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.
Philippians 1:6, 9–11 (NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
18/7/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise for a wonderful time in Christchurch, Oamaru, Dunedin and Bluff. It was fun catching up with long-time friends during Queen’s Birthday weekend as well as meeting with people who will sponsor the Cultural Diversity seminars in October. Praise God for the seminars that have been scheduled in the North and South Islands. Pray for some additional events. Pray for me with various projects along with the preparation for the October tour. Pray that Sheryl Silzer, the main facilitator, will accomplish God’s purposes for building up the body of Christ.
17/7/18 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Answer to prayer: I had a break before following up on the consultant checks: I got the flu so read in bed for a week! Praise God for the rest and renewed energy and health. Pray for Mama Eva as she does village checks of more psalms. Pray that she will ask good questions and that she will listen to the responses. Praise God that I now have four months in one place, so I can get a lot done.
16/7/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand)
Plans are confirmed for an historic Conference on the Pukapuka Language and Bible Translation to be held in Rarotonga August 7—9, following the cultural festival. Please pray for safety for the 230-strong contingent travelling by sea from Pukapuka in mid- July. Pray for Mai and Kevin attempting to complete the read through / revision of Galatians through to 2 Peter before the Conference, and also for preparation of discussion papers. Mary flies out 23 July to teach the Teachers’ Diploma course, while Kevin and Mai will follow later in the month.
15/7/18 Greg & Rosie Blok (SE Asia)
Praise God we made it to the US after a crazy last month in Southeast Asia. Xanthe graduated from school and we flew out the next day. We managed to publish (in print) a mini-dictionary and also get the app with the Bible stories finished too. We hope to get another app finished soon with the dictionary and all the audio files for all the words in the dictionary in our language. We praise God for the opportunity to attend a three-week course on miracles and healing. Pray for us as we drive in the US and visit friends and supporters. We leave the US in September and head back to New Zealand.
14/7/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand—Philippines)
It is so great to see so many of the Matigsalug team go on to have various international ministries. It would have been way beyond our imagination in the early years! However, we’re also grateful to have two left to carry on connecting with translation consultants as they become available. Please continue to pray for them. Pray for Robert still learning the ropes at Distant Shores Media and for his orientation trip this month.
13/7/18 David & Tammy Price (US—Asia)
Praise God for the completion of the eleventh Kuri Pasai workshop in June and the completion of the final consultant check for the gospel of Luke in four languages. Please pray for the four language teams as they work on translating the Jesus Film script in an audio format this month. They also need to do community checks on the script and film. Praise God our son Kyle and family have arrived in California for summer break from teaching in Asia. We look forward to enjoying their company (including our first grandchild, David) for about three weeks. Pray they will be refreshed for another two-year commitment to teach in Asia.
12/7/18 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray that the four Bamu men who volunteered for back-translating will grasp it well, and get stuck into working on it. Also, pray for renewed motivation for the village checkers to get on with the checking work that’s waiting for them.
11/7/18 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
David submitted his PhD thesis in June. Thank you for praying through this long process. Please pray for a favourable outcome. Pray for wisdom for the Pacific Area Leadership Team, of which David is a part, in filling a number of leadership vacancies in the area. Praise for the launch this month of the Master’s degree SIL Australia is delivering. Pray for more students to enrol and benefit from this opportunity to be better equipped for their roles.
10/7/18 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Please pray for the Lord to overrule in a few situations we are facing. The Lord’s word is that it is His battle and we need to be still and see what He will do. Praise for the productive time Joan had with her mum in New Zealand for two weeks in June.
9/7/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God that Ian continues to make good progress writing and designing the slides for the presentation of the Deeper Bible 701 sessions. He has had some significant revelations from the Lord in the middle of the night. The daytime DB 101 course for Manukau City Baptist starts 25 June and runs for five weeks. At the same time Ian is getting everything ready for the start of DB 601 in Manukau City and Matamata Baptist for the beginning of August. Pray in the funding for DB Online.
8/7/18 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Having a break is a mixed blessing: all the work just piles up waiting for me to deal with it when I get back! Nevertheless I’m thankful for the week spent in Southland and Otago during May. Please pray I’ll clearly think through the best way to handle the workload at the moment. Pray too that the right person will become available to take over some of the work longer-term.
7/7/18 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Praise God for an excellent Board meeting. It is wonderful to have two new, and young Board members now on our board. They bring greater diversity in age and ethnicity and make valued contributions from their respective vocations in law and finance. Praise God too for the newly formed communications strategy team, tasked with developing and implementing a new communications plan by the Board. We have met once and will do so regularly over the next six months through to implementation. Please pray for this team of seven as they under-take this process.
