14/11/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Praise God John is experiencing relief from headaches and has recovered from a bad cold in October. Please ask God to make a way for Edmond, Luke, and Father David to begin Islands Bible Ministry (IBM) training in December. We are trusting God for the provision of funds and for accommodation for Luke and Father David. Ask God to help John focus on completing the check of Matthew.
13/11/18 Cultural Diversity Tour New Zealand – Leslie Foster and Sheryl Silzer
Praise God for a wonderful response from those who have attended the ‘Building Cultural Awareness’ seminars during our 2018 Cultural Diversity Tour. One participant said, ‘I loved the workshop—it made me really think about my approach, communication and understanding.’ Sheryl Silzer and I heard this same sentiment from others in all the different places. Pray that the Discussion Guide which was written specifically for the tour, will be used in small groups to build understanding with those who interact with others from different cultures.
12/11/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
We have a major decision to make regarding the home that we own in Brisbane. We would really appreciate your prayers to know God’s mind and will to guide us clearly in this. Leanne is carrying added responsibility in her role as Teacher’s Assistant for the Foods and Hospitality Department at Onehunga High School, since the Head of Department left suddenly at the end of last term. I continue to enjoy the dual roles I am responsible for, (Director for Wycliffe New Zealand and International Ministries Pastor at Mt Albert Baptist Church) and am very grateful for God’s strength and enabling to do this, and also for the wonderful teams I serve with. Please pray that I will continue to find good balance in these respective roles while maintaining good health and appropriate personal/family time.
11/11/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Praise God for help when we got a flat tyre on the bike. We had to stop because of cows on the road and then saw our tyre. No other help was available for another five kilometres. Praise God that Gillian’s lungs are much improved—but dry season is coming. Praise God for new connections with local Christians and the sharing of resources. Please pray for stamina—November is busy with a visiting team coming from 12 November–3 December and we will be travelling with them for the latter part. Pray for wisdom to know the best ways to support the staff who have been made redundant due to lack of funding. Pray for preparation and the logistics for the joint holiday in Thailand—second week of December—with family who are returning to New Zealand after four years away.
10/11/18 Training Course in Cameroon
Pray for God’s protection over the two-month training course in Bible translation, literacy and Scripture engagement for students from Francophone Africa which began 15 October in Cameroon.
9/11/18 David & Christine Foris (New Zealand, Mexico)
Please pray for fine weather in Sochiapam. There has been so much rain it is impossible for Wilf to have the erosion of land and a retaining wall repaired which is part of the Literacy Centre. Give thanks for David and Francisco’s good progress on the dictionary revision. Our granddaughter, Caitlin, who is in Mexico with David has enjoyed teaching English at the local High School and doing physiotherapy-type exercises with a young woman who was badly injured in a horrific accident. Pray for safe travel for David and Caitlin as they return to New Zealand on 10 November.
8/11/18 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for wisdom and productivity for Chrissy as she catches up with work after taking time out for family responsibilities. Pray for Martin as he prepares and plans for two trips to Africa in the new year. As always its tricky to arrange the timing to suit everyone. Please pray for clarity and wisdom.
7/11/18 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is grateful for progress on catching up with routine work. Please pray he will be able to get right up to date by the end of the year. Pray too that he will handle all the details well this month as he compiles the 2019 budget for the Board to approve at its December meeting.
6/11/18 Robbie & Debbie Petterson (Papua New Guinea)
We are back in Papua New Guinea visiting the Baimuru and Mouwase tribes in November. We will be visiting literacy school teachers in the Baimuru area, and doing some end-of-year testing to see how they are getting on with teaching their children to read. Also we will be launching the Jesus Film for the Mouwase tribe on 29 November. We are thankful to have had indirect contact with the Mouwase people via someone with email. Please pray for the Mouwase people and the church in the area, as they organise the celebration, and receive the message of the film. We depart from Papua New Guinea 7 December. While we are away, other family will come and look after Robbie’s father.
5/11/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Please pray for the final sessions of Deeper Bible 601, especially for the ‘Experiencing the Bible’ evenings (Matamata Baptist 5 November, Manukau City Baptist 14 November). Pray for the final work to be done on the 701 level book. Ian’s planned teaching in Brazil in January has had to be postponed until July. Pray for the logistics for that to work out. Praise God that the Prayer Directory has been completed and sent out to those who requested it. Tania hopes to retire from this Prayer Coordinator’s role. Pray for God’s person with a heart for this ministry to replace her.
4/11/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Please pray that Tim and Fiona will be equipped as they attend debriefing training in Algies Bay 5–9 November. Pray for God’s provision so that Fiona can reduce her tutoring hours and focus on Member Care. Pray that Tim meets deadlines for the calendar, prioritises his heavy workload this month and continues good back care. Praise God for opportunities Tim had to lead hikes in God’s amazing creation in Northland last month. Please pray that recipients of the outdoor training he is helping with this month (10, 11, 17, 18 November) will be blessed. Pray for Hannah, Abi and Nathan as they sit exams, and that all of the children will continue growing in God.
3/11/18 Leslie Foster (NZ)
Please pray for my trip to Bangkok, Thailand, 5—10 November as I attend a training meeting for those in the Asia-Pacific region of the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Pray not only for safe travel but also for God’s will to be accomplished during that time.
2/11/18 Murray & Ruth (New Zealand, England)
Pray for our last three weeks in New Zealand (until 26 November) as we share in churches. Keep asking God to use us to inspire new Wycliffe prayer groups in New Zealand. There are three potential groups so far. Prayer is vital to the work of Wycliffe, so thank you for yours! Pray too for our three adult children and their families while we’re away.
1/11/18 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God for a successful translation workshop with three Jesus Film scripts approved for dubbing. Pray for the logistics of the dubbing — each language will take about 10 days — throughout November in the villages. The translators are very excited for the possible outreach from these films. David has already begun preparing in earnest for the next LEAD Asia Community of Practice in May 2019, as he will have a central part in it. David and Tammy have some major decisions to make very soon, concerning where to base their ministry and lives for now. Please pray for more complete knowledge, for wisdom to understand it, and for courage and strength to make a decision.
31/10/18 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (New Zealand, Vanuatu)
I’m in Vanuatu from 31 October–10 November checking Genesis in a language of Tanna. I find Genesis a most interesting book for many reasons and I’m looking forward to finding out the viewpoints of the Tanna people. Please pray that the checking goes well and for a productive time together
30/10/18 Translating the Book of Luke
As seven new teams of translators from Southeast Asia begin translating the book of Luke with guidance from experienced translation advisers, pray they will know the impact this translated gospel will bring to the Bibleless.
29/10/18 Beginning New Projects (South Asia)
Pray for the representatives of six language communities who are beginning the process of Bible translation for their languages. They began with some computer and English language courses, so they can use the tools which facilitate translation. Then they will go on to begin actual translation in a setting where they work alongside one another. Pray for the instructors for the various stages to communicate well with these new translators. Ask God to strengthen the churches in their communities and that the churches will be part of their long-term support.
28/10/18 More Instructors Needed for Jesus Film (Papua New Guinea)
Jesus Film is seeking people to help as translation instructors in Papua New Guinea. A translation instructor needs to have training and experience in Bible translation and linguistics. They would help supervise and instruct translators, back translators* and script checkers to adapt and translate the Jesus Film script and work as the lead script consultant during the workshop. Script adaptation workshops are conducted to help language teams adapt the translated Scriptures for the Jesus Film recording. Ask the Lord for many more instructors with these specific qualifications to come forward and offer their services.
*A back-translation is the result of translating drafts of vernacular scripture back into a language that the translation consultant understands and can use to check for omitted or extraneous material, or possible misconceptions.
27/10/18 Busy Regional Managers (Asia)
Pray for the experienced staff serving as regional managers in various parts of Asia. These staff members guide translators and translation facilitators as they plan the steps of a translation project. Ask God to give them wisdom as they work with translators in their individual situations. Pray for strength as they often travel to remote areas. Ask for God’s care for their families while they are away from home.
