29/1/20 Pray for recovery and healing: Indonesia
The New Year’s Eve flooding in Jakarta killed 66 people. It displaced and affected much of the population in the city. The Kartidaya office in Jakarta and the homes of some staff members were flooded. All staff are safe. Kartidaya staff request prayer as they clean up and rebuild the office. They are also extending help and support to affected staff, churches and communities. Pray for:
- the people affected by the flood. They need to clean up and restore broken furniture, fixtures, houses and businesses.
- the health of children and the elderly especially as the floods subside.
- wisdom for the Indonesian government leaders as they work with other agencies to rebuild Jakarta.
- physical and emotional healing for all the flood victims.
28/1/20 Pacific Wa’a meetings: Pacific
Pacific Wa’a is a collaboration of partner organisations involved in seeing Bible poverty reduced in the Pacific Islands. The word Wa’a means ‘canoe’ in Hawaiian and is a symbol of journeying together. Pray for the next Wa’a meetings 29 to 31 January in South Auckland, New Zealand. Delegates from the organisations will report on progress since the last meetings. Pray that visas will be granted to delegates who need them. Pray for safety in travels and good health for all delegates. Pray for the Wycliffe New Zealand personnel assisting with logistics.
27/1/20 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Please pray that we may trust that God is still good amidst so much suffering, and that He is able to meet the many needs surrounding us. Pray for the palliative lady with the pressure sores and Nicole as she prays over and ministers to her. Pray for Baby J, that she may know real love in her life. Pray that we may trust God with all our partnership needs.
26/1/20 Community voice actors for the JESUS Film: Philippines
The Translators Association of the Philippines facilitated the Gaddang language soundtrack dubbing of the JESUS Film in November. Most of the Gaddang voice actors have jobs and needed permission from their offices to volunteer. Praise God for the favour and grace extended to people in the Gaddang community as they saw the film. Pray that those who learned about Jesus for the first time by will be drawn into a relationship with Jesus.
25/1/20 Gaining momentum in Bible translation: Papua New Guinea
Two years ago, leaders of the Papuan Islands Region of the United Church of Papua New Guinea established an office and selected staff to support and promote Bible translation. This initiative is gaining momentum. The Bishop of the Papuan Islands Region reported that local, regional and international partners in Bible translation work alongside the church in practical ways. The church created a fundraising and development committee. Ask the Lord to give the committee members creativity and wisdom to find ways to develop sustainable funding capacity. Pray for them to find ways to support and sustain the Bible translation projects managed by the church in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
24/1/20 Working together through prayer and action: Global
Wycliffe Canada partners with local organisations around the world to facilitate projects related to language development and Bible translation. One goal of the organisation is to have at least 10 Canadian intercessors praying for each field partner organisation. Pray that many intercessors will participate. In one instance intercessors prayed for a partner organisation in a certain country. Due to acts of violence in that country, thousands of people were displaced and staff in that organisation needed trauma healing workshops. Wycliffe Canada responded to the need by facilitating the arrival of trauma healing personnel to carry out the workshops. Pray for Wycliffe Canada staff as they continue to pray for and support partner organisations.
23/1/20 Luke (SE Asia)
Please continue to pray that I can stay ahead enough in my assignments to do exams early in February so that I can attend SIL orientation in March. After that, I will return to New Zealand during semester break to build my support team.
22/1/20 David and Tammy Price (United States and Asia)
Continue to pray for Tammy’s complete recovery from emergency appendix operation just after Christmas, that she’ll be comfortable to travel. Pray for our travel to New Zealand, arriving 23rd January, and for the last details as we sign papers and prepare to move into our house on 31st January. Pray for a smooth transition as we try to keep current with our ministry responsibilities.
21/1/20 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please also pray for the Pacific Wa’a meetings to be held 29–31 January in South Auckland. The Pacific Wa’a is an organisational partnership between YWAM, Wycliffe, SIL and Jesus Film as well as some other organisations who are deeply committed to developing and implementing strategies to mobilise people from the Pacific Islands for the world-wide Bible translation movement. Wycliffe NZ has been asked to help with organisation and assist with logistics for this event.
20/1/20 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
“Praise God for the holiday opportunities we have over summer – may they refresh and revitalise us for the new year! We’re planning on doing some camping (including Festival One) and perhaps the Whanganui Journey. Pray for Josh as he starts a business degree at AUT, on top of full-time work. Praise that Caleb and Samuel also have steady employment. Pray for Abi as she considers work and study options, and looks to get her Restricted Driver’s Licence this year. Pray for Nathan as he enters his last year of school and for Hannah in the last year of her degree – as they both consider options for next year. Praise for an awesome God who loves and cares for us in ways we don’t often see or understand!”
19/1/20 Pukapuka Bible Translation Project: Mailalo Melota, Kevin & Mary Salisbury
Please continue to pray for Mai and his family, split between Auckland and Pukapuka. Pray for God’s timing for Mai’s return to his family on the island. Pray for good progress to complete all outstanding issues and read through the New Testament for the final time.
18/1/20 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God that while John was in the Solomon Islands in November, he and the team completed the review of Matthew. Please pray for scheduling of John’s next trip back to the Islands, hopefully late January, for their SIL Group Conference.
17/1/20 David & Tammy Price (United States, Asia)
Please pray that our relocation to New Zealand goes smoothly – logistics of visa, flights, luggage and shipment.
16/1/20 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Please pray for Stephen as he faces additional work in training the successful applicant as a finance assistant, along with the usual tasks at a busy time of the year.
