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.
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21/3/19 Successful Bible Storytelling Workshop (Southeast Asia)
Thank God for the success of the recent Oral Bible Storytelling workshop. Fifteen people attended to learn Bible stories and then translate them into their own languages. Praise God that the story crafters were able to learn the stories well. Ask God to use these stories to touch many lives in these language communities. Pray for the three pastors who attended, and are adapting the Bible storytelling techniques to their preaching.
20/3/19 International Year of Indigenous Languages
The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Please pray for translation workers around the world who are helping to bring God’s Word to people in the language that speaks to their hearts. Please pray for those working in Literacy programmes encouraging indigenous peoples to become literate in their languages and for the production of more reading materials.
19/3/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross and Jo had a good couple of days with a Wycliffe couple at Kangaroo Ground in Australia, last month. They are working on using artificial intelligence to “train” computers to convert plain video of a signer into an animated figure. (Think of Gollum from Lord of the Rings movies without using the blue balls!) It was an inspiring time. Please pray for Ross as he’s working on writing a proposal on his graphical notation system for signed languages, so that others can see if it is worth pursuing.
18/3/19 Ira & Katy (SE Asia)
Praise God for help with Silvia’s breathing difficulty when running. She took ventolin before her last race and did better. Thanks for praying for Ira as he was away at a conference in the US. He transitioned back to Asia very well and got a lot out of the meetings he was at. Please pray for Silvia as she finishes school in May, then comes to NZ and looks for work and a place to live, preferably in North Auckland near family. The children have a long summer break from school, June-August. Katy would like to be with Silvia for three weeks in NZ but has not been able to work out how to juggle the younger children, their needs and being in NZ for Silvia. Jonathan will turn 17 in June and another question is how to help him find summer work in a country where he does not have permission to work. Big questions. God has answers!
17/3/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for His provision of hardware and software for my role as Software support/IT Scripture engagement. Praise God for the privilege of still serving Him on my 60th birth anniversary last month.
16/3/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
God seems to be winnowing the leaders of local congregations in the area. Please pray for God to grow godly leaders in the Bamu churches.
15/3/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Pray for Joan’s mum having treatment for breast cancer. Praise that Joan was able to be with her for a few weeks around the time of her surgery last month. Joan’s sister, Diane, will continue to support their mum in the months ahead. Pray that Jolene will find suitable work, and that Centrelink (the Aussie equivalent of WINZ) will be more helpful. Pray for SIL Australia administration investigating accreditation options for the linguistic courses.
14/3/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
For the first time since we left New Zealand, we will be apart for a couple of days when Jillian attends a Retreat, 15–17 March, with eight other women. Please pray for safety as we travel, and for God’s protection on the health and wellbeing of our families staying behind in Musoma.
13/3/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise the Lord for the gift of another son in our family. Bjorn Jutson Flores Leander was born on 28 January. Both baby and Anita are doing well and recovering. We are grateful for Anita’s aunt Kathy who is taking care of William and Kylie (Maggie) while they go to school in the village. We are starting to get the paper work for the baby here in Oaxaca City. We need to get Mexican passport, US certificate of birth abroad and passport too. Please pray for these applications to go through smoothly.
12/3/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good start to Deeper Bible 401 class at Manukau City Baptist. Please pray for them as they continue through this month. Pray for Ian to finish DB book 7 so it can be proofread, formatted and printed. Ian continues mentoring folk in Partnership Development. Please pray that they would connect well with partners in preparation for future ministry. Pray for Tania as she adjusts to a new format for these Prayer Matters in coming months.
11/3/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is.)
Praise God, John’s arrival in Honiara coincided with Luke’s two-week break from IBM studies, so Luke was able to work with John and Edmund on Matthew’s gospel. Then Father David flew direct from Reefs and joined them. Wilfred, a recent graduate of theology school, also joined the work. Please pray for Luke and Father David as they began a 10 week intensive Biblical Exegesis course on 4 March. Pray for Edmund and John as they work together via email and Messenger. Pray for Wilfred as he encourages reviewers at Reefs and prepares for ordination. Praise God the Tauranga contractor visited us in February and plans to begin work on our retaining wall in March!
10/3/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that Ruth’s conferences (Germany, Spain) went well – and so did Murray’s three teaching workshops in three Asian locations. Please pray that God will use the booklets of Proverbs about the family to get His Word off the page and into the hearts and lifestyles of their communities. Pray for Murray’s online teaching on the Psalms, in March – from home – to translation consultants spread all over Eurasia.
9/3/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting: Christchurch
Please pray for each of the Wycliffe Board members and Director as they prepare for the Board meeting on 9 March. Ask that they will be sensitive to what the Lord is saying and for clear guidance in decisions being made. A major component will be the presentation of a new Communications plan for consideration by the Board.
