Traveling across this country meeting with you has been fantastic! At each meeting, each appointment, each church, you were supportive. Your excitement over this new Scripture access program, ScriptureEarth.org, which we will be representing is very encouraging to us. Several of you have joined our prayer team and either increased your financial partnership or started partnering with our Wycliffe ministry. We still have 18% yet to go to be at 100% of the Wycliffe budget.
Red is where we have been and blueis our proposed next route.
Keep praying for us:
Clarity of our message
No more vehicle problems
Safety on the road
Our thankfulness is communicated
More speaking opportunities.
Reach 100 % of our Wycliffe ministry budget
God is GOOD! We are grateful! You are a wonderfully supportive team!
If you’d like to join our Wycliffe ministry prayer or finance team;
Donations can be made or commit to pray for us online at https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/JimandJudyMcCabe Checks may be made out to Wycliffe Bible Translators and sent to Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200. Please include a separate note indicating, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of Jim and Judy McCabe, account #221793.”
The headquarters for Wycliffe USA is located in Orlando, FL. We have been coming here every four years or so for meetings or training or because we have Wycliffe ministry partners in the area. It’s always encouraging to hear and see what’s happening.
Above photo is looking south from the Wycliffe Discovery Center. It’s a world-class visitors center all about Bible Translation. If you come to the Orlando area, this is a must-see. https://www.wycliffe.org/discovery-center
The above video is our Wycliffe 2017 year in review.
If the video isn’t clear on the blog, click the link above and it will take you to Youtube.
Scripture in the heart language…. www.ScriptureEarth.org
Pray with us:
More opportunities to speak about this transforming global work and how people can get involved through partnering with our Wycliffe ministry. Together we can reach the 1.5 billion who still need God’s Word in their heart language.
Safety as we travel from Orlando to Houston, up to Wichita, and on to California.
1. Individuals who want to reach out to non-native English speakers.
2. Individuals who are non-native English speakers.
3. Organisations who want to reach out to non-native English speakers.
The method of doing it is about the same. The first 30 seconds is spent helping them realize we are not trying to sell them anything. The next minute and a half are spent telling and showing them what it is. (Yes, it is that easy) The next three minutes we watch their eyes grow large as they really start to comprehend (either) (A) just how big and powerful this website is. (or) (B) they are shocked that someone has taken the time to learn and write down their heart language.
If it’s (A) just how big and powerful this website is. Then the following minutes are spent “Greenlighting”. First, they are realizing all the different ways they can start using this site to get people connected to the Bible. Then they transition to telling us we need to go and connect with, this person, that person, this organization and that church/pastor. It’s an idea frenzy taking place, words are flowing fast. We are feverishly writing down all their suggested contact ideas and their contact information. Then after X-amount of time, we are all depleted, happy and content. Something special just happened and they know they are a part of something very BIG coming down the road!
If it’s (B) they are shocked that someone has taken the time to learn and write down their heart language. Then as they look at our smartphone and see the Bible or New Testament are really in their language, that there is the Bible in audio. Then they see the “Jesus film” video, and study aids and at time volumes of information in their heart language. They are visibly excited about this new gold mine they have just discovered. They want the business card we have that has the web address. Then they want several more to give to friends and family. At times they have many more questions at times they are at work and must get back to it.
If it’s (3) an organization, church/pastor. They normally go with the (A) just how big and powerful this website is. We don’t have a lot of experience with this category yet. In fact, only three so far. But, three positive events. All three gave us an invite to come back and share more.
Please keep this new ministry in your prayers. That God will use it in a powerful way to bring people to Himself. Please pray that the funding for our Wycliffe ministry budget will come in quickly. God has specific individuals and churches He wants on our team. Maybe you are one of them. Ask God, then walk boldly in what He tells you to do.
The last post was reflective in nature. Good reflections which we hope inspired you to take another look at God and His design of creation, us, and the one we celebrate not only at Christmas but all year, Jesus.
This one will be more pictorial and recount the events since the New Year began. Our youngest, Jordan and his girlfriend Sara came to join us at Jody and Caleb’s home in Hickory, NC. Violette, our 7-year-old granddaughter painted a lovely picture of her mom, herself and Gigi, me, Judy (I’m writing this blog). Since the temps were so cold we did lots of indoor activities like painting, playing “Go Fish” and Monopoly. We were amazed at the grandkids playing over 2 hours with us. Then we went to the science museum in Hickory and it was a blast as they showed us all their favorite parts.
