Philippians 1:6, 9–11 (NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
20/4/18 Finalizing Oral Bible stories (Southeast Asia)
Pray for a team working to finalise a set of Oral Bible stories before the middle of the year. They still need consultant review for some of them, and will want to have them recorded for a Scripture app before June. Ask God for the consultant to be available soon so that all the steps can be completed. Several believers in this language community have experienced persecution recently. Pray for the Lord to strengthen them so they stand firm in their faith.
19/4/18 More Wycliffe prayer groups needed (New Zealand)
Please pray for new Wycliffe prayer groups to begin around New Zealand. Our current prayer groups are real powerhouses but unfortunately are declining in numbers due to an aging membership. Younger people seem to be too busy. Pray that the Lord will show us how to engage them, and for the Holy Spirit to raise up prayer teams.
18/4/18 David & Tammy Price (US—Asia)
Praise for all that was accomplished through the Kuri Pasai workshop. Pray for the consultants and translators as they continue to work from home now with the ongoing materials. They had a lot of sickness through this workshop and in family members. Pray for David as he is at the Creation Care Conference in Australia 23-27 April. Pray for final preparation and details and also safe travel.
17/4/18 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (NZ)
I’m currently checking a translation of Genesis in English done by a computer! The group behind it calls themselves All The Word (see http://alltheword.org/). They are currently working in five languages besides English, and honing their programmes. Once they have a programme set up for a language, the local translators have a huge start and may need to do very little.
16/4/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand)
Give thanks that Mary took the freshly printed trial edition of Matthew—Acts in Pukapukan (with NIV in small font) when she went to teach in Rarotonga. She had a good meeting with leaders of the Rarotonga community and some from Pukapuka. Decisions are being made about the Conference planned for August in Rarotonga. Mary is finding that people from various Cook Islands languages are very interested in making Scripture resources for children and young people.
15/4/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We thank God for this opportunity to focus on language learning, and for continuing good health.
14/4/18 Kirsten Mills (New Zealand)
Pray that I and our Wycliffe applicants will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as they take steps toward membership. Pray for the Candidate Action Committee meeting 24 April! We will be considering four candidates who have been journeying with us for a while. Pray that I will have all the required paperwork and personnel ready. Praise for another two new applicants in March.
13/4/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Pray for the children as they run the house on their own and keep up with their work and studies. Pray for good communication, grace and friendship. Pray for Tim and Fiona as they walk the Portuguese Camino (630 km) this month, that they will have a time of reflection and growth and be drawn to God. Pray for Caleb as he looks for a new flat closer to his new work project. Pray that there will be a growing interest in Bible Storytelling as facilitators and past participants share with others.
12/4/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
We thank God for an excellent Board meeting in Christchurch. Praise too for the recent printing and distribution of the first of two editions of Living Words, our Wycliffe New Zealand magazine, for this year. Please pray for the safe arrival of our first grandchild, to our son Mark and his wife in South Carolina, due 25 April. Please pray for Leanne as she travels on her own to be with them for nearly three weeks. She is excited! Please pray for the upcoming Galaxy of Hope tour. This is a collaboration between the Kiwi band, Embassy, (based in Nashville, Tennessee) and Wycliffe NZ, to promote Global Missions and Bible translation and specifically Vision 2025. The tour will include praise and worship events in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, the West Coast and Christchurch 14-30 April.
11/4/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (NZ—Solomon Is)
Praise God for John’s safe travels in the Solomon Islands in February. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues at the SITAG Conference. Praise God for fruitful meetings with the Bishop of Temotu Diocese and other church leaders, and for the opportunity to work with translators Edmond and Luke again. Ask God to motivate and guide Edmond and Luke as they recommence translating the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Keep praying for the engineer to produce a third design for our retaining wall. And ask God to heal Rosalie’s knees as she has found it difficult to descend steps for the past couple of months.
10/4/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand—Papua New Guinea)
Praise for getting my fifth course for Language Fuel written to help language learners be more productive in understanding their proficiency and then being able to write realistic goals for the next step. Please continue to pray for learners to subscribe to Language Fuel. Pray for my time in Papua New Guinea as I coach learners and work with administrators on their language learning policies and practices. Pray specifically for discernment as I listen, and wisdom to know when to speak and what to say. I fly to Port Moresby 12 April and the next day to the highlands. I return to Auckland 10 May.
9/4/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
The training workshop in the hidden valley went very well and all the travelling went without mishap. Murray was blessed to hear each of their stories. Pray for Murray as he writes helps for translators.
8/4/18 Robin & Marva Farnsworth (US) and Ken & Rosa Nayau (Papua New Guinea)
Marva’s cancer is getting worse and she and her cancer doctor will decide on whether she should change her treatment. Please pray for wisdom. Ken and Rosa Nayau’s village house was damaged in an earthquake and needs work on it. The Manambu leaders have invited Ken to come and join them at an Easter convention. A translation consultant will be available to come and check some of the Manambu translation in May. Pray for clarity in the checking and that the translation can move forward.
7/4/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
It was good to be able to have time with Mum in Melbourne. Praise too that the website http://www.bereaninsights.org is now up and running but there is still much more to do on it before Deeper Bible can be launched online. DB 201 begins at Manukau City Baptist Church 9 April. A DB morning class is being considered if numbers warrant it. Ian is currently training Mark who is in Brazil, via the Internet, to teach DB 101. Mark is now teaching DB material four times a week to groups in Brazil. Pray that he will grow in communicating the material. The DB 601 book has gone to print ready for classes to start in August. Ian is also working on the 701-book in-between other things.
6/4/18 Scripture celebrations in April (South Asia)
The New Testament translation team in a language of South Asia is planning Scripture celebrations in three communities: April 8, 11 and 18. Pray that these events will bring glory to God and that more of the 500,000 speakers of this language will decide to follow Jesus. Pray that the Scripture engagement activities following the celebration will be successful. These include a workshop to teach worship and Scripture songs in the language, the release of an audio version of the New Testament and a Scripture app, and a Bible quiz competition. (This language is known by the pseudonym Thudanga in the 2018 Wycliffe USA Finish Line.)
5/4/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand—Philippines)
Thank God that the bulk of the work for the Matigsalug Bible Translation Project is now over, and just a couple of translators remain as consultants check the final books. Pray also for the Hunts as they also look at a possible change of direction this month. Pray for clear direction for them, and also for their support team, as they seek God’s direction for what He would have them do for the next few years.
4/4/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise God that Fiona Taylor will succeed Caryl as Member Care Coordinator on 9 May 2018. We all have a deep sense that this will be a very effective outcome for Wycliffe moving forward. Pray for Caryl’s last weeks (in April and May) in the office, that there will be a really smooth and effective handover of the key functions for the benefit of all our members. Pray for Wayne as he seems to be trying to handle a myriad of different things at the moment both inside Wycliffe and outside. Pray that the ‘light’ he sees coming is indeed ‘light’ and not a train coming the other way.
3/4/18 Need for disaster relief (Papua New Guinea)
Pray for the people addressing the needs of small communities affected by the February earthquake in Papua New Guinea. Because some of the affected locations are remote it has been hard to get relief supplies to them. Roads into the area have been obliterated by massive landslides and rifts. Ask God to give national and regional leaders wisdom as to how to address the many needs for food and shelter among these communities.
2/4/18 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Adau has some big, serious-looking sores and ulcers on his legs that are very painful and then quite itchy. Please ask God to heal him.
1/4/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
We have travelled much over the last month and are thankful for safety on the roads. We have a lot of travel planned in April, and overseas visitors will arrive for work whom we will be hosting in the capital 29 March–7 April. Language is coming along nicely but we need to find a tutor for the specialist vocab and reading practice. A day trip to a park with the staff helped with both language and relationship building. We are thankful for a couple of cooler nights, and need grace for the hot days to come with lows of 30+ and highs of 37+ predicted for April. Kevin has continued to make links and source materials for cataloguing. Six sets of free children’s material were obtained on our last trip and will be passed out to local people! Please continue to pray for relationship building, as it is an essential part of functioning in this society.
