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Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2017

Roger Mohrlang (1978-2016), Professor Emeritus of Theology



After my retirement at the end of June 2016, dear friends helped move my books home and set up an office for me in our back bedroom. Since then, I have devoted almost all my time to continuing the work of checking the Kamwe (Nigeria) Bible translation. To my surprise, I discovered that I liked working from home, where I could enjoy a cup of tea with my dear wife every morning.

But this has been a challenging year for Dottie and me. In August, a pinched nerve left me with a bit of a limp. Complex problems arose in coordinating the Bible translation project. Then, at the end of March and beginning of April, my precious wife – who has served as the Women's Care Minister in our church since retiring from Whitworth – was hit with multiple strokes that impaired her memory, speech, vision, swallowing, coordination and walking. Overnight, life changed dramatically for us. Dottie is currently undergoing intensive therapy, and we pray the Lord would "do more than we could ever imagine or dream of" to restore her abilities.

If you would like to follow her progress, click on the CaringBridge site that our wonderful son, Mark, and daughter, Becky, have set up for her.

Christian friends have been just outstanding in providing all kinds of practical help and support in this time; I cannot be grateful enough for them – the Body of Christ at its best.

As you can imagine, this has left us with many unanswered questions about our future, and has left me wondering how I will ever find the time I need to finish checking the Kamwe translation. It's been a salutary reminder that, in all of life and death, we are never self-sufficient but always dependent on the Lord – Lord, give us grace! If you would pray for Dottie and me in this difficult time, we would be grateful beyond words.

"We fix our eyes, not on the things that can be seen, but on the things that are unseen. For the things that can be seen are ephemeral, but the things that cannot be seen are eternal." (II Cor. 4.18)

Serve him well all life long, dear friends.

With my warm greetings, love and prayers for you,

Roger