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Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.


25/8/19 JESUS Film dubbing (Indonesia)
There are more than 700 languages spoken in Indonesia. It is the country with the second largest number of languages in the world. Working throughout Indonesia in partnership with churches and other organisations, Kartidaya is focused on promoting and supporting the work of Bible translation. One of their key partners is JESUS Film Project. Please pray for the dubbing of the JESUS Film planned in more than six Indonesian languages. Pray for wisdom and skill for the technicians involved in the dubbing process. As the actors are selected, pray for hearts that are responsive to God’s word. Pray for the commitment of the churches in each vicinity to use the dubbed JESUS Films for evangelisation.

24/8/19 Luke (SE Asia)
Two months into the linguistics Masters, and it is certainly full-time! Amidst regular little homework assignments, we need to fit in work on the big ones, and approach it all with prayer. I am already hearing about ideas for a thesis for next year, which is an answer to prayer. I feel very at home here.

23/8/19 Paratext 9 software (Global)
Paratext 9 software for Bible translators is currently in development. The team working on it hope to release it in September. Please pray for the work team who are localising the user interface into many languages of wider communication in different countries. Pray for the team developing Paratext 9 training videos. Ask God to give wisdom to those responding to requests to fix bugs* in the beta version that is being tried by some advanced users.
*Bugs are problems with software being developed. They are typically fixed before the general release of the software.

22/8/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please continue to pray for Caryl’s eyes that the eye drops she is diligently putting in daily will stop any further damage to the optic nerve in her left eye caused by the glaucoma. We trust that the next appointment later this year will confirm no more deterioration. Please pray for wisdom and effectiveness in the planning of our next Board meeting in Gordonton on 14 September – that it will be a fruitful one. We are also having an evening dinner and sharing in prayer with WEC people based in Gordonton the night before, as well as Wycliffe’s AGM. Please pray that the evening will be fruitful and a celebration of progress in the Bible translation movement. 

21/8/19 Mobilizing the Latin American Church for Missions (Global)
MOVILECEMOS* is a cooperative project of various denominations and ministries. Sponsored by SIM, some organisations within the Wycliffe Global Alliance are also involved. The objective of the project is to introduce the Latin American church to available mission mobilisation resources. The mission is to encourage the church in the vision of reaching the world for Christ. The goal is to glorify God among the nations. Beginning in early August and continuing through November,  more than 20 MOVILECEMOS conferences will take place in Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Mexico. Pray for this concerted effort to inspire churches and individuals to fulfill Christ’s command to go with the Good News to all nations.
*Movilecemos means “Let us mobilize.”

20/8/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for time to settle in as a family of four and for friends and family who have supported and encouraged us. Please pray that we will be able to focus on what needs to happen before the move in January as well as get work done here and have family time. Pray that God will provide prayer and financial supporters for next year’s training and beyond as we share our vision with churches and individuals.

19/8/19 Bible translation mobilization conference (Brazil)
Bible translation needs in Southeast Asia and among the language communities of Brazil  are the themes of the conference, “The Bible for All Peoples.” The event, sponsored by AMTB and COMIBAM, will take place in Brazil, August 29-31. The purpose is to mobilise Brazilian churches to participate more fully in the global Bible translation movement. Participants will learn how discipleship, church planting, Bible translation, and other activities intertwine to deliver the gospel effectively. Leaders from indigenous communities, Brazilian ministries, SIL Asia, and Wycliffe Global Alliance will present the content. Pray for those preparing the event. Pray that many people will participate and that this conference will have a profound impact on the Brazilian church.

18/8/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Some friends in the Philippines had a recording project delayed and so were able to do some unexpected audio recording for the Matigsalug team. They recorded all of the minor prophets plus 1 Samuel and 1 Kings in July, and have several more days available in August. This is a real blessing as audio recording is an excellent way to check the fluency and naturalness of the translation (and we got good reports back). Praise God for this unexpected help for the project. So please pray for productivity for the readers, checkers, and audio technicians.

17/8/19 Ross & Jo Millar (NZ)
Ross’s presentations on signing Psalms went well – some Deaf attended in Dunedin and provided feedback and contacts. It also raised issues among academics about the lack of accessibility of Scripture for Deaf people. Please pray for time to develop material for a workshop for Deaf Christians in November on signing Psalms.

16/8/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
We praise God that the final Consultant Check for the Simbiti New Testament was completed in early July! This is the first New Testament from the Mara Cluster Project, with three more following soon. Please pray for the ongoing work of linguistic checking, type-setting and printing that will happen over the next several months. Also that God will prepare the hearts of the Simbiti people during this season of waiting./timed-content-server]

15/8/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Praise God our house sale has been completed. Please pray for us as we itinerate during August and early September, visiting family and ministry partners, putting thousands of miles on our trusty vehicle. Please pray for Tammy’s NZ resident visa to be approved soon so we can complete our move to New Zealand this year.