31/3/18 New Testament Translation – Streamlands Cluster Project (South Asia)
This is the final phase of the New Testament translation programme in one language in the cluster. Speakers of this language have access to oral Bible stories, the printed Gospel of Luke, the Jesus film and 2,500 New Testament verses in their mother tongue. Pray that the translation team will have the remaining New Testament books ready for consultant checking in the next few months. Ask God for good health and well-being for their families. Pray for increased evangelism and church planting in villages where this language is spoken. Pray that He will protect the translators. Persecution for such activities makes the work even more challenging.
30/3/18 Genesis Bible Studies (Southeast Asia)
Praise God that a Bible study series on Genesis is almost ready for use in the churches of one language community. The series has separate lessons for children and adults. Pray for those working to finalise the materials which include audio recordings of all the teacher’s helps. Pray for the timely completion of the remaining details of the curriculum, printing and distribution of the materials. They have begun training Sunday school teachers to use them.
29/3/18 Working with the Rohingya
Pray for God’s protection over those working with the Rohingya and that God will work through them in ways that only he can.
28/3/18 Rohingya Facing Rejection
Pray for Rohingya people who are facing rejection by their own people for taking a step of faith. The values of honour and shame run deep in Rohingya culture. Pray that people would come to experience God in culturally relevant ways so they will know he covers their shame and clothes them in true honour.
27/3/18 Gospel Material for Rohingya People
The Rohingya people practice a folk form of Islam. Pray for more gospel material in their language so they will know that Jesus is ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6) and know they can have citizenship in Heaven (Philippians 3:20) even if they have been stripped of their citizenship here on Earth.
26/3/18 Help for Rohingya people
Thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar have been forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh. Pray they will receive the help they need when they arrive. Ask God to soften the hearts of government leaders in Myanmar so that decades of persecution of the Rohingya will come to an end. There is a great divide between the Rohingya and the other people groups in Myanmar. Pray that the Holy Spirit changes hearts so that people on all sides will be able to ‘love their neighbour as themselves’ (Galatians 5:14).
25/3/18 Ukarumpa International School (Papua New Guinea)
Thanksgiving that the construction projects are finished. The technology installation projects are nearing completion. The teachers are amazing and invest daily in the lives of the students. God has provided a school administrator for the coming school year.
Prayer: All teaching positions are covered for the coming school year at the Secondary Campus. Teachers for the next school year (starting in July) are needed in Preschool, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 4 at the Primary Campus. The Curriculum Review for Language Arts and Maths is nearing completion – please pray for good data from which to make decisions. Pray that all the school staff will keep their spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus and always point the students to Him.
24/3/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand–Solomon Is)
Praise God for huge encouragement from my time at Reef Islands at the end of February. The response was very positive from all the priests and all four districts where I was able to meet with representatives from every village to discuss plans to recommence the translation project. There’s strong support from the bishop and other diocesan leadership. Pray for funding for translators, Edmond and Luke, as they begin translating again, and for God’s Spirit to guide and encourage them.
23/3/18 Pacific Orientation Course (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God for the new families currently attending the Pacific Orientation Course. The course began in February and runs into May. Pray for their adjustment to a new cultural context, language learning, coursework and health during the training. These trainees will serve as translators and support staff in various Pacific area countries. Pray for additional staff needed for the orientation course. They need a long-term centre manager, plus nurse and a kitchen manager team to join the training staff in 2019 while current staff members are on furlough.
22/3/18 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross should have handed in his thesis at the end of February. Pray for refreshment for Ross and Jo and future directions that this study will lead to. Pray for the Deaf churches and fellowships meeting around the country and for the Christian Signs Project Ross is involved in.
21/3/18 Robin & Marva Farnsworth (USA) and Ken & Rosa Nayau (Papua New Guinea)
Ken and Rosa Nayau have finished revising the Manambu New Testament and will soon visit Manambu villages to find some people to take to Wewak to check the translation with a consultant. Ask the Lord to help Ken find the best people and that they will make any improvements needed. Marva is being treated for cancer and I am being treated for kidney failure. May the Lord help us to be here to help Ken and Rosa get the Manambu NT published.
