Fall is in the air in NC

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Greetings Friends                                          October 14, 2020

Fall is in the air in NC. I love to watch the leaves changing from green to yellow seemingly before my eyes. When the wind blows it’s like yellow snowflakes floating down and landing in the creek. Guess I didn’t know how much I missed this season. Recently our youngest, Jordan, returned to Alaska to the smells of fall in the woods. He too commented how he remembered with fondness the smells of the fall at our home in NC.

Fall brings changes and this fall seems to be full of more than just falling leaves. Covid-19 is still causing issues in many areas of our lives. Today, October 14th my father turns 90. We had tickets to fly back to California, but with his compromised immune system, the party got canceled.  Many children are still staying home to do school, our grands included. I usually help watch their 2yr old brother in the morning so mom can help them.  This year’s presidential election, unlike any I remember, is crazy polarizing and needs our fervent prayers. The anger and lawlessness that has crippled many of our lovely cities has been very disturbing. Natural disaster have devastated cites. I think you get the picture. 

So, where is the hope that we need to keep pressing on through fall and the long dark days of winter? Jesus our living hope! He is not only our hope but our anchor that can keep us from drifting into the rocks.  I am so happy/blessed to have His words to meditate on during all these crazy times. Be thankful today that you have 400 versions of the Bible in English to be encouraged by.  But what about those who don’t have a Bible in their language? Will you pray with us for those who are still waiting for their Bible? Will you pray for Jim and I as we try to get the word out about the 2,400+ languages that have scriptures in text, audio, and video found on ScriptureEarth.org and other sites?

As a result of Covid-19, we’ve been doing more “online” learning about scripture access and engagement via digital media. Though we much prefer face to face, God is allowing good things to happen that would not have been possible had we been operating as normal.  Canceled conference organizers are holding virtual meetings for anyone interested. Through these we’ve been able to learn about things like media to discipleship, how to use social media, how to make videos, animation, and storytelling.  We are averaging a course a week and we have online courses scheduled into Feb. It’s an amazing blessing.

Do you remember Pastor Paul from Kenya? Since we keep in contact, he has told me how people are using the resources on the website to teach others about Jesus. They started listening groups to help those who don’t have a phone or a Bible in Ekegusii to hear the Words of the Lord and grow in their faith. Please keep him and 7 pastors who are trying to reach the Ekegusii people with the Gospel.

Today, take time to be with Jesus and His word. Any amount will help. Without Him, we can become discouraged as we see the things going on in our world. Hebrews12:1b-2a. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” As one of our prayer partners closes her letters,
“Keep looking up!”

Prayer Requests for October
Pray for all those still suffering from the impact of Covid-19 and the natural disasters.  
Pray for our nation and all who live in it, to do what’s right and chose love, not hate and revenge. 
Pray for peace in our land. Celebrate with us those who have received the Bible in their language. www.wycliffe.org
Pray for Jim as he adjusts to the CPAP therapy. After 5 months, he’s finally got a mask that seems to work better. He still doesn’t feel he is getting restful sleep. He has gone off caffeinated beverages.  We join the ranks of Medicare recipients Nov. 1, my birthday.
Pray for protection for my dad who does weekly blood transfusions for MDS.

We are thankful for each of you,    

Jim and Judy McCabe
520 599-2470, jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681, judy_mccabe@sil.org

Find Scripture Resources in thousands of languages
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Travel Adventures

Trailer is packed and we are ready to go!

Sept 9, 2020

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.  Oliver Goldsmith from The Broke Backpacker

Well, that about sums up our move to NC. The traveling adventure began Friday, July 24, loaded as you see in the picture. Our first night was to Prescott, AZ to see friends and ministry partners. While making a pit stop just north of Phoenix about 6 pm, Jim noticed the right trailer tire was going flat. He did a Fix-a-Flat repair to be able to drive to an auto shop up the road. By the time we got there it was flat again. The shop was closed and with a storm brewing overhead he changed the tire. Now without a spare, Jim wasn’t taking any chances so we drove back 30 miles to purchase another tire and rim combo. It could have been much worse if all this happened while we drove the freeways of Phoenix at quitting time. God is good.

Where we stayed along the way changed too! We planned to stay in motels rather than homes like we normally do.  So sad to miss seeing family, friends, and partners along the way. We also learned a valuable lesson…always look at the motel reviews. When we arrived and checked in, it looked OK, but when we approached the door to our room around back we immediately had our doubts. The door had been pried open at some point, the window screen was crunched, and too many other things screamed, “Don’t stay here.” But we needed to wash clothes and they had a laundry facility, so we thought we’d stay. After finishing laundry Judy decided to check the mattresses for bed bugs. In all our travels we’d never seen one, but Judy’s suspicion was this could be a bed bug place. And sure enough, while checking under the bed skirt, several scurried away. Yuck and double yuck! That was our exit ticket. Thankfully the apologetic new motel receptionist didn’t charge us.

Major potholes usually aren’t on interstates, but we found one just 30 minutes from our hotel in Russellville, AR. After we hit it, smoke bellowed from the trailer as we pulled onto the shoulder of the busy I- 40. The leaf spring on the left side broke in half, causing the trailer fender to ride on the tire. The shoulder was wide so we could get further from the traffic speeding by at 80 mph. We appreciated the kindness of the drivers as they moved over when they saw us broke on the side of the road.(See pictures and videos in the link below.) Jim jury-rigged a fix for the broken spring and we were able to get to the next exit, just 1 mile ahead. There was a Highway Patrol office at the top of the exit with an empty parking lot. So we felt safe leaving the trailer there while we went to get parts. Later, as Jim changed the spring in the dark, lightening and a storm threatened us, but no lightening came near us, just rain. We finally fell into bed about midnight. Thankful to be alive and grateful for God’s protection.

The rest of the trip was uneventful, which we were glad for. I-40 is a beautiful drive across the nation, lots to see and enjoy. (Jim loves to drive.) At 5 pm on Aug.1 we pulled into the apartment complex where we will be living, (about three miles north of I-40). To our surprise and delight, we found a hand made welcome sign on the door with Jody, our daughter, inside wiping everything down with disinfectant. She also put food in the fridge. What a sweet daughter. We felt very welcome. We even got to visit our grand blessings outside in their backyard, keeping our distance. We were happy and blessed to make this journey with the Lord going before us and your many prayers.

Click this link to view more pictures and videos of our trip.

Praise and Prayer:

  1. Thanks for praying us from AZ to NC. What an adventure along a beautiful drive!
  2. Thanks for praying for Judy’s mom. She’s doing much better after going off the blood thinner. Still no cause for her low red blood count so please pray for that issue.
  3. Jim had major tooth infection and, after seeing a dentist and endodontist in NC, Jim had the tooth extracted on Aug 26. It seems so be healing well.
  4. Thanks for praying that we stayed free from Covid-19 and all other illnesses as we drove to NC. We are healthy! We got to see the grands outside for the first 2 weeks. Now every morning we take turns watching Everett (2 yrs) while Jody helps the 4th and 2nd grader do their zoom school. She is very grateful we are here for this crazy school year.
  5. We got moved into the apartment the first week. We like our creek side apt. It’s been crazy watching the creek behind us rise up to six feet at times from afternoon thunderstorms.
  6. Finding a church is something we need, please pray for that.
  7. ScriptureEarth.org work is moving ahead. Jim is finishing the set-up of the Facebook page. Still learning how to do it. Its somewhat different from a personal page. Judy is working on following up with contacts and building content tor the Facebook page.
  8. We have a three month lease on the apartment. We want to find other more permanent housing and get moved into it during the next two months. Please pray for that.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and generous support of the work we are doing. Our goal is to give access to the Bible in thousands of languages to people who need to find hope and the organizations that are called to work with them. We are a team!

Jim and Judy McCabe

jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 599-2470
judy_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681

Our new mailing address: 1257 9th St. NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Find Scripture Resources in thousands of languages: http://www.scriptureearth.org
To partner in prayer or financially with our Wycliffe ministry go to: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/JimandJudyMcCabe

You Choose..

