Pray Today

Colossians 1:9b–13 (NLT)
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

24/9/19 Preparing for Printing (Southeast Asia)
Two New Testaments have been fully translated and checked for one region of Asia. Pray for the typesetters who will be preparing the texts for printing. Ask for keen eyes for the translation team members as they review the page proofs and check for errors. Pray that the pictures and front matter are inserted in the proper places. Ask God for good print runs and safe delivery of the books back to the language areas.

23/9/19 Old Testament Progress (South Asia)
A language community in Asia has the New Testament published and is working on the Old Testament. Praise God that translation of the Pentateuch is almost finished. In addition, the New Testament is being prepared for publication in an alternate script. Pray that this can be completed so a new church can start using it in September. Pray that the Gospel of John video can be checked and launched soon. An event will be held in October to train workers to use social media effectively. Pray that a diaspora team will be set up to mobilize and resource discipleship ministries.

22/9/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Please pray for guidance as Ross helps organise a Deaf workshop on Signing Psalms in Christchurch in November. Pray that the right people will get involved.

21/9/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for our two growing boys and for precious time with family. Please pray that we will be able to prepare for overseas in January without too much stress. Pray that as we share with family, friends and churches that God will lay it on people’s hearts to support us through prayer and finances.

20/9/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Praise God that our language keeps developing, making communication ever-easier. Praise God, the weather is cooling down! Please pray for wisdom and care in physical well-being. There is a LOT of Dengue Fever going around at present, amongst both local and foreigners. Ask for perseverance and joy through the “boring” work. Pray that we can educate people on the value and power of doing their own research to find Christian materials, and better ways of doing things. Praise God that many people are using the Facebook group for resources and their own development. Please pray that God blesses those who support us financially, and that they feel intimately involved, and partners in God’s ministry here.

19/9/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Please pray that the kids will know God’s hand in their studies/work and grow in their faith. Please pray that photos for the Wycliffe calendar will be collated easily with necessary information. Praise God that the YouVersion Bible reading plan is helping thousands of people to engage with God’s Word. Pray for the final two plans to be completed. Praise God for the insights gained from the Alpha Marriage Course this month. Please pray for wisdom as we balance work and family time.

18/9/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Pray for healing for John who came down with cold/flu end of July, forcing him to cancel the Kairos Courses in Tonga. Ask God to guide Wycliffe Tonga Mission in preparing for Kairos at a later date. Also please pray for a favourable response from Solomon Islands Immigration re John’s residency application, which would allow him unlimited time in the Solomons. Please keep praying for healing for Luke’s stomach ulcer.

17/9/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Deeper Bible 601 comes to an end on 4 September and DB 701 begins on 18 September for MCBC. Please pray for the participants to have enough oomph to finish the course. One group have been going through the year to cover 401 to 701 while the other group did 601 last year and will join the class on the 18th. Pray for these two groups to merge well in order to complete DB 701. Please pray too for Mark Spencer to be able to get Deeper Bible started in the US. Pray that the shipment of books coming from Jakarta to Auckland will arrive safely. Tania is hoping to retire by the end of this year. Please pray for someone to take on the Prayer Coordinators role.

16/9/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God, it’s good to be back home in Auckland and slowly acclimatising to the tail-end of winter. Please pray for wisdom in sharing lessons and business processes I’m learning about our newly adopted HR software with my colleagues.

15/9/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Praise God for a ‘permanent’ home and adjustment into our new life. Please pray for Ezra (3 yrs) as he is finding the adjustment difficult. Please pray for us to be open to how God would use us for His Glory. Please pray for all the ministries we partner alongside, that the Gospel would go forth in the Philippines.

14/9/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Late last year Stephen bought a new computer, which then sat idle for months while he tried to find time to complete its setup. In July he finally made the transition, and is enjoying the extra processing power now the initial teething problems are behind him. Only one small program is still giving trouble. Pray that IT support person Brian Fong will discern how to correct the malfunction.

13/9/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Praise for consultant approval of Matigsalug Psalms plus ongoing audio recording of other Old Testament books. Please pray for checking on Proverbs plus completion of other consultant reports and then other miscellaneous work like the Bible introduction and pictures.