26/10/18 Adressing the Shortage of Bible Translation Consultants (Canada)
The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) in British Colombia, Canada, integrates scholarship in linguistics with service to language communities worldwide. Institute leaders would like to launch two advanced training programmes in the next year or two to help address the shortage of Bible translation consultants. Pray that God will provide qualified people for these programmes. Ask for God’s provision for the students—for a healthy scholarship fund to enable them to complete their studies without further debt. Pray that God will raise up strong support teams for each one as they follow His leading to their field ministry.
25/10/18 Preparing to Publish the New Testament (Papua New Guinea)
Pray for the Fanamaket translation team as they finish the New Testament changes and final checks. They hope to do the typesetting in January 2019. One of the team, Lorie, has just begun English studies in Sydney to prepare for Bible college next year. Pray for him as he takes this step to be better prepared as a translator.
24/10/18 Window on Wycliffe Orientation Course 26–27 October
Praise God for each attendee coming to this course. Please pray that each one will have their questions answered and that the Lord will show them clearly the next steps in their journey towards missions. Pray that each presenter will communicate their particular aspects of orientation clearly and for relationships to be built.
23/10/18 Storying Project (West Asia)
Pray for the majority language Storying Project in a country of West Asia. The first step is to get 24 stories consultant-checked. Then the stories will be professionally recorded and distributed on a mobile app. Pray for the storying team as they go to villages to share the stories. Pray they will connect with people who are hungry for God.
22/10/18 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross handed in his printed thesis last month. He is hoping to organise some workshops on the Lord’s Prayer in NZ Sign Language for deaf people and interpreters. Please pray for the organisation and planning. Deaf churches often meet for fellowship only once a month. Pray for encouragement for these small groups of Christians.
21/10/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (NZ)
Rob will be traveling to Vanuatu for the last week of October for a historic gathering with those who are strategically involved in Bible translation with church leaders from across the country. The hope is to strengthen the vision for translation, and see the church there take greater responsibility for Bible translation work in Vanuatu. Please pray for this special event, that God will inspire all to a greater level of commitment and partnership to seeing Vision 2025 accomplished in Vanuatu.
20/10/18 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Praise God for the good progress made during consultant-checking in September. Please pray for the Simbiti and Ikoma translation teams, who are now working on the last books of the New Testament.
19/10/18 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Pray for those Islanders who participated in the first Kairos Course in the Solomon Islands in September. Ask God to give them and their churches a vision for mobilising Islanders to obey the Great Commission. Praise that Luke recently finished his back-translation of 11 chapters of the gospel of Luke. Pray that this paperwork will reach John safely. Ask God to help John focus on finishing the check of Matthew’s gospel. Pray for relief for John from recent headaches. Pray too for the contractor preparing to rebuild the retaining wall in November.
18/10/18 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand)
Mary gives thanks for a very successful conference in Dallas with Area Linguistics Coordinators. Please pray for good health for her as she does consultant-checking of the Pukapukan New Testament. Kevin and Mai are completing the final revision of the epistles, have finished Philippians, and now onto 1 & 2 Peter and Jude. Pray for us as we seek reconciliation between various people in Auckland.
17/10/18 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Praise God for consultants checking the last long books of Matigsalug Bible to be finished. Pray for wisdom for Rani and Undun as they work through the issues with the consultants. Praise God that the secondment agreement for Robert with Distant Shores is now finalised. Pray for his work programming automatic formatting services for Bible stories and Bible books.
16/10/18 Murray & Ruth (New Zealand, England)
Thanks for praying for the workshop in the jungle. Debriefs at the end of each day showed marked improvements in how they were translating the Bible texts from one day to the next. We are in New Zealand until late November. Please pray for us as we share in churches. Ask God boldly for more Wycliffe prayer groups to be started up. Pray for the family in England while we’re away.
