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.
21/7/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for the safe arrival of our second son Nathaniel Alexander a few weeks early.
Please pray for God’s grace and strength for Laurel with two little ones and that Sebastian will adjust well to the new edition. Pray that Nathaniel’s feeding and sleeping rhythms will align better with what we call night and day! Pray that we will be able to focus on the present as well as getting necessary preparations done for the move to Melbourne in January.
20/7/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
My brother, Oscar, passed away 6 June. I thank God he is a believer and, by God’s grace, was taken home without any prolonged ordeal in the hospital. Please pray for the salvation of our other family members, especially Oscar’s widow and two adult children and my two surviving brothers.
19/7/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to broadcast portions of the Chinantec New Testament and Chinantec songs at the local radio station once a week. Wilf has had good feedback from people in the town from this broadcast. Also for the second revision of Proverbs which has been going well and Wilf is happy with how the draft now sounds polished. We are also grateful to the Lord for the good relationship with teachers from the local high school and their interest to use the literacy materials and to see the development of Chinantec through high school. Please pray for our children William and Kylie (Maggie) as we continue to ask God for direction for their education; whether we keep them at the public school in the village or at a better school in the city. Pray for Anita with the challenges in having a five month old baby and her health issues which causes fatigue.
18/7/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand, Brazil)
Praise God for a great finish to Deeper Bible 701 at Matamata Baptist. This is the first time this level has been taught and was a great conclusion to the series and highly impactful. A celebration night has been planned when we can fit it in. Level 601 has begun at Manukau this month with a break while Ian goes to Brazil to teach intensively DB 401 and 501. Please pray for safe travel 19 July and 2 August and for stamina and good health throughout the teaching 22-31 July. Pray also for his interpreter and for the students to gain insight and understanding as they interact with God’s word.
17/7/19 Greg & Rosie (New Zealand, SE Asia)
We are counting down to our return to SE Asia on 19 July. It has been a good time in NZ visiting supporting churches and individuals. We have enjoyed great hospitality and praise God for the warm reception and encouragement we have received. Please pray for the funds required to build a small building for translation and literacy where we work. We have been working in our living room for the last 4-5 years and our team is getting bigger, praise God! Please pray for Jeff and Irene (US) to receive confirmation from the Lord about joining our team and also to finish their training well at Payap in Chiang Mai. Please also pray for Elizabeth who is helping with the orthography/alphabet write-up (100+ pages) and after that, helping with literacy. And of course please pray for our kids staying in NZ.
16/7/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Thank you for your continued prayers around travel. We have had a few close calls, but have been safe. As there are few holidays now until September, Kevin plans to continue sharing with the rural churches within two hours drive of us. It is now rainy season, so this makes the roads a little more challenging. Pray for the budding relationships in our village, and the wider expat community. The temperatures have dropped a little, but this has brought higher humidity with the rains. Gillian has a greater workload with six-monthly reports for proofreading and editing – please pray for stamina.
15/7/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Praise God for John’s safe travel from Reefs to Honiara to Auckland, in spite of 3 flight cancellations from Reefs. God provided a ship (leased by Provincial Government for collecting ballots for Provincial elections), which got Father David and John to Honiara two days before his flight to NZ on 22 June. Thank God for the EXCELLENT reviewing sessions in all four districts at Reefs. Please pray for the five teams of Äiwoo reviewers; may God’s Spirit guide them as they find ways to improve the translation of Matthew. Pray for Wilfred who is coordinating the reviewing, liaising with all four districts, encouraging them to press on to complete their assignments while John is away. Praise God, our retaining wall in Tauranga passed final inspection on 24 June!
14/7/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for Martin and others as they review project funding requests for the new financial year (October) and decide what they can commit to. Chrissy gives praise that the Wycliffe Canada 2020 budget is balanced and asks prayer for wisdom and accuracy as she prepares the consolidated budget and reports for board approval.
13/7/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Ongoing praise for our lovely home! Pray that we find ‘lost’ items as we continue to unpack and sort. Praise that Joshua has started a new job and is enjoying ‘normal’ work hours. Praise that Abi’s three-week North Island tour with Excel has gone well. Pray for her health to improve. Please pray for the August Living Words magazine to come together well – Fiona oversees the articles and Tim lays up the magazine. Pray that we have a good break in the July school holidays (when tutoring pauses) – we were overseas for the last holidays and feel pretty tired towards the end of this term.