12/9/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for very good responses from our Missions month at our supporting church in Auckland and the Mahurangi Presbyterian Missions weekend. Also give praise for the opportunity to minister at Kingsway Christian School in collaboration with Embassy Band from Nashville, USA on 29 August covering a full day of input. We are thankful that our son Simon, is enjoying serving as a short-term volunteer teacher at Faith Academy. Please pray as we prepare for the Wycliffe NZ AGM (Friday evening 13 September), and the Board meeting Saturday 14 September. These are being held at Eastwest College (WEC) and we will be having them join us for some of our Friday evening program. Please pray for our son Mark and Bette, as they prepare to serve with KIDS International Ministries in the Philippines. They are currently seeking to build a team of financial and prayer partners to enable them to go early next year.

11/9/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that Indy received medical help while in Australia. Please pray as she starts a short internship learning about digital media and its use in literacy and Bible translation. Bruce is working in our Staff Care dept. as well as moving the Madang Progressive Engagement Project forward. Tynan and Arlen are completing their final semester of school here in PNG. Jenny is in her final weeks of teaching. Bruce and the girls leave at the end of November (as Indy and Arlen’s visa’s expire early Dec). Please pray that we will finish our work and relationships well. Nilah is in a 6-week intensive Hebrew course. She is hoping to study at CLTC. Please pray for her to gain entry to that course. Please pray that God will provide one key family to care for her as we leave PNG.

10/9/19 Liz Blaine (New Zealand)
We’re tentatively pencilling in Labour weekend (end of October) for a Bible Story Telling workshop in the Auckland Area. Please pray for a local church to desire to host it, and at least 15 participants and course facilitators, and for everything to go smoothly. Pray too that we can get an up-dated video on Wycliffe’s website before ‘Living Words’ is distributed. Please continue to pray for covering for all families involved with Bible Story Telling.

9/9/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good time at the Bangkok conference I attended last month. It was great networking with Asian leaders. My presentation on Building Cultural Awareness For Better Communication With People From Other Cultures was well received. Pray for the ‘Cultural Diversity’ tour that starts in Auckland on 10 September. There are 10 public events scheduled on both the North and South Islands over September and October. Please pray that God would be glorified and people challenged to interact more with those from other cultural backgrounds. Pray that all the logistics for holding these events would be smooth. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Sheryl and Pete Silzer as well as me as we interact with the participants.

8/9/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please continue to pray for God’s timing in Tammy’s New Zealand resident visa. No news yet. We really wanted to be there before December this year. Pray for us as we travel back to California – to juggle work responsibilities and visiting ministry partners. Please pray too for the Kuri Pasai Cluster – Luke in four languages are in the printshop; the two Psalms teams are revising and formatting with the goal of getting their books to the printshop by the end of September.

7/9/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for wisdom for Martin in decisions regarding project funding requests for the new fiscal year which starts in October. Thank you for praying for Chrissy and the Wycliffe Canada budget process. It is finally complete and approved by the Board. Please pray for Chrissy as she now catches up with tasks that were put on the back burner while she was busy with budgets.

6/9/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
I am mainly working on the dictionary this month. It is good to have concentrated time to process lots of data. Praise God that there is now a Bible app for the Be and Na scriptures, but we still need to sell more of the printed books! Please pray that the Be and Na people will develop a thirst for the Word.

5/9/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Both of us lead a retreat overseas 6-17 September. Please pray for God to meet with each individual in a life-changing way. For the rest of the month we’ll be at home: please pray for Murray as he meets each day over the Internet with a team of refugees to check their translation of the Psalms. May God highlight all the bits that need to be improved or corrected.

4/9/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
We have finally decided to have the kids schooled at Oaxaca Christian School for missionary kids. Please pray for the Lord to give us peace with this decision and for the kids to meet new friends and do well. Anita is heading to Minnesota early September for medical tests at a specialised clinic. Pray they will find what is causing her digestive issues. Pray for Wilf as he continues to serve in the leadership of SIL in Mexico as well as the Mexican organisation that sponsors visas for all SIL members in Mexico. Pray for Victor, one of our co-translators, who we would like to come and work with Wilf in the city. Pray for God to bring another person who will take Victor’s leadership position in the local church so he can have more time for translation.

3/9/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
For most of September, Phil will be consultant checking a number of NT books for the Koluwawa translation team at the east end of the country. Ask God to give Phil wisdom, so he will be able to help them make the translation even better, and to encourage them.

2/9/19 Wycliffe New Zealand AGM and Board Meeting
Please pray for all the preparation towards the AGM 13 September and Board meeting 14 September. We are having an evening dinner and sharing in prayer with the WEC folk based in Gordonton, as well as Wycliffe’s AGM. Please pray that the evening will be fruitful and a celebration of progress in the Bible translation movement. Please pray for wisdom and effectiveness in the planning of our Board meeting, that it will be a fruitful one.