14/8/19 Bible Storytelling (NZ)
Please pray for good openings for Bible Storytelling workshops in August and the following months. We want to see this expand. Please pray too for those heading up this ministry and their families.

13/8/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for the seeds planted by the ‘Transformation Tour’ with Vanessa Quai and her band from Vanuatu this past month. Please pray that God will bring much fruit from the seeds planted in the hearts of the people who attended one of the concerts. Please pray for God to use Rob as he speaks at a number of churches during August which is Missions month.

12/8/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Please pray for SILA staff and students as the new semester gets under way. Joan is helping to teach the Translation subject, especially tutoring the two national translators from PNG who are finding tertiary level study a challenge, but extremely valuable. Pray for a visa for Kidu’s wife to join him in Australia for the rest of the year. Jolene is enjoying some part-time casual work in the kindergarten and with the maintenance team at the same school where Brian works, as well as some work experience in a café. But she still needs to find a permanent job. Praise God that Joan’s mum is doing well after cancer treatment.

11/8/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Kevin ran into a motorbike that cut across in front of him. The other person rode off, and Kevin’s bike was not damaged. Gillian is trying to find the best new route as the office has moved – the last time it rained the water was up to the footpegs on the motorbike on part of the ride! We do thank you for your prayer covering for travel. Kevin has started a new YouTube Channel for the Khmer Resources – pray that Khmer folk will easily find it and that it will be well received. He is also compiling a database which is tedious, exacting work. Gillian has completed one organisation’s reports, but there are three more yet to come. Please pray for mental stamina for both of us

10/8/19 Greg & Rosie (SE Asia)
We now step into the next phase of our project, returning to South East Asia after a year away. Our Sabbatical was very good and God turned up many times as we journeyed with him this last year. Please pray for our transition back to the field and for the funding we need to build a translation and literacy office to work out of. Please pray for the Bui Christians to stand strong against the persecution and for more to come to know Jesus.

9/8/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God for a good trip to the language area and progress in checking Old Testament. Please pray that relationships with the synod will be smoothed out.

8/8/19 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand, Cook Islands)
Mai & Yii (“Thee”), two children and Mai’s father Melota reached Pukapuka by ship in early July. Mai is meeting with a group on Monday nights (Tuesday in NZ) to discuss translation matters, answer questions, and confirm several key terms used in the translation. Please uphold him as he relates to a wide range of people, and responds to preaching engagements. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough on the island.

7/8/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for good progress and helpful responses during the village checking of Bamu Matthew, and that God will speak to everyone who takes part in the checking. Pray too for God’s wisdom for the two back-translators, Wani and James, as for the first time they edit the back-translation drafts of five short epistles.

6/8/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God that the Cultural Diversity tour seminar schedule is set. Please pray that the people who attend the seminars will be empowered for working with those from other cultures. Pray that we can publish the new edition of the ‘Building Cultural Awareness: A Discussion Guide’ this month. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the Silzers’ and I as we prepare. Please pray for my participation in the Global Conference on Oral Communication held in Bangkok, Thailand on 8-9 August. I have been invited to be one of the speakers. Pray for safe travel, good health, discernment as I listen to the participants and wisdom in knowing what to share.

5/8/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that Tim has managed to upload three YouVersion Plans over the last two months, and these are now live for people to use (Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence Parts 8, 9 and 10) – just two parts to upload now. Please pray that the 2020 Calendar will come together in a timely way and for inspirational photos that will bless the recipients.  Please pray for Fiona as she assembles and edits the articles for August’s Living Words magazine (including writing two of them). Pray for guidance as we print and send it out. Praise God that the course Fiona is studying is providing good teaching and support for her Member Care role. Pray that we will all grow in our relationship with the Lord.

4/8/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Please pray that the process of settling into a new country will go well, and that organising visas and permanent accommodation will go smoothly. Please pray for Anthony as he starts teaching in a new environment and Zoë as she starts school for the first time. Please pray that Nicole will find a way to share God’s love and Word with the local community and that Ezra will settle into daily life without his sister around. Please praise God for the safe travels and the blessing of being so well looked after by staff at Faith Academy. Also praise Him for the deep peace and security found in Him.

3/8/19 Ester Perez (Philippines, New Zealand)
Praise God for good health so far except for some allergies. Please pray for good health during my remote assignment until 15 August. Please pray for meetings with the Translation Association of the Philippines (TAP) regarding digital Scripture engagement strategies and meeting with Rexey, our social media coordinator, plus online meetings regarding Workday, our newly adopted H.R. software.

2/8/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for Ian’s safe travel to Brazil and Deeper Bible 401 and 501 being taught successfully there. He is travelling back today, arriving in NZ on 3 August. Pray that students will continue to dig deeper into studying the Bible. Pray also for those at Manukau who continue with DB 601 this month. Praise God for progress so far on the Berean Insights website. Please pray that those working on it will make it as robust as it needs to be to accommodate Bible Gemz and eventually Deeper Bible online.