20/3/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We are enjoying the challenge of learning Swahili. We have been offered a house to rent in Musoma, and a vehicle to purchase from returning staff here in Dar es Salaam. Please pray we will make wise decisions regarding these major items.
19/3/18 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is planning a few days away from his desk this month before April’s extra work demands arrive (annual donation receipts, financial audit). Pray he will be refreshed by the change of focus and also cope with his usual workload which will continue undiminished.
18/3/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Please pray for the consultants who are currently checking Matigsalug Old Testament books, and that consultants will become available to check other submitted books. Pray for the remaining team members to be able to get the last two books finished and submitted. Pray for the Hunts as they consider their future plans.
17/3/18 Ira & Katy (New Zealand)
Praise God for being in New Zealand and enjoying the hot summer, a nice transition for us from SE Asia. Praise God for a furnished house in Ardmore at Sonshine Ranch Adventure Camp with a great view over the Clevedon Valley. Praise that our children are settled into school and have some friends. Praise for a supportive church community and our friends and family. Pray as we work together on meetings, etc., that we can gain partners to support our ministry. We are here until July. Pray for harmonious relations between us as a family. Pray for meaningful use of our time while in New Zealand. Pray for Katy as she is feeling dry spiritually.
16/3/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for settling back into the routines of life in Auckland as well as getting into various projects for 2018. Please continue to pray for people to subscribe for a monthly membership to the Language Fuel Academy. This is a website created to help people learn another language. I’m currently working on my fifth course on assessing proficiency. Pray for wisdom to know what to include that will help learners, especially those who are learning another language, to be involved in cross-cultural ministry.
15/3/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand)
We give thanks for completing the revision of the Pukapukan translation of Luke and Romans. Pray that we will complete 1 & 2 Corinthians and Galatians by the end of March. Pray for successful distribution of 40 copies of the four Gospels and Acts (typeset and printed with NIV in small print) to key leaders in all communities in New Zealand, Australia and in the Cook Islands. Pray that they will actually read, get involved and give good feedback to our questions. Pray for cooperation and unity in this whole process of getting community response at this critical time in the project.
14/3/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
We are thanking God for cool nights so we can sleep well. Relationships are being built and the members of staff are very open to share. We now have clothes in cupboards instead of suitcases. Pray for new vocabulary acquisition and the selection of a language helper. Pray that we can expand our networks as well as sourcing a new church. We desire to build expat relationships also. Pray for wisdom pacing ourselves as the warmer weather arrives (already 39 degrees), and safety on the roads.
13/3/18 Ester Perez (Australia)
Please pray for our team of four who are recording the Easter Story Mark 14—16 in the Dhuwaya language, (an Australian Aboriginal language). Pray for wisdom as I develop the mobile app for the Dhuwaya Easter Story. Praise God we finished recording Mark 14.
12/3/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Pray for an effective transition over the next three months of Caryl’s member care administration. Pray for Wayne that he will have wisdom handling a particularly wide range of activities, most of which have deadlines for 31 March 2018. Pray for our son Jeremy, Dee Anne, and family serving in Mainland Asia that the Lord will protect them and smooth their paths.
11/3/18 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Switzerland-Canada)
Praise for our return assignment in Switzerland for the month of March. Pray for meaningful visits with supporters, churches, friends and family. Pray for energy and good priority-setting as we stay with several different sets of people and keep up with our Canadian work long distance as needed.
10/3/18 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico–US–New Zealand)
Praise the Lord that no damage was reported from Sochiapam during the recent earthquake in Mexico. Praise God for the new pastors in Sochiapam who are interested in the work of Bible translation. Praise God for the opportunity to speak at a church in Chicago. Pray for Wilf as he travels in New Zealand to visit people and churches. Pray for Anita and the children. They will miss Wilf while he is gone for almost six weeks. Pray that the children will recover soon from the flu which is hitting a lot of people during this winter.
