May 12 Praise & Prayer Requests

James 5:16b New International Version (NIV)

16 b The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Remember that you are righteous because of what Jesus did, not because of what you do! I am counting on you righteous people to have some powerful and effective prayers on our behalf and for those waiting to hear about Him through His Word in their language!

Look at what God has done because of your prayers in the last two weeks!

  • Pray for our meeting with the new Wycliffe president on the 6th of May. Pray that he catches the vision for the significance of Scripture Earth.
    • Answer: I had a GREAT meeting with the new Wycliffe president.
  • Pray God leads us to our next work location after Orlando, we’ll be finished here mid-May.  Lots of options right now.
    • Answer: We are now scheduled to be back in Tucson June 7th.
    • Prayer: Need direction for the next location after June.
  • Pray for wisdom: Because we are on the road full time, Jim is thinking we should sell our home.
    • Answer: Do not sell the home.
  • Pray about the possibility of renting our home. If that is God’s leading, we would need a reasonably priced property manager.
    • Answer: It looks like we may have our home rented to a Tucson Lutheran church to use for a parsonage. This would be a year contract starting the end of June!
    • Pray this will happen!
  • In light to the above answer to prayer, an RV would be a good thing to have as we travel nationwide promoting ScriptureEarth.org. 
    • Prayer: Ask God to provide just the right RV before the end of June!
  • Pray for wisdom – should we go to an event in Charlottesville, VA, June 12-14, called Cosim. http://www.cosimnetwork.org
    • Answer, NO
  • Pray God leads more people to partner with the Scripture Earth Promotion Project  https://www.wycliffe.org/projects/scripture-earth-promotion.
    • Answer: Praise for additional funding that came in the last two weeks.
    • Pray for that to continue.
  • Judys Achilles tendon on her left foot is swollen and very sore.
    • Answer: She has seen an ankle doctor. She needs to ice, stretch and rest.
    • Pray for complete healing!
  • Pray for grace and patience while we live and work so closely these days.
  • Praise: God has given us many awesome opportunities to share the scripture resources on ScriptureEarth.org with people and churches in Florida. Many are catching the vision and sharing it with others.
    • Pray that God would provide more people to help us in this vision of promoting ScriptureEarth.org
  • Pray: For Mike as he continues cancer treatments
  • Praise: Arval regaining more mobility and the possibly returning home soon.
  • Thanks for praying, we couldn’t do this without you!!!!
Jim McCabe
520 599-2470, jim_mccabe@sil.org
Judy McCabe
520 268-3681, judy_mccabe@sil.org
Find Scripture in thousands of languages:  www.scriptureearth.org
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Joni & Friends give a shout out about ScriptureEarth.org

Here is a 4-minute audio clip from Joni Ericksen Tada, leader of Joni & Friends. https://www.joniandfriends.org/scripture-earth/

(Below is the text of the audio)

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to Joni and Friends.  

Not long ago I found myself in a prayer meeting at an international church. When I arrived, I immediately noticed many people, all of them believers in Jesus, and they were obviously from different nationalities. Some of them were dressed in African garb, others looked Middle Eastern. One or two people even wore turbans, and I noticed a few women wearing Indian saris. I thought to myself, ‘Oh, this is going to be interestingand I was right. More than just interesting, it was absolutely heavenly when we all started praying; oh, sure some in English, but many chose to pray in their own language. And at the close when we sang a few familiar worship songs, the words were indescribable (actually they were indiscernible), but oh, the sound took my breath away. Like I said, it sounded like heaven.  

My heart is always stunned and stirred when I hear people from different nations giving praise to God in their own language. And if it thrills me here on earth, what will it be like in the throne room of God? Revelation Chapter 7 says, “… I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar: ‘Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!’” Will we say all speak in English, or in French, or Russian? Or will it be the language that people all enjoyed speaking together before the Tower of Babel when God divided that one language into many. Look, I don’t know what it will be like, but that description in Chapter 7 makes me want to lie prostrate in amazement! 

Recently, I had that same feeling of amazement when a friend shared a link to a fascinating website called Scripture Earth. It catalogs every (and I mean every) known bit of Scripture available in every language on every continent. You can click and listen to (or you can choose to read) scripture spoken and written in all kinds of languages; those well-known and others that are completely obscure. I played around on the website for a while, clicking here and there, looking at John 3:16 written in Achagua and Abidji, whatever those languages are! It is astounding—not only to think of the variety of tribes and peoples God has created, but to imagine standing alongside them from all those nations (those people) as we praise God together. What a glorious day that is going to be.

So get ready, get started for the party by clicking on the link to Scripture Earth. And the best part – if you know someone in your town or on your college campus who speaks Vietnamese, Uzbek, Tamil, Hindi or some other way-different language, hop on the website, cut and paste a few encouraging Bible verses in their tongue, or perhaps your favorite Psalm or maybe your life verse; find it in their language, print it out, and hand it to them with a smile, and maybe a hug :-). After all, it’s a wonderful way – and a simple way – of sharing favorite Bible verses. So today, find the link to Scripture Earth below because God’s Word changes lives, so let’s do all we can to reach our international friends with God’s love, after all, I know you want them to join us before God’s throne, praising their Savior on that glorious day! God bless you today and thanks for listening to Joni and Friends.