8/3/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Pray for Stephen as he prepares this month for the financial audit in April. He has lots of document scanning and filing to catch up on – pray he will find time to add this to an already busy schedule. Continue to pray for part-time help to take on some of the Finance Manager’s responsibilities Stephen would like to relinquish.
7/3/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence Parts 6 and 7 have been checked and submitted to YouVersion. Please pray for good progress on the March issue of the Living Words magazine. Pray for Tim and Fiona as we prepare for a visit to members in Asia in April. Praise God that Caleb has managed to replace his work van after months of engine trouble. Please pray for Hannah, Abi and Nathan who have just started studying for the year.
6/3/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please pray for Tammy’s visa processing for her New Zealand permanent residence visa (needing police clearances from countries lived in over the last 10 years, before she can send in her application). And then it could be nine months before she can go to NZ. Pray for safe travels 7 March to another Kuri Pasai workshop training the next two language teams to translate the Jesus Film. David is also going, working on the Ambai Dictionary and plans to finish it! Praise God and pray – due to some generous Christmas gifts they can visit Kyle and family in Mainland Asia at the end of March, on the way home from the workshop.
5/3/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Please pray that we will be able to do good checks of Psalms, Proverbs and 2 Samuel over the next month. Pray that I will be able to minister to the teams who may still be a bit traumatised by recent natural disasters.
4/3/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for Martin’s trip to visit projects in Guinea Bissau from 4-14 March. He will also be in the US from 24-28 March as the ‘Faith Comes By Hearing’ folk have asked him to give them training on Language Project Management. Please pray for God’s wisdom for all of these meetings.
3/3/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a wonderful weekend retreat with our Wycliffe NZ team. I’m so grateful for the deeply committed staff who serve in the NZ office. Please pray for significant staffing changes coming up in some key roles. Please pray with us for the right people to fill these positions and for smooth transitions of personnel. Please pray for Leanne and me as we travel to Malaysia for the Wycliffe Asia-Pacific directors and spouses meeting 4-8 March. Pray for good interaction and opportunities to encourage one another as directors and spouses. I arrive back, going straight to the Board meeting in Christchurch, 9 March.
2/3/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
We have been visiting new churches, linking with pastors of churches and home churches. Kevin is sharing about the available resources in the first weekend of March. Please pray for wisdom on what specifically to share with subsequent groups. We went to P.P. village to give out audio players containing a full audio bible, sermons, and Christian songs donated by a Khmer/NZ family. Pray that more funds for these at USD11.50/NZD18 per unit can be sourced. The hot season has started a month early — lows of 36C and highs of 41+C during March – May. Please pray for energy and the mental strength to cope with this.
1/3/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise for a good visit from Caryl’s brother and sister-in-law to NZ where we were able to pay our last respects in Taranaki to Caryl’s father and also advance positively the settlement of his estate. Pray for Wayne and his co-facilitators as they lead a Kairos course at Valley Road International Church which continues over each Friday evening and Saturday for three weeks, finishing on 9 March.
28/2/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Please pray for each of the Wycliffe Board members and Director as they prepare for the meeting on 9 March. Ask that they will be sensitive what the Lord is saying and for clear guidance in decisions being made. Praise God for all the work that has gone into the new Communications Strategy that is being developed. Please pray that any final adjustment needed will be completed and accepted for approval at this Board meeting.
27/2/19 Scripture Nearing Completion – Matigsalug 50,000 speakers (Philippines)
- Please pray for typesetting, which follows the completion of the consultant checks, to go smoothly. Lift up the typesetting team as they make decisions about format and proofread the print-outs multiple times. They need wisdom, strength and alert eyes.
- Ask God to raise up funds to print the whole Matigsalug Bible. Thank the Lord for a U.S. church and a donor who paid for typesetting expenses. (SEED COMPANY; SIL; SINUDA UNITED MATIGSALUG LANGUAGE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION)
26/2/19 Scripture Nearing Completion – Matigsalug 50,000 speakers (Philippines)
The Matigsalug Old Testament project was initiated and started by the Matigsalug community around 2010 after the completion of the New Testament. Genesis, Ruth, Esther and Jonah were published with the New Testament, but the community wanted the entire Old Testament.
- Praise God, the translation team has finished all Old Testament books, but some of the last books — the longest — lack the required consultant check. Pray for God to raise up consultants who will be available to check these remaining books. One consultant in the United Kingdom worked remotely last year with a translator in the village to complete the check of Jeremiah.
25/2/19 Scripture Nearing Completion – Pukapuka 7,000 speakers (Cook Islands/ New Zealand/ Australia)
Please pray that each community will support the translation project and for unity in planning for and attending the dedication.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to bring great fruit from daily Scripture readings posted on Facebook, by email and on the new website pukapuka.world.