9/3/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for the wonderful news that our first grandchild is making good progress through the pregnancy with a due date of 25 April. Praise God that Leanne will be able to travel to the US to be with Mark and Bette, and her family for the birth. Pray for good health for both baby and Bette, and the safe arrival of this precious child. Pray for Leanne to recover fully from a bad back injury, and have no more residual pain. Pray for strength and wisdom for Rob as March is a very full month, with a number of major activities, including the Wycliffe New Zealand Board meeting, 9—10 March. Pray for preparations for the Board members and as they deliberate and make decisions regarding the vision and direction for the organisation. Please also pray with us as we seek God for the right people to fill some critical roles that we need to find replacements for this year.
8/3/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for Tony who is teaching Deeper Bible 101 each Monday night at Manukau City Baptist. Ian will be support. Pray for Tony and participants to gain much through this. We are in Melbourne 6—17 March for a reunion of Tania’s family. Ian is the speaker at the Matamata College School Centenary’s church service 25 March. Praise God that Ian’s new Berean Insights website will be launched this month. Pray God will be glorified through us.
7/3/18 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise that I had a restful time in New Zealand with family, and was able to catch up with several friends. Pray for a quick adjustment as I need to make two back-to-back trips very quickly. Pray as I reconnect with the teams that we will be able to achieve our goals to get ready for consultant checks of Proverbs 11-23 (Be* and Na*) in April, and Psalms 26-38 (Be*) in May. Praise that they have been doing village checks.
Be* and Na* are pseudonyms
6/3/18 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting
Each of the Board members and our Director are busy people. Pray for wise time management in their preparations for the Board meetings on 9–10 March, and wisdom as they come together later in the week. Pray for them as they deliberate and make decisions regarding the vision and direction for the organisation. May they hear God’s voice and direction in the midst of business.
5/3/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Please pray for wisdom as we work to a tight deadline to complete the Living Words magazine. Praise for Josh’s new flatting situation and for Abi starting her course at Excel Performing Arts School. Praise that Hannah loves university and has been welcomed warmly into a church. Praise that Samuel has bought a wonderful manual car! Pray for Nathan juggling study and helping at home. Please pray for all of the children to hear God’s voice clearly and be drawn closer to Him. Pray for Tim and Fiona as they prepare to go overseas on 16 March and for the children who will be looking after each other at home. Pray for wisdom and clear direction as they consider their roles and make goals and plans for the future.
4/3/18 David & Tammy Price (US-Asia)
The Kuri Pasai Workshop started on 1 March. Pray for Tammy and other consultants and each of the teams. Ask for good health, clear communication and increased spiritual understanding for the teams, unity as they work together, and for all technology and computers to work. Pray for David as he prepares for the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Consultation in Australia in April, which he is helping to plan and organise, as well as making progress on various LEAD Asia projects, and continuing to consult with various people around the world.
3/3/18 Phil & Chris Carr (PNG)
Please pray for Phil and Adau as they accompany a new SIL couple, the Hills, on a trip to the Mubami people upriver from Bamu 27 February-8 March. Pray that God will show the Hills clearly if it is the Mubami people He wants them to work with long-term. Please pray for good travel arrangements for them on this trip, and also in the future to enable Adau, Domai and Phil to get together to make good progress in further revising Bamu Scriptures.
2/3/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
Pray for Murray’s last days in the hidden valley in Asia (until 5 March), training national translators to translate Psalms and Proverbs into their languages. For the rest of March he needs inspiration to produce resources for translators.