Scripture Earth

Reposted from © Joni and Friends

Some Prayer Requests

Pray

  • Pray for our meeting with the new Wycliffe president on the 6th of May. Pray that he catches the vision for the significance of Scripture Earth.
  • Pray we meet and talk with the right people at CRU (The Jesus Film people) and Pioneers.
  • Pray, we find the right people, churches and organization here in Orlando to meet with.
  • Pray God leads us to our next work location after Orlando, we’ll be finished here mid-May.  Lots of options right now.
  • We are still thinking an RV would be a mighty nice thing to have for doing this nationwide travel work. Pray God makes it happen.
  • Pray for wisdom: Because we are on the road full time, Jim is thinking we should sell our home.
  • Pray about the other possibility of renting our home. If that is God’s leading, we would need a reasonably priced property manager.
  • Pray for wisdom – should we go to an event in Charlottesville, VA, June 12-14, called Cosim. http://www.cosimnetwork.org
  • Pray God leads more people to partner with the Scripture Earth Promotion Project  https://www.wycliffe.org/projects/scripture-earth-promotion
  • We are in good health, we praise God for that!
  • Pray for our stamina, we are on the go a lot.
  • Thanks for praying, we couldn’t do this without you!

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

Easter 2019

I Love to Tell the Story

April 2019

Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the grave. Jesus died for our sins and conquered death making it possible for you and me to have a restored relationship with Him. It’s a love story we love to tell because it is the Good News! God is bringing the unreached peoples of the world within arm’s reach of Christians and churches throughout North America. Through sharing the website ScriptureEarth.org we can engage the unreached peoples with this Good News in their language.

 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,(Is.5:3, John 1:29) and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures(Ps. 16:10, Luke 24:26-27).
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Praise and Prayer for Promotion of ScriptureEarth.org

  1. Praise:  We are having great opportunities promoting ScriptureEarth.org to the staff at the Wycliffe US offices in Orlando. Many are catching the vision and sharing it with others.
  2. Praise: Our friend Mike loaned us their RV to use through May. It’s conveniently located near WBT.
  3. Prayer that the WBT US leadership will catch the vision for the significance of the site and will place it in a prominent place on the WBT website and in their literature.
  4. Prayer for Direction in producing some audio and video promotional/vision casting materials.
  5. Prayer that Judy and I get some professional training in “live radio interviews”.
  6. Prayer for More funding to come in for Scripture Earth Promotion fund This provides for the promotional costs.
  7. Prayer for direction after our time in Orlando; June and beyond…
  8. Prayer for a 5th wheel which will allow us to travel more freely.  (We have enough in savings for a good used truck…just not the 5th wheel.)
  9. Prayer for our children and grandkids spread around the world: China-Josh, Russia-Ani-(Josh’s wife), Alaska-Jordan and North Carolina-Jody & family. *, see picture collage below.
  10. Praise that my Dad-99 and Judy’s parents -mid-’80s are doing well for their ages.

They found the Bible in their language!

A Dallas Baptist University professor heard about ScriptureEarth.org and shared it with one of her students. Her student is a native Grebo speaker from Liberia.  He had never read Scripture in his own language. Now he has it in text and audio and can watch the Jesus film.

The man behind the counter had an African accent. I commented that I had worked in Africa and asked what country he was from. He said Zambia. I showed him the ScriptureEarth.org website on my phone and I entered Zambia under the country. When the languages came up, I asked which of the 35 languages he spoke. With a big smile, he showed me his language. I clicked it and showed him all the Bible and other resources available. I handed him the SE card. He was very appreciative. Because it is “His” language, he will pass it on to family and friends.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and for joining us in this work. God & you are making this possible.

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

ScriptureEarth.org

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  1. What it is? ScriptureEarth.org is the easiest and most complete website for accessing the Bible and Scripture resources in thousands of languages. Through text, audio, and video, Scripture Earth provides access to Scripture resources from the best Bible translation and Scripture distribution organizations, such as YouVersion, Wycliffe, CRU, Faith Comes by Hearing/Hosanna, SIL and many more. We collaborate to provide Bible access to all the languages of the world from a single internet website.
  2. Why it is important? Many people have moved from their home countries, some freely and others by force, requiring a change to a new language. For them, their first language is a significant part of their identity. It is the language that speaks to their heart’s deepest questions about life and God. 20% of the U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home; about 65 million people. ScriptureEarth.org can be a bridge to restoration, hope, and access to God’s Word in a language and form they clearly understand.
  3. How to use it? Giving access to God’s Word will happen as each of us promote ScriptureEarth.org to our churches and contacts. You and I can bookmark it on our smartphones, place the website on our email, Facebook, blog posts, Twitter, and our personal and organizational publications. Please like the pages you open on Scripture Earth and share with others. I think God made the internet to provide Scripture Access to the world.
  4. The Goal is to inform North America about this resource. Promotion to 400,000 churches, and Christian schools, Universities, Native American Communities, Refugee ministries, and Christian media. Together we can provide Scripture access to the world!

Here are steps to get started:

  1. In your church: Ask your church to place the website ScriptureEarth.org on a Sunday morning information slide or bulletin. Each Sunday make a ten-second announcement, “If you grew up speaking a language other than English, go to ScriptureEarth.org and hopefully you will find a Bible or Scripture resources in your language.”
  2. In Your community: Start a conversation. An example: The man behind the counter had an African accent. I commented that I had worked in Africa and asked what country he was from. He said Zambia. I showed him the ScriptureEarth.org website on my phone and I entered Zambia under country. When the languages came up I asked which of the 35 languages he spoke. With a big smile, he showed me his language. I clicked it and showed him all the Bible and other resources available. I handed him the SE card. He was very appreciative and said he would look at it later. Because it is “His” language, he will pass it on to family and friends back home.
  3. Ask God how He wants you to help connect people to His Word in their language. God is creative and He will show you new and better ways.

Give Scripture Earth cards to people who grew up speaking a language other than English.  I can ship you some cards or you can make up your own.  Once you have it bookmarked on your phone you can easily show others the site.

www.ScriptureEarth.org 

Jim McCabe    jim_mccabe@sil.org    520 599-2470

Judy McCabe    judy_mccabe@sil.org    520 268-3681

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Facelift for Scripture Earth Website

March 2019

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We are excited to introduce the new look to the front page of the ScriptureEarth.org web page. (See above) Our developing team worked very hard for several months to come up with this look. We just received March statistics for Scripture Earth.org (SE) and it is astounding! These figures are doubled from 2017. Promoting is working! People are finding Gods Word in their language! Thanks so much for praying for this to happen!

Oct-Mar 2018-19
Individual visitors    192,593
How many visits        254,477
Number of pages opened      772,004
How many minutes spent viewing material    332,601

Comings and Goings
In our last letter, we told about our trip to Baton Rouge to help some long-time friends.  Judy decluttered, cleaned, and watched HGTV with the wife, while Jim put up blinds in their kitchen, to help her feel safer, worked on the car and other honey-dos that her husband can’t do. (Remember he has Neural Invasive West Nile Virus and has been in the hospital since Aug.) His rehabilitation is a long, possibly, 2-year process. He is improving and for that we thank God.  Please pray for Arval and for his wife Penny with increasing memory challenges.

Land Transportation Recurrent Training
After Baton Rouge, we headed to NC. Jim needed to get his annual recurrent training on the JAARS 4X4 training material.  See the picture below. We also got to see our grandkids in Hickory for a week. While in Hickory, Jim visited 35 churches. Most of the pastoral staff were not at the church buildings. (They were out doing ministry!) Pray with us for a better strategy to speak to church leaders and for follow-up.

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On our way back to Dallas, Texas we stopped by the Choctaw Nation Bible translation project in Mississippi. We met Chris and Millie, the Choctaw speakers and Laura, the Wycliffe colleague working with them. We showed them the Scripture Earth website and their Choctaw material on it. Jim taught them how to get more of their Scripture projects on it, and helped them bookmark it to their smartphones. Pray for the finishing of the checking of their NT; they are getting close and the enemy is ramping up attacks.

March
We will work in Dallas until March 15th and then make our way to Florida. Our friend Mike is loaning us his RV. It is waiting for us at the RV park across the street from the Wycliffe USA headquarters.  There are just enough donations in the Scripture Earth Promotion Project to use the RV if we keep it in one place. Our plan is to work in Orlando from mid-March to mid-May. We will promote  ScriptureEarth.org to the staff working at the Wycliffe office as well as churches and organizations working with refugees. Pray for travel mercies and good connections! Pray for our friend Mike; he is fighting prostate cancer.  

Every week we see why God led us to Texas.
Not only have we talked to 500+ people and distribute 750+ Scripture Earth communication cards, but we got to attend several mission conferences. We had a display table at both the Evangelical Missiological Society and Global Languages Services Conferences. We came away with better insight into the migrant population issues, and how different organizations are trying to address it. People are starting to understand how important Scripture Earth is to organizations needing to provide the Bible in a language and form people understand best.

Each significant conversation with someone about the website and its resources help to spread this tool. It’s so cool when someone “gets it” and becomes excited to share it stateside and around the world. One conference speaker, with an amazing story, told of being carried along on a God-ordained wave as a refugee group came into their lives. Long story, but through this encounter, a church was born in Winston-Salem and new missionaries from among the refugees are now returning to their home country to evangelize and encourage the believers. They are using Scripture Earth! Yeah! God is waking-up the Church. Pray for those reaching out to refugees. Pray that the Church will be His hands and feet.

Refugees do not move by choice
What should be our response?
Protect life and Dignity

Filippo Grandi, U.N.
High Commissioner for Refugees.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 NASB

Thank you for your vital part in this ministry to give God’s word to people in Dallas, TX, the USA, and beyond! We could not do this without you.

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

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