Blessed to be a blessing


Love God, help people, and do what God puts in front of me to do. That’s my season of life right now. Don’t know that I’m doing a good job at it. But, at least its simple, concise and to the point. Some times I hear the wambalance coming, then I realize its only because I’m being a whiner. (“The Kid” with Bruce Willis) Sometimes I just want some stuff, land, house, truck, dog, etc. The normal American dream. Eventually, it always passes and I remember that God has already given me everything that I need. Which materially means He’s keeping us mobile or nomadic. I think He’s keeping us free of material goods so we can move quickly at some point. Thats a good thing…. the American Dream can cause one to be tied down. The more things we have the more responsibility we have to take care of and protect those things. Going to Chad is becoming more and more exciting to us. But we do have to buckle down and get our support back up to 100%. Need to get our French back up to par. Then we’d really like to get some Arabic language learning done and some Islamic culture studies completed. Then I’d like to get my Aviation Mechanics certification current. Wycliffe / JAARS has some aircraft in Cameroon I can help maintain part time and MAF has a Cessna Caravan and C206 right there in Chad, I could help maintain. Even at our current material status (low) we are filthy rich compared to 98% of the rest of the world. We have been blessed…. But not for our own enjoyment…. We’ve been blessed to be a blessing to the rest of the world…. Loving God is the big #1 in life and loving people is the big #2. I think everything God has done for us, His ways of blessing us, I think He has done it so we can pass it on. We are not blessed to hoard it and see how much more we can collect. We’re blessed to give it away, and I’m not speaking just materially now. Am I willing, if God calls, to give away everything, absolutely everything in His name and fore His glory? Am I willing to suffer injustice, poverty, sickness, imprisonment if doing so is Gods calling on my life?

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Its a life changing program. Once you take it, you’ll never be the same again!!!!!!
In AZ its called Pathways to Global Understanding. It started last week. Its the Biblical, Historical and Cultural Dimensions of Gods Plan for the Nations.
http://www.perspectives.org/site/pp.aspx?c=eqLLI0OFKrF&b=2806295
Since 1974, more than 80,000 believers in North America have experienced the Perspectives course. In 15 lessons, you’ll engage with a range of dynamic speakers. Weekly readings and study will help you dig even deeper. Join thousands of others in one of 200 locations.
http://pathways2.org/
PathWays is a dynamic 13-week journey that explores God’s worldwide agenda and the significant role each of us can play in His relentless Kingdom intentions.
It answers questions such as:
What is God’s purpose among the nations?
How is God working in history?
How is His Kingdom advancing?
Where does this generation fit in?

If you get a chance, go visit a meeting. The first two are always free. Then you can decide to schedule it for next time it comes around.

Survivors of Torture (SOT)

Survivors of Torture seminar at International Rescue Committee(IRC) on Tuesday

I attended and wanted to give you a short summery of the event. It was held at the IRC office on 7th st in PHX. About 50 people in attendance. Casie C was the speaker. It started off with some info on the wall.

70 countries currently use torture as a wide spread weapon.
5 – 35% of all refugees are torture survivors.
Between 2,000 – 16,000 torture survivors were resettled in AZ between 1983 and 2008.

Objectives:
1) Name at least 3 symptoms common to torture survivors.
Below is what I gleaned as the answers:
a) Chronic health issues
b) Extreme anxiety and depression
c) Isolation / fear of people
d) Unexplained gaps in trauma history
e) Distrust of community, local authority

2) Name at least 2 barriers survivors face when seeking services.
Below is what I gleaned as the answers:
a) Fear that no one will believe their story
b) Shame about their torture experience
c) Even after basic needs are met, they still have feelings of lack of security
d) Cultural negative impressions relating to mental health help
e) They think language and financial difficulties may prevent them from getting help
3) Describe the “Survivors of Torture” (SOT) program to a potential client and correctly complete a SOT referral form.
Below is what I gleaned as the answers:
a) A program offered to survivors of politically motivated torture.
b) Refugees who have experienced severe mental or physical pain or suffering as inflicted by government officials, police, military, or other groups in power (rebel groups, insurgent groups, etc.)
c) Services are also available to family members of torture survivors.
d) Intensive case management counseling
e) Medical, Dental, Psychiatric referrals
f) Many other types of referrals for survivors of torture.

Who is not eligible for services from SOT.
1) Victims of general war trauma
2) Victims of domestic violence
3) Victims of human trafficking
4) Those who were tortured by private citizens
There is help available for these situations under different refugee programs, just not the SOT program.

This is a seminar I would recommend to anyone working full or part time with refugees, including long term volunteers. Its goal is simply to help the worker recognize symptoms of SOT, explain the SOT program and if the refugee is interested in receiving help, instructions on filling out the referral form.

Refugees

Monday night Judy and I went to a training program about refugees. It was put on by the Tucson Refugee Mission. We actual got involved with a refugee family last December. A Congolese family of ten. Dad, Mom and eight kids, ages 2 – 19. They spent the last 5 years in a refugee camp in Kenya. They speak a Congo language they grew up with, then a military Congo language, then French, Swahili, and now they are learning English. They have been in the USA almost six months now. We brought them to our home for a Christmas meal. Then they had us over for a Congolese meal. We were the first American home they had ever been in. Most refugees never get invited to an American’s home. They still haven’t been able to get a job. Its a difficult time right now. They have had a lot of help from refugee settlement organizations. There are ten different ones in the USA. Three here in Tucson, the Catholics, the Lutherans and the International Rescue Committee. Then refugee aid organizations like the Tucson Refugee Mission. But as time goes on, the help gets less and less. New refugees are always arriving, about 1000 a year here in Tucson. Officially a refugee family is suppose to be 100% self sufficient four months after getting to their new host country.
From the training we had I learned that when a family is driven from their home by the effects of war and if they can make it to a refugee camp and feel that it would not be safe for them to return to their home, they can apply for refugee status. The the UN does a background check and interviews, (which can take anywhere from two to thirty five years!!!!) depending on a lot of factors. Once the person or family is approved, they get shipped to the next available country. They have absolutely no say in where they go. Russia, Germany, USA, France, many of the European countries, South America, parts of Asia, etc. Can you imagine, leaving your home with only the clothing on your back, walking for ??????? miles….. finding the refugee camp, crowded with 10’s of thousands of people also wanting to get away from the effects of war. Its absolutly incredable whay mankind puts mankind through.

What we are doing now.

We stayed in Tucson after the Jaars aviation program ended, because Jordan was doing well in high school and we didn’t want to mess that up. Then we decided we would stay until he was able to be 100% on his own. He moved out a few months ago and is now 98% self supporting. We thought we were going to head over to Chad as facilities maintenance manager and things were moving in that direction. Then we went to visit my dad. He is 90 now. I got this distinct feeling that now was not a good time to go to Chad because of my dad. He is the sole care taker of his wife (92) who is very frail. The stats indicate that because he won’t accept help in taking care of her, (we tried all kinds of ways to give him help) he probably won’t live that much longer. I felt like leaving right now would be saying to my dad, “have a great death and we’ll see you in heaven”. Maybe its just me, but I wasn’t comfortable doing that. So right then this Wycliffe job in Tucson opened up, “retirement facility manager”. I applied and got it. But Wycliffe requires we have 100% of our support before starting a new job. We are currently at 77%. So my current job is Partnership Development. Judy’s planning on staying in Recruitment.
We still want to go to Chad and are planning for it in two years. We now have some time to get our French back up to par and get a good grip on Arabic and Chadian / Islamic culture. There is a three day Islamic culture intensive program here in Tucson, we hope to take when the finances come around.

(If you are new to this Blog, start at the bottom) Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities

The host

Host’s Responsibilities

1. Invite four to twelve friends that you feel would be interested in meeting your missionary friend. Invite them by sending a written invitation such as:

Celebrating What God is Doing for the Bibleless Peoples

You are cordially invited to an informal evening with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Jim and Judy McCabe

March 5 at 6:3O p.m.

at the home of Danny & Doris East

1255 Hoover St

A potluck meal is planned. Danny or Doris will contact you.

The evening will include:

A brief talk about Wycliffe’s work in West Africa,

an interactive demonstration showing the importance of Bible translation,

and a question and answer time.

Opportunities for your involvement in missions as a Wycliffe missionary and/or involvement through partnership with Jim and Judy will be presented

We will call you in a couple days.

2. Follow up the invitation with a personal contact to see if they plan to come. Plan a potluck meal so that everyone invited participates by bringing something.
A potluck provides a warm social atmosphere where everyone feels a part of the
group and allows them to get to know each other. During the follow-up call you can work out their part in the potluck.

3. If your friends are not the potluck type, or the situation dictates that a potluck won’t work we will be happy to pay for the meal. Just let us know.

4. Introduce the missionary to the group. Tell something about how you came to know your friends and why you feel it’s important for their friends to become acquainted with Wycliffe and this missionary. If you are a prayer or financial part­ner, it’s helpful to tell what this involvement means to you.

Your friends will be inspired by what God is doing. They’ll gain a better understanding of missions and the role of Bible translation. They’ll enjoy fellowship with friends and the opportunity to make new friends.

Everyone feels the need to be involved in something worthwhile and of eternal value. Some of your friends may have wanted involvement but haven’t known how.