1/3/18 Cyclone Damage at BTO, Tonga: Follow-up
Since the Bible Translation Organisation (BTO) office was damaged by Cyclone Gita on 13 February, a new temporary office is required. BTO staff are cleaning up the inside and outside of their current office and plan to return to it after repairs are done. The cyclone damaged a lot of things in their office, and part of the roof was torn away. Electrical power, the water system and telephones are not working. Internet is available, and they recharge phones and laptops at the Tonga Communications Corporation office. Recently (before Cyclone Gita), BTO had moved to Pastor Ofa’s family home and set up their office there. Pastor Ofa, who is on our Wycliffe New Zealand Board, has gone to help with the clean-up. He has kindly charged a low rent to benefit this ministry. Pastor Ofa was a founding Board member for BTO before moving to New Zealand to serve as a pastor in Auckland. Pray that he will be able to get the roof sorted for his house/BTO office before he returns to New Zealand. Continue to pray for the people of Tonga as they slowly recover and face many challenges after the powerful storm.
28/2/18 Greater partnership and collaboration (Solomon Islands)
Churches and organizations in the Solomon Islands serve under both or either of two organizations: the Solomon Islands Christian Association and the Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association. The Bible Translation Literacy Partnership of Solomon Islands serves under, and reports to, both of these organizations about its Bible translation ministry. Ask the Lord to strengthen these partnerships and the relationships they share. Pray for increased collaboration this year as they seek, together with other Christian organisations, to make the Word of God available in the heart language of the people.
27/2/18 Lugungu New Testament (Uganda)
Pray that the Lugungu New Testament will be rapidly distributed and God’s Word will transform people’s lives. Lift up the church and community that they will grow stronger in their faith in the living God. Ask God to use the Lugungu New Testament to transform the lives of the people and bring a lasting unity among the community. The people are now praying for the translation of the Old Testament. Pray for the funding they will need for the Old Testament translation work to move forward.
26/2/18 Lugungu New Testament (Uganda)
Martin and Julie Diprose were involved in the early years of this project with the development of the orthography, training the translators and producing a dictionary. Thank God for enabling the completion of the Lugungu New Testament translation. The New Testaments arrived in Uganda last November and were dedicated on 17 November. We rejoice in God’s faithfulness to the translation team who finished this work in their lifetime. Praise God that 1,500 New Testaments were sold on the day of the dedication—so many that a second print run is already being organised!
25/2/18 Robin & Delwyn McKenzie (New Zealand)
We give thanks for a visit from a young translator who was at school with our children. While he was here he put the Tabulahan dictionary on an app for phones and showed Robin how to update the programme. It was a wonderful unexpected blessing.
24/2/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
We give thanks for obtaining year-long visas, provision of a house in a caring community and that the conference went well. Please pray we can adjust to warmer weather and pace ourselves and build relationships with Sarom, Sotheavy, Savin, and Sarun, and the team in BTB. Please also pray for safety on the roads (an ongoing need), for Kevin to make good connections to build his network and for the selection of a new language teacher.
23/2/18 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Martin, in his role as Director for Programmes, received several additional request for new Bible Translation projects from overseas partners. Pray for wisdom for Martin and his colleagues to decide how many and which projects to add. Pray for wisdom and disciplined time management for us as we prepare for five weeks Return Assignment in Switzerland in March while keeping up with our regular responsibilities.
22/2/18 Menya New Testament Dedication (Papua New Guinea)
February 23, 2018, is an important date for the Menya community. After impressive amounts of work, the printed New Testament will be dedicated to the Lord! Three hundred MegaVoice players (MP3 solar-powered digital audio players) will also be dedicated and available for sale with the printed New Testament. Give glory to God for this project’s completion. Thank him for the commitment, perseverance and time that each team member invested in this project. Praise the Lord for Faith Comes By Hearing, which committed funds toward the recording of the New Testament and added background music and sound effects. Lift up the dedication in prayer, that the day and everything leading up to it will be “all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31b, NLT). Pray for a great impact in the community after a two-week Scripture use and leadership training course that will start after the dedication. Intercede for the Menya team as they promote the sale, use and application of the written and recorded forms of the New Testament. Pray that fruit will remain and nourish Menya souls and spirits.