15/10/18 Kirsten Mills (New Zealand)
Please pray for the Window on Wycliffe Orientation course 26–27 October. Pray that I will do my part in preparing and trust our Lord for the outcome. Pray for those who will take part, that they will be attentive to God’s call on their lives. Pray for those who are presenters, that they will be blessed.
14/10/18 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for the recording of the first books of the Bamu Audio Scriptures. Ask for God’s protection on all concerned, especially the three readers, Adau, Domai, and Betty, and their respective families. Recording is scheduled for 17 October—5 November. Please pray too for all the final things to be done so the Bamu airstrip can be declared open again.
13/10/18 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Deeper Bible 601 started well in Matamata (Mondays) and Manukau City Baptist (Wednes-days) with the participants delighted to be back into deeper Bible study. Work continues on translating the DB 401 book and training for Mark to teach DB 301 in Brazil. The DB 701 book is almost finished but Ian’s time has been taken up with many medical appointments. Please pray for Tania as she finalises the Prayer Directory and begins to think about Wycliffe’s World Day of Prayer in November.
12/10/18 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for the Freeman clan as they adapt to life after the loss of Wayne’s father who died 19 September 2018. Give thanks for the New Testament dedication for the Cemuhi people of New Caledonia in late September. Wayne and some of the NZ team had the privilege of attending this dedication. Please pray that God’s Word in their heart language will bring transformation in their lives and communities.
11/10/18 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
We praise God for a good conclusion of the SIL course in Mexico. Wilf headed up the phonetics course and Anita was the head of the Language Learning course. We had 56 students: some were believers who show interest for the work of Bible translation. Wilf helped the church make a video of the first Chinantec believers which turned out great. It has been 48 years since the first people believed in Christ in Sochiapam Chinantec and they wanted to celebrate it by telling the story and giving recognition to the first believers. We are also grateful that our children are doing well at the school in the village. Both William and Kylie struggled a bit with Spanish after our furlough in the USA, but they are learning quickly and are also practicing Chinantec with their cousins. Please pray for Anita, as she had to make a drastic change in her diet when doctors discovered that she is gluten intolerant. Pray for Wilf as he gets back to the translation table with the rest of the team.
10/10/18 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Praise God for continued safety on the roads. I know we keep saying it, but every day we take our life in our hands on the road. We’re thankful for a great first-of-four Journey Deeper workshops. Yay for a new house helper to ease the load! Pray for our health, especially our lungs, which are struggling with the dust. Gillian has had a severe chest infection which is lingering. Pray for new routines to be established, and for good time management. Between now and Christmas there is a lot on! Pray that the Journey Deeper material will strengthen our vision and relationships.
9/10/18 SIL Global Leaders Meeting (Global)
About 200 SIL leaders and partners will gather in Thailand 9–12 October for SIL’s Global Leaders Meeting (GLM18). This meeting will focus on the SIL Roadmap and Action Plan. These guide SIL in changes to become more relevant, responsive and locally integrated in the changing world of the twenty-first century. Pray for God’s wisdom for all the leaders and participants in this event as they capture organisational lessons learned over the past 15 months of the Action Plan. Pray that they can build on these lessons in terms of envisioning next steps, and that they will be strengthened and inspired as a community of leaders to continue the journey.
8/10/18 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a very good Board meeting and AGM last month (although my attendance was via Skype.) Another significant milestone was reached with the Cemuhi people receiving the New Testament in their language. We are rejoicing that our eldest son Josh, is engaged to Megan Everly. Megan, from the US, has made the decision to come to NZ to be with Josh. This brings both personal and family challenges, as well as legal issues regarding immigration. Please pray for them as they work through these and prepare for a life together. I’ve had a nasty bout of the flu which has lingered for over four weeks now. I was unable to attend the Board meetings and had to cancel or postpone some other meetings. Please pray for a full recovery and strength to catch up on a backlog of work.
7/10/18 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Three potential students from the Pacific will begin their visa application process this month. Please pray that this will go smoothly and visas will be granted in time for them to begin their studies with SIL Australia in February.
