Now to the end of the year…

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Phil 1: 3-6   My prayers for you are full of praise to God as I give Him thanks for you with great joy! I’m so grateful for our union and our enduring partnership that began the first time I presented to you the gospel. I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ! (The Passion Translation (TPT))

You, our family, friends, and partners, are who we think of as we read these verses. We do pray for you individually, thanking God for you, and believe God is doing a glorious work in you which He will put his finishing touches to when Christ returns. In heaven we will begin to understand the enormity of the outreach each of us had. What perhaps seems minor at the time will have a pivotal impact in bringing people to know Jesus.  Thank you a thousand times!!!

We are so thankful for our good, good Father who gives His kids exactly what they need. We are so grateful to Him for bringing our Wycliffe ministry budget to 100%.  It’s because of you, your prayers, and your financial partnership that it’s been completed.

We pray that your Thanksgiving celebrations will be fun, filling, fight-free and full of gratefulness!

Itinerary for the rest of the 2018

  • Wednesday, Nov 21th: Jim will be driving our little pickup from Tucson to North Carolina. He had planned to leave Monday,  Nov 19th, but some issues showed up on the truck, he’ll be working on it Monday. (Prayer request) Judy can’t join him as she has superior court duty in Dec. She will join him Dec. 18.
  • Saturday Nov 24th: He plans to be in Hickory, NC, to spend Saturday night and Sunday with our daughter Jody and family.
  • Monday Nov. 26th: He’ll go to the Jaars Center for a medical check up. The PNG clinic is now asking for a cardiac workup, before he arrives. He has an EKG scheduled. Pray that is all he needs. (Family history of heart disease)
  • Tuesday Nov. 27th: Jim and John Pepper putting the finishing touches on the pre-travel plan for PNG.
  • Wed Nov. 28th: He and John will depart from Charlotte for the 20 hour trip to Brisbane, Australia.
  • Friday Nov. 30: Fly to the PNG highlands. As you might remember Jim still helps with the JAARS Land Transportation department by doing training on 4X4 vehicles and motorcycles.  JAARS Inc does project fundraising to buy 4×4 vehicles and motorcycles for the national teams of translators and literacy specialists around the world. They take very seriously the responsibility to make sure everyone who will be operating these vehicles receives the safety training and vehicle maintenance training to ensure personal safety and longevity for the equipment.
  • Sunday Dec 16th: Leave PNG, night in Brisbane.
  • Monday Dec 17th: Leave Brisbane 7:30 am; going back in time, they arrive in Charlotte that afternoon!
  • Tues. Dec 18th: Judy flies into Charlotte, NC. (If she doesn’t get on a jury) We will be spending the Christmas season with our daughter and G-kids in Hickory, NC.
  • After Christmas our tentative plan (see prayer requests) will be to drive to Dallas and find a furnished place to live in until mid-March, 2019.  We want to visit many of the 100’s of churches in the area. Our desire is to introduce them to the great tool of scripture access through ScriptureEarth.org and how to use it to help those in their church or ministries who did not grow up speaking English.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Safety on all of Jim’s driving and flying trips
  • Safety during the training course in PNG
  • For confirmation of going to Dallas. James 4:15 Asking for His will and direction
  • Pray for the provision of a vehicle we can live and work out of for the next season of ministry with Scripture Earth Promotion.  https://jim-judy-wycliffe-journey.com/
  • For the provision of the Scripture Earth Promotion work budget for 2019. Would you consider a year-end donation to this? You can do it online at https://www.wycliffe.org/projects/scripture-earth-promotion.

Thanks again for this opportunity to serve with great joy!
Jim & Judy McCabe

Jim – 520 599-2470, Judy – 520 268-3681

 

The Good News!

How to Know Christ
Have you ever enjoyed a glorious sunset or stood at the ocean’s edge and watched the sunrise or looked at a thunderous waterfall and thought, Only God could create something so beautiful. Most people have these thoughts, and some people come away believing that yes, there is a God. But how do we come to really know Him?

The Source for Answers
Time-tested, loved, and read by millions around the world, the Bible presents key truths which explain how we can know God. The first truth is very personal. Romans 3:10-12 describes each one of us, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” Some people have a hard time believing that, so let’s examine it further.

A Soul Exam
Almost every person thinks he is basically good. Well, one way to find out is to ask yourself if you have obeyed the most basic common law known to man, the Ten Commandments. You can read all ten by looking up Exodus 20:1-17 in the Bible. Most people would say that they have broken one or two of the Ten Commandments, but nothing very serious.

But let’s take a closer look. How would you measure up against the first commandment? Exodus 20:3 says “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Ask yourself, “Have I always put God first in my life?” Jesus said to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37). Another commandment says, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). Jesus explained, “Do not murder…but I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (Matthew 5:21-22). God doesn’t grade on a curve. The Ten Commandments reveal how far we fall short of God’s standard for right living.

The Good News
Even though we missed the mark of God’s standard, His mercy comes shining through. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). He knows you’re a sinner; but He wants you to know He’s a Savior. Second Peter 3:9 says “…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” His abundant love has provided a Savior, and His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the One who lived perfectly and honored God’s law. This means He was able to bear sin’s death penalty, all so that we could be rescued from our predicament! “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…” (I Peter 3:18). Friend, meet Jesus, your Substitute on the cross.