15/1/20 Diane G (South Asia)
As students and staff prepare for the start of school 20 January please pray that they will be refreshed and return ready for the new semester.
Australia is experiencing the worst drought in history causing widespread bushfires that has left 17* dead and many missing in the central and southern coastal towns of New South Wales and a huge section of north eastern Victoria. There has also been widespread destruction of homes and businesses. Ask God for His peace and comfort during this difficult time of loss and grief. Firefighters and volunteers have been working nonstop since November. Pray for safety and protection as well as relief and rest for them. Ask God to send rains to saturate the land and put an end to the drought. During this crucial time, pray for unity and wisdom as the government, other organisations and churches work together to provide help to those who need it. Wycliffe Australia located in Kangaroo Ground, Victoria and all the personnel and their families living the area are safe.
*As of 3 January 2020.
13/1/20 Leslie Foster (USA)
Please pray for wisdom and hearing from the Lord while planning the year’s activities. Pray for safe travel while in the USA and also returning to Auckland 4 February.
12/1/20 Flooding in Jakarta (Indonesia)
Heavy rains since New Year’s Eve caused severe flooding displacing more than 60,000 people and killed at least 30 in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The majority of the affected population relocated to shelters according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management while others remained to guard their flooded homes. The Kartidaya office located in Jakarta and some staff and their families experienced flooding but are safe. Please pray for unity as the Indonesian government and other organisations help in providing safe and temporary shelter to those affected, for wisdom as they plan relief and rebuilding efforts. Pray that the rains will stop and the floods subside soon. Ask God for healing for those who are grieving and those whose homes and properties have been destroyed.
11/1/20 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Please keep praying that we will be able to get the Matigsalug Bible to the typesetter soon. Also pray for the two teams recording different Old Testament books as they have time available.
10/1/20 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise God that William and Maggie are doing well at school. Maggie had dengue fever for a week but has since recovered really well. Bjorn continues to grow fast and enjoys going around the yard with his brother and sister. Please pray for our oldest co-worker, Victoriano, who has also been an elder at the local church. He plans to step down from the eldership so he can focus more time on translation work. Pray for Wilf as he attends a workshop on Psalms later in January.
9/1/20 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for a possible remote assignment to develop a Scripture mobile app using non-Roman characters and liaising with Global HR global support about issues / questions from our Wycliffe New Zealand members.
8/1/20 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Please pray for staff and students coping with the intensive summer course. Pray for safety from bushfires in the coming months. Pray for Brian and Joan as they consider when and where to retire. Australian retirement age is higher than NZ so they have to keep working for at least another year but need to be considering options now.
7/1/20 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (New Zealand)
“Nilah got into Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC)!!! We are so grateful for God’s provision and faithfulness in her life! She will study towards a three-year Advanced Diploma in Ministry, starting this January. Please pray for Godly people to draw around her and be family to her and for finances for her college fees. We arrive in New Zealand around the 26 January. Please pray for preparations for our return to NZ – kids starting new school and work and university in February 2020. We ask prayer for God’s provision of the many items we need on return to New Zealand and for continued and increased support for the next stage of our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We are excited about our new work when Bruce starts as an associate director with Wycliffe New Zealand in mid-2020. In the mean time we will be sharing with our supporting partners and churches about our work. Please pray that our family can bless the New Zealand church as we share about our work with Wycliffe and God’s unfailing love and provision.”
6/1/20 Murray & Ruth (England)
Murray leads a Psalms workshop in Mexico, 13 January – 7 February while mentoring his top student from last year’s Hebrew poetry course. Please pray for José from Paraguay to learn how to teach other such workshops in Latin America.
5/1/20 Kevin & Gillian (South East Asia)
Our visas are up for renewal early January. Gillian has a change of visa type, so prayer for smooth processing would be appreciated! In January we are preparing for visitors who will teach sewing which will involve some travel. We are tired, so prayer for extra energy is appreciated. We are thankful for the cooler weather which means we have more ‘brain power’ to plan and get things done.
4/1/20 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Nine books of the Bamu New Testament books are ready, or will be ready in the new year, for consultant checking. Please pray for translation consultants to be available and willing to check them.
3/1/20 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand, Brazil)
Please pray for a safe and productive three-week trip to Brazil for both of us. Ian will be teaching Deeper Bible 401 and 501. Pray for participants to gain much in their understanding of the Word and for his translator to do a good job.
2/1/20 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
This is a busy month for planning. The office reopens on 2 January, and our Language Programs Director returns from furlough in the middle of the month. We are in a period of transition as more New Testaments are completed and the administrative work passes more into the hands of local language committees. Please pray for wisdom, discernment and clear vision for all involved in this transition.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT
Happy New Year!
30/12/19 Expanded access (Asia)
Praise God for the good results of a recent Key Biblical Terms workshop for the translators working in one language community. The participants decided on three of the terms and gave good input into two more. Pray for the translators as they incorporate the new terms into several books of the New Testament. Praise God for the recent contacts made with a new network of churches in the region. It will enable distribution of the Scriptures across a wider area.
29/12/19 Luke (SE Asia)
Assignments are achievable and fascinating. Please pray that I can stay ahead enough to do exams early in February so that I can attend SIL orientation in March.
28/12/19 Pukapuka Bible Translation Project: Mailalo Melota, Kevin & Mary Salisbury
Praise God that Mai was able to fly out of Pukapuka and get home in time for his niece’s wedding. He asks that we pray for peace and unity on Pukapuka during the festive season. Pray for good health for his whole family, and protection for his wife, younger children and his father still on the island. Pray for the translation group in Auckland as we meet to finalise issues before publication, write book introductions for the New Testament, and make countless corrections. Pray for good progress on the consultant checking.
