We just got back to Tucson! It was a great trip that’s not over yet. 9000 miles in 77 days so far. Our last update was from Orlando, FL to Houston, TX. From there we had several great appointments in the Dallas area, one in Norman, OK. Ten days worth of appointments in Wichita, KS. Several in Western Kansas. One in Los Animas, CO. Two in Albuquerque, NM. A stop in Show Low, AZ and White Mt. Apache cultural center and then home to Tucson. Red is what we have already done in the last 77 days. Blue is the next phase.
We won’t go into extensive detail about our travels here, except to say they were beyond our expectations. We are convinced this is the season for ScriptureEarth.org. The technology is in place for this treasure chest of jewels to be given away around the world. We have given out over 2,500 ScriptureEarth cards and sent cards to several who wanted more to share in their community. On average it only took us about five minutes to explain what ScriptureEarth.org is and our desire to promote it so people can have access to the Scriptures in their heart language. God provided many opportunities to talk with Churches, Christian organizations, Christian schools who had foreign students saw the value right off. We talked to other Wycliffe members, a Dallas radio station announcer, many Wycliffe ministry partners, pastors, and many new people. Once we shared it, we would “green light” ideas of how they or their church could use ScriptureEarth.org. Pastors and friends have given us names of people in other towns who have ministries or a church outreach to those who grew up not speaking English. If we were talking to a pastor we would suggest they put it in their bulletin, on the screen up front on Sunday morning, make an announcement about it from the pulpit, put it on their church web or FB page, insert in their email signature, business card, print cards for the members to hand out at opportune times, etc. You too can share this with your pastor!
Some of our meetings were planned, but many were just great opportunities. Sometimes when driving by a church we would get a God nudge, “Go there”. We stopped to see what God had lined up. At one of our meetings, a pastor gave us a contact with a Syrian woman who works with Somalians. He was involved with BOTT radio and gave us the idea for putting Public Service Announcements on for-profit radio stations across the USA, for free.
A God thing happened in Garden City, KS. A Wichita pastor said he had a sister church in Garden City and we should go see them. We had forgotten about it as we drove around the outside of Garden City. Judy wanted a coffee. We looked for the closest McD’s location and as we were heading to it God led us right past the church we had forgotten about. We laughed as we stopped in and talked to the wife of the pastor, as he was out on a call. She was very excited about ScriptureEarth.org.
Additional funding is coming in as individuals have joined our partnership team and some present partners have increased their donations to Wycliffe for our ministry. A few churches have asked important questions about our Wycliffe ministry budget and funding and we are waiting to hear back from them. Keep praying! God wants this work accomplished and He will provide all of our needs in His timing. If God is urging you to get on board with our Wycliffe ministry as financial or prayer partners, don’t delay. It’s a great adventure you don’t want to miss.
Wednesday morning my (Jim) right knee, the one I had a partial replacement done in 2014, swelled up like a big grapefruit. Hurt like the dickens and was very difficult to walk on. I didn’t do anything, except drive 9000 miles in 77 days. But that couldn’t have done it, could it? Praise God, I got a Doc appointment for Monday morning. If the knee thing goes well, (Doc says wear a brace for the next month), we will head to California the end of next week for another month of Partnership Development (PD). If the knee thing does not go well, (Doc says surgery now), then we’ll be around a while; deviate from our California plan and do whatever else God has planned for us.