Who is this Jesus?
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

He is our remedy for sin! Oh, friend, don’t you long to be free of the fear of death? Would you like to be assured of a home in heaven? Do you wish your life had meaning and purpose? Jesus is your “bridge over troubled waters” in this world. God the Father wants to give you His Son as not only your Substitute for sin’s death penalty, but He wants Jesus to be your best Friend, Peace of mind and heart, and Purpose for living. The best part is, He wants to work through your life so that others might know Him too.

How Will You Respond to This?
The salvation message is clear: Turn away from your sin and embrace Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. How do you do that? God knows what’s in your heart–He’s more concerned about that, than you reciting a formula-prayer. But if you need help, borrow the following words as a prayer…

Lord Jesus, thank you for paying the debt for my sin by dying on the cross. I confess my sins, which are many. Thank you for forgiving me and I want to show you my gratitude by turning away from my old sinful habits. Help me to turn away from my sin and towards you. I embrace you as the Lord of my life and I desire to follow you the rest of my days. Thank you for giving me power and strength to live a life that honors and pleases you! I pray this in the only Name that saves, Jesus Christ. Amen.

If you have opened up your heart to God and embraced His Son today, we encourage you to tell another Christian about your new life in Christ. Find a Bible and start reading it. It’s the Word of God and He gave it to us that we might learn more about following him. Finally, locate a Christ-honoring church in your community where you can join a Bible study which focuses on the life of Christ. Second Peter 3:18 is now your goal: “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Welcome to God’s family! Please let us hear from you–we would love to pray for you as you take your first steps as a follower of Jesus Christ.

For Bible and Scripture in thousands of languages go to www.ScriptureEarth.org

Grow in your faith!

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Through prayers of faith…we trust God for all things

   Three prayer requests for you:

  • A prayer of thanksgiving. God provided all of our Wycliffe ministry budget. He is Good!
  • Ask God to show us which section of the U.S. to start our Scripture Earth Promotion work.
  • Pray for a mobile office and home, often called an RV.

Our next Wycliffe assignment will require extensive traveling, covering many parts of North America. In consultation with our leadership, we have decided that an RV is a critical component which would provide us with both mobility and a place to stay.

God knows exactly what we need, better than we do. We trust His judgment 100%. If you read our story below, you’ll agree, it’s good to pray specifically. Jesus asked the blind man what he wanted, though He knew already.

After research and talking to other RV owners, Please, pray with us for a:

¾ or 1 ton crew cab truck, diesel, 2003 or newer, with less than 150K miles.   Plus…

28 – 30 ft. 5th wheel trailer, 2003 or newer, with a cold weather package and generator.

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Or

A class-A motorhome, 28 – 33 ft, gas or diesel, 2003 or newer, with a cold weather package, generator, and less than 150K miles.    Plus…

An economical MPG, flat towable, (doesn’t need to be on a trailer) car to pull behind the motorhome.

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Our Story

 It was a warm summer day in July 1984, Norman, Oklahoma. Judy was driving our 1967 VW camper van that I had just restored when suddenly it lost power. She coasted to a stop and saw that smoke was billowing from the rear engine compartment. Our four-month-old son Josh was in his car seat on the back seat. Judy quickly got him out and ran to the closest house, asking them to call the fire department.  They arrived in just a few minutes and extinguished the fire. The van was towed to the university where we were training to join Wycliffe.

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That afternoon, the Wycliffe director found us, and asked, “What do you plan to do now?” I said I wasn’t sure, but we would pray. He said, “Great! I’ll pray with you, what do you want?” I said, “I’m not picky, anything will do.” The director said, “No, no, no, be specific, what do you really want?” I said, “A station wagon would be good.” He said, “What color do you want it?” I said, “Color? Umm, blue.” He said, “Great! Let’s pray for a blue station wagon.” Then he took off down the hallway.

 In less than 24 hours he found us again and excitedly said, “It came in! Last night at our Dallas office”. The director had received a call from the Dallas office and was told that someone dropped off a blue station wagon leaving a note on the windshield saying that God had told them to leave this car for a missionary in need. (That Wycliffe donation program is no longer available.)  

Anything would have worked, but God gave us exactly what we prayed for.  We believe He knew we needed the assurance of His faithfulness as we began our full-time missionary service. We have seen Him provide in miraculous ways many times in the past 34 years.

Pray with us, that God would provide exactly what will allow us to be most effective! 

Jim and Judy McCabe
jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 599-2470

God acts because of your prayers…

We are thanking God for all of you who let us know that you are praying in response to our last email. Prayer has been a vital element during this season of Partnership Development (PD). Over the past 12 months we have had an amazing time meeting and reconnecting with so many of you as we shared our vision for Scripture access and invited you to partner with us in this new Wycliffe ministry. It has been a GOOD year!

We are almost there so…KEEP PRAYING!  We are just $100 a month short of our Wycliffe ministry budget. Please pray today for 3 – 5 people who will commit to coming on board as new partners and for them to let us know.