1/9/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for my time away from NZ from 27 August–6 September, firstly in Singapore at World Outreach International Board meetings, then at Wycliffe Asia-Pacific Area meetings as we review together the various working environments we face and consider the best approaches moving forward.

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31/8/19 Training (Papua New Guinea)
Praise the Lord for ongoing training to equip men and women for Bible translation. Pray for the training courses that are being conducted at the Pacific Institute of Language, Arts and Translation (PILAT) in Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. Pray for the teaching and auxiliary staff of PILAT. Ask the Lord for wisdom as they plan, organise and manage the courses for each year. Praise the Lord for the successful delivery of the training programmes. Pray that those receiving training will appropriately apply the skills and knowledge gained in their translation. Praise the Lord for the personnel from the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association who recently participated in the two-weeks Hebrews 1 Course and Basic Computing Course.

30/8/19 SEED Company Bible Stories (Worldwide)
The people groups which remain in need of a Bible translation, live where geographic and or political accessibility is challenging. Seed Company asks for prayer for: God to open doors, to bring in His kingdom and to accomplish His will; Trainers who are teaching oral Bible storytellers; Students to learn to tell the stories from God’s Word with accuracy and enthusiasm; Those who distribute the stories, sometimes risking their lives to bring God’s Word in challenging environments; Freedom from fear; Stories that impact many lives with the truth of Jesus and bring transformation.

29/8/19 Leadership Training (Pacific)
Praise the Lord with the Pacific Islands leaders, Maxy Koloamatangi, Director for Wycliffe Tonga Missions, Pastor Andrew Fanasia, Director for Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership Solomon Islands and his wife Unity, and Tony Kotauga, Director for the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association. They successfully completed a leadership course held at the Wycliffe Australia National Center at Melbourne. Please pray for them as they apply the skills and knowledge gained to their organisations. Pray that they will be catalysts for developing and building other people in leadership.

28/8/19 Strengthening Bible Translation Movements (Americas)
Skilled facilitators are needed within national Bible Translation movements to help ministries work together, trust, and mutually support one another. Meetings are being planned in Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. Please pray that the leaders who will participate in the meetings will discover innovative ways for training facilitators to fill this need.

27/8/19 Government Accreditation (Philippines)
Praise God for the accreditation given to Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP) from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines. As one of the first Alliance Organisations in Asia, this is a meaningful recognition as TAP continues to serve and facilitate Bible translation in the Philippines. Please pray that this will foster closer partnership with the government agencies and enhance relationships with other partners. Praise God for this answered prayer and TAP’s testimony of integrity in serving God and language communities.

26/8/19 Oral Translation Projects (Philippines)
There are 5.7 billion oral preference learners in the world. Wycliffe Philippines is a key partner in the promotion and facilitation of orality programmes in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Please pray for the ongoing oral translation projects using Render (an oral Bible translation software) and others. Ask the Lord for wisdom and unity for the trainers, translation staff members and mother tongue translators. Pray for good physical and mental health to pursue the projects and finish them within the specified time lines.

25/8/19 JESUS Film Dubbing (Indonesia)
There are more than 700 languages spoken in Indonesia. It is the country with the second largest number of languages in the world. Working throughout Indonesia in partnership with churches and other organisations, Kartidaya is focused on promoting and supporting the work of Bible translation. One of their key partners is JESUS Film Project. Please pray for the dubbing of the JESUS Film planned in more than six Indonesian languages. Pray for wisdom and skill for the technicians involved in the dubbing process. As the actors are selected, pray for hearts that are responsive to God’s word. Pray for the commitment of the churches in each vicinity to use the dubbed JESUS Films for evangelisation.

24/8/19 Luke (Southeast Asia)
Two months into the linguistics Masters, and it is certainly full-time! Amidst regular little homework assignments, we need to fit in work on the big ones, and approach it all with prayer. I am already hearing about ideas for a thesis for next year, which is an answer to prayer. I feel very at home here.

23/8/19 Paratext 9 software (Worldwide)
Paratext 9 software for Bible translators is currently in development. The team working on it hope to release it in September. Please pray for the work team who are localising the user interface into many languages of wider communication in different countries. Pray for the team developing Paratext 9 training videos. Ask God to give wisdom to those responding to requests to fix bugs* in the beta version that is being tried by some advanced users.
*Bugs are problems with software being developed. They are typically fixed before the general release of the software.