24/2/19 Scripture Cearing Completion – Pukapuka 7,000 speakers (Cook Islands/ New Zealand/ Australia)
Give thanks, Pukapukan people from many places gathered in the Cook Islands last August for a conference on Bible translation and the Pukapuka language. It was the first such gathering convened by the Council of Chiefs of Pukapuka.
- Lift up the translation team as they process feedback from Pukapuka speakers on the New Testament and Psalms, complete consultant checks, and finalise an index of topics, key terms and a small concordance to include in the New Testament.
- Ask God to give them wisdom and good health as they begin typesetting this spring in Holland.
- Please pray that the final digital file can be sent to Sri Lanka mid-year for printing and for the books to have clear print and strong binding. Pray for the safe arrival of the Puka Yā (Holy Book) in time for a dedication tentatively scheduled for late 2019 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
23/2/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God that I will be able to finally make another trip the end of February and work with the two language teams. We will do a lot of consultant checking. Please pray that this will go well and that there will not be another earthquake during the three weeks we will be in the city.
22/2/19 Phil & Janet Buhler (New Zealand)
Praise God that we arrived back in New Zealand mid-December and for His amazing provision for our time here. Please pray that God will help us to use our time well to both rest and get enough work done on our house for renting, as well as visiting family and friends. Pray for clear direction as to what is ahead before we go back in June. Please pray for better health for both sets of parents.
21/2/19 Leslie Foster (USA)
Praise God for safe air travel both to Seoul and Baltimore in December and for time with family and friends during the Christmas holidays. Praise God that I have remembered how to drive on the other side of the road. Please continue to pray for my upcoming air travel to North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado in the upcoming months and for my alertness as I drive here in the USA. Pray for my coming visits with supporters and for my participation in the missions conference at my major supporting church on 22–25 February.
20/2/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for a Kairos course at Valley Road International Church being conducted over three consecutive Friday evenings and Saturdays beginning 22-23 February. May there be a good number attending, ideally 15, who will hear what God is saying to them.
19/2/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good refreshing break over the holiday season. Please pray for wisdom and good time management for Ian as he juggles his various responsibilities. Deeper Bible 401 begins 20 February at Manukau City Baptist. Pray that participants will deepen their walk with God. Pray that mentoring folk in Partnership Development will bear fruit.
18/2/19 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (New Zealand)
I have recently put up a video called How to understand the Bible correctly (google Ross and Elizabeth McKerras to find it in my youtube channel). I hope it will benefit Bible students in New Zealand as well as translators overseas.
17/2/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God for Tammy’s two weeks in Israel in January learning more cultural and topographical background information to better understand the Bible. Please pray for wisdom for us both as we consider what needs to be done to make our move to New Zealand. Please pray for the Kuri Pasai translation teams as they prepare for the workshop in March — Psalms teams doing community checks and revisions and Luke teams recording the audio for Luke. Pray for Tammy as she prepares to lead the Psalms teams in translating the script of the Jesus Film in March. Pray for David as he works on logistics and materials for Community of Practice in May.
16/2/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Praise God for successful one year visa renewals and drivers licenses. Praise God, the Growing Deeper conference was another good connecting time with the main focus on transitions and the need for retreats — even if only a half day. Praise God for safe travel to and from the capital and an enjoyable time painting our friends new home. It was great doing some non-thinking tasks! Please pray for the Bible Story Telling workshop planning and preparation as well as village visits to share resources. Pray for the next Growing Deeper conference 21-22 February.
15/2/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for: debriefing at Otaki and time to visit beaches in Auckland; approval of the budget for my role with Wycliffe New Zealand and the provision of a laptop by them; settling in to the routine of commuting to and from the Wycliffe office; Life church “live-out” camp in the Manurewa church building and surrounding parks and beaches. Please pray for: wisdom in my new role as ‘Software Support / IT Scripture Engagement’; wisdom for the te Reo Maori course I’ve enrolled in for 1 term; wisdom for doing an online course in Typesetting.
14/2/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
February will be a busy month with planning for our Wycliffe New Zealand team retreat and meetings around our new Communications Strategy that is being developed and presented to the Board at our March meeting for consideration and approval. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for these meetings and planning.
13/2/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for the excellent Pacific Island Leaders meetings Robert attended in Brisbane in January. It is exciting to see a number of our Pacific Island nations and their leaders developing a strong vision for mission and Bible translation both within their own country and beyond to other Pacific Island countries. Pray for them as they seek to build the capacity needed to fulfill this vision and calling.
12/2/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise the Lord for the birth of our third child, a son, born 28 January. Both Anita and baby are doing well. William and Maggie are excited to have a baby brother. Please pray for family adjusting to this new babe and new routines. We thank God that all have recovered from the cold that has been affecting a lot of people here. Wilf was sick with the flu for almost three weeks. The translation team finished checking Ezra and Nehemiah and are now in the middle of revising Proverbs. Please pray for them.
