Tabor's Name & Mount Tabor's History
Orie Miller proposed Menno Housing's nonprofit agency should be named Tabor Community Services. The name is a reference to Mount Tabor located in Lower Galilee at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley in Israel.
The mountain has a long biblical history, including serving as the site for an important military victory for Israel. In Jeremiah, the mountain is mentioned as an easily recognizable and important landmark: "'As I live,' declares the King whose name is the Lord of hosts, 'Surely one shall come who looms up like Tabor among the mountains..." (46:18a NASB)
Folklore and oral tradition also speculate Mount Tabor was the site of the transfiguration. In the Gospels according to Saints Matthew, Mark, and Luke while Jesus and his disciples were traveling from Caesarea Philippi to Capernaum, Jesus took Peter, James, and John onto a high mountain to pray. While they were praying Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus to the disciples. Peter offered to build a shelter for each person in the transfiguration. Instead, the voice of God countered, the disciples should listen to Jesus rather than build him a home.
Tabor's Name: Acronyms
In 1982, executive director Nevin Horst made the name Tabor into an acronym, assigning the following meaning for each letter:
T=Teaches: Giving cash assistance or free housing is not sufficient. By giving limited cash assistance in emergencies coupled with education TABOR works at preventing the causes of homelessness, teaching the families skills to control personal finances and pay housing costs on time.
A=Advocates: Most people would like to ignore the needs of the homeless or do more "band-aiding." TABOR being aware of the needs of the homeless brings these needs to the attention of government, business, and community in ways to effectively meet these needs - being an advocate on behalf of our clients.
B=Brothers: The homeless or financially troubled do not need a lecture but an understanding person to "walk" with them, to show the way to break the cycle of dependency. TABOR is a brother.
O=Obeys: TABOR board and management accepts their mission as being obedient to the Gospel mandate of "giving shelter to the stranger." Christians are concerned with meeting the total needs of persons. Others best understand the love of God in the context of action. The call to be peacemakers means to help remove the barriers that separate man from man as well as from God.
R=Rekindles: Hope is rekindled, people's eyes light up when they realize someone cares, someone will help them "house themselves," and break the downward spiral. TABOR rekindles hope.
The Horst acronym for Tabor was used from 1982-1986; then in 1991, a whole new acronym was designed for TABOR: