The between times…

The existence of God…

Often the time between Christmas and New Years is a time of quiet reflection or mad chaotic gift exchange at the store. Fortunately for us, it’s leaning towards the quieter side. We are with our grand-kids and their parents and our youngest son and his girlfriend. No gifts to exchange, we loved them all.


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” So say the elves in “Elf”. We hope you had great times of singing this Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, so the angels sang some 2,000 years ago, to the humble shepherds. He is the One we sing about, sing for and worship.  He is God of all that is. He has forever existed before time, matter and space. He is the intelligent designer who made us. There is no greater calling or action available to us than to love Him and be loved by Him.

I saw a video clip the other day about two men in some sort of university debate. A professor asking a Christian apologist to prove the existence of God. The apologist simply said God exists outside of time, space or matter. At His own bidding, He created all three at the same time. For in our current human existence one cannot exist without the other two. Our human thinking and reasoning abilities are not capable of understanding life outside of time, space and matter. So we are limited in our ability to truly understand God in His fullness. But we can see His existence in life all around us.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Look at a simple children’s book.  Cardboard cover, paper edges that don’t cut delicate skin, colorful drawings or pictures and simple text that combine to communicate a basic story.  Could this book have formed by accident? Just fallen from the sky after a lightning bolt? No, a reasonable person would not believe that. A simple book like this would require someone with knowledge and experience to make it. Then look at DNA; 23 pairs of chromosomes so complicated and unique that there isn’t a single strand out of billions and billions that are exactly identical. It has taken mankind thousands of years to develop the supercomputers and microscopes needed in order to begin to understand the complexity of DNA. Yet some believe that DNA just happened by accident, with materials colliding in outer space or an explosion of some sort.  Life, created from nothing. No, a reasonable person would not believe that. Just like the children’s book, there is an intelligent designer who created DNA. Most of the world call Him God.

This is who we worship at Christmas. Jesus / God coming to mankind as a human to show us that He has experienced human life and does understand us.

We who love God and try to follow the teachings of Jesus feel that every person on earth should have the opportunity of a relationship with God. Thus, the desire for Bible translation in all the languages of the world. Much of Wycliffe’s work for the last 75 years is being linked to to give the people of earth the opportunity to know God, in their individual heart languages. If you could “Like and Share” this article, or this blog, it might help spread the word about

People, People, Everywhere, Day 5 -10

We are so glad to have them in our lives. Friends, family and Team Members. While in Wichita we stopped by Central Community Church to try and speak with the outreach pastor.  He couldn’t see us, but his administrative assistant came to see us. Turns out she was a Wycliffe translator for ten years in the Philipines in the 80’s. Of everyone in the church she was the best person, we could have spoken with. Gods appointments already made for us. She was excited to see  She will be sure to get the information to the right people.

Later in the day, we were shopping at “Toys R Us” and we were helped by an employee from Uganda, Africa. We showed him the ScriptureEarth site on our Smartphone and he was enthralled. His mother tongue language right there on our smartphone. We gave him one of our Scripture Earth cards so he could find it again.

This ScriptureEarth tool is a worker even without us. Most migrants and refugees today are well connected on the internet. They can stay connected with family back home via the internet. Its just natural for them to share this exciting internet spot that is home to their language. Even if they are not in a relationship with Jesus. They will read, listen and watch the videos, simply because it’s in their language.

When we left Wichita we went 450 miles to a free campground called Pinewoods lake in Elleinore, Missouri. We arrived after dark. It was empty, no one there. They were nice paved sites with tables, lamp stands, and fire rings. It was right next to a small lake with boat ramp access.  I was thinking the only explanation for this must be a Zombie apocalypse having passed through here earlier. It was a good nights sleep, nothing exciting happened.

The following day we drove another 450 miles to a friends home in Friendsville, Tennessee. They also live on a lake but, in a very nice house. Its always good to re-connect with old friends. Then Friday we drove to our daughter Jody’s home in Hickory, NC. THE GRAND-KIDS home. It was a fun reunion. Saturday and Sunday we helped out around the house getting things ready for Christmas. Judy and I did the traditional Christmas eve last minute shopping and it was fun. The poor people we saw though, they looked exhausted.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  God is always good!


