people. The Saturday after we arrived was the Bible dedication, and the experience was so amazing. My dad and I were floored by the emotional outpouring- people who have never been able to read the Bible in their language were brought to tears by finally having access to the stories and words. They whooped, they hollered, they sang, they kissed the faces of the Bible translation team- they were crazy excited, and their passion was so genuine and raw. The entire dedication ceremony was in Quechua. Even though I didn’t understand a word, the mood was palpable, and the language barrier didn’t matter. We were all filled with an emotional and spiritual high- it was a true joy. What made it even more emotional for me was missing my mom every moment- this was supposed to be her trip with her friends to see the fruits of her life’s contribution. It was a bittersweet chapter in life since Mom’s death, and I wished every moment that she was there with my dad instead of me. She and Patti were so much alike, though- getting a ton of momhugs from her was so nice! The rest of the trip was amazing- glaciers, hikes around glacier pools, a Peruvian National Park, a Cuy lunch prepared by a local church, Huaraz’s central market, Cusco, Macchu Picchu, and so much fun time with my dad. It was a trip of a lifetime and ended up being so much more than a check on a tourist bucket list! By Merrill Hutchinson Have you ever seen someone who is stuck trying to solve a problem, and you knew what the solution to the problem is? You think to yourself, “Come on, man, all you have to do is...” The fact that the person you are watching can’t seem to see it drives you crazy. I didn’t say the solution would be easy, just that the answer is clear. At this point, things often get messed up. We want solutions to be straightforward. The reality is that sometimes the solution is obvious, but the implementation is difficult. Whether we are talking about crime rates, homelessness, poverty, drug abuse, lack of civility, mass shootings, etc., the one common factor is broken families, and drilling a little deeper, lack of strong dads! The statistics are overwhelming! The solution is right in front of our faces. In fact, if you are a man, you can look directly in the mirror, and the solution will look right back at you. It is time to stop ignoring the “elephant in the room.” We need our dads to step up and do their job! Counseling individuals on how to be strong dads is a primary area on which we focus our efforts. We work hard to shine the light on the necessity for men to step up and be the fathers they have been called to be. Yes, the solution is easy, but the work is hard! Being a strong dad takes sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, and unwavering faith in Help! Strong Dads Needed! the mission of fatherhood. It means doing things that we don’t always want to do. It means giving time, money, effort, and our hearts. In an article Eleven Qualities of a Christian Father, author David Peach lists eleven things a father needs to be or do to positively impact his family and future generations: Love God - living for your creator and recognizing that you didn’t create yourself, but were created with gifts for a purpose to serve. Love Others - demonstrate love through your willingness to sacrifice for others. Be a Mentor - understand your responsibility to coach, teach, and lead. Be Patient - learn to take a deep breath and step away. Be a Good Worker - show your family what a good work ethic is through your actions. Be Self Controlled - understand your emotions and keep them appropriate and healthy. Be Sober - avoid overuse of drugs and alcohol. Be Blameless - own your wrongdoings. Be Worthy of Respect - your actions matter. Not a Lover of Money - understand the purpose and value of money. Understand and Practice the Fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How are you doing in these areas? I know I struggle, but that struggle is with my selfish human nature and desires. Understanding this is our first step to growing as a strong dad. If you are a father or plan to be one, I challenge you to take a good look at the men who have been in your life. Emulate the ones who were positive and challenged you to be a great man. Learn from the ones who tore you down, and make a promise to yourself and your family that you will not do this to your children. If you have not been the father you know you need to be or are feeling convicted by this article, turn that conviction toward a positive change. Start by making a commitment to your family. Make apologies and begin the healing and rebuilding process. Trust is a difficult thing to rebuild. If you have not been trustworthy in the past, don’t expect everyone to begin trusting you the minute you tell them you are a newly committed father. Actions, not words, earn trust. Show your family that you are the father and leader of your home. Be the man your family needs you to be. I challenge you to listen in to our weekly podcast called Strong Dads and follow us on this journey as iron sharpens iron. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we trust in the One who does. You can listen to all our episodes on our website rocksolidfamilies. org/podcasts. For more information on how to be a Strong Dad, contact Rock Solid Families at 812-576-7625 or rocksolidfamilies.org. SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw their ads in The BEACON!