12/7/19 Ira & Katy (SE Asia, New Zealand)
Praise God that Ira and three colleagues from the US were able to move web servers last month but it was very intense. The family are thankful that the rainy season is here and the air has cleared. Praise God for a fun graduation for Silvia along with her 74 classmates. Silvia’s health has been good and she arrived safely in NZ. Please pray for Silvia looking for work and accommodation, preferably on the North Shore near her aunt and cousins. Praise God that Katy and Jonathan also arrived in NZ and we’re grateful that Jonny was able to find a job even though the other one fell through. Pray this job will go well for his short time in NZ working before returning to school in Chiang Mai. Pray for adjustment to NZ winter after very hot temperatures, and also being away from the family. Please pray for Ira, Lucy and Emily who will have nearly four weeks without Katy there. It is school holidays for the children and Ira has got a lot of work on and is getting tired. They are looking to God to meet all the extra expenses at this time. Please pray for His provision.
11/7/19 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (Vanuatu)
I (Ross) am in Vanuatu from 24 June – 28 July checking various Scriptures, including Genesis in two different languages. I am always interested to get their viewpoints on the events recorded in Genesis. Please pray for a fine eye for detail and that any errors will be spotted and corrected.
10/7/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that Murray’s workshop on the Book of Proverbs in Uganda went very well and that a qualified consultant from India was able to benefit from it too. Please pray for all the translators as they produce illustrated booklets of proverbs from the Bible as well as the whole book for their people. Pray also for Murray as he teaches on Isaiah in July and writes translation helps.
9/7/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (New Zealand, Philippines)
Our leaving date is 16 July which is coming very fast. Please pray that peace will flood our hearts amidst all the sadness of saying ’goodbye for now’. Pray that we will adjust and settle quickly and for new friends for our kids (and us). Ask that God will prepare our hearts for the task He has in store for us and also prepare the hearts of those He wants us to minister to. Please pray that we will trust God to meet all our needs.
8/7/19 Phil & Chris Carr (PNG)
The next recording of Bamu audio Scripture had to be postponed until November. Instead, in June-July Adau and Domai are working with Phil on the final changes of Matthew before it is village tested; on the changes to 1 Corinthians that came up in village testing; and in revising Genesis ready for audio recording. Please pray for good health, clear thinking, and God’s wisdom in all of this work. Please pray too for Adau and Domai’s safe travel home on 16 July.
7/7/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that Indy GRADUATED!!! And we finished the school year. We are grateful to have a time of rest and fun together as a family. Nilah was in Enga Province getting some experience in a primary school. We are glad to be reunited with her. With the finish of the school year there is a sense of painful loss as many dear friends and coworkers return to home countries. Indy is still suffering from chronic fatigue and chronic pain and we are hoping she can get medical help when she visits Australia. Please continue to pray for her healing.
6/7/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God that two languages have finished the Jesus Film consultant check and are getting Psalms ready for publishing! Please pray now as they prepare for the dubbing of the Jesus Film. The dubbing teams are scheduled to arrive and start holding auditions on 8 July. Pray for technology, weather, transportation, community involvement and excitement and any other logistical things you can think of. Also pray that the ‘voices’ chosen will be touched and motivated by the role they will play in getting this into their own language. The dubbing should be done by 20 July, all going as planned. Please pray for motivation for the translators who have been trained at the June workshop to start discipleship/small groups. Please pray for the Luke teams that they will communicate well with their denomination so that their efforts to create small groups to use the book of Luke will be accepted, and that they will stay motivated to share their new vision.
5/7/19 Vanessa Quai Transformation Tour (New Zealand)
Otumoetai Baptist, Tauranga, on 6th July at 7:00pm
Manukau City Baptist, Auckland on 7th July at 6:45pm
Please pray for good health for Vanessa and the band. Pray for God to touch peoples lives through the ministry of song and the message of hope. Praise God for the positive responses so far and pray that God will continue to work in lives even after the Tour.
4/7/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Please pray for the teams and myself as we finish working on translation materials before I return to Davao 13 July. I am to speak at the Missions Sunday at church the next day. Please pray for preparation and a good presentation. Pray that after time to rest, I will make progress with corrections and other work from this village visit.
3/7/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a very good and productive Board meeting last month with all in attendance. Praise God for a great start to the Vanessa Quai ‘Transformation’ tour with great responses being received. Praise too, for the provision of accommodation for them while based in Auckland. Please continue to pray for the Vanessa Quai ‘Transformation’ tour, for good attendances and responses from those who attend, and that Vanessa and the band will keep well. Understandably, they are finding it very cold!