Thanks

Jim and Judy
520-599-2470
Jim_McCabe@sil.org

Listening…

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To the Spirit’s leading

We have seen many of His people be led by the Holy Spirit to join our Wycliffe ministry over the past year. Last week we got a phone call from a friend and prayer partner. She said she’d been asking the Lord about becoming a financial partner for several years. She really wanted to, but the Spirit kept saying, “No”. This was discouraging to her because she really believes in what we are doing. Well, last week, the Spirit finally said “Yes!” I think she was more excited than us to finally be able to move in the direction of her heart.

Maybe you too have been asking the Spirit for His leading. Keep praying!!! We are almost at 100% of our Wycliffe budget. We only need $150 in monthly partnerships. (This can be accomplished by a monthly, quarterly, or annual donation). Will you pray earnestly and ask His direction about becoming a financial partner? Our faith goal is Nov. 1st. Once we reach 100% we can begin to promote Scripture access through the amazing website www.Scriptureearth.org.

Urgent prayer requests:

  • for new financial partners,
  • for financial partners who will increase their giving,
  • for us to get to 100% by November 1st,
  • for you to know if you are to be part of the answers to these requests.

If God is speaking to you about becoming a partner, please email us or text us so that we can know before November 1st. We will keep you updated on how God answers your prayers.

 

And he blesses us when we join Him in this work!

Imagine that…God allows us to be part of His plans!  What a privilege and responsibility He gives those of us who have responded to the Gospel of Christ. What a joy to reach out and communicate the Good News (Gospel) with people He loves and those who still need to hear. “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Rom. 10:17 NLT

We truly believe the Bible is the foundation for the growth of a believer. As young believers, the Bible came alive to us and studying it helped us grow in our faith. The amazing library of Scripture resources found at http://www.ScriptureEarth.org, is an easy way to access God’s word on a smartphone, introducing someone to Him, so they can grow in their faith.

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So what will we be doing when our partnership development is completed, Nov. 1st? As we have shared often over the last year, we will be promoting access to Scripture resources through the website scriptureearth.org as well as other scripture resources. Did you know that 20% of people living in the US speak a language other than English in their homes?  Many of them don’t yet know they can easily access Scripture in a language and form they clearly understand.

We will be crisscrossing the USA in a very strategic method making face to face contacts with churches, ministries, Native American and immigrant communities, refugee aid organizations, and individuals, introducing them to www.scriptureearth.org and helping them learn to use it.

We will continue part-time travel to Chad, Africa as well, leading teams to accomplish special facilities maintenance projects for Bible Translators. I (Jim) will also continue traveling internationally as part of the JAARS Land Transportation Team. I’ll be training expat missionaries, national Bible translators, and literacy workers how to safely operate and maintain motorcycles and four-wheel drive vehicles required for their work. All of these things help connect individuals to Jesus and get them into God’s Word.

Just one square left! God is our provider and He is faithfully building our Wycliffe ministry partnership team. If you haven’t already, would you pray about joining our Wycliffe partnership team? We are so close to our Nov. 1st faith goal date. The last un-Xed tile is open for claiming!

Jim and Judy McCabe
jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 599-2470

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Scripture Access for all…

Isaac came to the US from Egypt as a young man to find a better life for his family. He is a follower of Jesus and pastors an Arabic Baptist church in Murfreesboro, TN. He worked in the hotel business for several years until he opened a Greek sandwich shop. We ate at his shop (which was excellent) and shared with him about the Scripture resources available on ScriptureEarth.org in his language. He was very interested in the resources for children.

Gi, a young Chinese man, sat across from us at McD’s. Judy got into a conversation with him and found out he was a believer who had been in the US for 6 years going to the University. She showed him the SE website on his phone and he was very excited to see all the digital resources available in Mandarin, his mother tongue. He attends an English-speaking church in town because he wants to improve his English. We exchanged each other’s contact information. We hope to visit a local Chinese church with him next time we’re in town.

Thanks for praying for these opportunities and partnering with us!

Our goal…Bible access for all! Sharing the website www.Scriptureearth.org is one way to make this happen. Today we found out about #illumiNations18, a gathering of Bible translation organizations working together for the same goal, Bible access for all! Wycliffe is one of the ten who are collaborating with unprecedented unity to see over 1 billion people gain access to God’s Word in a language and form they clearly understand. Praise God for their vision and leadership. What a privilege to share in the same goal!

We are thanking our Faithful Father for each new partner since we started posting the tiles. It’s so exciting!

Because of what we shared in our last email, about supporting survivors of hurricane Florence, we have set a new faith goal date of Nov. 1. At that time, we are trusting that our Wycliffe partnership team will be at 100% and we will be released to begin our new Scripture access work. Please begin praying with us for God’s direction as we plan where we will focus our efforts in 2019.

We are back in Tucson for now. We expect to be here until mid-November when we will need to travel back to NC for Jim’s trip to Papua New Guinea Nov. 28 to Dec 18. Jim and another JAARS Land Transportation trainer will be teaching a 4 wheel drive maintenance and driving course to national Bible translators.

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