Violette using the easel to paint Mommy, Gigi and her
Candy Land with real candy
Enjoying all the good food and family
Family day trip in the RV
Tired Grampa after science museum with the grands
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New Year’s Eve, we drove Jordan and Sara to the airport in Charlotte for their flight back to Arizona. Pulled in the RV park at JAARS and hooked up to electric. Yeah, heat! That night was cold, 7 degrees. We attended the center meeting at 8. It was wonderful to meet up with so many we had worked with or known when we worked here and around the world. After the meeting, the organizer asked if we could share the following week about ScriptureEarth.org. That worked for us.
Thursday, the 4th, we had planned to drive up to Roanoke and then to DC, but some winter storm named Grayson had us delay a day. That meant another day with the grandkids, yeah! We decided not to take the RV so left it at the kids in Hickory and rented a little economy car. When we got to the rental agency they were all out of economy ones so we got a free upgrade. We like upgrades.
We drove up I 95 and saw snow as we got further east.
We spent the weekend with a ministry partner, Ranetta and her husband Mike. We hadn’t seen her since 2002. She was single then and volunteered at a music festival in Ohio where we had a JAARS helicopter and a booth. Saturday she got tickets for the Museum of the Bible. That is an amazing museum. A must see if you are in DC. 6 floors and we only finished the 4th which was about the history of the Bible. So we have to go back sometime to do the rest.
Sunday we attended their warm and alive pentecostal church. Very uplifting and encouraging. They even gave us a few minutes at the end to share about scripture earth. Many took cards to pass on to people they knew. After lunch, coming out the door at the Bojangles, a nice man opened the door and asked how my meal was. I said good and asked if he owned the business. He did. Because of his accent, I asked if he was originally from another country. He said the country and I said I knew a website that housed reading and audio materials in many of the languages of the world. I gave him a Scripture Earth card and he thanked me. I had to leave as my ride was waiting. God opportunities.
After lunch, we programmed our GPS with the next destination. About 15 minutes from our destination we called our friends. As we told him where we were, he said I think you are still 3 hours away. We then realized we did an input mistake on the GPS. Yes, we really were still 3 hours away. They are so sweet, instead of dinner at 5, we had a fashionably late dinner at 8:30. Then stayed up till almost midnight talking. Gracious friends are wonderful!
The scenic detour we took in northern Virgina was very beautiful. The stone walls had probably been there since well before Civil War days. We stopped at one historic marker that noted the battle of Snicker Hill where they listed by name and rank, all 198 people who died in that battle. We were traveling on the Snicker Turnpike.
Next morning, we went to Summit Helicopters in Salem, VA. where a couple of friends worked. The whole company was in recurrency training meetings, but a lovely receptionist who had worked there since forever was happy to give us a tour. Helicopters are wonderful machines. We met one of our two friends, the other had already returned to Tucson, AZ.
Stopped by Jody’s to pick up the RV and headed to JAARS. Jim spoke Tuesday morning about Scripture Earth. He is the little speck behind the podium. The audience left inspired and encouraged to start making better use of the business cards with the web address on them.
It finally warmed up to 65 degrees and Jim decided to wash the McBus. It has been a faithful travel machine. We have learned that for living in an RV full time, this size is not ideal for us. We need a regular bed we can both fit in and we don’t have to put away each morning. Picky, picky aren’t we. It has been and still is a wonderful test vehicle for us to learn about living on the road. We have met several people who are full-time RVers and still love it.
Keep praying for our Wycliffe Ministry Budget fundraising adventures. We still need many new monthly donors before we can begin full time in our new roles promoting Scripture Earth.
www.ScriptureEarth.orgThis website was developed by SIL Translator, Bill Dyck who’s office is now at the JAARS Center. He is assisted by Frank Doejaaren and Mary Mclendon also at JAARS and by Loren Hawthorn and Scott Starker from the Mexico Branch. (Plus a cast of many more) There are currently 2300+ languages on the site with more being added as they become available. Its an extremely simple site to use. Its FREE, there is nothing to download, subscribe to or register. Simply open the website, then you will see most of the countries of the world, click on the country you want, all the languages spoken are listed, then click on the exact language and up comes all the Bible portions, study aids, bible audio, video available in that language.
Judy and I now have a Wycliffe assignment to make this website know in North America. We are starting at JAARS, then heading down to Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, FL. We will be contacting, churches, outreach pastors, refugee aid and resettlement organizations. Schools, colleges, Universities, any place International students might be. Mission organizations, field training organizations, anyone who might be going overseas. Currently, we are on Partnership Discovery through the midwest, southeast, gulf coast through mid-California. We need to get our new ministry budge up to 100% before we can officially begin this new job. Click here to see how you can help.