Cross Roads and Sunrise, Day 3&4

During the night it rained. It was lovely to hear on the tin roof.  We went to church at Cross Roads in Wichita where pastor Brad was preaching. They are a wonderful bunch of encouraging people who love Jesus and have a good outreach program. We were able to speak to several people about  People we share it with can see how unique and valuable this website is. Image result for medicalodges image

Then we went to my Dad’s home at Medicalodge. He was napping in his chair but snapped awake when I said “Hi”. He is doing wonderfully for a 98-year-old. Still a sharp mind except for that pesky memory part. He’s in a wheelchair full time now and transferring into the car is a problem for my back. We went out to Hog Wild BBQ for lunch, then a drive to Wichita State University, WSU. It really doesn’t matter where we go he just loves getting out.  He had a Christmas party to get to at 3:00 so that meant we got to go back to my cousin’s for a much-needed nap.

We ate dinner at my cousin Jackie’s home and she invited us to spend the night, or next three, which we accepted. We are “spur of the moment people”, and normally love surprise engagements. I knew I’d miss the Walmart parking lot, but, sacrifices must be made at times.  (That’s a joke son)

Day 4: Monday morning my cousin Cindy picked us up at 8:00 AM to go see the administrator of Sunrise Christian Academy. Her son attends there. We had a wonderful time speaking with Dr. Bob Lindsted, about our work with scripture access. They have a lot of international students. I was surprised to find they have over 20 schools in several different countries with thousands of students. The new website, will be well used by many international students around the world. Thanks Cindy for advocating with us to get scripture access for more in their language.

Then it was off to Wellness One and doctor Jayme Gawith, DC for a Chiropractic adjustment for Judy.  All the stress of the past few weeks and the long drive in the RV had caught up with her. After lunch, we went to Toys R Us to find the Christmas present we wanted for the grandkids. A Ugandan man helped us and we showed him the ScriptureEarth website. He was so excited and said he’d look it up on his lunch break.

I took Judy to Jackie’s for a nap and I spent the afternoon with my dad. When he saw me, he tapped on his watch and said: “Late morning huh?”  To me, it was good to know he remembered what we said yesterday. I found his hearing aids inoperative, so we went off to try and get them serviced. Mondays are not a good day for getting hearings aids serviced.  So we drove out to Afton lake, one of his favorites and he enjoyed the drive.

Jackie, being the hostess with the mostess,  invited some family over for her famous pumpkin cake. It’s been years since we’ve seen some of the second cousins.  There were 12 of us. One, my cousin Marci, has done extensive family ancestry in multiple directions. Some going back 600 years. Some of us are distantly related to the Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. One family member died at a public gathering in his honor when the floor gave out. Something involving horses. One of my cousins was adopted for $25, the rated started at $75 and was negotiated down to $25.  It was an excellent day.



Name That RV!… Day 2

On our 2nd day on the road… we left Albuquerque heading east on I-40. I found the one Christmas decoration we had brought with us. Battery lit Christmas trees. Are we festive or what?

174 miles to Tucumcari. No, we didn’t stay there, but it’s the crossroads for I-40 and Hwy 54 and the old Route 66. A classic western town if there ever was one.


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It appears to be a nearly dead town. But appearances can be deceiving. We stopped at a local Ice Cream/sandwich shop. Ken’s Ice Cream. Judy, the shy quiet one, made friends with just about everyone in the shop and found out to her surprise, that real estate is an active market there. The town had won a prestigious national award for being the smallest big town with the most trees per capita. It was a proud moment.

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Its a town with many charms and a couple of gas stations.


Then another 95 miles to the epicenter of northern Texas, Dalhart. One of the biggest little cow towns in northern Texas. It’s really a cute town, full of history and artifacts.

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Watch out for the tall guy, he’s got a bad attitude.

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113 miles to Liberal, KS, home of Dorthy from the Wizard of OZ. Judy really wanted to go visit this place, but, I found this picture instead. Saved me three blocks of driving.

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Then the final leg of 212 miles to Wichita, KS or Goddard, Medicalodge, where my dad, Marvin is living. We got in somewhat late, but our reservations with Walmart were OK. We got our space in the parking lot and had another restful nights sleep.