6/10/18 Sulawesi earthquake update (Indonesia) Posted 2 October
The Central Sulawesi region of Indonesia, on Friday 28 September, suffered an earthquake with magnitude 7.5 and an accompanying tsunami which caused major damage to the city of Palu and many surrounding towns and villages. As of Tuesday 2 October, the reported death toll was 1235 and expected to rise further. All expatriate workers have safely evacuated to another city away from the damaged area, but not all co-workers from local organisations have been accounted for. The GPID church synod, suffered a heartbreaking loss when its training centre collapsed during an afternoon children’s Bible camp. At least 30 children died in this tragedy, and there have been many other similar discoveries. Please pray for all who have been affected in some way by this disaster, for efficient and safe coordination of rescue and relief efforts, for God’s comfort for those who know Him, and for His saving grace to extend to those who do not yet know Him.
5/10/18 Cultural Diversity Tour
Pray that Leslie can also keep up with other commitments during the trip to the South Island from 5–15 October. Pray for stamina for Sheryl and Leslie during the tour as well as wisdom and discernment as they interact with many people. Pray for safe travel and excellent health.
4/10/18 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Pray for Tim as he hits a very busy time of year producing the calendar, continuing instalments on a Bible plan for YouVersion, and working on Cemuhi dedication footage for use online. Please also pray that God will heal his ongoing back issues. Pray for Fiona as she prioritises work for Member Care. Please pray that she will be able to reduce her tutoring hours to provide more time for Member Care. Praise for the warmer weather and opportunities for Tim to lead tramping trips and bushcraft courses again. Praise that Hannah has found a new flat closer to university. Pray for Nathan as he prepares for his NCEA exams, and for Hannah and Abi as they sit their exams.
3/10/18 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Pray for David in Thailand 27 September–10 October for LEAD meetings. The Kuri Pasai workshop continues until 12 October with much work for the translators to complete in that time. Please pray for good health for all, minimal interruptions, clear alert minds, and that the Lord will continue to use His word to transform hearts. Please pray that the Jesus Film script will be consultant-checked and finished in readiness for the next stage of recording. Pray for the teams working on Psalms to complete their work also.
2/10/18 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise that the Discussion Guide created for the Cultural Diversity tour has been produced! Pray for the public meetings and private consultations that will be held in Auckland, Katikati, Invercargill, Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch. Pray for good numbers of participants at each event and also that we can help them in their journey to more effective ministry in cultural diversity. Pray for stamina for Sheryl and Leslie during the tour as well as wisdom and discernment as they interact with many people.
1/10/18 Cultural Diversity Tour Schedule of Public Events
- Tuesday 2 October 7:00–9:00 pm at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Road and Mulgan Street, Katikati.
- Thursday 4 October 9:30 am–4:30 pm at Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland.
‘Working Together in Cultural Diversity: Building your Cultural Awareness’
A suggested koha of $15 to be paid on the day to cover costs of the discussion guide and snacks.
To register contact Leslie Foster at the Wycliffe office: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph 09 262 8440 or 021 246 8968.
For online registration visit Missions Interlink.
- Friday 5 October 7:00–9:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 155 Tay St, Invercargill.
- Saturday 6 October 9:30 am–12:00 noon at First Presbyterian Church, 155 Tay St, Invercargill.
- Monday 8 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Burns 7 Seminar Room, Arts Building, Otago University, 95 Albany Street, Dunedin.
- Tuesday 9 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Burns 7 Seminar Room, Arts Building, Otago University, 95 Albany Street, Dunedin.
‘Working Effectively in Culturally Diverse Situations: Building your Cultural Awareness’
Contact Paul Trebilco for more details, 03 479 8798.
- Wednesday 10 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Wilson Street Baptist Church, 17 Wilson Street, Timaru.
- Sunday 14 October 1:00–4:00 pm at Southwest Baptist Church, 244 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon, Christchurch.
- Tuesday 16 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Eastview Baptist, 559 Chapel Rd, East Tamaki Heights, Auckland.
- Tuesday 23 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Northcote Baptist, 67 Eban Avenue, Hillcrest, North Shore City, Auckland.