2/7/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We will be at SIL UTB Retreat in Dar es Salaam for the first few days of July, then travelling home via the Serengeti with my sister and a friend from NZ. They will be our first NZ guests. Please pray that we will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for them, in an environment so different to our home country – Tanzanians have trouble understanding that we have no snakes, scorpions, or dangerous wild animals! Please pray that we will be able to communicate clearly with them about the work we do. They fly back on 19 July.
1/7/19 Ross & Jo Millar (NZ)
Give thanks to God for contacts within the Deaf community. These were made while getting ready for a presentation on Signing Psalms in June. Ross has another presentation in Auckland on 1st July. The next thing planned is a Psalms workshop for Deaf people in Christchurch on 2nd November.
30/6/19 Teaching Others How to Use Social Media for Distribution (Asia)
Praise God that a team who is experienced in Scripture engagement through social media gave a presentation at a conference in Asia. As a result, the conference leadership asked the team to partner with them to train their media specialists. Pray for wisdom for the team to build trust with these local workers and to train them.
29/6/19 The Last 100 Languages to Survey (South Asia)
An Initiative in South Asia has revealed 100 languages that still need survey to determine translation and language development needs. These languages are among the most difficult to access. If they are on the endangered language list, access to speakers of these languages is even more restricted. Pray that God would open the door for further evaluation by language survey personnel. Pray that God would call people out of each of these groups to serve as a bridge to their language community. Pray that those with access to the Scriptures in other languages they know, would share the Scriptures so others develop a hunger for God’s Word and seek Him.
28/6/19 Gospel of Mark in Five Languages (Mediterranean region)
The translators working in five different languages in the Mediterranean region continue to make good progress. They expect to complete the Gospel of Mark soon. This will be the first-ever Scripture for speakers of these languages. Pray for protection and good health for the translators and their families. Please pray that they will find individuals who are willing and able to use their voices to record Mark in each of these languages.
27/6/19 Vanessa Quai Transformation Tour (New Zealand)
Vanessa is often referred to as the ‘Songbird of the Pacific’ and Wycliffe NZ is pleased to be hosting Vanessa and her band. They strongly believe that God is a God of transformation. Wycliffe NZ is founded on the premise that God and His Word have the power to transform lives and communities when people have it in the language they best understand. Together we want to share this message of hope. Here are some of the venues and we would appreciate your prayers.
Kingsway Christian School, Silverdale on 28 June at noon
Grace Int’l Church, Glen Innes, Auckland on 30th June at 7pm,
Otumoetai Baptist, Tauranga, on 6th July at 7:00pm
Manukau City Baptist, Auckland on 7th July at 7:00pm.
26/6/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise for settling back in to life in Auckland after being in the USA for over four months. Please pray for wisdom, discernment and grace as I prepare for the upcoming Cultural Diversity tour that starts 5 September with Sheryl and Pete Silzer arriving in Auckland from the USA. Pray that all the logistics of their time here would come together well. Seminars and consultations will go from 10 September – 10 November. Pray that we will be able to accomplish all that God intends for us in the various locations on the North and South Islands.
25/6/19 New Website Moving to New Platform (Global)
The new Taste&See website, focused on Scripture engagement resources, will be moving to a new software platform. Because the website has two major sections, the programming will not be easy. Pray for programmers and other personnel who will be working on this project. Pray for protection from spiritual attacks and discouragement for them. Pray that the resulting website be used by many people to promote the use of Scripture in communities around the world.
24/6/19 Greg & Rosie Blok (New Zealand)
We’ve had a good time in New Zealand visiting supporters and churches. We have also booked our return flights now and plan to leave New Zealand on 19 July. Praise God for a successful Thai dinner and presentation at our home church in Pukekohe with approximately 100 people enjoying the evening. Greg is working on English back translation in Luke’s gospel in preparation for a workshop in August. Rosie’s ankle continues to improve slowly. Please continue to pray for her full recovery.
23/6/19 Praise God for Progress in New Testament Recording (Asia)
Praise God that the recording of the multi-voice portions of a New Testament in a major language of Asia were completed. The project coordinator reported: “It was not an easy time for us and we faced many challenges, but thank God for the wonderful team He has given us. We’ve had wonderful communication with our voice actors. They all said that they loved the atmosphere and the way we treated them. We had so many opportunities to share truth with them and they are very interested in the Bible.” Please pray that the actors will read more of the Scriptures and draw closer to God.