Greetings from all the team here at Wycliffe NZ,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14 (ESV)
May you and your loved ones have a blessed Christmas,
and the new year be filled with God’s love, joy, and peace!
23/12/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Praise God that our visas have been approved! Please pray for energy for Anthony and his students as they look to finish the semester well. Give thanks that Zoe has adjusted to school very well. Continue to pray for Ezra to settle, as he finds time at home without his sister difficult. Pray that we may be able to share Christmas peace and love.
22/12/19 Grammar workshop preparation (Africa)
A course on grammar will be held in late January in West Africa as a part of the Discover Your Language workshop series. Pray for the teams who are planning to attend. They need to prepare language data to bring to the workshop. Pray that they collect enough of the right data that will enable them to gain a good understanding of their language’s grammar. Pray for the facilitators who are preparing the workshop. Ask God to give them wisdom as they prepare for the challenges of analyzing these languages.
21/12/19 David & Tammy Price (United States, Asia)
Please pray for Tammy’s New Zealand visa to be granted quickly. It’s in the final stage. We’d like to move by mid-January. Pray that our efforts to purchase a house will be successful. Pray for the distribution of the books of Luke and Psalms for the Kuri Pasai languages – that the local congregations embrace and use the scriptures in their own languages.
20/12/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
“Praise God that Rexey is taking over the Prayer Coordinator’s role. Please pray for her as she learns the different facets of the role. This is my last Prayer Matters to send to you. Praise God for a great finish to Deeper Bible 701 this year. Pray for each of the participants that they will continue digging in God’s Word for the treasures that are there. Please pray we have a refreshing break over the Christmas and New Year period.”
19/12/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross had a great few days in Christchurch in November. He lectured on the Lord’s Prayer at Laidlaw College and gave a Signed Language perspective. He also held a workshop on Signing Psalms for Deaf people (and a few church interpreters, too). This built on Bible Story Telling techniques and applied thoughts on SL poetry. A very good result with another workshop being planned for next year. Please keep on praying for opportunities to open hearing people’s eyes and also work with Deaf people to open their minds to what the Bible is about.
Praise God for the 100 people who attended the “Missions is for You” anniversary event of Wycliffe Singapore November 2 in Singapore. It was a fun family event where young and old alike participated in various programs and listened to stories from people involved in Bible translation. Thank God that Grace Baptist Church and Wycliffe Singapore worked in partnership to organize this successful event.
17/12/19 Diane G. (South Asia)
We are nearing the end of the first semester of teaching here at a Christian school in Asia. I praise God for the strength and health he gives me daily. Please pray for more staff to come and fill all the gaps. Please pray for the students as they prepare for tests and exams and for the teachers as we help them through. The majority of the students these days do not have English as their first language but they sit British exams. We take a break between Dec 20 and Jan 20 and look forward to being renewed and refreshed for the new semester.
16/12/19 Language survey (Europe)
An international linguistics organization is planning to survey language use in an area of the Caucasus. For a long time such work there has not been possible due to security concerns. Several national partner agencies want to better understand the language communities of the region, especially their need for Scripture. The sociolinguistic situation is complex and historically the local people have been suspicious of outsiders. Ask God to guide and protect the people involved in planning and carrying out this survey. Pray for favorable contacts in each community to work with the surveyors.
15/12/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Please keep praying that we will be able to get the Matigsalug Bible to the typesetter soon. Also pray for the two teams recording different Old Testament books as they have time available.
14/12/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Please pray for Wilf has he teaches a workshop on Old Testament Key terms the first week of December. We praise the Lord for the two Chinantec girls who have been working with Wilf doing comprehension checking of the Old Testament. These two girls have decided to go to Mexico City and will not be available to do any more translation work. Please pray for the Lord to bring more young people along who will participate in the revision of the Chinantec Old Testament.
13/12/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea, Traveling)
“We are so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have served, learned and grown immensely in these last four years in Papua New Guinea. Jenny gave a farewell concert to the community and was very grateful to be able to sing with so many of her friends one last time. God is helping our hearts prepare for a new season. Please pray that we will keep leaning into God’s security and trust Him fully in the process. Please pray that our trip visiting family, friends and supporters in the Northern Hemisphere will be a time of good family bonding, debriefing and that we will be able to share God’s love effectively with those we are seeing.”
12/12/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
“Please pray for the students who have just finished their course as they take their next steps towards the field. Pray for accreditation of our subjects through Eastern College to go quickly and smoothly. Pray for staff preparing to teach at the summer course in Jan-Feb. Praise God that all three of us (Brian, Joan and Jolene) can go to NZ for Christmas. We are looking forward to walking on a beach.”
11/12/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand, United States)
“Praise God for a successful Cultural Diversity tour with Sheryl and Peter Silzer. They are now back in the USA. Please pray that their California home will sell soon so that they can buy a retirement unit near their son’s family in Washington state. I fly to the USA on 12 December and return to Auckland 4 February. Pray that I have a good time with my parents, other family members and friends in the USA for Christmas and the month of January.”
10/12/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is thankful for a successful conclusion to the annual budget production, and for steps forward in the process of employing an assistant. Please pray that a suitable candidate will be selected to begin work early in 2020.
9/12/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray for the team here in the Wycliffe NZ office that they will be able to enjoy a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year. We are operating with a smaller team and have had several staff transitions, so our staff have been really stretched this year. Please pray for good rest, refreshment and renewal. Please pray that our family, who are scattered around the world in the USA, Philippines and here in NZ, will all experience a refreshing and blessed Christmas even though we will not be together.