21/2/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
The Matigsalug translation team on Mindanao Island has now been reduced from seven to two and probably to one by time you read this. Isaiah was submitted for consultant checking in January, and Ezekiel and Psalms will follow shortly. Our three-year sponsorship from The Seed Company ended at the end of January, so this is unexpectedly good timing. We are very grateful to the Lord. Please continue to pray for the translation project as we continue to plod on more slowly now through the final updates and checking requirements. Pray for wisdom on how to begin raising funds for eventual printing, and for the Hunt family since we have to make some big decisions by April.
20/2/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Please pray with us for the upcoming major Galaxy of Hope music tour to be held in major centres in NZ. The Christian band EMBASSY will be touring from Nashville, USA, in April this year. Wycliffe New Zealand, is partnering with them to promote God’s mission, and specifically the goal of providing access to God’s Word in the heart language for every people group that still needs it. Please pray for the planning of this major event, and particularly that God would impact people for His mission through this special event.
19/2/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise for a busy but wonderful Christmas and New Year with family. I was Pastor-on-duty at our church through the holiday period, which meant it was busier than usual. However, it was a good time, and Leanne and I did get a few days away for a break mid-January. Please pray for continued strength, enabling and wisdom as I seek to balance responsibilities at Wycliffe with my pastoral responsibilities at church.
18/2/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand)
Give thanks for a wonderful response from the Pukapukan communities to an illustrated children’s Bible story about the angel’s visit to Mary and the birth of baby Jesus. Please pray that more people, especially women, will participate in preparing children’s scripture stories in Pukapukan and other languages of the Cook Islands. Pray that we will make great progress in the final checking the New Testament, and that Mailalo – our main translator – and family will be protected and well.
17/2/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury (New Zealand)
Mary gives thanks for the opportunity to teach phonetics and learn some new software at SIL in Melbourne (returning 17 February); and for great relationships with students and staff, as well as Wycliffe personnel and other SIL members at this beautiful location. Pray for clear direction for her and the students in their future callings, several of whom are soon leaving for mission roles.
16/2/18 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise for a good break in New Zealand. Pray as I return to Davao 17 February for three weeks only, that I will be able to prepare well for my next trip mid-March where we will check several Psalms in Be*. I also need to help the Na* team achieve their main goals for Proverbs.
15/2/18 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise for the blessed week in the Psalms that Murray had with the translation team of refugees. Pray for Murray as he travels to a hidden valley in Asia 17 February–3 March. Pray for the 15-20 translators – refugees from their home countries who have suffered much – to learn to translate Psalms and Proverbs into their five or six languages.
14/2/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Thank you for praying for the Deeper Bible course in Brazil. It surpassed expectations on every level. The participants were hungry for the Word and dug deeply in it. Many have said their lives have been changed forever in how they interact with God’s Word. Pray for wisdom for planning this year with various churches doing Deeper Bible and the time frame needed. Pray for renewed strength for Ian after the very full time in Brazil. Praise God for 44 years of marriage.
13/2/18 Robin & Marva Farnsworth (US)
Please pray for Robin’s health. He now has serious kidney failure, which together with diabetes means a nutritionist will need to help him radically change his diet.
12/2/18 Robin & Marva Farnsworth (US) and Ken & Rosa Nayau (PNG)
Satan fears the Word of God and will try to stop people from reading it or hearing it. The focused prayers of God’s people often frustrate his efforts. We appreciate your prayers for the translation of the Manambu New Testament. Ken and Rosa Nayau have just about finished translating Revelation, which is the last book to be revised. Recently Ken had pneumonia for a month. Now he is visiting the various Manambu villages to share the translated Scriptures with them. Please ask God to keep Ken and Rosa well, to protect them from any kind of harm and for their preparation for consultant checking of the translation from the end of March onwards.
11/2/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for a Belbin course that we are involved with at East West College in Gordonton, 12 February. There will be 17 participants. We also have two member care visits that are coming up in February and would really appreciate prayer for this also. We are so conscious that the Lord has richly blessed us and we wholeheartedly desire to be a blessing to others.