1/8/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is)
Please pray for John as he travels to Tonga 1 August to supervise Kairos courses, as well as Facilitator training, 2–16 August. May God’s Spirit work in all the Tongan facilitators, equipping them to lead the training well. Ask Him to convince participants of their responsibility for discipling the nations. Please pray for healing from stomach ulcers for Äiwoo translator, Luke. And ask God to give Luke and Father David understanding of all material covered in their computing and grammar courses at Islands Bible Ministries.

31/7/19 Lubwisi Old Testament Translation (Uganda)
Praise God for the funding for the Lubwisi Old Testament translation work in Uganda – pray the team will know God’s guidance as they recruit and train translators.

30/7/19 New Scripture Engagement Website (Global)
The new Taste&See website, aimed at churches and language communities, will lead them through a process to choose tools and materials for Scripture engagement. Most of the web pages are in place, but many resources will be added in the next few months. The project team needs two critical staff positions to be filled before they go live. One person will keep the list of tools updated, and maintain the links to partner organizations. The other person will monitor the users, social media interface and response times for problems. Please pray that these positions can be filled soon.

29/7/19 Two Oral Bible Storytelling Projects (Southeast Asia)
Please pray for the 15 story crafters and consultants for a Bible storytelling project who will work together in late July and August. This will be their third session to develop Bible stories for two languages. Pray that these stories strengthen the churches in their language communities. Thank God for the plans to begin another oral Bible storytelling project for two new languages in October. A coordinator for the project has visited pastors in the two communities to encourage their involvement. Please pray for her as she develops a budget and plans. Ask for God’s wisdom as project staff are chosen by their churches. Pray that the plans go smoothly and that the project begins as scheduled.

28/7/19 New School Under Construction (Thailand)
Grace International School is building a new campus on their own property near Chiang Mai, Thailand. They plan a celebration in late August for their twentieth anniversary, which will include a dedication of the new facilities. Pray that the construction proceed quickly so they can meet their deadline. Pray for the staff planning for the event. Thank God for this new facility which provides adequate facilities for the school.

27/7/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that Bruce has found a brilliant replacement for himself who will share the position with an experienced translator and has been busy training this new person. Bruce will be transferring to the Staff Care department for the remaining few months of our time here, while also mentoring others in the Regional Director role. This will provide excellent experience for his future role in Wycliffe NZ and also allow him to speak into some key initiatives in SIL PNG. Please pray for wisdom in all this transition. Please pray for continued financial provision as we transition to working with Wycliffe NZ next year.

26/7/19 Phoebe Wang (New Zealand)
Please pray for a new boarding situation somewhere between Mt Albert and Manukau near a train station. Pray for good communication with Stephen as we work on the new financial system. I am also taking another paper for my CPA (accounting) test. Please pray for good balance with work, study and finding accommodation.

25/7/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (Philippines, New Zealand)
Please pray for the Matigsalug translation team working with the consultant on approving the last Old Testament book, doing some final checks on consistency between books, and needing to make wise decisions with the aim of getting the Matigsalug Bible printed next year. Praise God for our only daughter, Sarah’s engagement, and a wedding coming up in mid-January. She’s in her final year studying nursing at Massey University.

24/7/19 Luke (Southeast Asia)
Praise the Lord that I got the required pass in the Foundational Course and am joining eight other students as a first year in the linguistics MA at Payap Uni, Chiang Mai. Also, my visa was extended. During my break in NZ next year, I will need to find more supporters, including financial. I am teaching Sunday School occasionally at an English-speaking church here but would like to attend an ethnic-speaking church as part of the requirement for my course to sharpen my language skills.

23/7/19 Hebrews 1 Course and Basic Computing Course (Papua New Guinea)
Hebrews 1 Course will take place at PILAT from 24 July – 4 August. The Basic Computing Course (Linux) also takes place from 24 July – 6 August 2019 at the same venue. Please pray for good health for Bible Translation Association and SIL teams who will be attending and a successful delivery of the two courses.

22/7/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise that the Cultural Diversity tour schedule is set. We will publish the seminar dates this month. Praise that Carey Baptist College has invited Pete Silzer to be a ‘scholar in residence’ which will facilitate his research on the multicultural church space in New Zealand. Sheryl has been invited to give several lectures as well. Pray for us all as we prepare for the Silzers’ time here in New Zealand from early September to mid-November. Pray for Sheryl, Tim Taylor and I as we edit Building Cultural Awareness: A Discussion Guide for a new edition to be released in September. Pray for wisdom and discernment as I coach language learners and work on other projects.

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, Southeast 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 (Southeast 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 Islands)
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 (Southeast 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 (Papua New Guinea)
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 (New Zealand)
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.

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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.


John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.