8/12/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise God for Tania’s many years of faithful diligent service in bringing prayer & praise points to us all as well as illuminating issues in the wider Bible translation movement. Please pray for the year ahead that Wayne will discern well how best to give support to the work of Wycliffe, Deeper Bible and Kairos. Praise God for the two new grandchildren coming into the family and praise for our youngest son as he embarks on married life.
7/12/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for Bamu Christians to see more like God sees, looking not at outward appearances, but at the heart.
6/12/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Our remote IT specialist comes to visit 9-14 December to work on upgrading our office network. This is his first time back to the office since he left Kevin in charge in Sept last year! Please pray that all the little bugs in the system will be found and repaired while he is available.
5/12/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
From 2 December onwards Murray checks a draft of some of the Psalms by working over the Internet with the team of refugees in Europe who drafted them. Please pray for God’s help to find all the bits that need to be corrected or improved.
4/12/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand, Philippines)
Please pray for my time in the Philippines in December. I will be to working remotely from Manila, attending my nephew’s wedding and spending the Christmas break with family.
3/12/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that Samuel passed his Full Driver’s Licence last month! He’s now helping to transport other people to events. Please pray for Nathan as he sits his last exam on 2 December. Doctors are still monitoring Josh’s condition, which is much improved. Praise God that Caleb has completed his apprenticeship, Abi has finished her diploma and Hannah has good holiday work with friendly staff. Please pray for us as we set goals and make plans for 2020. Pray for deepening relationship with God and growing relationships with others. Pray for WBT members who are spending Christmas away from family.
2/12/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Please pray for our final Board meeting for the year, Saturday 7 December. Please pray for the important planning and preparation involved and wisdom for decisions at the meeting itself. This will include approving the budget for next year
1/12/19 Kevin & Gillian (South East Asia)
We have a local pastor’s conference (expected 30+ attendees) 2-3 December. Kevin is supporting with resourcing and translation, and Gillian with children’s ministry. We travel to the capital city on the 4th to encourage the management staff of a local NGO. Please pray for safety and energy for all we need to do. Pray too for refreshment.
In many countries of Asia, the curiosity about Western holidays provides an opening for churches and Bible translators to share about Jesus at Christmastime. Pray for the churches who are preparing for organized outreaches during this season. Pray for translators who have the Christmas story ready to share, perhaps for the first time, in the languages of many communities. Pray for many people to respond to the message of God’s gift when Jesus came to earth.
Praise God for the launching of a New Testament in a language of West Asia in November. Pray for positive media coverage and good responses from the community and government officials. Pray that information about this New Testament will spread throughout the language community. Pray that hearing about the Scriptures will prompt people to seek them out and use them. Praise God that people are already engaging with them online. Ask the Lord to draw many from this language community to follow Jesus.
Pray for the publication process of a New Testament in a language of the Mediterranean region. Funding is in place for mass distribution of a printed version in summer 2020. Faith Comes by Hearing is in charge of producing the audio version of the New Testament. The translation team hopes to distribute thousands of audio Biblesticks, small personal players that comes pre-loaded with audio Scripture. Partners are raising money for this expensive outreach. Pray for sufficient funds to be raised. Pray for many to receive and use these Scriptures and be drawn to follow Jesus.
Eighty percent of the world’s population are oral communicators. In Bangladesh, storying is an effective way of teaching and learning. Praise God for the start of the first Bible storying project in one of the minority language groups facilitated by Connections in Bangladesh. Praise the Lord that One Hope and YouVersion gave permission for their animated stories series to be used in the project. The team are thankful for Wycliffe Singapore’s partnership in raising funds for this project.
Wycliffe Philippines started a disaster relief drive by collecting and delivering donations for earthquake victims in Southern Philippines. Pray for God’s healing for the victims as they suffer from the trauma of losing loved ones, homes and livelihoods. Ask for God’s mercy, comfort, protection and provision as they seek shelter and food in evacuation centers. Pray too for the Wycliffe Philippines’ teams and churches as they extend help and minister to the victims.
Praise God for the 30th anniversary of Kartidaya in Indonesia. Please pray for the anniversary celebration and strategic planning meetings November 25-28. Ask God for wisdom, guidance and safety as all staff prepare for the events and travel to Jakarta. Thank God for Karyadi Antonius, the new Executive Director appointed by the Kartidaya Board of Directors. He will begin his role January 1, 2020. Pray for this important leadership transition. Ask God for wisdom, guidance and protection for both Marnix Riupassa, the outgoing Executive Director, Karyadi Antonius and their families during this process.
24/11/19 Papua New Guinea
Six language communities in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea now have Bible stories about Christmas to share with their people. Oral Bible Storytellers (OBS) from the Aekyom, Arammba, Suki, Gobasi, Samo and Kubo languages learnt and crafted the Christmas stories from the Gospel of Luke during the November OBS workshop. Pray that when these Bible storytellers return home, they will have opportunities to share the stories with their people. Pray that as a result of listening to these stories, people from these language communities will respond to the Word of God and make a commitment to follow the Lord.
Praise the Lord for the cooperation and partnership of Wycliffe New Zealand and Wycliffe Tonga Missions in running the Kairos Course over the last couple of years in Tonga. As a result of this training program, many of those who participated were given exposure and awareness about Bible translation and missions in general. Pray that this awareness will lead to a greater response by Tongans to send out and support their people to participate in God’s mission.
