Colossians 1:9b–13 (NLT)
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
Please join us in praying through Ramadan 2019 – click here for resources.
26/4/19 New Testament audio recordings (Pacific)
Several vernacular New Testaments in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea were recorded by Faith Comes by Hearing staff in recent months. Praise the Lord for these language communities in the Pacific that now have audio recordings of their Scriptures. One language is Nyindrou in Papua New Guinea. Pray that many speakers of Nyindrou, and speakers of the other languages will download the recordings and listen to them. Pray that these Scriptures will help the church grow and will be useful for outreach in these language communities.
25/4/19 Scripture recording beginning (Southeast Asia)
Please pray for the New Testament recording beginning for a language of Southeast Asia. Pray for good decisions to be made about who will read each part. Ask God to keep each person healthy throughout the recording period, especially those with long reading roles. Pray for good weather, as heavy rains interrupt the recording process. Pray for enthusiastic support of all denominations and support from their leadership, so that people in all the churches are encouraged to use the recordings. Praise God that an earlier New Testament recording for another language has been completed after a long period of interruption. These recordings should be released in mid-2019.
24/4/19 Final stages of Nobonob Bible (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for the Nobonob translation team of Papua New Guinea as they work on the final stage of the Nobonob Bible. They are going through the tedious work of checking the manuscript of the whole Bible. Ask the Lord for strength and stamina for each person in the team during the long hours of concentrated work of checking and making corrections. Ask the Lord for His protection and provision of transportation for the translation team as they travel to the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association office each day. Pray for unity and team spirit as they work together.
23/4/19 Luke (SE Asia)
Please pray for Luke as he settles in to his study programme and makes new friends. Pray that he will adjust well and for God’s guidance daily.
22/4/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross is sharing about the Lord’s Prayer in NZ Sign Language at Laidlaw College on 29 April. Please pray that as many Deaf as possible can attend.
21/4/19 Easter Sunday Christ has Risen
“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ (Luke 24:2, 3, 6, 7)”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… (1 Peter 1:3)”
Please pray for many language groups around the world who have seen the Jesus Film for the first time over this past year. Please pray that the impact of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means for them personally will bring life transformation within these people groups.
20/4/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Our visit to the Praesin Church to share resources went ok. There were only a few older people but the children loved reading and looking through the materials. Please pray for more opportunities to share what resources are available. We have Khmer New Year at Easter Monday and Tuesday: pray for those travelling. We have a visit from Fiona and Tim Taylor 24-28 April. Please pray for our travel to and from the airport in the next city (2.5 hours) and as we travel around the province! Mid March the temperatures hit 40+C: please pray for productivity. The storytelling workshop has been delayed due to illness and other work commitments.
19/4/19 Good Friday
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9
Please pray for many people groups who don’t yet have the scriptures in their language and haven’t heard the gospel message that Jesus died for them, that they could be freed from sin and death. Pray that they would have soon have access to the scriptures in a language they understand.
18/4/19 Ross & Elizabeth McKerras (New Zealand)
Currently I’m checking some Bible studies that have been translated into Bislama (Vanuatu pidjin). They are aimed at church leaders. Please pray that they will communicate accurately and be helpful to people.
17/4/19 Greg & Rosie Blok (New Zealand)
Please pray for continued healing for Rosie’s ankle and for our time in NZ to be refreshing. Pray for Thomas to get more work tutoring and for Xanthe to do well at Wellington university. Pray also for our village friends to continue to meet and grow in their faith.
16/4/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Office (New Zealand)
Praise God that we have a new office Administrator. Pray for her as she learns her role and gets assimilated into our Wycliffe culture. Please pray for us as we now start a process for implementing this new Communications Strategy. Pray for all the staff who will be involved in developing the detail of this and implementing it. We are also planning for some other transitions involving people and software, in order to prepare the organisation for the years ahead. These can be challenging for all concerned. Please pray with us as we make these changes in coming months.
15/4/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for very fruitful meetings in Malaysia last month. It was special to have Leanne participate in these Wycliffe leaders meetings with me. It was both informative and inspiring to hear how leaders from other Wycliffe organisations are responding to some very significant challenges and the changes being made. Praise God also for a very productive Board meeting in March, where the Board has approved a new Communications Strategy, as well as some other important decisions. Please pray for our son Mark and his wife Bette, with their son Finley, as they prepare for service with a mission organisation ministering to children in poverty in the Philippines. They will be visiting us from the US for the last two weeks of April. Pray for a special time with them as they introduce little Finley to all the family, including great-grandparents. Finley will celebrate his first birthday while they are here with us.
14/4/19 Ira & Katy (SE Asia)
Thanks for your prayers. God is a wonderful provider and made it possible for Katy to go to New Zealand to visit her mother 9-23 March. Katy’s mother had an operation. Please pray for her recovery and ongoing healing. Please pray for Ira and the software team as they prepare to release a new experimental web tool to help with translation by the end of the month.