22/6/19 Sharing the Scriptures and Jesus Film (West Africa)
Praise God for the translations done in a cluster of three related languages of West Africa. The Jesus Film is available in two of these languages and is being shared from cell phone to cell phone. Pray that people will see these films in every household in the area. The translation teams are about to launch a Scripture app to allow people to access Scripture on their phones. The first language has recorded Scripture. Pray for the person who is recording Scripture in the second language. Pray for the translation advisors for the third language of the cluster as they choose a place to live and begin to work. Thank God for the new believers in the communities of these language areas.
21/6/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Give thanks to God. Ross did a presentation of his research findings on the Lord’s Prayer for Deaf church leaders in Christchurch. An interpreter signed using NZ Sign Language for four Deaf people and some Laidlaw College staff. Some big positives – it got across “the big picture” (large rectangle in NZSL) of the Lord’s Prayer; plus an invitation to lecture on the Lord’s Prayer with Deaf perspective for a Laidlaw course later on the year. (Was not expecting that!) Ross will present a paper late 28 or 29 June on “big picture” aspects of translating Psalms in NZ Sign Language as part of a theological conference in Dunedin. He will present a similar paper at another conference in Auckland in the first week of July. Please pray for wisdom in preparation and pray that some of the Deaf church leaders from Christchurch and Auckland will be able to attend.
20/6/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for His faithfulness and provision. Please pray for a healthy mum and baby during pregnancy and a smooth delivery in late June. Ask God to help our son adjust to the new addition and that Laurel particularly will have extra strength, patience and grace when the baby arrives. Please pray too for opportunities and provision in partnership development for SIL training in Melbourne next year and going to Central Asia thereafter.
19/6/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for an amazing time in India/Thailand/Cambodia in April. We remained healthy and had a wonderful time connecting with people and seeing God at work. Please pray that Wycliffe members will be strengthened and see fruit from their ministry. Praise God that we have moved into a fantastic house with room for everyone. Please pray that we unpack/sort in a timely manner. Please pray that Tim will make good progress on the YouVersion Scripture reading plans, and materials for the 2020 calendar. Pray also that Fiona’s computer skills increase to make her work time more productive. Praise God that our children are having success in their study and work. Pray that they will grow in their relationship with God, know His voice, and have wisdom as they make decisions. We’re planning Samuel’s 21st celebrations at the end of June. Pray that it will be a fun night for Samuel and for all who attend.
18/6/19 Scripture Nearing Completion – Omi Language (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Thank the Lord that consultants were available last year to check the last books of the Omi New Testament in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lift up the translation team as they make technical checks of the manuscript, ensuring that punctuation, spelling and other details are correct and consistent throughout each book. Ask God’s Spirit to direct the translators and community members as they decide how to translate key Biblical terms*. Please pray for consensus and unity so that the New Testament will accurately communicate God’s truths in ways the Omi best understand. (SIL)
*Key Terms are those words in the biblical texts that convey key theological concepts that are repeated throughout the Scriptures, such as “sin”, “grace,” “faith” and “Holy Spirit.” It is important for translators to convey the distinct meaning of these abstract key biblical terms to the speakers of the language.
17/6/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please ask for God’s protection and wisdom for Adau, Domai, Betty, and Aboda, the four Bamu Scripture readers who will be coming to Ukarumpa for more audio Scripture recording in June-July. They will be flying on the 18th, and start recording on the 19th. Please pray especially for Betty, who will be doing most of the reading in this round. Ask God to keep increasing her fluency and skill in reading, good health for her eyes and voice, and for good progress through the chapters.
16/6/19 Final Stages of the Search for the Next Executive Director (Global)
The Executive Director Search Committee of the Wycliffe Global Alliance met in Oxford, United Kingdom, 7-8 March 2019. Praise God that the decision on which applicants should be interviewed was unanimous. Pray for the Search Committee as they finalise the process for interviews to be held in July. Pray for each of those who will be interviewed. Ask God to accomplish his purposes for their lives as they participate in this process. Ask God to glorify his name and to continue to guide the Committee and the Board of the Global Alliance in the search for the next Executive Director.
15/6/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand, Philippines)
Praise God, there are only two Matigsalug Old Testament books to finish going through the consultant check process now. Please pray for the team working on those, along with final checks of the entire Bible to get ready for typesetting.
14/6/19 Vanessa Quai Transformation Tour: New Zealand 18 June – 9 July
Please pray for the final preparations for the Vanessa Quai tour to come together well. Please pray that God will use Vanessa and her band to minister to the Church and His people here, particularly the Pacifica communities, about the transforming power of God and His Word. We have been greatly encouraged by the response of churches to Vanessa’s visit, and we are excited about how God will use this tour to impact people for His Kingdom.