6/7/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Pray for Tim putting the Living Words magazine together with the aim of sending it out mid-July. Pray that readers will be inspired by the stories of transformation. Pray for a great response to the Small Projects requests, so that communities will be blessed by the wider body of Christ. Pray that we use the school holidays well. Minimal tutoring means we can focus on our Wycliffe roles and family. Pray that we will have wisdom to know how best to juggle our responsibilities during the year. Praise God that Hannah is visiting Auckland in the first week of the school holidays! Pray that the children will continue to grow in their relationship with God. Pray for Tim on his Outdoor Instructor assessment weekend 27–29 July in the central North Island, that he would do his best, and cope with the cold (probably sleeping in a tent!)
5/7/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
Pray for Murray checking a poetic translation of the psalms by Skype during the day in July as well as teaching the book of Job some evenings.
4/7/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We thank God for the blessing of time set aside in Dar es Salaam for language and culture acquisition. We look forward to continued learning as we settle into our assignments in Musoma. Please pray that we will adjust well to our new environment, and adapt quickly to our new roles.
3/7/18 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
We travel to Puebla City (southeast of Mexico City) on 5 July where we will be teaching until 5 August. This summer we’ll be teaching at a different university so dealing with new people. Wilf will be heading the phonetics department and Anita will be teaching Second Language Acquisition. Please pray that the teaching goes well, that we can be good examples and witness to our students. Also pray that we can find a person who can travel to Puebla City to look after our children while we are teaching. Most importantly, pray for our children as they transition and miss their grandparents, cousins and friends in the US.
2/7/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand—Solomon Is)
Praise God for safe travel to Santa Cruz and for good meetings with the Archbishop and the MP for Temotu province. Pray for good checking sessions with the translators at Reefs. Pray for safe travel back to Santa Cruz on the tenth and to Auckland 13 July.
1/7/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Thank God for the very encouraging time at our annual Team Retreat. This was a special time of spiritual refreshment as we were led by Viv Holt in a series of reflective sessions around the theme of ‘Chosen, Blessed, Broken and Given’. Please pray for wisdom for Rob as he prepares for another in a series of interviews on Radio Rhema, sharing on the ministry of Wycliffe and Bible translation. The third in this series is at 11.15 am on Tuesday 3 July. Pray too that it will be a clear message of the impact of Bible translation on individual lives and language communities, through the ministry of our New Zealand members serving around the world.
30/6/18 Release of Scripture App (Southeast Asia)
Praise God for the release of the New Testament Scripture App for a language of Asia in early May. Pray that it will spread widely, be well received and used, and bear fruit. The New Testament will be recorded sometime between September and November. Pray for strong voice actors to come forward for the recording, and that they come from all the denominations in the language area. Pray too, that the newly released dictionary portion will be a blessing to readers of the language.
29/6/18 Applied Linguistics Preliminary Course (Hong Kong)
Praise God for the “Applied Linguistics Preliminary Course” that was organised by Wycliffe Hong Kong on 1-24 March. The 13 participants learned about phonetics, phonology, grammar and second language learning, and how to apply these through practical interaction with different language speakers. Praise the Lord for the positive feedback and good interaction between the participants and the speakers of other languages. There will be a second course 5-26 July. Please pray for the preparations and registration. Pray for wisdom as the instructors and language assistants prepare and work together. Pray that the participants will have open hearts and minds to understand and apply what they will learn.
28/6/18 Understanding the Sound System (Southeast Asia)
Pray for the team working on understanding the sound system of a minority language in Asia. This is important because it enables the development of a working alphabet for the language. Ask God to give the developer a keen ear to hear the sounds and good understanding of how they fit together into a sound system. Pray that the alphabet can be established soon, to facilitate translation.
27/6/18 Partnerships (Solomon Islands)
Pray that the leadership of the Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership Solomon Islands (BTLP SI) will develop and build meaningful working relationships with their partners. Ask the Lord to give them courage as they seek ways and opportunities to strengthen existing relationships with the government, churches and Christian mission organizations in the Solomon Islands. One close partner is SIL’s working unit, the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG). Pray for the leaders of these two groups as they revise and renew their Memorandum of Understanding. The directors are currently working on this.
26/6/18 Partnership to Fund Bible Translation (Singapore)
Pray for the people preparing an IllumiNations Asia event in Singapore for 3-5 August, 2018. The organisers expect more than 80 people to attend this gathering which will focus on funding Bible translation throughout Asia. Pray that the arrangements enable the event to flow smoothly. Ask God for good understanding by the attendees, leading to prayerful and enthusiastic support of Bible translation by these Asian business leaders.