June 7, 2020

Last month we sent a survey to help us find names for a new Scripture Access Facebook page. You did a great job and gave us a lot of names. We are down to the final selection, and we need your help again.  We would like you to select your favorite names from the list of names in the included  survey.  

Thanks for taking the survey,

Jim and Judy McCabe
520 599-2470
jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681
judy_mccabe@sil.



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What the World needs Now

June 2, 2020

Do you remember the popular 60’s song sung by Dionne Warwick, “What the World Needs Now?” The answer follows, “love sweet love.” That was true then and is true now. The next verse is, “It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” and the last verse says, “No, not just for some but for everyone.” We are so very sad about the injustice and absence of love shown towards people of color in our nation, so many years after that song was popular. 

I remember reading something in the archives of the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Cameron Townsend. He wrote on this subject during the ’60s. “As I observe what goes on around me, I’m convinced it’s love that this world needs, the love of God. It’s what you & I are supposed to give this old world, God’s love lived out in everyday life.” Wow!  What would that love look like today? The same as in Jesus’ day, 2,000 years ago when He was mistreated. In Mark 22:37-39, He told His followers to love the Lord their God with all their being and their neighbor as themselves. When we do that we will see the changes we need to see in our world.  

Today I read a reflection by the current Wycliffe president, John Chestnut, regarding the present situation in our country. It was full of empathy and compassion for those who have been mistreated. “I am convinced that the only true solution is a transformation in our hearts and minds that can only come from the one in whose image we are created. This is true for us as individuals and as a nation.” He was honest about his need also to look at his own life. What needs changing in his attitude, actions, etc?  I so appreciated his wisdom and leadership. I’ve included the link to it here.So, how about you? How are you doing? We are doing a lot of reflecting. Do we need to make some changes in our life? We’re listening, Lord!

We have been praying for each of you as you have navigated the last couple of months with the pandemic storm. It’s been good to hear from many of you. Some of you have lost loved ones and are navigating life without them. We are praying for you. We also pray you will be safe in the places you live at this time and that you will use this time to pray for our nation and its people. Prayer is a powerful tool against the enemy and his tactics to destroy. Eph 6:12-13. The battle isn’t against flesh and blood but against the devil’s evil forces.  Let’s stand firm. 

Prayer Requests for JunePray for our nation and all who live in it, to see what’s right and chose love, not revenge. Pray we can choose a good name for our Scripture Access Facebook page and get it up this month.Pray for Jim as he adjusts to the CPAP therapy. After 2 months, he’s finally got a respiratory therapist coming on Friday to help with finding a mask that fits. Another delay due to COVID-19.Pray we stay healthy, and free from COVID-19, before and during our visit with family in California, June 18-30.Pray for Jim’s brother Mike who is having major ankle surgery Friday, June 5. It will help him walk again without pain. Pray for protection for Judy’s dad who is doing chemo every day this week.Praise that we found an apartment to rent close to our grand-kids in Hickory, NC. We will be leaving Tucson on July 15. We will miss friends and our little slice of heaven in the shadow of the Tucson mountains, but we are looking forward to growing our relationships with our grand-kids and the fun we get to have with them.

We are thankful for each of you and your lives.

Jesus is Lord

Jim and Judy McCabe
520 599-2470, jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681, judy_mccabe@sil.org

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Thanks for taking the survey!

Take a Survey or took a Survey?

Dear Friends on May 2, 2020 we emailed this survey request. Many of you viewed it and took the survey for us. Thanks so much. But, if you missed it…

You are especially important to us. You are part of a team of people who care about getting the Bible into the hands of those who need it. And, we need you! 

This past month, Jim has been working on a new Facebook page. We want the page to not only point people to key places where Bibles in the languages of the world can be found but also to share stories and ideas of new ways they can join us in spreading the word about these resources. 

The key to a good page is its name. We need your help finding a good, easily searchable name for this new Facebook page.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. (Click the blue link) You know, two heads are better than one. Or as the writer of Proverbs says,  “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors, they succeed.” Prov. 15:22 NASB 

Let’s succeed for those waiting to find hope and life through His Word, the Bible. 

