Beating the Blahs

A thoughtful post by a friend.

From the Inside Out

“Stand with me and sing!” invites the enthusiastic worship leader on the church platform, while guitars begin an upbeat tune and drums rap out a foot-tapping rhythm.

Around me people sway a bit to the music, some raise their hands, others worship with eyes closed.

And though I, too, sway and raise my hands, I have to admit my heart’s not in it. For some reason, lyrics that have brought me to joyful tears on other occasions are not penetrating today.

My spirit seems paralyzed—no feeling whatsoever. Efforts to engage—focusing on the words and imagining my Heavenly Father on his throne, listening with parental pleasure—don’t seem to help.

What’s wrong with me? I wonder.

Perhaps you’ve experienced the same numbness in corporate worship, maybe during personal quiet time or at prayer. And like me, you’ve felt certain that something must be wrong.

Granted, we worship God to honor him. Our…

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Our excitement is mounting…

Thousands of people are finding scripture resources in their heart language at ScriptureEarth.org  Jerry Yellowhawk, translator for the Lakota people, commented on one of the ScriptureEarth Facebook ads, “We have been working on this translation project for years, I’m glad someone put it out there. Thank you.”   Another pastor/ friend emailed today, “We have shared the SE website through our little mission church several times–a high school freshmen enrolled in German 1 was so excited she shared it with her friends.  At Bethel Bible Training Seminar–I shared the SE website with other students and the staff.  The folks who have been on Bethel training trips to Africa were very excited & thankful.  Send more cards as we can surely use them

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Praise God for one prayer and two financial partners who joined our partnership team this week. Please ask God to call 25 more team members by Oct 1 to complete our Wycliffe prayer and financial partnership team so we can begin our new assignment. Thank you for praying. 

People ask us, “What is this new assignment going to look like for us?  

We will be visiting cities across the US that have significant refugee or Native American populations.

    • Introducing church and refugee ministry staff to ScriptureEarth.org, and how to use it.
    • Help them discover which people groups are living within 3 – 5 miles of their church.
    • We will help them build a vision for bringing people to Christ by using Scripture in the people’s heart language.
    • We will also visit Native American schools, radio and TV stations and local ethnic community stores and events.
    • We will be stopping at Universities and public libraries, Christian schools and businesses, radio and TV stations and local newspapers.
    • Our visits will often coincide with posting ScriptureEarth Facebook advertising to minority language people groups.

We are excited and passionate about what God is doing through this one website,  ScriptureEarth.org  It’s hard to believe that God chose Judy and me to do this work. Will you join our Wycliffe ministry to reach more people with the Word of God? The people we are reaching will be forever grateful.                          

Occasional overseas assignments

I, Jim, will continue traveling internationally once or twice a year with the JAARS Land Transportation program. I’ll be teaching motorcycle and 4X4 driving safety and maintenance to national and expatriate Bible translators and literacy workers. The next trip is tentatively planned for early December 2018 to Papua New Guinea.

We will continue to travel to Chad, Africa once a year leading teams to accomplish special facility maintenance projects. The next project is tentatively planned for April / May 2019.  The project is to replace the plumbing in an 8 unit SIL guest house. I’ll need two plumbers, an electrician, a mason and several general handymen/women. Let me know if you’d like to join me for one or up to six weeks of this missions trip. 

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Scripture once understood always impacts hearts! Please let us know if you’d like some ScriptureEarth.org cards to give to your church, small groups, pastors, libraries, study groups, etc. 

Thanks for all you do for us!

Jim and Judy McCabe
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80,000 views of www.ScriptureEarth.org ads on Facebook

80,000 views of www.ScriptureEarth.org on Facebook ads!

The SIL Americas’ Scripture Access team we are hoping to join currently has 9 members.  This team has been busy promoting the use of the website www.ScriptureEarth.org to people whose first language is not English but living in North America.

Here is a short list of some of the languages that they have reached out to:  Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Rwanda Kinyarwanda, Assyrian, Nepali, Metlatonoc Mixtec, Somali, Akan, Zacatlan Nahuatl, Gwich’in,  Amatlan Zapotec,  Akateco, Mong Njua, Agutaynen, Tagalog, Yoruba, Cora.