13/6/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is thankful that he was able to finish the annual donation receipting before the end of April, and also that Graham Mills’ financial review was completed as scheduled. This month he plans to focus on helping Phoebe with processes for efficient input of data into the new accounting software Xero. Pray for wisdom for him in all that is involved in this.
12/6/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise the Lord for a timely visit to Jakarta where we were able to meet with JPCC church leaders to get a good idea of the future of Deeper Bible there. We met with the graphics team and resolved a number of matters and also got two new banners for DB 601 level and brought back the first of the full colour GAB books. We were delighted to catch up with so many dear friends in Jakarta and were grateful for the patience and understanding of those we couldn’t see. All up, it was a great time. Thank you for praying. Please continue praying for the DB 501 class in Manukau and the DB 701 class in Matamata as they continue to go deeper into the Word of God.
11/6/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Pray that we will have a good consultant check of 1 Samuel 15–31, and make changes which will help the translation to be clearer and more accurate. Praise that people from the five languages I have worked in are being trained to be motivators to promote the vernacular Scriptures.
10/6/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God for successful trips in May – David’s event on Faith and the Environment and Tammy’s consultant checking. Please pray for the 14th Kuri Pasai workshop 12–28 June. We will be consultant checking the Jesus Film for two languages. The other four languages will be bringing their print-ready manuscripts of the Gospel of Luke to submit to the printshop. We have accepted an offer on our house in California – please pray the process of selling is completed without hiccups. Pray too for Tammy’s visa for New Zealand to be processed quickly. The last documents (we hope!) have been sent off.
9/6/19 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Please pray for SIL Australia’s negotiations with a potential accreditation partner. This is a major priority as arrangements need to be in place to offer accredited training from January 2020. David will be travelling to Bangkok 10–14 June for important strategy meetings of SIL International Eastern Zone (Asia and Pacific) leaders. Wendy will have extra responsibilities this month while the SILA CEO is taking a short furlough. Please pray for extra strength and vitality for them both.
8/6/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We are beginning to think about the application process for permit renewals. As it is increasingly difficult to secure permits for administrative roles (and a man cannot live in the country as a dependent on his wife), this might not be as straightforward as we would like. Please pray that we will ask the right questions of the right people over the coming weeks, and that we will be open to God’s leading in this process.
7/6/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Please pray for each of the Wycliffe NZ Board members and Director as they prepare for the Board meeting on 8 June. They are all busy people. Ask for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance for the decisions being made and the direction of the organisation.
6/6/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good outcome in May to the settlement of both Caryl’s and Wayne’s fathers’ estates including the family now having the ownership of Caryl’s father’s beach house which we trust will be a blessing to many in the years ahead as a place of rest and re-creation. Please pray for Caryl’s eyes. She had a review recently which has confirmed that she has glaucoma in her left eye which has caused damage to her optic nerve. Pray that the eye drops she is taking will stop any further damage. Please pray for our Board meeting in Manukau on 8 June, that the Board will collectively have a clear mind on all the matters it deliberates on.
5/6/19 Joanna Frampton (New Zealand, Papua New Guinea)
I will be in Alotau 7–22 June checking the gospel of Luke in the Topura language. Please pray for safe and uneventful travel (both for me and the Topura team coming into Alotau from the village) and good rapport with the translators and checking helpers. Pray especially that the time together would help to improve the translation and encourage the team. Please pray for good health for all involved as our time is limited.
4/6/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God that Father David and Luke have passed all their English grammar courses thus far. Ask God to help them focus on their studies and cause His Word to impact their lives as they search out its meaning. Please pray that John and Edmund can finish revising Matthew so the reviewers at Reefs can begin checking it. Praise God that Ester Perez, Wycliffe NZ’s Software Consultant, managed to produce a new Äiwoo Mark phone app which corrected the glitches in the audio recording. Ask God to create a hunger in Äiwoo speakers to hear and obey His Word. On the home front, Praise God, the retaining wall was finished on time despite some initial glitches.
3/6/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for three wonderful weeks with our son Mark, Bette, and grandson Finley, with some quality time away with family in the first week and over Easter. Our parents also had opportunities to meet and interact with their great-grandson. Praise God for an excellent time at the Wycliffe Australia conference where Max Sahl was inducted as the new Executive Director/CEO. It was also a wonderful time of celebration and thanks giving for the former Director, Barry Borneman’s long serving leadership. Please pray for the Wycliffe NZ Board as they meet on 8 June. Please pray for strength and wisdom for Rob as he prepares for this meeting in the midst of a very busy period of activity. Please pray for the final preparations for the Vanessa Quai tour from 18 June – 9 July. We have been greatly encouraged by the response of churches to Vanessa’s visit, and we are excited about how God will use this tour to impact people for His Kingdom.