Now is the time for getting this website information distributed. We, the ones reading this blog are the ones to help make it happen. Ask me and I’ll mail you some cards with the Scripture Earth web address and you can pass them out to church outreach leaders, local refuge aid organizations, friends, neighbors and everyone who is not a native English speaker. To give someone access to the scripture in their heart language is the end result of everything we in Wycliffe, JAARS, SIL and the Church have been working for these past decades. It’s like giving a glass of cold water to a stranger in need on a hot day.
Often the time between Christmas and New Years is a time of quiet reflection or mad chaotic gift exchange at the store. Fortunately for us, it’s leaning towards the quieter side. We are with our grand-kids and their parents and our youngest son and his girlfriend. No gifts to exchange, we loved them all.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” So say the elves in “Elf”. We hope you had great times of singing this Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, so the angels sang some 2,000 years ago, to the humble shepherds. He is the One we sing about, sing for and worship. He is God of all that is. He has forever existed before time, matter and space. He is the intelligent designer who made us. There is no greater calling or action available to us than to love Him and be loved by Him.
I saw a video clip the other day about two men in some sort of university debate. A professor asking a Christian apologist to prove the existence of God. The apologist simply said God exists outside of time, space or matter. At His own bidding, He created all three at the same time. For in our current human existence one cannot exist without the other two. Our human thinking and reasoning abilities are not capable of understanding life outside of time, space and matter. So we are limited in our ability to truly understand God in His fullness. But we can see His existence in life all around us.
Look at a simple children’s book. Cardboard cover, paper edges that don’t cut delicate skin, colorful drawings or pictures and simple text that combine to communicate a basic story. Could this book have formed by accident? Just fallen from the sky after a lightning bolt? No, a reasonable person would not believe that. A simple book like this would require someone with knowledge and experience to make it. Then look at DNA; 23 pairs of chromosomes so complicated and unique that there isn’t a single strand out of billions and billions that are exactly identical. It has taken mankind thousands of years to develop the supercomputers and microscopes needed in order to begin to understand the complexity of DNA. Yet some believe that DNA just happened by accident, with materials colliding in outer space or an explosion of some sort. Life, created from nothing. No, a reasonable person would not believe that. Just like the children’s book, there is an intelligent designer who created DNA. Most of the world call Him God.
This is who we worship at Christmas. Jesus / God coming to mankind as a human to show us that He has experienced human life and does understand us.
We who love God and try to follow the teachings of Jesus feel that every person on earth should have the opportunity of a relationship with God. Thus, the desire for Bible translation in all the languages of the world. Much of Wycliffe’s work for the last 75 years is being linked to ScriptureEarth.org to give the people of earth the opportunity to know God, in their individual heart languages. If you could “Like and Share” this article, or this blog, it might help spread the word about ScriptureEarth.org.
We are so glad to have them in our lives. Friends, family and Team Members. While in Wichita we stopped by Central Community Church to try and speak with the outreach pastor. He couldn’t see us, but his administrative assistant came to see us. Turns out she was a Wycliffe translator for ten years in the Philipines in the 80’s. Of everyone in the church she was the best person, we could have spoken with. Gods appointments already made for us. She was excited to see ScriptureEarth.org She will be sure to get the information to the right people.
Later in the day, we were shopping at “Toys R Us” and we were helped by an employee from Uganda, Africa. We showed him the ScriptureEarth site on our Smartphone and he was enthralled. His mother tongue language right there on our smartphone. We gave him one of our Scripture Earth cards so he could find it again.
This ScriptureEarth tool is a worker even without us. Most migrants and refugees today are well connected on the internet. They can stay connected with family back home via the internet. Its just natural for them to share this exciting internet spot that is home to their language. Even if they are not in a relationship with Jesus. They will read, listen and watch the videos, simply because it’s in their language.
When we left Wichita we went 450 miles to a free campground called Pinewoods lake in Elleinore, Missouri. We arrived after dark. It was empty, no one there. They were nice paved sites with tables, lamp stands, and fire rings. It was right next to a small lake with boat ramp access. I was thinking the only explanation for this must be a Zombie apocalypse having passed through here earlier. It was a good nights sleep, nothing exciting happened.
The following day we drove another 450 miles to a friends home in Friendsville, Tennessee. They also live on a lake but, in a very nice house. Its always good to re-connect with old friends. Then Friday we drove to our daughter Jody’s home in Hickory, NC. THE GRAND-KIDS home. It was a fun reunion. Saturday and Sunday we helped out around the house getting things ready for Christmas. Judy and I did the traditional Christmas eve last minute shopping and it was fun. The poor people we saw though, they looked exhausted.
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas day. God is always good!