11/2/19 Greg & Rosie Blok (New Zealand)
We achieved a number of things while waiting for Rosie’s ankle to heal and swelling to go down before being cleared to fly back to New Zealand. One was meeting a couple who could start working in our project in about eight months. We thank God for the good outreach at Christmas in the village with some responding to the message. We are also thankful for our team continuing to be enthusiastic with sharing the oral Bible stories and teaching others to tell them. We also praise God for new one year visas. Please pray for Xanthe as she moves to Wellington in February to start University. She will be studying psychology. Please pray also for Thomas to find a job.
10/2/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Please pray for time and creativity for those writing articles for Living Words. Praise God for over 10,000 subscriptions to Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence on YouVersion. Pray for Tim as he works to complete the rest of the plans.
9/2/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Transition to new accounting software requires new procedures for various elements of Stephen’s work. Please pray that he will discern the best choices for these new procedures. Give thanks for Phoebe’s patient work on repetitive processes required for setting up the new software.
8/2/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for wise distribution of the first batch of audio players with Bamu audio Scripture. Ask God to ensure they get into the right hands, and that His Spirit will speak powerfully through them to many Bamu people.[/timed-content-server]
7/2/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Office Team Retreat 8–10 February
Please pray for safe travel as we head to Onemana Friday afternoon. Pray that this will be a great time of team building and also spiritually uplifting. Pray for Viv as she leads our Spiritual reflection times together.
6/2/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Praise God for John’s safe travel for his two week trip to Honiara from 18 January to meet up with translators! Praise Him too for Luke’s successful completion of Islands Bible Ministry (IBM) English Grammar courses in December and January. Ask God to help him as he progresses to the next level this month — and to help Edmund and Father David as they commence IBM training on 4 February. Pray too that retaining wall construction can begin this month.
5/2/19 Kirsten Mills (New Zealand)
Praise God that my husband, Graham had a really good visit to the village in India where he lived as a child. The Uchoi church celebrated their 75 year jubilee last month. They have asked for prayer for spiritual growth and strength in the church. Please pray for the Lord’s discernment and perseverance as I prepare for a Candidate Action Committee for an applicant. Pray for wisdom for the committee as they meet 7 February.
4/2/19 Rexey Buce (Philippines)
Rexey arrives in New Zealand 6 February to attend the staff retreat and stays until 19 February. Pray for safe travel and adjusting to the time zone difference. Pray for good interaction with new staff members she hasn’t yet met.
3/2/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross and Jo are off to Melbourne for a couple of days to meet a Wycliffe Australia couple who work with Auslan (Australia Sign Language). They are investigating the use of computers (using machine learning) to record signs.
2/2/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Please pray for wisdom and help for Ruth at an important ‘member care’ event in Spain 4–8 February. After completing a Proverbs workshop in one place – on 1 February, Murray then helps one of the teams 2–8 February before trekking to a workshop in another location 10–23 February. Please pray for safety, stamina, wisdom and inspiration. Pray for the interpreters who translate for Murray and the teams, to understand and translate well. Pray that all will be paced well
1/2/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Martin travels to Ethiopia from 1–12 February for an Impact/Best Practices conference with twelve national organisations from Asia and Africa, along with three western organisations. Please pray for good communication, fruitful discussion and wise decisions as they come together from many different cultures.
31/1/19 More Young People to get Involved in the Mission of God (Tonga)
The Lord Jesus speaking to his disciples said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”* On that note, please pray for the staff of Wycliffe Tonga Missions (WTM) in their efforts to engage with the Church in Tonga. They have been visiting churches and schools to talk about the Bible translation ministry. Please pray that these visits will result in many more young people committing their lives to full time ministry. Pray for grace and wisdom as WTM staff counsel, guide and mentor young people who show interest to serve in full time ministry.
30/1/19 Need for Consultants (West Africa)
SIL International is involved in over 70 language programmes in various countries of West Africa. There is an urgent need for more consultants to support these language programmes. They are needed to do training and technical assistance as well as helping to mentor newer consultants-in-training. Consultants are needed in all domains: linguistics, translation, literacy and education, Scripture engagement and language technology. Please pray that God will encourage more capable and committed men and women to take on these consultant roles. Ask God that SIL leaders will have wisdom as they identify potential candidates.
29/1/19 Preparing New Testaments for Typesetting (Central African Republic)
Please pray for God’s protection over the translators facing major spiritual attack as they prepare these New Testaments for typesetting after over 20 years’ work.
28/1/19 Preparing New Testament Checking (Central African Republic)
Please pray for the Gbeya, Kabba and Ngbugu teams to have an excellent eye for detail as they check the whole of the New Testament before it is sent off for printing. Please pray for God’s guidance as they decide what illustrations are needed to help their readers understand the New Testament clearly.
