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.
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.
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.
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.
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 union5 and our enduring partnership that began the first time I presented to you the gospel. 6 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.
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
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.