But, on to another important topic for this story. The naming of the RV.  The first name suggestion came in… and its “McCabus” a delightful choice. The second choice was close, “McBus” But, we’d like at least two more suggestions if possible.




On the Road Again… Day 1


Judy and I have sung that song sooooo many times in our life together. It has been wonderful.  We are very fortunate people. Thursday night the house was almost ready for the renters, the RV was almost ready for us to leave, but we were way past exhausted so went out for a quick bite at Chuy’s Mexican Grill. Judy was wearing her “Our Neighborhood” t-shirt from a volunteer event our church, Casas Church. At this high-class joint, one places one’s order at the bar. After we ordered, a man at the bar commented on her shirt and said he also attended Casas and was at that event. My semi-extraverted wife started up a conversation with him and ended up telling him all about I think this is what will happen many times on our travels. I digressed a bit.

Dearly beloved, we have departed. Well, sort of. After what seemed like 14 stops to get out of Tucson, we finally made it to Dragoons. Is that a great name for a pile of rocks or what! Google it. IMG_20171215_141647The weeks of preparing to get on the road caught up with us. An hour out of Tucson I, Jim, had to have a nap. So we stopped at the I-10 Dragoons Rest Stop for 30  minutes. Poisonous snakes and insects live here too. Yes, this is the desert of the Southwest. Just remember, they are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Nearing Deming we started seeing signs advertising a pizza place. “Forghedaboudit Pizza”     But, we couldn’t find it!!!!      Well, it might sound better if I say my GPS couldn’t find it.  I think this is called overly technology dependent.  Now looking on their website, I wanna go back.

Best  Pizza in the Southwest               

International Pizza Expo 2017

115 North Silver Avenue
Deming, New Mexico 88030

Deming, NM / Since 2012

We settled for Dominos, then took the two-lane shortcut via Hatch to the I-25 north of Albuquerque.  Our lodging preference for the evening was to be the Walmart Super Center parking lot. Although we have not yet done this, we were told by a reliable source that the proper social protocol for using Walmart lodging services is to go in the store and ask the manager if its OK to spend the night in their parking lot.  We did and he said yes, but we found out they were not a 24 hour Walmart so there would not be around the clock parking lot security. As soon as we got back to the RV a homeless couple came up and asked for some cash to try and find a warm place to stay. Wow!, What a way to make one feel bad. It was 30 degrees out. A quick prayer, should we invite them in to spend the night? (Did I really wait for God to answer?) No, give’em some cash. Then it’s off to the 24 hour Walmart across town. But on the way, we found a book in the back of the RV about Free RV camping at Casinos. Well, there was one nearby, Sandia Resort and Casino, so we went to check it out. It was huge! The parking lot was full. After wandering the parking lot for a few minutes a security car pulled up next to us and asked to help. He said the free RV camping doesn’t exist anymore. It’s $30 a night now.

Back on our way to the right Walmart we arrive right about midnight. We saw the RV parking area in the north 40 and parked. A delightful night of sleep was had. In the morning it was 34 degrees outside and 44 inside. A simple quick breakfast and we were on our way.

Season Greetings


Judy and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very bright and Happy New Year, as well as share a little of our lives. We enjoy hearing about your families in your letters and cards. We truly appreciate each of you and your friendships as well as your desire to partner with us for access to the Bible for all.                                                                                                                

Last week, one of the social media staff on our Scripture Access Team toldgrseal1 

about a Google-Facebook advertising test they did. They posted a one-minute video of someone reading scriptures in a minority language. Using Google’s hyper-focused advertising methodology, they narrowed to a very small segment of a town where many people from this minority language group were known to live. They found that in only two days, 25% had seen the ad and 6% of those watched the whole video. The experiment only cost $10.

This was exciting for 20130902_140920-1024x768Judy and I and gave us an idea. Recently, a colleague was visiting the White Mountain Apache museum on the reservation and they saw the Apache Bible on display. Wycliffe completed the Bible back in 1985. The curator told her that there are many Christians in the Apache Nation, but they didn’t know where to get more copies. At the time, the colleagues didn’t know about the website How sad for the Apache believers!  Hopefully, we can run a Google-Facebook advertising blitz and see the same wonderful results with the Apaches in Arizona.