2/6/19 Ira & Katy (Southeast Asia, New Zealand)
May was a very full month for Ira and the team doing field trials of one piece of the software while trying to finish off another piece ready for release in June. A colleague from Canada came to work with and learn from Ira for the month plus three others for two weeks to move web servers with Ira. Please pray for good health for Silvia (18) in this very busy time after finishing high school here and moving to the winter climate arriving in New Zealand on 7 June. She is looking for work and accommodation on the North Shore (Auckland) and hopes to start University studies in 2020. Please pray as she transitions from life in SE Asia to independent life in New Zealand. Please pray for Katy and Jonathan arriving in New Zealand on 19 June. Jonny is planning to work at New Zealand Bloodstock for seven weeks over his long break from school. Katy will be in New Zealand for nearly four weeks making sure Silvia gets settled. Please pray for Ira, Lucy and Emily back in SE Asia.
1/6/19 INTRODUCING: Anthony & Nicole Van den Engel (New Zealand)
Anthony is currently teaching secondary level at Hamilton Christian School, and Nicole is a Registered Nurse. We have been accepted by Wycliffe New Zealand as Members Before Assignment (at the end of April), and are preparing to move to Manila, in the Philippines mid-July, where Anthony will teach Biology and Bible at Faith Academy. Nicole is hoping to volunteer at the Kids International Ministries Clinic close by the school. Zoë (5 years old) will start her schooling at Faith Academy in August, and Ezra (3 years old) will stay with Nicole for the first few months.
Please pray for us as the time frame comes closer (and the to-do lists grow longer!) to being all packed up and preparing to leave, and especially as we say ‘goodbye for now’ to many loved ones here in New Zealand. Please also pray for our Partnership Development, as we begin to talk at churches and utilise social media.
31/5/19 Bible Translation Association Conference (Papua New Guinea)
The BTA conference is scheduled for 17–21 July 2019 in Port Moresby. Please pray for the conference planning committees as they lead in the preparation work. BTA’s national Personnel Development event which is a support raising event, will be hosted on 20 July 2019. Pray for the committee planning and marketing the event.
30/5/19 Luke (Southeast Asia)
The foundation course finals are on 30–31 May, and the first semester of my linguistics MA begins a week later. Praise God for good marks so far, for much-needed refreshment and addition to my knowledge, and for great fellowship with classmates here at Payap University who have been/are preparing to serve the Lord in a variety of ways. Also, pray for my Sunday School class at Chiang Mai Christian Fellowship, for which I am a short-term teacher; I would like to turn that into long-term.
29/5/19 Good Team Communication (Worldwide)
When several mother tongue translators work together on the same translation team, they may not always agree on how to say things. Pray for good communication and cooperation between mother tongue translators. Pray they can give each other suggestions and advice on improving the translation draft without giving or taking offense. Pray they learn to work together as a team.
28/5/19 New Testaments Nearing Completion (South Asia)
Ask God for the successful completion of eight New Testaments during 2019 and 2020 in South Asia. Praise God for Bible translation agencies and the partner organisations involved in translation. Please pray for protection and strength for the translators and the teams working hard to complete the Scriptures. Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the people to receive God’s Word. Pray that they find joy as the Word grows deep roots in their lives.
27/5/19 Partnerships (South Asia)
Pray for Bible translation agencies as they partner with churches in this country in South Asia. Pray for spiritual growth and unity for the mother tongue translators and followers of Jesus in the communities where they work. Pray for the new translation teams formed to continue growing in their understanding of language and culture. Ask God to help and encourage them as they adjust in the local climate. Please pray for safety and good health as they serve the Lord, and that the teams can start translating Scriptures soon.
26/5/19 Ira & Katy (Southeast Asia)
Please pray for Silvia as she prepares to come to New Zealand on 6th June. She is looking for work and accommodation in the Albany/East Coast Bays Area of North Auckland. It looks like we have found some winter work for Jonathan at NZ Bloodstock in Karaka during his school holidays so we praise God for that. Katy and Jonathan will also come to New Zealand in June. Praise God for the two weeks Katy spent with her mother. It was a special time. Her mother was recovering well from her operation in February and results came back to say the other cancer was treatable. The family is very happy about this.