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Facebook Ads

One way the Scripture Access team is working to reach out to these language groups is by posting Facebook Ads. The ads focus on specific areas of North America where speakers of these language groups live. They can focus on an area as small as an apartment complex. Then they receive the analytics; letting them know the success of the advertisement.

Here is an example of the analytics for the Rwanda ad. The ad, a short Bible story, was seen by 1,495 people; 228 people ‘liked’ it, and 7 people ‘shared’ it with their friends. As a result, many others have looked at the Bible in Rwanda on ScriptureEarth.

To see it yourself, you can click the hyperlink below and go directly to the Rwanda ScriptureEarth.org page.   https://goo.gl/bng8H6  There you will find Scripture in text form, audio, and video in Rwandan.

After only two months there have been nearly 80,000 views of www.ScriptureEarth.org ads on Facebook. Potentially 80,000 people given access to Scripture in their heart language.  We believe this is proving to be a very effective tool.

Judy and I greatly desire to join the Scripture Access team to multiply and broaden their efforts.  We can only do that when our prayer and financial partnership team is large enough to fully fund our Wycliffe ministry. Please pray that God will call out an additional 30 partners by Oct. 1st.  Might one of them be you? Click here to see how to join our sending team.” 

Once the partnership team is complete we will hit the road to promote ScriptureEarth.org to churches, universities, and ministries who are helping the refugee, immigrant, and Native American populations.  At times we will be working in areas where the Facebook ads have run to reinforce that effort.

The Family:
Judy and I are doing great, even though tired from all the travels. We are currently back in Tucson. We leave Aug 8 for our daughters home in NC. She will be giving birth to our third grandchild. Judy will be helping with the older kids and I will continue our work of expanding our Wycliffe partnership team.

Jody’s pregnancy is going well. Pray that he doesn’t come before we arrive. The grandkids are having good adventures this summer. Violette had 7 teeth pulled cuz of overcrowding! Brave girl! Caleb works hard at his job and the house remodeling.

Josh and his new wife Ani are 3/4 of the way through their two month trip in the USA; introducing Ani to the family from coast to coast. This is her first time in the USA. They return to Russia Aug 1.

Jordan is still based at the Grand Canyon as a firefighter on the helicopter crew. He is currently on a fire in northern Nevada.

It’s summer here in Tucson and so it’s hot, but the summer rains have cooled it down a bit.

Thank you for praying for us, encouraging us and supporting our Wycliffe ministry.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.   John 8:32 NIV

Community Service May 2018

 

Hume Lake Christian Camps…

20180511_062400-EFFECTSMay 6-11, Judy and I had the awesome privilege to serve with a community of believers at Hume Lake Christian camps. Men on a Mission (and women too) from Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido CA have been making the trip to Hume for 20 years to serve the camp by preparing things for the coming summer camps. Did you know this camp hosts 20,000 campers each summer? This was our first time to join in this annual event. It was an excellent experience to be part of a community of over 300 people to bless this camp. Kids to seniors joined in and got “down and dirty”. I served with a group of guys in the auto shop, some of us pulling a runout engine out of a pick-up truck and replacing with a good used one. I enjoyed serving along with Mike and Larry, helping Scott the full-time Hume auto mechanic.

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20180509_161316-COLLAGE.jpg50 years ago as a 6th grader, I came to Wagon Train camp and stayed in one of these wagons. That summer I received Jesus as my Savior and began an incredible journey of growing in Jesus and serving Him all over the world.

20180507_103420-COLLAGE.jpgJudy did several things. She started with pulling apart foam mattresses to make a bumpy surface which would be attached to a portable wooden set and painted to look like lava rocks. It was finger breaking, so she tried raking pine needles and found that feet breaking (not literally), so she found her place in painting fluorescent paint on silk leaves to add to the rock scene.  Doing this gave us the wonderful opportunity to connect with new people, new friends, all part of this community called, The Body of Christ.

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The majestic Sequoia and delicate berry blossoms existing side by side.

Thanks again for praying for us as we traveled in CA and shared about our new Wycliffe ministry and inviting others to partner with us. Did you know that since 2016 the number of visits to ScriptureEarth.org has doubled each year and as of this April have already doubled from 2017? You are having that effect as you pray and support our Wycliffe ministry. People are finding the Scriptures in their heart language.