22/11/19 Papua New Guinea
From November 23 to December 7, Bougainville Referendum voters will decide to either have the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) to remain a part of Papua New Guinea or become an independent nation. Results of the Referendum will be declared in December. The Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA) currently has six Bible translation projects on the island. Pray for the translators in the Taku’u, Uisai, Sibe, Saposa, Petatz and Teop projects as they go through this process. Pray that translation progress will continue uninterrupted so speakers of these languages will soon have God’s Word. Pray for wisdom for the PNGBTA leaders as they relate with the translators and seek the best way to encourage and support them.
21/11/19 Luke (South East Asia)
Praise God for straight A’s for the first semester and a nice quiet two-week break. I am making sure my bilingual skills don’t get too rusty, sending out newsletters and letters to raise support for next year, and of course resting. Please pray I do well this next semester.
20/11/19 Greg and Rosie (South East Asia)
Praise God for the progress on the Bui alphabet. Please pray for our plans to get wider community involvement and interest in writing Bui. Please pray for the upcoming translation principles workshop. Praise God for the Oral Bible stories that our team are learning and others who are interested also. Please pray for Rosie’s health and ankle recovery. Praise God for the new local team members La and Goy. Also pray for Jeff and Irene as they furlough in the US. Please pray for Xanthe & Jonty as they relocate to Auckland and prepare for marriage. Please help us to find a motor-home or caravan as an extra bedroom to park at Greg’s mum’s place from 27 December – 20 January. Continue to pray for funding to build a Translation & Literacy center. Please pray for our regular support which is being adversely affected by the exchange rates.
19/11/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (South East Asia)
We have been kept safe while traveling. We have a pastors conference, and outreach at three other churches 23 Nov – 4 Dec lead by a New Zealand based Cambodian. Gillian will be assisting with the children and women’s programs, while Kevin will be getting to know the expected 60 pastors who will be attending in order to support them afterwards.
18/11/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
The evening in Manukau on 16 October went wonderfully well. Those present gained a deeper understanding of an amazing complex part of Scripture. The input from our guest with her painting fitted perfectly with the use a special song and dovetailed with the depth of the Word with great impact. Pray that it will not just have been an entertaining evening but God’s message would sink deep to the core of each person and make a difference. Please pray for the continuing sessions of Deeper Bible 701 yet to be shared in Manukau concluding this month. Pray too that God would open the doors wide for Mark Spencer to teach Deeper Bible in a large US church. Please pray for God’s person with a heart for missions and prayer to take over the Prayer Coordinators role from Tania in the New Year.
17/11/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Give thanks for a wonderful break away from the city culture to explore one of the many beautiful islands here. Also give thanks for our new puppy Skye, who is bringing many smiles to our family. Please pray for Ezra (3 yrs old) as he continues to settle into life here in Manila. Please pray for the people we have the opportunity to speak grace too, that we may be bold with declaring God’s goodness amidst so much suffering.
16/11/19 Susan Shore (New Zealand, Philippines)
Praise God that I will be in New Zealand for three months starting November. Please pray that the “Na” team will be able to process all the notes I sent on parts of 1 Kings.
15/11/19 David & Tammy Price (United States, Asia)
Praise God that we have heard from New Zealand immigration. Please pray for the final decision to be made quickly for Tammy’s visa. Praise that Kuri Pasai translation cluster has finished – Gospel of Luke in four languages, Psalms in two languages; Jesus Film in six languages, plus audio in all languages. Please pray for the local church and translators as they work on scripture use and talk about possible additional translation in the near future.
14/11/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for the meeting with my sending church who will recommend their continued support to the church board. Please pray for wisdom to continually learn about our HR software and our partnership with the Translation Association of the Philippines (TAP) to develop a culturally appropriate and child-friendly electronic reading/dictionary materials.
13/11/19 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
This month David has two trips to Bangkok for meetings, and one to Papua New Guinea to lead a leadership event, as well as chairing SILA Board meetings, teaching a week’s intensive on Program Planning and finalising grades and end of semester details for the two subjects he is teaching at SIL Australia. Please pray for strength and good health during this really busy period. Wendy and David and the SILA team are urgently trying to prepare documentation for accreditation. Approval needs to be in place by the beginning of January and there are a number of steps in the process. Please pray this will go smoothly.
12/11/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for the appointment of a consultant to guide us in a process to address our finance personnel and software needs in order to provide our current staff with the additional help they need. Please pray for all involved as we establish and implement a plan to accomplish this. One of the key features of this plan will be the need to appoint a second person to a finance role who can be based in our Auckland office. Please pray that God will lead us to the right person to fill this important position. Our son Simon, currently in the Philippines serving as a volunteer Woodwork teacher at Faith Academy for six months had a motorbike accident last week and has fractured his wrist and kneecap. We are thankful that there were not more serious injuries. Please pray for healing for the fractured bones and that he will be able to resume his teaching responsibilities soon.
11/11/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is thankful for very productive meetings with Vince Wong last month, and for the prospect of employing someone part-time to help with routine processing work. Pray that advertisements will be placed in the right media to attract the right applicant – someone with the appropriate blend of experience, familiarity with Excel and Xero accounting software, and a heart for Bible translation. Pray also that Stephen will be blessed with wisdom and insight as he prepares the 2020 budget this month.
10/11/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise God for a lovely family time during early October for Caryl and Wayne with two of our sons in Seattle. Please pray for a clear pathway of guidance for our son Asher to know God’s steps in his future plans. Praise God for increasing interest in Kairos courses with two Auckland inquiries at present so pray that the timing and resourcing for these will all come together smoothly, including a strong level of interest to take the course.