27/1/19 Planning a New Oral Bible Translation Project (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God for a recent trip of the Sepik Partnership Engagement Strategy team in Papua New Guinea. They visited villages in the Awtuw, Inebu One and Guriaso language communities to discuss the possibility of these groups being involved in an Oral Bible Translation project. Please pray for the staff as they write up the proposal for this project. Ask God to prepare members of these communities to be oral translators as the project develops.
26/1/19 Beginning a New Translation (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for the staff beginning the Molata translation project in Papua New Guinea. Four Papua New Guinean gentlemen are drafting Genesis 12-21 to prepare for their second Translators Training Course. The translation facilitators are working on some linguistic analysis of the language. Please pray for all of them to have good focus and wisdom as they work. Pray for spiritual protection over the team.
25/1/19 Using the Scriptures (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that the Binandere people of Papua New Guinea are reading their Scripture booklets with excitement. They are also reading them in services at the Anglican church service on Sunday mornings. Two teams of translators are working with the translation facilitator on the books of Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philippians and Hebrews. Please pray for provision of a consultant to check the Gospel of John some time in 2019.
24/1/19 Ira & Katy (SE Asia)
Please pray that we as a family would have a deeper understanding of God’s peace and love for us. At the end of January, Ira will go to the States for two weeks for meetings with other software developers. Please pray for stamina and sleep as there is a 12 hour time difference between both continents.
23/1/19 Director Search (Philippines)
SIL Philippines (SILP), a partner in Bible translation in the Philippines, requests prayer in their search for their next Director. Praise God for the faithful service and leadership of outgoing Director Tammy Ruch. Please pray for the nomination process and that qualified and God-fearing individuals will be part of the list. Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment as the leaders and staff elect the next Director. Pray for staff of the two Wycliffe Global Alliance organisations in the country, Translators Association of the Philippines and Wycliffe Philippines, as they come alongside SILP in prayer and encouragement during this faith-stretching period.
22/1/19 Leadership Transition (Philippines)
Praise God for the appointment of new Wycliffe Philippines CEO Edith Sola. Please pray for Edith’s good physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as she adjusts to her new role. Please pray for this season of transition for Wycliffe Philippines and the leaders that they will lead with one heart and one mind. Pray for good relationships with partners in the Philippines who they work with for language and Bible translation projects.
21/1/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Please pray with us the central line of the Lord’s Prayer in New Zealand Sign Language — HEAVEN SAME WORLD (or ‘as in heaven so on earth’) — and imagine the Kingdom of God breaking through from heaven into our world and the world of the Deaf.
20/1/19 Training Hundreds of Translators (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that 405 Papua New Guineans from 96 languages have been trained in 28 training courses during 2018. This is a record number. Additional students have been trained in several regions of the country. Please pray that these students will be able to apply their new knowledge and skills in translation work. Pray also for the steps to get these courses formal accreditation in Papua New Guinea.
19/1/19 Aitape West Progress (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God for the recent distribution trips of the Aitape West translation teams in Papua New Guinea. They distributed copies of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Please pray that God’s Word will be read and change peoples’ lives. In late November the teams drafted the first two chapters of Philippians. Please pray for preparations for a consultant checking workshop planned for late January. The teams will check 1 and 2 Peter, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
18/1/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise that the calendar finally went out early December! Praise for the promise of financial support from our church – an answer to prayer! Praise as we celebrate a family milestone together at Festival One – pray for a fun time away. Please pray for clarity as we plan the year ahead – projects to undertake, time management, networking and up-skilling.
17/1/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Please pray for planning for this year with Deeper Bible. One of the main thrusts this year is to get Deeper Bible online. Pray for wisdom, insight and creativity to move ahead with this. Included in the coming year’s schedule will be a visit back to Indonesia for a wedding in May and a block of teaching Deeper Bible 401 and 501 in Brazil in July. Please pray for the planning of these events to fit nicely with what is happening in New Zealand – DB 701 in Matamata and DB 401 – 701 in Manukau City plus other events.
16/1/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray for Rob and Leanne as they attend Wycliffe Pacific Island Leaders meeting in Brisbane, 18-20 January, and also spend a few days with their supporting church and financial partners there. Pray these would be special opportunities to reconnect and encourage our ministry supporters.
15/1/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Please ask God to guide the translators as they continue their studies at Islands Bible Ministry. Pray for strength, alertness and focus for John as he checks the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. The contractor had to delay construction of our retaining wall until February; please pray that work can begin next month. Praise God for the opportunity to spend time together with the grandchildren during the holidays.
14/1/19 Phil & Chris Carr (PNG)
Please pray for wise and effective distribution arrangements for the mp3 players containing the first batch of audio Scriptures in Bamu. Ask God to speak very powerfully to people through these recordings.
13/1/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Please pray for wisdom for the team involved in drafting the budget for my new role with Wycliffe NZ.
12/1/19 Greg & Rosie Blok (New Zealand)
We plan to be in New Zealand from January until June or July. Please pray that we will use our time wisely and for good connections with family, friends and supporters. Pray for the ongoing work in the village also and that the Christians will continue to grow in their relationship with God.