Thanks! Please keep praying for more people to join our Wycliffe prayer and financial team. We are still 15% short of our Wycliffe required budget.

Jim and Judy McCabe

 

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Jim and Judy McCabe

Jim and Judy McCabe

The Bible is the foundation of the church. The church has the opportunity and responsibility of communicating the love of God to all people in all locations of the world. Jim and Judy want to help the church accomplish this. SIL International in partnership with Wycliffe has developed a new tool for the church to use in getting this job done. http://www.ScriptureEarth.org

Jim and Judy will be crisscrossing the USA in a very strategic method making face to face encounters with churches, ministries, Native American and immigrant communities, refugee aid organizations, and individuals, introducing them to www.scriptureearth.org and helping them learn to use it. Through this website, non-English speakers can access scriptures in their mother tongue or heart language.

Would you consider becoming a part of their Wycliffe ministry partnership team? You can join their financial team by clicking here. If you’d like to receive their Wycliffe ministry newsletter and info on how to pray for them, click here.

Jim and Judy will continue travel to Chad, Africa leading teams to accomplish special facilities maintenance projects for Bible Translators. Jim will also continue traveling to countries in Africa as part of an African area transportation team, training national  Bible translators and literacy workers motorcycle & 4X4 driving safety and vehicle maintenance. All of this in an effort to connect individuals to Jesus. You too can be a part of this by clicking here!

Scripture Earth News

 

The below article is from Mission Network News about Scripture Earth. Our colleague Wade, who is promoting the site like we want to do, helped write it. We hope it helps to make it clearer why we are excited about promoting this website in the US. Please keep praying for more partners to join our Wycliffe ministry team. We can’t start promoting this full time until we are at 100% of our Wycliffe ministry budget. Right now we are in California sharing with our present partners and looking for new people to introduce to our Wycliffe ministry.

Website fills the gap for Bible distribution to minority language groups

By Julie BourdonMarch 14, 2018
pixabayInternational (MNN) – Many people believe Bible translation could be completed for all languages within our lifetime. However, many of the remaining languages are spoken in tumultuous parts of the world. Be it civil war, poverty, or famine, chaotic circumstances around the globe have driven people abroad at great rates. This means that the distribution process has become much more complicated.

Wade Remer of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA says this is the purpose of their website, ScriptureEarth.org, an index of Scripture resources in different languages.

Remer says, “Wycliffe’s Scriptureearth.org website was started by three computer guys who realized that as the Scriptures were translated and printed and distributed, the distribution happened [in] foreign fields. But as people migrate [to the United States] and to other places around the world, they needed access to those Scriptures.”

When people move to a different country where they are a minority language group, they usually can’t find a physical copy of the Bible in their language. But Scripture Earth has Bible content of various mediums in just under 2,300 languages. Wycliffe has been involved in the Bible translation of many of these languages, but the website also includes translations other organizations have done.

This website has been around for about six years now. Remer, who’s been with Wycliffe for about 30 years, says he and his wife, Joy, have been involved with spreading the word about the website for the last year or so. And Scripture Earth is an eye-catching resource for minority language speakers, even if they weren’t specifically looking for Scripture.

“The only thing online in their language, in many cases, is the Scripture. And the easiest way for a person to find the Scriptures is through the website, Scripture Earth. And so, we do a lot of distribution of a little card we have about Scripture Earth in libraries. We talk to individuals. We look for key people in ministries that are reaching out to the refugee and the immigrant here in the United States,” Remer explains.

True to the heart of Wycliffe’s vision, Scripture Earth is about sharing the Gospel with people in the way they will understand best. Remer says, “God’s Word speaks best through the heart language.”

The usage of this website is growing, and so are the resources offered. Will you ask God to use this website to impact the people who don’t know him yet? Pray for more people to learn about this website so they can study Scriptures in their language.

“God’s Word does God’s work. And you know, if a man, woman, or child want to read the Bible, they shouldn’t have to learn a foreign language. And Scripture Earth … allows people to listen to it, to download the Bible.app in their language. And we’re starting to put more resources like literacy primers and materials like that on the website as well.”

Consider sharing this website with the non-native English speakers in your life and community. 


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9,000 miles in 77 days

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.free-us-map-with-major-cities-usa-major-cities-mapa_LI (5)            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.

***Prayer request***

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.