25/6/18 New Praise Songs (Asia)
Praise God for the seven new praise songs ready for release for a language community in Asia. Ask God to use these in the lives of church members throughout the language area. Pray for the team to have creativity as they work on additional songs. Ask God for a strong voice for the one recording Scripture for this language. Pray for wisdom for those preparing a video-based primer set for the language.
24/6/18 Ruth (England)
Pray for good interactions for Ruth at a member care conference 25–28 June.
23/6/18 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (New Zealand)
My online Greek and Hebrew lessons are doing well, with over 300 subscribers and 30,000 views. Pray for more uptake from translators who could benefit from them. Pray also that I can find someone here in Hastings to film for me.
22/6/18 David Rutherfurd (New Zealand)
Give thanks that, with the help of a Korean friend, I managed to complete most of the things I’d hoped to by the time I left Asia 16 April. I was also able to appoint a young National person as a library assistant to look after the library. Praise the Lord for providing all I needed to move into my flat here in Auckland on 1 May (all I had when I came home was an ironing board and a toaster), and that I’ve been able to find a car, a manual, to buy. Please give thanks too, that I’m able to help in the Wycliffe office while Helen’s away. It’s a very nice office to work in.
21/6/18 Training for Experienced Translators (Australia)
A new diploma will be launched by SIL Australia in July 2018. This new academic award is specifically being developed for members of national translation organisations who have experience and expertise as mother-tongue translators. Pray for the continuing development of new academic units for this programme. Pray for the first three Pacific Islander students, their application and acceptance process. Pray for funding arrangements to support their study and time in Australia.
20/6/18 Ira & Katy (New Zealand)
Praise for time to travel and catch up with folk and share about our work in South East Asia. Katy also had the rare opportunity of being together with her mother and all her siblings – four brothers and two sisters. Praise that Silvia is back with us in New Zealand after finishing her school year in SE Asia. Praise that our other three children are getting on okay in school here. Our family needs to learn more kindness as we relate to each other. We are trying to address some of the strife in our family culture.
19/6/18 Kirsten Mills (New Zealand)
Thank you to the mighty and righteous Holy Spirit and all those who helped with the Candidate Action Committee at the end of April. The Inquiries Department currently has three applicants for membership. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance for these people as they seek to serve Him, and for me as I help them discover God’s purpose. On a personal note, I have had word from my brother Justin. He is worried about our Dad who has been in hospital. I am planning to visit them in the US in August. Pray that I will be an encouragement to them both and that Justin will see God’s reality, love, and power.
18/6/18 Phil & Chris Carr (PNG)
Please pray for Phil’s time at our Bamu village 19 June—9 July. Pray for wise time management: catching up with people, working with Adau and Domai, training new back-translators, and house maintenance repairs. Pray too for safe and timely river travel from and to the distant airstrip. Please pray for health and stamina for Chris as she continues her work at Ukarumpa while Phil is at Bamu.
17/6/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a consultant available to check Matigsalug Jeremiah (another long book). The team in the Philippines is corresponding back and forth with the consultant in the UK. Praise God that Robert has started volunteering with Distant Shores Media—another organisation reaching distant shores with translated resources for growing churches. Pray for the team as they work, and Robert as he has a lot to learn.
16/6/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please give thanks with us for such a smooth transition from Caryl’s member care role to the very capable hands of Fiona Taylor—we praise the Lord for her. We give thanks also that our son and his family who serve in South East Asia are coming home for two months. Our home will be overflowing and what a joy it will be to spend quality as well as quantity time with them. Praise also that Wayne’s workload has returned to a more manageable level after the deadlines were met.
15/6/18 Robin & Marva Farnsworth (US) and Ken & Rosa Nayau (PNG)
The main need is for a consultant to be available to check the remaining books of the Manambu New Testament. Ken had a consultant available in May but due to a bus driver being killed, road transportation was not available for a period. Pray for a consultant to be available so the Manambu New Testament can be sent to the printers. Right now none are available.
14/6/18 Wilf & Anita Flores (US—Mexico)
This past year we have been on furlough in the US, but our time here is coming to an end soon. We go back to Mexico 19 June. Please pray for the children and Anita as they face another big transition. Pray for wisdom as we make decisions about the best option for our children’s education in Mexico. In July and August, we will be teaching the SIL course in Mexico and would appreciate your prayers in finding a person to help us with childcare while teaching full time.
13/6/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for an amazing time travelling (mostly walking) in Europe for Tim & Fiona! Pray that we will adjust well to our more complicated lives in NZ. Pray for Fiona as she juggles her new Member Care role with family life and tutoring. Pray for the July issue of Living Words to come together well – celebrating the impact of Bible Translation in communities. Praise that Caleb has found a flat in East Auckland, that Hannah is loving her linguistics study at Uni, and Abi is enjoying her drama studies at Excel. Pray for Nathan as he changes his studies over to Te Kura and Level 1 NCEA papers.
