Picking up the story on how God brought us to the United States, it will not be complete if I don’t tell you about Royal Palm Translations. Remember the townhouse with a swimming pool and a dishwasher? It was not for free! There was rent to pay.
My pay-check covered food, gas, and general expenses, or was it the rent for the townhouse it covered? Either way, it was not enough for our four-adults-household.
Have I mentioned the angel God assigned to me, to make sure I always had work on the side? Very early in our stay in this new country I started doing free-lance translations. The people at Editorial Vida were very gracious to provide this second source of income. Of course, that meant that the evenings were not free to relax, but being the “workaholic” I think I am, I didn’t mind.
I needed a name for this side-business. There was no debating about it, but the most natural thing was Royal Palm. I had waited for over thirty years to come to the place with palm trees that I saw in my vision as a ten-year-old. A Palm Tree had to be my symbol.
The “angel” made sure I always had work to do on the side. The jobs came gradually; they did not stack up one on top of the other to stress me. When one job was finished or about to be completed, there was always another project to take on. The interesting thing is that I have not solicited them; they have “solicited” me! And during the two years I had no steady income because of the dismissal, I had “Royal Palm” jobs to provide for us.
You might be wondering about my husband. What did he do? It was not easy for him being fifty years old when we came here, especially since he did not know the language. But he worked hard on learning English and managed to make himself understood. When somebody asked him about his accent, he would joke and say he was from Arkansas! (If you are from that beautiful State, please forgive him for joking about it.)
So, how did I know English? A couple of years I attended an American school for missionary kids in the jungle of Peru. That’s how I learned English. Really, it started in Canada. But that another story! I’ve written about it a while ago.
My husband traveled teaching at Bible schools and churches in some of the Latin American countries, and I’m happy to say that we covered expenses with our Royal Palm income. He went to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia… He pastored a Spanish Group in Boca Raton. When we moved to Colorado he worked as a driver for a car rental company, and when we moved to Springfield he got a job as a transporter at Lakeland Hospital. When he could no longer travel due to failing health, he took on the ministry of Intercessor and traveled the world in prayer!
I think the job I have most appreciated is working with ladies in Latin America, editing their devotionals to compile the «Biblia de la Mujer» (Women’s Bible). One of the jobs I did during my two year of Hiatus (yes, it was a break for me), was writing lessons for teen-agers for the United Bible Society. Had I still been at the publishing house this would not have been possible because of conflict of interests.
I am very much indebted to my father for helping me. He called himself Branch #2 of Royal Palm. He would do the basic translation and then I would edit and polish. I’ve also worked with my youngest sister (and still do). She translates and I polish and then we split the profit. That is my “angel’s” way of blessing us both!
Who have I translated and edited for?
Gospel Publishing House
Nordic Relief Alliance
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Oxford Health Care
Cox Home Parenteral Services
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise)
United Bible Societies
Facultad de Teología
Book of Hope
RDM (Resource Development Ministry)
Convoy of Hope
Faith in Action
Women in Ministry
Sorry about the long list, but it was fun going back and remembering. It could be much longer if I included all minor projects. But this is proof enough of God’s care for me and my family. When God guides, He provides. I’m living proof of that.
I’m still doing business. You might know somebody that needs translation. Why not recommend them Royal Palm?