10/2/18 David & Tammy Price (USA-Asia)
Praise God that we have gained a couple of new partners in the last two months. Pray for more! The tenth Kuri Pasai Workshop starts 28 February. Pray as the six translation teams scramble to finish their work and be prepared for this next workshop. Pray for the technology to work. One team had two computers and the satellite internet unit go out in December. One computer and the internet unit got fixed and went back out to the village in January. Pray that their well-used computers last another year!
9/2/18 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Pray for the students and staff involved in the last two weeks of SIL Australia’s Launch course (language and culture learning). Pray for stamina to finish well and for the next steps for students. Some are continuing to study, or work and study part-time, others preparing for cross-cultural ministry.
8/2/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We give thanks to the Lord for safe travel and a comfortable home here in Dar es Salaam. The SIL staff has been taking great care of us. Please pray that we will continue to keep good health. We began language learning at the end of January. Pray that we will make good progress so that we can communicate better with those around us.
7/2/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
We praise God for wonderful summer hiking, 25 years of marriage and the gift of an overseas trip to help celebrate our anniversary. Samuel has finished his course and loves working at Cornwall Park; Hannah will be boarding with a great couple in Christchurch. Pray for her move on 7 February–resettling, friends and study. Pray for Abi as she starts her Certificate in Performing Arts at EXCEL, especially for transport arrangements. Pray that the March issue of the Living Words magazine will come together quickly as we have a tight timeline to work to before we head overseas. Pray for interest in Bible Storytelling to grow: for host churches, participants and more facilitators. Pray for us as we juggle our work, tutoring and other ministries in the community which get underway this month.
6/2/18 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Praise God for a great holiday break for Ross and Jo, including time with Jo’s family over Christmas. Ross is working on his thesis, which got extended until the end of February. Pray that he will write a useful conclusion and there will be no computer hiccups.
5/2/18 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that we are back in Papua New Guinea at last! Thank God with us for all the prayers, encouragement and support from God’s people to get us here. Please pray for a good readjustment for both of us, for Phil especially with Adau and Domai, and Chris doing her Scripture Publication Coordinator role on location at last. Pray that her office will soon be ready to use.
4/2/18 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Pray for staff (including Joan) and students in the last two busy weeks of the summer programme at SIL school. A few students are staying on to study in the full-year course while others are heading to the field quite soon. Pray for Jolene looking for work. Pray for clarity for Joan making plans for 2018, and wisdom in how much to do. Pray for Brian and his colleagues as the beginning of the school year inevitably brings many work requests. Praise for the new Early Learning Centre opening at Plenty Valley Christian College this month.
3/2/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise for a wonderful time with family and friends during December and January. Praise for safety in travel especially for all the driving on the other side of the road during winter. Praise that the Language Fuel Academy website has now published several of my language learning courses and have started making monthly membership subscriptions available. Pray that people would subscribe and that we can help those who need to learn another language in order to work and minister in another language and culture. Pray for my adjustment back in Auckland; I arrive 4 February.
2/2/18 Ira & Katy (SE Asia-New Zealand)
Praise God that Ira’s work with the intern students from the US went well and a lot of programming work was done together. Praise God that Katy and three of the children arrived safely in New Zealand and got to enjoy the last 12 days of the summer holidays before school started. Ira arrived in New Zealand on 27 January. Pray for the Jonathan, (15), Lucy (12) and Emily (10) as they experience new schools and find new friends. Pray for the family as they develop a new routine over the next six months here in New Zealand. Also pray for Silvia (17) who is continuing her school studies in SE Asia and living with the Prince family. Praise God for being back in New Zealand and the beauty, the joy and fun of seeing family and friends again.
1/2/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand-Solomon Islands)
John plans to be in the Solomon Islands 26 January–23 February. Ask God to guide the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG) Conference 3-9 February. Pray for safe travel to Temotu Province and clear direction in meetings with church leaders and the Bishop of Temotu Diocese 10-17 February. It appears the controversy re the Äiwoo writing system isn’t over; ask God to make a way for translation to proceed. Regarding the retaining wall for our property, we praise God for a good meeting with the engineer and contractor. We now have a plan for the retaining wall! Ask God to help the engineer get the plan onto paper, and to give favour in Council’s eyes.