12/6/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
June will be a challenging month for us as we transition from a settled period in Dar es Salaam towards preparing to move to our assignments is Musoma. While we are looking forward to our arrival, we will face many unknowns during this time. Please pray that we will trust fully in God’s amazing provision, and negotiate this time with Grace.
11/6/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Pray for Ian to have uninterrupted time to work on bringing Deeper Bible 701 level together. It has been hard to do with all of the other things going on. The daytime 101 class at Manukau City Baptist has been delayed. DB 301 began at MCB 28 May and continues Monday evenings until 23 July. Training continues for Mark who is teaching the Brazilian classes. Pray for the funding to enable the development of Deeper Bible Online to begin. Pray for Tania as she is Helen’s hands-and-feet in the office while Helen is in Brisbane. Praise God for David Rutherfurd’s help while Helen is away also.
10/6/18 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise for four good consultant checks in two languages. Proverbs 11-23, several Psalms and nine chapters of Joshua. Pray that the teams will do more good checks in various villages. Pray that I will be able to have a break before following up on the checks, doing more exegesis and also working on the dictionary. Pray that God’s word will speak to people’s hearts.
9/6/18 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Pray for the Board members as they deliberate on a number of matters including the development of a Communications Strategic Plan. May they hear God’s voice and direction in the midst of business.
8/6/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand—Solomon Is)
Praise God we heard from the Bishop of Temotu. Keep praying for guidance re compensation for the translators, and for encouragement for translators Edmond, Luke and Fr David. John returns to the Solomons 8 June for five weeks. Pray he’ll complete checking Matthew before he leaves NZ. Ask God to guide his time with church leaders, translators and reviewers. Praise God Rosalie’s knees continue to heal. Keep praying for the engineer that his design for retaining wall will happen SOON.
7/6/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
Pray for Murray training 15 future trainers of Bible translators and consultants from every continent – on Biblical Hebrew poetry – for all of June. Pray for good interactions for Ruth at a member care conference 25-28 June. Pray for their son, Ben sitting his final exam 8 June.
6/6/18 Karan Allen (Papua New Guinea)
I will be in PNG for all of June working with the Waboda Translators. Pray for re-development of relationships with colleagues and translators, productive work times and, for the translators’ adjustment to the relative cold of our main centre where we will be working.
5/6/18 David & Tammy Price (US—Asia)
Tammy and David will both be at Kuri Pasai Workshop 1-22 June. Pray for health and energy, insight and good relationships for all at the workshop. Consultant checking Luke and Psalms as well as starting to translate the script for the Jesus Film will be happening. David will be finalising the Ambai triglot dictionary for publishing. Our son Kyle, Faith and baby David will be on home leave for June and July from Asia. Pray for safe travels and refreshing for them as they give new grandparents, uncles and aunts time to get to know the ‘new’ family member. Baby will be nine months old crossing the Pacific.
4/6/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray for wisdom and strength for Leanne and Robert as they continue to juggle their respective roles and responsibilities: Leanne as a Teaching Assistant at Onehunga High School; Robert as Director for Wycliffe New Zealand and also International Ministries Pastor at Mt Albert Baptist Church. Pray for the preparations for the next Wycliffe New Zealand Board meeting 9 June and the meeting itself as the Board deliberates on a number of matters including the development of a Communications Strategic Plan.
3/6/18 Fay Barker (Papua New Guinea—New Zealand)
Thank you for your prayers for the Old Testament translation course held last month. The five language teams have all done well and drafted a number of passages. For the first two weeks of this month I will be working with the four men in the Waskia team, then I am booked to return to New Zealand. Please pray as they continue to draft Old Testament passages and books. May they understand God’s word ever more deeply, be strongly impacted and be able to share it well with others in their communities. Please pray too that our ongoing online communication about their draft translations will go smoothly.
2/6/18 Rexey Buce (New Zealand—Philippines)
Please pray for Rexey, serving remotely from the Philippines as our Social Media Coordinator. She is in New Zealand 23 May—7 June to attend the Wycliffe New Zealand Team Retreat (May 25-27), and spending time in the office with various staff members seeking to learn more about the Wycliffe New Zealand operations and our communication needs.
1/6/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for my time in Papua New Guinea working with administrators, language learners and their new Language Learning Coach. One administrator wrote in a report that the relationships built by my face-to-face time working with the teams, and the practical help given was not only a pleasure, but they are looking forward to future collaboration. Pray that as I reflect on my time there, I can create more resources supporting the efforts begun by this trip. Pray for me as I work on the Cultural Diversity Tour 2018 that will happen in October. I’m in the South Island 28 May—6 June to meet with several people to arrange seminars.