11/1/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Please pray for us as we say our goodbyes and return to Tanzania 13-15 January and that we will be able to quickly settle back into our work routines.
10/1/19 Leslie Foster (US)
I’m in the US for four-plus months and will be working remotely. Please pray that I can accomplish what is needed to be done while working via the internet. Please pray that I’ll be close to the Lord as I move around and visit family and friends.
9/1/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for wisdom for Chrissy to have a good balance between work and family responsibilities.[/timed-content-server]
8/1/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (Southeast Asia)
Praise God for safety on the roads and a great conference. We appreciate the deepening of relationships with fellow workers. Please pray for the planning and preparation for the Bible StoryTelling workshop. Pray for Kevin to come to grips with the app-making software he is learning for the Christian resources app.
7/1/19 Pacific Island Leaders’ Retreat (Global)
Every two years, Pacific Island leaders of the Wycliffe Global Alliance Asia Pacific Area come together for a time of retreat for mutual fellowship and encouragement. The retreat is planned for 18–20 January 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to the main meetings, a one day communications workshop will be conducted by the Area staff on 17 January for the communications personnel of these Alliance Organisations. Please pray for the Area staff working toward finalising the plans and preparations for these meetings.
6/1/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Please pray for Murray as he travels to teach some difficult issues to Bible translation consultants in South East Asia 9–19 January. Pray too, as he travels on from there to a very high country to train 33 translators how to translate Proverbs into their nine separate languages from 21 January–2 February. For both of these, please pray for safety, sound sleeps and good health for all involved. Please pray for clear understanding across language and cultural barriers via an interpreter and that they will all learn new knowledge and skills.
5/1/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
I am planning a trip to work with the teams. It will have been six months since I saw them last, so there is a lot to work on including a consultant check of 2 Samuel.
4/1/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please pray for the Sasun language group which will have the Jesus Film dubbed this month. Pray too for Tammy doing a translation consultants course in Israel 6-19 January.
3/1/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Please continue to pray for Brian and Joan in their respective busy times through January and into February. Pray too for safety from bushfires, both in their workplaces and at home. Jolene has had only casual work for the past year. Please pray that sometime soon she will find more permanent work that she is able to do.
2/1/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Please pray Stephen will get some mental refreshment over the holiday period after a tiring year in 2018. He is planning to hand over some of his responsibilities as Finance Manager. Pray that the Lord’s choice of a new Finance Manager will be clear to those involved in the selection process.
1/1/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
The office will reopen 7 January. Please pray for some opportunities for rest and refreshment through the New Year period.
31/12/18 A Prayer for Bible Translators (Mexico)
Join with the Union of National Indigenous Translators (UNTI), Mexico in this prayer: ‘Lord, we thank you for the indigenous translators, whom you have called to be committed to one mission: to translate the Bible into the language of their communities. They have decided to leave all for your love revealed through your Word, the Bible. We ask that you guard the life of every translator against all the various dangers that confront them in their particular regions. Encourage and strengthen their hearts. Give them health and fill them with your Holy Spirit to translate your Word, so that our communities of Mexico will know that you love their identities and you speak their languages. Amen.’
30/12/18 Working Together for Literacy (West Africa)
Several countries in West Africa would benefit from an increased literacy rate. This will require effort from both the government and the non-governmental sectors. Please pray for good discussions about ways to improve literacy, especially in the minority language areas. Ask God for wisdom about who should develop literacy materials and how best to recruit and train teachers. Pray that these efforts will improve literacy levels and also the lives of many villagers in this region.
29/12/18 Progress in a Complex Project (West Africa)
Praise God for the progress being made in a complex project involving several dialects and teams working in different locations. The Eastern team has been working on Mark and John. The Western team has been working on Numbers and Hebrews. They were able to attend a workshop on translating Hebrews in September. Please pray for this team as they prepare to do community testing of the book of Numbers. They hope to be ready for the consultant check in January 2019. Pray that they will catch any weak areas of Revelation and 1, 2, and 3 John as they do a group read-through. Pray for God’s protection over each member of this large team.
28/12/18 Creating Several Levels of Written Materials (Southeast Asia)
Praise God for the expanding library of written materials for a language community in Southeast Asia. They began with foundational materials such as primers and an alphabet chart. Then several of the newly literate people began to write stories in their language from their own lives. The community now has a literacy programme going in 42 different villages. Please pray that these people continue to practice their new reading skills so they are ready to read the Scriptures that will be available soon.
27/12/18 David & Christine Foris (New Zealand, Mexico)
Praise God that David was able to complete the second edit of the Sochiapam Chinantec dictionary database four days prior to leaving San Pedro Sochiapam. There’s still lots of editing to do, but most of this can be done by David alone, just consulting with Francisco by Skype a few days each month. Our daughter Michelle, her daughter Haley, and Cyndi’s daughter Caitlin, travelled to Mexico with David. Michelle and Haley were with David for just two weeks, but Caitlin stayed with David until he returned to New Zealand on 10 November. All three girls had a very positive experience and are keen to return to Mexico.