9/11/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Praise God that we now have all of the Permits we need to stay on for another couple of years. Please pray for wisdom as we work on developing longer term goals as part of the teams with whom we serve – Kevin in Operations and Jillian in Linguistics.
8/11/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray for my preparation of two presentations. I will be involved, as I participate, in the Pacific Bible Agencies Forum being held in Fiji, 13-15 Nov.
7/11/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for a successful Cultural Awareness Tour. Many have been challenged and blessed. Pete helped with the driving which was a great help, too. Praise for safe travel to all the places we’ve been in the North and South Islands. Please pray for Sheryl and Pete Silzer as they return to the US 11 Nov and get back to life there. Pray for Leslie as she unwinds from this tour and prepares for upcoming events.
06/11/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for Martin’s trip to Guinea-Bissau 28 Oct – 9 Nov. Pray for safety in travel and good discussions. Also that the current “national dialogue” between the warring groups in Cameroon will bring resolution to the three year conflict. Pray for wisdom for Chrissy in her work.
05/11/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God that John’s residency visa for SI was approved! Give thanks, Luke’s health is improved with dietary restrictions. Keep praying for Luke and David taking the intensive exegesis course. Praise God for John’s safe travel to Honiara on 24 Oct for six week stay. Ask God to make a way for him to reach Reef Islands during first week of November, and to enable the reviewing teams to complete their review of Matthew before John returns. Ask God to guide Edmund and John in discerning Edmund’s role moving forward.
04/11/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for the amazing time Fiona had at the Member Care conference – learning and networking with others around the Pacific. Please pray as she works through updating policies and procedures. Praise God that most things are now working on Tim’s new computer (e-mail took two weeks get working properly!). Please pray that other crucial apps will be sorted out soon without unnecessary expense. Josh recently spent a few days in hospital (abdominal pain). Pray for the doctors to work out what to do next. Pray Samual will do his best sitting his full drivers’ license on 4 November. Pray for Hannah, Abi and Nathan to finish well in their studies (exams and assignments).
3/11/19 Ray & Merle Brubaker (United States)
Thanks for your prayer support during my prostate cancer treatment. My proton radiation treatments finished 27 September. We praise the Lord for this treatment option and for availability to stay at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge which saved a lot of expense. We are thankful to be home for a while. I have follow-up visits on 5 November and 7 January in Atlanta, primarily checking that my PSA has gone down. I hope further follow up will be able to be done locally. I have had very few negative side effects and I’m back to work full-time. The hormone treatment I am on continues through November. Please continue to pray that the treatment will prove to be fully effective. Although not all the medical bills are in yet, so far they have been covered by health insurance.
2/11/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross is helping take a workshop on Signing Psalms on 2 Nov in Christchurch. It will be like a modified Bible Story Telling workshop – except that it will be poetry for Deaf people. Please pray that those who attend will learn some psalms and express God’s beauty and love in New Zealand Sign Language.
1/11/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Adau, Domai, Betty and Aboda are booked to come to Ukarumpa to record more Bamu audio Scripture in Nov-Dec. Most of this round of recording will be read by Betty. We’ve been seeing a lot of spiritual opposition lately. Please pray especially for Betty’s son, Titus, to be well enough for Betty to leave him for this four weeks. Pray too that all challenges with the scheduling of the 5 November flight that picks them up will be overcome. Ask God to enable the team to complete the recording of Acts.
31/10/19 Vanuatu Bible Translation (Vanuatu)
Pray for Vanuatu Bible Translation, the local Bible translation organisation in Vanuatu. Pray that they will discern how God wants to use them specifically in the Bible translation movement in Vanuatu. They have training in church engagement, in language use assessment, and in delivering a Critical Thinking Bible Study course.
30/10/19 Next Alliance Executive Director appointed (Global)
Dr. Stephen Coertze has been appointed to succeed Dr. Kirk Franklin as Executive Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
Thank you for praying with the Alliance during the entire selection process. We can rejoice and praise God together for his leading and the ways that he guided this important process and helped the Search Committee and the Board.
Please pray for Stephen, his wife Lezelle and their family as they prepare to take up these new responsibilities. Pray also for Kirk Franklin and his wife Christine in their final months of service in this role. Ask God to protect, provide abundantly for their needs and strengthen both families. Pray that God will equip them for his service in their next steps. Pray for a smooth transition and handover period.
29/10/19 Recording Training Programme (Taiwan)
In preparation for new audio Bible projects, a Recording Training Program will be conducted by Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) staff together with Wycliffe Taiwan staff from 4–16 November. Ask God to provide the qualified people needed during the recruitment of two recording teams. The Amis New Testament recording will begin immediately after the training program. Both trainees and trainers will go to the Amis community for the two months of audio recording. Pray for them to apply what they will learn. Praise God for this partnership with FCBH as it helps oral communities in Taiwan and worldwide.
28/10/19 New Ireland Cluster Project — Fanamaket, Kandas, Label and Notsi languages (Papua New Guinea)
The finish line is getting closer for these translation teams. The Kandas New Testament was sent to the printer in July 2018, and the Fanamaket team will finish proofreading and final editing of their New Testament in early 2019. Praise the Lord, the Kandas New Testament dedication took place in April this year! Pray that the Scriptures will be widely distributed and that many Kandas will come to know Christ personally. Pray for the Fanamaket team as it is printed. The team would like to hold a dedication in May 2020. Ask God to give the Label team wisdom as they complete consultant checks of their New Testament this year. Lift up the Notsi team as they work to make up time lost last year due to health issues. Pray for perseverance and that they can get a number of books checked by a consultant.
27/10/19 Isles of the Sea Cluster Project — Carolinian, Nukuoro and Pa’umotu languages (Pacific Islands)
The Carolinian translation team is working on the final read-through of the New Testament!
Lift up the 10 Carolinian team members who are doing a final review of the manuscript. Pray for wisdom and strength so they can complete the task by the end of 2019. The New Testament can then be prepared for publication. Give thanks that the Nukuoro team has finished the final read-through and consultant check of the complete Bible. Pray that they can complete introductions to each Bible book by the end of the year. Ask God to provide a consultant to visit the Pa’umotu team this year to help them complete the Gospels and Psalms for publication.
26/10/19 Strengthening Collaboration for Bible Translation (Papua New Guinea)
There are at least 280 languages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) without God’s Word. This was the main topic of discussion for the Pacific Wa’a Partnership (PWP)* meetings. About 34 people from 15 organizations met in Port Moresby, PNG from 31 July – 2 August. Several organisations that had not sent representatives to the meetings before, sent participants for the first time. Delegates discussed ways to maximize efforts, strengthen collaboration and share resources to reach these language communities still without the Scriptures. Praise the Lord for the unity displayed in these meetings.
*Pacific Wa’a is a collaboration of partner organizations involved in seeing Bible poverty reduced in the Pacific Islands. The word Wa’a means ‘canoe’ in Hawaiian. It is a symbol of journeying together.
25/10/19 Need for Young Leaders (Papua New Guinea)
The need for new and young leaders is paramount for providing good and timely service and support for translation projects around Papua New Guinea (PNG). Pray for the staff of the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association as they work at identifying committed young people from PNG to get training to take up programme management roles. Pray especially for the Manus and Bougainville areas that need qualified people to come forward now, work with the current older leaders and commit to take on the baton of leadership to serve the language teams.
24/10/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Please pray for wisdom as we balance different ministry situations and the needs of our family, in particular for Ezra (3 years) as he is still adjusting. Please pray for those we minister alongside, that their spiritual journeys may be encouraged, and for those that we minister to, that their lives may be impacted by the Gospel. Praise God for a relatively smooth transition so far and His sense of Peace and purpose in this work.
23/10/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Thanks for our two growing boys, lovely farm-life, all our supportive family and friends, and God’s guidance and provision so far regarding our future. Please pray that God will help us to juggle work, family, friends and preparations for moving overseas in January. Pray that God will provide financial supporters for next year’s training and beyond as we share our vision.
22/10/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross is lecturing on the Lord’s Prayer at Laidlaw College’s Christchurch campus on 31 October. He will be staying to help take a workshop for Deaf on Signing Psalms on 2 November. Please pray for preparation and good presentations that enthuse people about signed languages.
21/10/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Jenny gives praise for the opportunities of teaching choirs. Our plans to return to New Zealand permanently are coming together. Please pray for God’s provision of the many items we need on returning to New Zealand and for continued and increased support for the next stage of our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Please pray for wisdom as we navigate ourselves and our children through these complex and rough waters of transition.
20/10/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God that I was able to attend a “Culture meets Scripture” workshop. Please pray that I will be able to help the Be and Na people think through some issues in their culture. Pray that someone, sometime will put on a seminar for them. The workshop was a nice break from the usual plod of dictionary, exegesis and checking back translations.
19/10/19 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand, Cook Islands)
Mary has just returned from Chiang Mai, Thailand, having attended SIL Linguistics Area Coordinators’ meeting and training for linguistic consultants, followed by a workshop on Orthography. Mailalo is still on Pukapuka, and rejoices for a successful series of workshops covering several aspects of the NT translation. He asks us to join in prayer for “cooperation among the people of Wale (the ‘Home’ atoll) to flourish in relation to the Puka Yā (‘Holy Book’); for God’s peace to prevail among all Wale people everywhere in regards to Puka Yā; and for transport arrangements to work out for his return to NZ soon to attend his niece’s wedding next month. Please pray for the final editing of the Pukapuka NT, as we check for consistency and write book introductions.
18/10/19 Building Cultural Awareness – Workshops
Invercargill Central Baptist 19 October | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Opawa Baptist 22 & 23 October | 7 – 9 pm
Building Multicultural Teams
South West Baptist 24 October | 7 – 9pm (RSVP to Clair Russell email@example.com for this event)
Please continue to pray for Leslie, Sheryl and Pete to make good connections during their time in the South Island. Pray for participants to really connect with the material and with one another and to be challenged to interact more with those from other cultural backgrounds.
17/10/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Praise God that three of the New Testaments from the Mara Cluster will be completed by the end of next month. Please pray God’s protection on the health and wellbeing of all of our staff (and equipment!) at this critical time in the process. Also pray for the production and distribution planning that is beginning, and that the hearts of the people in the language areas will be well-prepared to receive and understand the Good News.
16/10/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Pray for quick recovery from cough and colds – just when I thought I‘d escaped winter unscathed.
15/10/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for the almost 1900 GAB Books arriving safely in Auckland with most fees reduced hugely. Please continue to pray for the Deeper Bible 701 series at Manukau, especially for a highly significant night on 16 October when we have a special guest as we talk about something exceptionally deep. Pray for the participants to realise just how deep and significant it is. Pray for website development to gain momentum. Pray for plans to be put in place for teaching DB 401 and 501 in South Brazil in January. Pray too for time and efficiency for Ian to complete many tasks that cry out for completion. Please pray for someone to replace Tania as Prayer Coordinator before the end of the year.