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Judy’s Dad’s 87th Birthday at their home with some of their family   


FamilyJody and Caleb Depp and grandkids, Violette (7) and Isaac (5), have done well adjusting to their new home in Hickory NC. Their parents have been busy with renovations and its looking great. They had a tornado go through with lots of tree damage, but thankfully no property damage. Jody tells us that Isaac always asks if he can come to GiGi’s (Grandma’s) house. Someday we hope we’ll live closer.


Josh is still teaching English at a school in Bangkok and online. He and Ani celebrated their 1st anniversary apart Dec 9. She is still going to school, in Russia, for a law degree. They plan to come to the US in May/June. Then they both will go to Russia until she finishes her schooling.


Ani and Josh grocery shopping during her 2 months in Thailand this summer

Jordan had a busy season on one of the helicopters working for the Grand Canyon National Park doing fire support and rescues.  Actually, he was on fires outside the canyon most of the season. His girlfriend Sara works at the Canyon too in the botanical area.


Our parents: We got to see my dad, (98), in Wichita, KS several times this year. He loves to go on drives anytime we are there and he remembers us and always happy. (Though he doesn’t look like it here)

Judy’s folks are well, but her dad still has blood transfusions every 3 weeks for chronic anemia caused by MDS.   

Answers to prayer since our Nov letter:
1. Judy’s, folks let us borrow their 24 ft. Winnebago RV. We think it will work well for testing living on the road. We hope to crisscross the US living in an RV as we promote, once our Wycliffe ministry budget is fully promised.             2. Three new or returning friends joined our Wycliffe ministry team in the last week.
3. Two partners shared how they are advocating for since they read about it in our November letter. Have you looked at it? It’s so amazing to see the response of people when we show them.

Please pray for us:
1. Yesterday, Friday, we started our drive to North Carolina for Christmas with Jody, Caleb, Violette and Isaac, and son Jordan and girlfriend Sara. On the way, we’ll stop to see my dad in Wichita and other friends and partners.
2. We will be on the road in the South East and Gulf through Feb. Our plans are to meet with partners, churches, etc. to share about our new role in Scripture Access, promoting the website and inviting them to join us in our Wycliffe ministry.        3. Pray that God will provide the RV or 5th wheel and 1-ton truck for our Wycliffe ministry.  We get to borrow Judy’s parents RV for three months right now. We will need a different RV after that.

PS: Did you know that donations of cars, boats, airplanes, real estate and much more can be given to Wycliffe and the proceeds from selling those items can be preferenced towards our Wycliffe ministry, Jim and Judy McCabe, account # 221793. Wycliffe will arrange for free pickup of these items. All you need to do is call 1-800-WYCLIFFE (ext. 3894) to get started or click

End of the year is coming fast

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We know you are being bombarded with BUY, BUY, BUY, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Buy Local Saturday, etc.  It’s sad that we are entering a season so filled with commercialism, pressure, and guilt, to BUY STUFF.

Instead, lets make it a season of peace and contentment because of what God has done for us through Jesus. Make the choice to choose Jesus first this season, then peace and contentment WILL follow. Pray, asking for God’s guidance in buying/gifting as He would lead you. Do your gifting out of love for God and love for the special people in your life.

Please include us, Jim and Judy, in your prayers also. Ask God if He wants you to become a part of our Wycliffe Ministry Prayer Team. It’s the most anyone can do for us. God loves to hear from His children and He loves to answer. Also, ask God if He wants you to become a part of our Wycliffe Ministry Financial Team.  You can click here to begin.  Did you know that many major employers have matching gift programs for giving to Non-Profits that can double your giving? Our Wycliffe ministry is included in many of them. Contact your HR Department for more details. This normally includes one time gifts, end of year giving, and regular monthly giving.

If you shop on you can use their donation program called “Smile.Amazon” to send a percentage of your purchase to Wycliffe at no additional cost to you.  Last year Wycliffe received over $10,000 through Smile Amazon. Go to to learn more. This does not directly support Jim and Judy, but it does help Wycliffe to accomplish the vision of Bible access for all.

Thanks for all you do for us. We have the BEST Team in the world.

Jim and Judy,

Jim McCabe
520 599-2470, 
Judy McCabe
520 268-3681,   (Our new Wycliffe ministry)