25/5/19 Milestone Reached in Audio Bible Recording (Asia)
Praise God that in mid-March the recording of the multi-voice segments from the New Testament in a major language of Asia was completed. The technical director will return to the language area at the end of this year to work with the actors on the multi-voice segments of the Old Testament. In the meantime, recording the many single-voice segments will continue. Pray for God’s protection over the ongoing work of this audio Bible project. Pray for the health and cooperation of the narrators, technicians and reviewers.
24/5/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross graduated at the end of April and gave a couple of presentations on his thesis findings to groups of Deaf. He’s preparing for a couple of presentations on Sign Language translation in June and July. Please pray that preparations for this would go smoothly.
23/5/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please ask God to put a hedge of protection around the four Bamu audio Scripture readers who will be doing more recording in June-July. Ask God to protect them, their voices, and their families, and prepare them to read well.
22/5/19 Recording the Gospel of John (Papua New Guinea)
A team of four Papua New Guinean audio technicians demonstrated their commitment when they traveled to Tatau Island to record the Gospel of John in the Mandara language. They used a portable generator to power their computer. They encouraged the actors to read with good expression and made the recorded parts sync with the pictures shown on the screen. Their mentor said, “Although I was there to coach them over any rough spots, there was little I needed to say as the technicians far exceeded my expectation.” Pray that this recording impacts the speakers of Mandara. Pray for these technicians as they go on to record Scripture for other languages.
21/5/19 Two Translations Ready for Publication (West Asia)
Consultants recently checked translations of Luke in two languages of West Asia. Both translations are in the final stages of preparation for publication. Pray for wisdom for all the final decisions that the translation teams need to make. Pray for the plans and preparations for audio recording the Scriptures. Pray that many will use the written and audio products and benefit from them.
20/5/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a short but productive trip to the Philippines in early April, both with meeting Bible translation leaders in Manila (for unfoldingWord), and with meeting the Matigsalug team down in the south. It was very encouraging to meet with so many inspiring people. Please pray for the Matigsalug team as we assigned the remaining tasks like doing the introduction and glossary, even as we still get the last Old Testament books checked. Also pray for lots of help and wisdom in trying to estimate a schedule for a potential Bible dedication (including raising funds for the printing).
19/5/19 Martin & Chrissy (Canada)
Please pray for the preparations for Martin’s next trip Asia from 21 May – 6 June to review projects in two countries. May God grant good visits, fruitful interactions and protection on this trip. Also please pray for wisdom and accuracy for Chrissy as she prepares the Wycliffe Canada budget.
18/5/19 Vanessa Quai Music Tour (New Zealand) 18 June – 9 July
We are excited to be bringing Vanessa Quai to New Zealand for a singing tour. Vanessa is often described as the “Songbird of the Pacific”, and is from Vanuatu. This tour is designed to help make connections with the Pacific Island diaspora and churches here, while at the same time promote the Bible translation needs and movement in Vanuatu. Please pray for the preparations and planning for this.
17/5/19 K & J (Asia)
Praise God that two new teachers for the learning center have arrived for the remainder of the school year (ending June 26). Please ask that at least one of them stay on for the next school year and that our centrally located library will remain open to resource families for schooling and more!
16/5/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
After 10 years, the first of the complete New Testament drafts from the Mara cluster project is going through the final linguistic checks before being sent for type-setting. Please pray that the work will be done with accuracy, resulting in a clear translation that will greatly bless the Simbiti people and increase their understanding of God’s Word.
15/5/19 Ira & Katy (Southeast Asia)
Praise God for reaching our deadline of releasing updated Scripture drafting software at the end of March. Please pray for completion of the next phase by the end of May. Please pray for clear air. This year’s smoky season has been long and really bad so we wear masks when outside! Praise God for a wonderful week meeting together with our work colleagues for conference. It was inspiring and fun for us and the children.
14/5/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
The last trip left me exhausted. After a rest, I’ve been following up on some consultant checks, and preparing material for publication. Malachi and Joshua are ready to be published, at least in trial editions. I still need to check the last 32 Psalms in preparation for checking those with the team, and prepare to lead a two-day grammar discovery workshop for teachers. I hope we are able to do this, and that some way will be found to work with the Department of Education to publish the Be and Na books so they can be used again in schools. My next trip south is planned for the end of May until mid-July. Please pray for God’s enabling and stamina needed for the preparations and for this next trip.
13/5/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that Murray’s online teaching on the Psalms went well. Pray for Murray as he teaches on Isaiah in England and for both of us as we fly on 27 May to lead a team of 11 leaders running a retreat for local believers overseas.