14/10/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
The months tick by and the Matigsalug Bible is not ready for typesetting yet. Please pray that busy people will find time to finish off jobs and reports and keep things rolling.
13/10/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for the opportunity of a few days away 29/9–5/10. Praise also for amazing provision of cash and a washing machine! Please pray that Fiona makes good connections at the South Pacific Member Care Conference in Dunedin, 14-18 October. All twelve YouVersion Bible reading plans are live! Praise God for the impact this is having with thousands of people. Please pray that decisions and development of the 2020 Calendar go well. Pray that we are a blessing to our students as we help them prepare for exams. Please pray for full healing for Tim’s tooth (recent filling) – a root canal may be required.
12/10/19 Kemp & Anne Pallesen (New Zealand)
Please pray for our co-workers Jeremiah and Lydia James (plus their daughter) who are coming to New Zealand from overseas to work with us for three weeks. They arrive on 15 October. Please pray that we will make good decisions regarding these three aspects of the project: a) completing the translation of the Old Testament; b) preparing a dictionary of the S language for publication; c) completing the historic dictionary of all the S languages for publishing online; d) and working online (via Zoom) with our co-worker, Kate on the literacy materials for the S people.
11/10/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is giving thanks for progress in catching up on his work, in spite of extra tasks he is now carrying out. Join him too in giving thanks for the availability of volunteer Vince Wong, following Phoebe Wang’s departure for secular employment. Vince will work with Stephen to continue Phoebe’s work in implementing the new accounting software. Please pray that Stephen and Vince will come up with a workable plan for the path forward when they meet in the middle of this month.
10/10/19 Bible Story Telling (New Zealand)
Praise God, we were able to shoot a video for the website. Praise God for a good meeting with a local church and they are considering hosting a Bible Story Telling workshop in November/December. Please pray for this to go ahead, with at least 15 participants, enough facilitators and for the planning to go smoothly. This month we are hoping to organise a meeting with Motivate (Missions organisation) to discuss using Bible Story Telling for the School Missions trips they organise and how BST can be used to minister to the school children they are involved with here in New Zealand. Please pray for God’s timing and for clear direction moving forward. Continued prayer covering for all families involved with BST would be greatly appreciated.
9/10/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good AGM (Sept 13) at Gordonton with approximately 30 in attendance. The Board meeting followed the next day and it too was an excellent meeting. So thankful for the caliber and diversity, (in age, ethnicity, gender, and vocation) that we have on the Board. We continue to be very thankful for good health in the midst of busy schedules. Please pray with us for several critical staffing administrative needs that we need to fill in the coming months. With Helen Sadler’s move to Tauranga this has left a big hole, and we have a couple of senior staff who are looking to retire, or at least reduce their heavy workloads. Pray too for the impact that these changes have on the people concerned and the team dynamics. Change is never easy, but necessary.
8/10/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that the retreat we led overseas went very well. Murray participates in three Bible Translation conferences in Dallas, USA 9-16 October. From 21-31 October he checks Psalms 76-100 for refugees in Europe. Please pray for God’s help to find all the bits that need to be corrected or improved.
7/10/19 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Pray for David travelling to the US for the Bible Translation conference and other meetings 9-19 October. Pray for Wendy and the SILA team as they prepare documentation required to deliver our units through a new accreditation partner, Eastern College.
6/10/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for Caryl & Wayne as they visit their son in Seattle from 8–14 October about being wise and discerning re. their son’s future marriage and country of residence matters. May we all know God’s leading!
5/10/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God for healing John and Rosalie from their colds! Keep praying for John’s Solomon Islands residency visa application. Pray also for healing for Luke; gastroscopy results show no sign of ulcer; biopsy results due in early October. Please pray for Luke and Father David who began a 10-week intensive Biblical exegesis course on 23 September.
4/10/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for an excellent day in collaboration with the Embassy Band at Kingsway Christian School, just north of Auckland, at the end of August. It was a wonderful day with multiple events including leading staff devotions, worship classes for the music classes, video interview with the Principal and then an hour long concert for all the senior students (600+) to conclude the day. It was a very special opportunity to present the mission and Bible translation challenge to both students and staff.
3/10/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for Sheryl and Peter Silzers’ safe arrival in Auckland. Praise God for excellent opportunities to build relationships with the participants in Auckland meetings during the Cultural Diversity tour. Please continue to pray for the meetings in October as we work with people in the North and South Islands. Pray too for all the driving and flying the three of us will do and for continued health and strength.
Building Cultural Awareness – Workshops
Waimarino Baptist 3 & 4 October | 7 – 9 pm
Hokowhitu Baptist 9 & 10 October | 7 – 9 pm
2/10/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please pray for David to communicate well and be encouraging as he presents on Creation Care and Vetiver Grass in workshops 1-5 Oct. Pray for Tammy as she helps out in a new cluster group with training of translators and checking their work 7-25 Oct. Praise God the books of Luke in four languages is out of the printshop and ready for dedication and distribution on 26th Oct! Please continue to pray that the JESUS Film dubbed in six languages of Kuri Pasai will also be ready on that date.
1/10/19 Luke (Southeast Asia)
All non-study activities are pared back to a minimum in this final stage of the semester (ending 4 October). Various classmates are unwell, have sick family at home, a baby coming soon, and we are all generally stressed. Difficulty is bonding us! Please pray for us. I am attached to SIL too now, which adds urgency to my need for funds to keep studying in June 2020. Please pray for God’s provision.