Jim and Judy McCabe
520 599-2470, jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681, judy_mccabe@sil.org

Find Scripture Resources in thousands of languageswww.scriptureearth.org
To help promote Scripture Earth: https://www.wycliffe.org/projects/scripture-earth-promotion
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Hope during these times

The last few weeks have been some of the strangest our world has ever experienced. Newsfeeds continue to reveal the spread and impact of COVID-19. It just seems crazy to see whole countries on lockdown and isolation as we have never known. People are losing loved ones, their sources of income, dreams for the future and more. We know our world will never be the same.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that people need hope. We, and we hope you too, are finding that hope in the person of Jesus and in His comforting words in the Bible. 

Some verses we have been revisiting are: Jesus is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1), His name is a strong tower (Proverbs 18:10), and the hope of all the nations (Matthew 12:21). He invites all of us to abide in His love. John 15:9. Why? Because He is our Good Shepherd, John 10:11. We are so glad He is watching out for us. And you too!

So how are you doing? How is your work progressing? Those are questions we are frequently asked. For us, we have had disturbed nights of sleep, seen many of the opportunities to promote ScriptureEarth.org canceled, and are feeling the loss of contact with our church, Bible study, and family and friends. We are and have been working from home since January, so that hasn’t changed.  But how we are doing it has. It has allowed us to keep promoting SE.org via social media, emails, and phone. Through online meeting platforms, we are staying connected to our work colleagues, church, friends and family. We are so thankful for technology! For such a time as this, it was created.

And how about you? How are you doing? How are you coping with the confinement and all the new ways of living in this crazy time? We hope you are well and finding time to enjoy your hobbies and do more prayer and reflection. Our prayers are powerful to bring down strongholds. We pray for you and encourage you: Keep trusting and keeping your hope in Him, our Risen and Victorious Savior. We know that someday in the future this will be over but for now:

Here’s how you can pray for us:

•    Please pray for good connections via social media, emails, and phone calls with people who can bring hope through sharing the resources found in ScriptureEarth.org. Please keep sharing this wonderful resource with others.  
•    We will get good sleep; it does make a difference. Jim was diagnosed with sleep apnea. He started with a CPAP machine last week, but needs a different mask.
•    We will abide in Christ and find our strength and hope in Him…fixing our eyes on Him. 
•    Praise for our new granddaughter, Olivia Hope, born April 2 to our son Josh and Ani in Russia. We don’t know when we will see them.  
•    Jordan started on a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Alaska on April 6th, so he can start work as a fireman at Denali NP later this month. Pray he uses his time wisely. 
•    Pray for protection for Judy’s dad with his blood disorder and weak immune system and her mom as she cares for him.  
•    Praise: Despite the present financial situation, our God provides through our faithful partners!

We hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrating, even if much different from your normal one. Praise God we have a Risen Savior and a God who is still Sovereign over all. 

Jim and Judy McCabe
520 599-2470, jim_mccabe@sil.org
520 268-3681, judy_mccabe@sil.org

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Jim & Judy McCabe

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Remember this today and remind yourself when you need this encouragement: Hebrews 6:19 tells us Jesus is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure. If He is the anchor, then nothing this world can throw at us can shake Him. If we are secured to Jesus, we don’t have to be shaken either. Stand strong in Him. We are praying for each of you and believing Jesus is going to build something beautiful out of this season!

Jim and Judy

ScriptureEarth.org

ScriptureEarth.org is a Bible and Scripture resource website with material in thousands of languages. Say you meet someone from Congo or DRC and they speak Lingala. Go to ScriptureEarth.org and either type in the language name Lingala or click on the drop-down country list and click on Congo or DRC. Then click on Lingala. Boom, you have 8 different resources in the Lingala language. An audio/text Bible, One can view the Jesus and Magdalena film, a YouVersion Bible, Bible stories in Audio recordings, one can buy a paper copy from two sources and find other resources from SIL.

ScriptureEarth.org makes use of the best Bible websites and simply organizes them by the language of the end-user. They don’t have to search through 5, 10 or 20 different websites. We give them a library of links to all the websites in just three clicks. Try it, go to ScriptureEarth.org and look up the language Sango.

Share this site with refugees and those who work with them.

Jim McCabe 520 599-2470 jim_mccabe@sil.org