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