12/5/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Give thanks for a successful financial review and also for getting all the tax receipts posted out. Please pray for all the filing that needs to be done and for good progress to be made in transferring to new accounting software.
11/5/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for spiritual and IT-related lessons I learned at the workshop / conference I attended in April. Please pray that I will have opportunities to apply what I learned for God’s Glory. Please pray for safe travel as I attend WorkDay Support Training 11–20 May in Europe. Pray also for wisdom for all that is entailed in getting Wycliffe New Zealand set up with the new WorkDay HR software.
10/5/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that we signed a contract on a house (while in Sydney waiting for our next flight). Praise God that our trip in Asia visiting folk has been amazing and we’ve been kept healthy. Please pray for us moving house on 11 May and getting settled in.
9/5/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand, Asia)
Praise God that the Deeper Bible 701 book was ready for use in Matamata 29 April. Pray for DB 501 students who continue their challenges at this level and for 701 students who face the deepest of challenges at this level. Praise God that funding for the website has come so work can begin on developing it. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for those working on building it and protection from spiritual attack. Please pray for safe travel and good health as we go to Indonesia 9–22 May. Pray for wisdom as we meet up with various people to discuss graphic design issues and try to catch up with as many friends as possible.
8/5/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God the contractor indicates the retaining wall will be built next month! Ask God to keep everyone safe, especially as the crane lifts equipment and materials over houses onto our site. Please pray for safe travel for John to Solomon Islands around 10 May. And for good progress as he works with translators preparing Matthew’s Gospel for the local reviewers at Reefs. Pray for Luke & Father David as they sit the Exegesis final exam around 17 May.
7/5/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise the Lord for Bjorn who is healthy and growing up fast and for William and Kylie who love their little brother. We have been doing the second revision of Proverbs and it is going really well. Please pray for the translation team. Victoriano has been sick with a cold and headaches lately and Ruben’s child also has been sick which means they have to take time out of work. Also, please pray that I can keep up with all the activities we have in Sochiapam: helping teachers with literacy materials; playing a portion of the Chinantec New Testament and then speaking about it on the local radio station along with music; as well as helping Anita with Bjorn as much as possible.
6/5/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God for safety during flooding in Asia which closed down our March workshop. Please pray for translators as they continue to work in the villages to prepare the book of Luke for publishing or to translate the script for the Jesus Film. These need to be ready by 15 May, for the June workshop. Please pray for David’s Community of Practice event 7–11 May on Faith and Environment: for logistics, travel safety, good interaction and for action plans. Please pray for us in the process of moving from USA to New Zealand. Our biggest issue now is getting a resident visa for Tammy. Pray for this process to go smoothly.
5/5/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for the time with family, especially my parents as we celebrated my dad’s 90th birthday and Easter together. Please pray for me as I settle back into my regular activities in the office and in Auckland after being overseas for four months.
4/5/19 K & J (Asia)
Please pray for continued recovery for our health after travel, bugs and now high altitude, and for our marriage and emotional wellbeing with all the transitions. Please pray that J’s mother will know the Lord well and that J knows when to go back to the States – his mum’s health has gone downhill very quickly recently.
3/5/19 K & J (Asia)
Praise God J got a ten year tourist visa. I got a six month tourist visa when I was in Christchurch! Please ask that we will get our work visa before it expires. We had safe and smooth travels all the way to our destination. Please pray that we will be obedient to Philippians 4:6 no matter what; that we will find the right apartment for us; that we will know the Lord’s guidance in how to make friends and influence people in our new home.
2/5/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray for the Directors’ handover for Wycliffe Australia on 4 May and for a smooth transition. Rob will make a quick trip to Melbourne to be there for this special event 2–4 May. Please also pray for the planning and preparation for the Vanessa Quai music tour to NZ, scheduled for 18 June – 9 July. Our son Mark and his wife Bette, and Finley (just turning 1yr), return to the US on 11 May after 3 weeks with us in NZ. Please pray for them as they prepare for service in the Philippines with the Mission organisation, KIDSIM. Please join us in praying that God will raise up a team of partners to support and enable them to fulfill this call that God has placed on their lives
1/5/19 Robbie & Debbie Petterson (New Zealand, Papua New Guinea)
We have been on furlough this year but our main focus continues to be the care of Rob’s 95-year-old father. However, we are able to return to PNG for all of May. During this time we will be holding a writers’ workshop at Korovake village for the Varoi language. Please pray for all the logistics of travel, accommodation and material needed to run this workshop. Praise God that Robbie has been able to work on literacy books for the Ipiko language and we hope to distribute these to the schools in this language group.