22/8/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please continue to pray for Caryl’s eyes that the eye drops she is diligently putting in daily will stop any further damage to the optic nerve in her left eye caused by the glaucoma. We trust that the next appointment later this year will confirm no more deterioration. Please pray for wisdom and effectiveness in the planning of our next Board meeting in Gordonton on 14 September – that it will be a fruitful one. We are also having an evening dinner and sharing in prayer with WEC people based in Gordonton the night before, as well as Wycliffe’s AGM. Please pray that the evening will be fruitful and a celebration of progress in the Bible translation movement.

21/8/19 Mobilising the Latin American Church for Missions (Worldwide)
MOVILECEMOS* is a cooperative project of various denominations and ministries. Sponsored by SIM, some organisations within the Wycliffe Global Alliance are also involved. The objective of the project is to introduce the Latin American church to available mission mobilisation resources. The mission is to encourage the church in the vision of reaching the world for Christ. The goal is to glorify God among the nations. Beginning in early August and continuing through November,  more than 20 MOVILECEMOS conferences will take place in Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Mexico. Pray for this concerted effort to inspire churches and individuals to fulfill Christ’s command to go with the Good News to all nations.
*Movilecemos means ‘Let us mobilise’.

20/8/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for time to settle in as a family of four and for friends and family who have supported and encouraged us. Please pray that we will be able to focus on what needs to happen before the move in January as well as get work done here and have family time. Pray that God will provide prayer and financial supporters for next year’s training and beyond as we share our vision with churches and individuals.

19/8/19 Bible translation mobilization conference (Brazil)
Bible translation needs in Southeast Asia and among the language communities of Brazil  are the themes of the conference, “The Bible for All Peoples.” The event, sponsored by AMTB and COMIBAM, will take place in Brazil, August 29-31. The purpose is to mobilise Brazilian churches to participate more fully in the global Bible translation movement. Participants will learn how discipleship, church planting, Bible translation, and other activities intertwine to deliver the gospel effectively. Leaders from indigenous communities, Brazilian ministries, SIL Asia, and Wycliffe Global Alliance will present the content. Pray for those preparing the event. Pray that many people will participate and that this conference will have a profound impact on the Brazilian church.

18/8/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Some friends in the Philippines had a recording project delayed and so were able to do some unexpected audio recording for the Matigsalug team. They recorded all of the minor prophets plus 1 Samuel and 1 Kings in July, and have several more days available in August. This is a real blessing as audio recording is an excellent way to check the fluency and naturalness of the translation (and we got good reports back). Praise God for this unexpected help for the project. So please pray for productivity for the readers, checkers, and audio technicians.

17/8/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross’s presentations on signing Psalms went well – some Deaf attended in Dunedin and provided feedback and contacts. It also raised issues among academics about the lack of accessibility of Scripture for Deaf people. Please pray for time to develop material for a workshop for Deaf Christians in November on signing Psalms.

16/8/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We praise God that the final Consultant Check for the Simbiti New Testament was completed in early July! This is the first New Testament from the Mara Cluster Project, with three more following soon. Please pray for the ongoing work of linguistic checking, type-setting and printing that will happen over the next several months. Also that God will prepare the hearts of the Simbiti people during this season of waiting.

15/8/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God our house sale has been completed. Please pray for us as we itinerate during August and early September, visiting family and ministry partners, putting thousands of miles on our trusty vehicle. Please pray for Tammy’s NZ resident visa to be approved soon so we can complete our move to New Zealand this year.

14/8/19 Bible Storytelling (New Zealand)
Please pray for good openings for Bible Storytelling workshops in August and the following months. We want to see this expand. Please pray too for those heading up this ministry and their families.

13/8/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for the seeds planted by the ‘Transformation Tour’ with Vanessa Quai and her band from Vanuatu this past month. Please pray that God will bring much fruit from the seeds planted in the hearts of the people who attended one of the concerts. Please pray for God to use Rob as he speaks at a number of churches during August which is Missions month.

12/8/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Please pray for SILA staff and students as the new semester gets under way. Joan is helping to teach the Translation subject, especially tutoring the two national translators from PNG who are finding tertiary level study a challenge, but extremely valuable. Pray for a visa for Kidu’s wife to join him in Australia for the rest of the year. Jolene is enjoying some part-time casual work in the kindergarten and with the maintenance team at the same school where Brian works, as well as some work experience in a café. But she still needs to find a permanent job. Praise God that Joan’s mum is doing well after cancer treatment.

