Open Doors

God has opened many doors for us to share the Scripture Earth website in Dallas since we arrived on January 8. It’s been remarkable! We have spoken with a couple hundred people and have given out 500 info cards. It has been exciting to see the enthusiasm as people grasp the enormity of what can happen when this website is shared.

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Part of our focus has been to promote it to Wycliffe/SIL and other partner organizations working on the International Linguistic Center in Duncanville, TX. We encourage them to share it with others. Joy spread on the face of a nurse when a colleague shared it with her. Judy shared it with a Navaho lady who shared it with her grandparents who still speak the language. Jim shared it with a husband and wife from Nepal and they were intrigued.  We have also visited several churches and refugee ministries. Wish you could see their eyes light up as they access the scripture resources available on their phones in their mother tongue language.

RV
You probably remember that we are asking God for an RV to criss-cross the US promoting the website.  Recently a friend, Mike, called to offer us the short term use (as in months not years) of his 30 ft C-class RV.  We are so thankful for his offer, but after praying about his offer, we were reminded that the Scripture Earth Promotion Project has not been funded yet, something that is accomplished through individuals, churches, or businesses. This project will cover the costs of promotional materials, transportation expenses, and advertising. Wycliffe doesn’t want us using our personal ministry budget to cover these expenses. The 2019 budget is $11,800. Will you pray with us? Together we will watch God provide for this!

Something you can do is start a group funding site on the internet. Wycliffe offers a really easy way to do this. Find it here. There are other good sites as well like, FaceBook FundraiserGo Fund Me, and crowdfunding.

URGENT PRAYER for our friend Mike. He has prostate cancer. It was in remission but has returned. It has spread significantly and he is entering an experimental program.

Pray also for the Scripture Earth developers and programmers. They are in the process of moving the site to another server location. It outgrew the old location. As a result, the site also lost its funding. But praise God, last week some Wycliffe volunteers in Tucson committed to funding it for 2019.

Pray for wisdom as we research and plan the next 12 months. We want to be at the locations and events where the scripture earth resource can have the greatest impact.
*If you know of an event, ministry, organization or church that needs to know about this website please let us know.

Praise we are getting some promotional materials created.  It’s very time-consuming for us non-media folks, but we are thankful for a colleague who is helping them look great!

Personal Prayer we are in Baton Rouge for a week  (Feb 9 – 16) to help our friend Arval recovering from neuro-invasive West Nile Virus and his wife who has memory issues. Her sister will be away for two weeks ministering at a retreat for missionaries in Asia. Just Saturday a specialist from Mississippi came to do a nerve conduction test which showed his nerves are good so that PT should increase. Pray the insurance will approve this treatment and that he can improve his breathing.

Thank you for partnering with us,

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

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Prayer Requests – Jan 2019

Greetings Prayer Team

God is good, all the time, God is good! We are now in the Dallas, Texas area until mid March. Pray with us for:

  1. Our first challenge is getting our Wycliffe ScriptureEarth.org promotion materials designed and printed.
  2. Then our primary focus will be helping pastors and churches understand what ScriptureEarth.org is and how to use it in their church.
  3. We will be working with refugee aid groups, both Christian and secular introducing them to ScriptureEarth.org and how to use Scripture in a refugees language to bring calm in stressful transitions.
  4. We’ll be introducing Christian schools, primary, high school and college to ScriptureEarth.org and how to use it.
  5. We hope there will be time to build ads for Christian media; print, internet, radio and TV. Pray it can happen.
  6. Continue to pray for our health. Jims chest congestion and cough are still with him. Judy’s back is still aching. (She thinks its from criss-crossing the States in our little pickup.)
  7. Keep praying for God’s provision of an RV for us to use.

The US census bureau tells us that 20% of the people living in the US do not speak English at home. They grew up speaking a language other than English. They may only have a 40% – 60% comprehension of English. That isn’t enough to understand the Bible in English. That other language is what they pray in. They need to be reading the Bible in that other language. ScriptureEarth.org is the easiest way to find Scripture in thousands of languages. The church is an excellent place for refugees to learn English and American traditions. The church can place the ScriptureEarth.org web site on their Sunday morning info slides, in the church bulletin, on the church web page and make a simple ten second announcement at the beginning of each service. Something like, ” If you did not grow up speaking English, go to this website and hopefully find the Bible in your language. Then you can follow along in your language on your smartphone.” This can be an excellent Christian outreach to the percentage of church attendees who know some English don’t speak English at home.

Thanks for your prayer partnership, none of this could be happening without your involvement.

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Jim and Judy McCabe with Wycliffe ScriptureEarth.org promotion.

jim_mccabe@sil.org

520 599-2470

JAARS 4X4 Training in PNG, Dec 2018

Why do land transportation training?  How hard can driving a 4X4 or motorcycle be?

Good questions! The answer is simple. It saves lives, reduces injuries, reduces cost of replacing or repairing very expensive equipment. But most important it keeps our people who do very important work on the job. Those people are getting the Bible translated into a language people best understand.

Most humans adapt to cultural norms very quickly. Driving a vehicle is no exception. The three things that injure and kill more drivers and occupants in developing nations are not using seat belts, overloading, and driving too fast.  In many countries driving with a seat belt on is inconvenient and unprofitable. Too often overloaded vehicles are the norm.  There is little understanding of the vehicle manufacturers requirements about loading.  These are bad habits, but bad habits involving motor vehicles are dangerous.

Information learned from motor vehicle accidents in the host countries have helped our JAARS Land Transportation program to craft a driving safety and maintenance program to meet the needs of those living and working in our world wide translation locations.

Pray that more people in other locations can get this training.

Photos of the Papua New Guinea trip:

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For the rest of the photo story go to   Jim’s PNG photos

Thanks for praying

Jim and Judy McCabe

jim_mccabe@sil.org

520 599-2470

End of 2018 note

And its been a good year…

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Christmas 2018 is over. We hope that yours was blessed with joyful times of celebration. We had a wonderful time with two of our three children and our 3 grandkids.

The countdown to the New Year is on! As it draws to a close will you consider making a donation to the Wycliffe Scripture Earth Promotion project fund? Through this project you will have a part in giving the gift of the Scriptures in a form and language best understood by those refugees in our midst. Like to a Malaysian women who recently was introduced to the ScriptureEarth.org website. Her eyes went wide with amazement as she found many resources available on her smartphone. She was excited to return home to show her aunt what she had found. Then there’s the Filipino woman living in Illinois who also had a similar reaction as she was blown away by all of the resources available. She said she would be forwarding this to her mother and family who were still in the Philippines.

Thanks for sharing the website with people you meet and sharing your stories with us.

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Jim returned to the US, Dec. 17th, from the 4×4 training course in PNG. It went really well and was appreciated by the participants. (He said he will write an email…soon.) I joined him in North Carolina on the 18th.

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Judys Back
The Friday before I flew out to meet him in NC, my SI joint went out. I could barely walk and surely couldn’t get the house cleaned for the snowbirds who will be staying in it, January and February. Thank you to those from our church who helped get it clean. Please pray for healing as it is still bothering me.

2019
Right now we are in Wichita seeing Jim’s Dad, who was in the hospital over Christmas. He’s doing great now. We will head down to Dallas the end of the week where we will be promoting the SE website to churches and ministries until March. God provided a place for us to stay and we are excited to begin our Scripture Earth website promotion work there.

May you grow closer to Jesus in 2019

Jim and Judy

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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Our Blog, current stories visit https://jim-judy-wycliffe-journey.com/

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