26/12/18 Churches Asking for More Information (Vanuatu)
The need to learn more about Bible translation in the country is one of the areas identified in the recent ‘Bible Translation Vanuatu’ conference and expressed by church leaders in Vanuatu. Please pray for the leaders and staff of Bible translation agencies to take every opportunity to attend denominational church meetings and synods to share about what they do. Many church leaders were inspired to learn more about Bible translation and the importance of mother tongue scriptures during the conference.
25/12/18 Strengthening Friendships and Vision in Bible Translation (Vanuatu)
Thank God for the successful staging of the ‘Bible Translation Vanuatu’ conference in in Vanuatu this October. The conference provided the opportunity for church leaders from various denominations, leaders of Bible translation agencies and the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) to interact and fellowship with one another. Friendships were renewed and new ones formed. Please pray that the Bible translation movement in Vanuatu will expand into new areas. Pray that the Holy Spirit will maintain people’s interest and increase the vision for Bible translation among the ni-Vanuatu churches and people. Please pray for the VCC in their governing responsibility for religious work including Bible translation.
24/12/18 Clear Direction and Courage in Next Steps (Vanuatu)
Please ask the Lord for clear direction and courage as the leaders of the Vanuatu Bible Translation (VBT) seek the Lord for the way forward in developing the Bible translation movement in Vanuatu. Pray for the Lord’s discernment as they take the steps to build VBT into a viable, strong organisation. Pray for stronger partnerships to be developed and established amongst the ni-Vanuatu people. Ask for the Church in Vanuatu to take up ownership of the vision in partnership with the Bible translation organisations working there. Please pray for more women and young people to be given, and to enthusiastically take up, the opportunities to get involved.
23/12/18 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God for three languages which now have the Jesus Film dubbed. Please pray that the final video copies will be ready by March.
22/12/18 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Praise God for Ross’s completed thesis in 2018 and the results that will bring about. Pray with us the central line of the Lord’s Prayer in New Zealand Sign Language — HEAVEN SAME WORLD (or ‘as in heaven so on earth’) — and imagine the Kingdom of God breaking through from heaven into our world and the world of the Deaf.
21/12/18 Open Doors for Translation (South Asia)
Please pray for leaders of a Bible translation organisation in South Asia. They are asking God to reveal His strategy to begin translation for a large people-group. Pray for God to open doors in a community that can serve as the base community for the translation. Ask God to provide introduction to someone who will work with them on the initial drafts.
20/12/18 Ira & Katy (Southeast Asia)
Ira is presently leading a team of 12 people, in seven different time zones and across three different continents. Please pray for the challenges that brings and decisions that need to be made. Katy misses her family in New Zealand, especially as it is the Christmas season. Pray that they would know God’s love and respond to Him.
19/12/18 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for a resolution to the ongoing unrest in Cameroon. We are thankful that the Bible translation work still continues. We ask for prayer for protection, provision and wisdom for the project workers and their families. Please pray also for physical and emotional healing for all those impacted.
18/12/18 Needing Direction for Future Work (South Asia)
One group in South Asia has finished drafting Hebrews and is working on I Peter. No organised church exists for speakers of this language. Due to religious pressure, many followers of Jesus no longer identify themselves as such. The remaining followers rarely meet together for fear of persecution. While Bible translation continues, evangelical witness and ministry in this group has dwindled to almost nothing. Please pray that the team will be given wisdom to know how to move forward to support the Scripture needs of this group. This could mean transitioning from translation to more immediate activities involving Scripture Use.
17/12/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for a great year with Deeper Bible. Many have gained deeper insights and passion for digging into the Word for themselves. Please pray for Ian to prioritise time to complete the book for Deeper Bible 701. Pray too for a good refreshing break over the Christmas and New Year holiday. This has been an exceptionally busy year with much to praise God for but we are weary.
16/12/18 Potential Literacy Project (Philippines)
Please pray for the possibility for SIL LEAD staff in the Philippines to participate in a project with USAID, to begin in February 2019. They have limited personnel so please pray for some suitable Filipino partners and leaders to commit to help. Ask God for the willing involvement of Literacy and Education consultants serving in other countries who could contribute effectively to the project. Join them in praying that language communities with the greater needs can be included. Please pray for favour with the Department of Education authorities to reach those with the most need.
15/12/18 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for time spent with prayer partners, church mates and friends as well as accommodation in Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North. The planned debrief in November wasn’t able to happen but praise God for working out another time for me 17–21 December; pray that I will gain much from this.