11/8/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (Southeast Asia)
Kevin ran into a motorbike that cut across in front of him. The other person rode off, and Kevin’s bike was not damaged. Gillian is trying to find the best new route as the office has moved – the last time it rained the water was up to the footpegs on the motorbike on part of the ride! We do thank you for your prayer covering for travel. Kevin has started a new YouTube Channel for the Khmer Resources – pray that Khmer folk will easily find it and that it will be well received. He is also compiling a database which is tedious, exacting work. Gillian has completed one organisation’s reports, but there are three more yet to come. Please pray for mental stamina for both of us.

10/8/19 Greg & Rosie (SE Asia)
We now step into the next phase of our project, returning to South East Asia after a year away. Our Sabbatical was very good and God turned up many times as we journeyed with him this last year. Please pray for our transition back to the field and for the funding we need to build a translation and literacy office to work out of. Please pray for the Bui Christians to stand strong against the persecution and for more to come to know Jesus.

9/8/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God for a good trip to the language area and progress in checking Old Testament. Please pray that relationships with the synod will be smoothed out.

8/8/19 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand, Cook Islands)
Mai & Yii (“Thee”), two children and Mai’s father Melota reached Pukapuka by ship in early July. Mai is meeting with a group on Monday nights (Tuesday in NZ) to discuss translation matters, answer questions, and confirm several key terms used in the translation. Please uphold him as he relates to a wide range of people, and responds to preaching engagements. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough on the island.

7/8/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for good progress and helpful responses during the village checking of Bamu Matthew, and that God will speak to everyone who takes part in the checking. Pray too for God’s wisdom for the two back-translators, Wani and James, as for the first time they edit the back-translation drafts of five short epistles.

6/8/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God that the Cultural Diversity tour seminar schedule is set. Please pray that the people who attend the seminars will be empowered for working with those from other cultures. Pray that we can publish the new edition of the ‘Building Cultural Awareness: A Discussion Guide’ this month. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the Silzers’ and I as we prepare. Please pray for my participation in the Global Conference on Oral Communication held in Bangkok, Thailand on 8-9 August. I have been invited to be one of the speakers. Pray for safe travel, good health, discernment as I listen to the participants and wisdom in knowing what to share.

5/8/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that Tim has managed to upload three YouVersion Plans over the last two months, and these are now live for people to use (Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence Parts 8, 9 and 10) – just two parts to upload now. Please pray that the 2020 Calendar will come together in a timely way and for inspirational photos that will bless the recipients.  Please pray for Fiona as she assembles and edits the articles for August’s Living Words magazine (including writing two of them). Pray for guidance as we print and send it out. Praise God that the course Fiona is studying is providing good teaching and support for her Member Care role. Pray that we will all grow in our relationship with the Lord.

4/8/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Please pray that the process of settling into a new country will go well, and that organising visas and permanent accommodation will go smoothly. Please pray for Anthony as he starts teaching in a new environment and Zoë as she starts school for the first time. Please pray that Nicole will find a way to share God’s love and Word with the local community and that Ezra will settle into daily life without his sister around. Please praise God for the safe travels and the blessing of being so well looked after by staff at Faith Academy. Also praise Him for the deep peace and security found in Him.

3/8/19 Ester Perez (Philippines, New Zealand)
Praise God for good health so far except for some allergies. Please pray for good health during my remote assignment until 15 August. Please pray for meetings with the Translation Association of the Philippines (TAP) regarding digital Scripture engagement strategies and meeting with Rexey, our social media coordinator, plus online meetings regarding Workday, our newly adopted H.R. software.

2/8/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for Ian’s safe travel to Brazil and Deeper Bible 401 and 501 being taught successfully there. He is travelling back today, arriving in NZ on 3 August. Pray that students will continue to dig deeper into studying the Bible. Pray also for those at Manukau who continue with DB 601 this month. Praise God for progress so far on the Berean Insights website. Please pray that those working on it will make it as robust as it needs to be to accommodate Bible Gemz and eventually Deeper Bible online.

1/8/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Please pray for John as he travels to Tonga 1 August to supervise Kairos courses, as well as Facilitator training, 2–16 August. May God’s Spirit work in all the Tongan facilitators, equipping them to lead the training well. Ask Him to convince participants of their responsibility for discipling the nations. Please pray for healing from stomach ulcers for Äiwoo translator, Luke. And ask God to give Luke and Father David understanding of all material covered in their computing and grammar courses at Islands Bible Ministries.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.