14/12/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Please pray that translators Edmond, Luke and Father David will be able to begin the Islands Bible Ministry training in Honiara on 17 December. Praise God most of the small project funds have been raised. The summer course (English Grammar) is intensive. Ask God to help them grasp the concepts taught. Ask God to provide accommodation in Honiara for Luke and Father David.
13/12/18 Jesus Film Launch (Papua New Guinea)
The Suena and Zia language communities in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea have the Jesus Film in their languages. The film was celebrated on 10 November in both language communities. Please pray that many will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as they view this film. The New Testaments for these two languages were dedicated in 1978 (for Suena) and 1982 (for Zia). The two New Testaments need to be revised. Please pray that there will be renewed interest for Bible translation and for revision work to begin. Pray that speakers of other nearby languages still without the Scriptures will be encouraged to start Bible translation work in their languages as they see the impact of the Word of God in the Suena and Zia communities.
12/12/18 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for good health — physical, mental and spiritual — for Adau, Domai, Phil and Chris. Please pray especially for Domai’s knees, and for protection from malaria for both Adau and Domai.
11/12/18 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
When everyone else starts to think about holidays, we are getting ready for the busiest time of the year. As school winds down, Brian and the rest of the maintenance crew can get into offices and classrooms to refurbish for the new year. Please pray for stamina as the weather heats up. Numbers for the SIL summer intensive are well down, but preparation time for Joan and the rest of the staff in December is still very busy.
10/12/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand, US)
Praise God for finishing teaching Language and Culture Learning at Eastwest. Please pray for the 21 students who are all getting ready to serve in cross-cultural ministry, that they will use what they have learned. Pray for my travel, first to South Korea on 11 December and then to the US on 13 December, that the flights will be smooth and my time with friends and family will be mutually encouraging.
9/12/18 Greg & Rosie Blok (New Zealand)
November has been good for us to catch up with friends and family and supporters. We need to return to Asia in December to renew our visas. Please pray we get them without hassle and that we could get back by Christmas. There is a Christmas outreach in our village mid-December. Please pray for more people to come to know Jesus. Please pray that our kids find holiday jobs and Thomas finds a new place to stay.
8/12/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
Please pray for Murray as he has consultant-checking sessions on Psalms 38–51 scheduled for 11–19 December. The translation team will meet together in Sweden, but Murray will lead the session from home over the Internet. Pray for all technology to work well, for all the bits that need to be corrected or improved to be found, for good understanding despite the barriers of language and geography. Please pray also for Murray to prepare well for three back-to-back workshops in January and February.
7/12/18 Board Meetings: Wycliffe New Zealand
Please pray for the Board members as they meet 8 December and discuss the budget for 2019 as well as other business matters for Wycliffe New Zealand. Pray for wisdom and clarity in the issues brought up and a sense of God’s leading. Praise God for His faithfulness in all that has been accomplished over this past year.
6/12/18 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is thankful for a productive month’s work in November. Please pray he will cope with his full workload this month despite the interruptions of the holiday break.
5/12/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Pray that all the reports needed for the Board meeting on 8 December will come together well including budget plans for 2019. Pray for a good Christmas wind-up function for the office and Board on 7 December.
4/12/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
We are very thankful to be back to good health! Praise God that all three sons and two daughters-in-law and first grandchild are all doing well in their respective places and vocations. Please pray with us that our daughter-in-law Megan will have her New Zealand visa granted to enable her to live and work in New Zealand. Pray for Rob as he prepares for the Wycliffe New Zealand Board meeting 8 December. There is a new Communications Strategy proposal being presented for Board consideration as well as the budget for the next year’s fiscal year. Pray too for special family times with parents and children at Christmas.
3/12/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (Southeast Asia)
We are renewing our visas and driving licences in December. Please pray for favour with the officials. Praise God, we are both well, although tired. Staff support for transitions is going well. Praise God for the automation options for the Christian Facebook page. This is still going strong with many new members each day. Early December we are in Thailand before our second Growing Deeper conference 7–8 December and we want to get the most out of it. For Christmas we travel to the capital to join a local family.
2/12/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania, New Zealand)
Praise God for the opportunity to meet Elsie, our youngest grandchild, this month. Please pray that we will also get to spend quality time with our other family members while in New Zealand over Christmas/New Year. We leave Musoma on 2 December, and arrive in New Zealand 5 December.
1/12/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good week of debrief training in November. Please pray for Fiona as she continues to learn about Member Care and develop appropriate policies. Praise God as Nathan receives his Boys’ Brigade Queen’s Award at Government House 1 December. Pray for safe driving to Wellington and back and for good connections with folk. Praise that Abi and Hannah have ended their study year well. Pray for guidance as they (and Nathan) consider study options for next year. Praise God for opportunities to shine the light of Jesus with our tutoring students and bushcraft course participants. Pray for Tim as he teaches River Safety on 8 December and for good planning and safety for the two Duke of Edinburgh groups organising tramps in December and February.