13/4/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God that both Luke and Fr David passed their grammar courses last month, and are progressing well in the Biblical Exegesis course now. Ask God to help them focus on studies; both men are concerned for their families in the Reef Islands who are experiencing food shortage due to February’s cyclone which destroyed all bananas and breadfruit. Ask God to motivate Edmund to continue revising Matthew and help daughter Susan in her Basic Computing Course. Praise God contractor has visited us twice recently; pray retaining wall rebuild starts this month.
12/4/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise for an effective Kairos course that I Wayne, Stuart and Anna ran at Valley Road International Church that finished on 9 March 2019. Pray that the church leadership have wisdom in how to build on this for their future mission endeavours. Pray that the National Co-ordination team meeting outcomes from the meeting of 29-30 March for Kairos NZ leadership will help build the wider Kairos message around NZ and the Pacific in the years ahead.
11/4/19 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand, Cook Islands)
Over recent years Mai’s elderly father, Melota, has done the first draft translation of a great portion of the Old Testament. He now wishes to make one last visit to Pukapuka, together with Mai. They expect to fly to Rarotonga in late April or early May and await the cargo boat. Please pray for good health for Melota, and for all their arrangements to go smoothly. Pray for priority setting during April, so that Mai will be able to complete final checking of several NT books before he leaves. Our plan is now to prepare the NT for typesetting during this year.
10/4/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God that Ian finished writing the Deeper Bible 701 Booklet and the PowerPoint slides. Please pray that the formatting and printing of the booklet will be completed in time to start teaching Deeper Bible 701 at Matamata Baptist 29 April. Manukau City Baptist continue into Deeper Bible 501 10 April. Praise God that we are both in good health.
9/4/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
Please pray for Domai’s grandson Manesa, and for Titus, son of audio Scripture reader Betty. They are both very ill. Please ask God to heal both of these young men.
8/4/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God that I was also able to finish a consultant check of 2 Samuel last month in Na. Please pray that the Na team will be able to finish the consultant check of Proverbs. This went well for the Be team. Pray that the people who attended the checks will deepen their walk with the Lord and their desire to read scripture in their own language.
7/4/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Pray that Stephen will be able to complete the annual donation receipting before Easter – donors are asking for their receipts earlier and earlier each year, and mailing them in May is apparently no longer acceptable. Present software does not cater for e-mail distribution of the receipts, and there’s a lot of manual work involved. Pray also for Graham Mills as he conducts the annual Financial Review after Easter, and for Stephen as he helps Graham.
6/4/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
The Kuri Pasai workshop was cut short in March because of catastrophic flooding and displaced people’s needs. Please pray for the flood victims here. Also please pray for the translators who went home suddenly and feel their work unfinished.
5/4/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for the two recording studios that will be available for audio recording of Scriptures. Pray for me attending a training/conference overseas for the first three weeks to keep abreast with language technology and learning new skills like film dubbing (changing the audio for existing English gospel films – not limited to the Jesus film – into a vernacular language). Pray that the new Human Resources software for Wycliffe will be used extensively and that there will be few issues in adopting this new software.
4/4/19 Bible Storytelling Workshop (Australia, New Zealand)
Pray for Liz Blaine as she becomes more involved in Bible Storytelling and attends a workshop in Canberra, Australia 4–7 April. Pray for guidance for the storytelling group in Franklin, Auckland as they share God’s Word.
3/4/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
We are thankful for great visits with members on Temporary Home Assignment in Christchurch early in March, and for an amazing Member Care course Fiona is studying. Praise God that thousands of people have been using Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence YouVersion plans. Pray that many lives will be transformed by His living Word. Pray as Tim puts together Living Words and the Deeper Bible 701 booklet. Pray for safe travels as we visit people in Asia 11–29 April – and that our visits will be encouraging for them. Pray for wisdom as we look for a new house to rent and pack up our things ready to move in the first week of May. Pray that we will manage our time well as we prioritise our workload and ensure sufficient rest.
2/4/19 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Please pray as we process information and experiences from major meetings in March and try to apply it in our current contexts. April is a really busy month as we prepare for SILA’s biennial conference and AGM on 3 May with Board, Nominating Committee and administrative responsibilities for those, along with the usual workload. David is also involved in leading an orientation course for new leaders.
1/4/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Please pray that the Lord will reveal more of His plan for the work in Tanzania to those involved with Strategic Planning Meetings during the first week of April.
31/3/19 Peace in a War-Torn Country (Central African Republic)
Pray for peace in the Central African Republic (CAR). People have experienced extreme suffering, loss and displacement for over six years. Thank God for all who seek to bring healing and comfort. Praise Him especially for the blessing of the Bible trauma healing programme in local languages which is reaching many people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Ask God for an end to the conflict, and for forgiveness, reconciliation and the rebuilding of shattered lives and communities. Pray that God’s purposes for Bible translation work in CAR will be fulfilled, for his glory.
30/3/19 Scripture Nearing Completion: Puguli – 22,000 speakers (Burkina Faso)
The Puguli live in southern Burkina Faso, where their economy is based on farming. Most still follow their traditional ethnic religions.
- Rejoice, the Puguli will receive the New Testament in their heart language this year! It was typeset late last year and sent for printing. Ask God to watch over and protect the printing presses, the binding machines and the finished New Testaments as they are transported back to Burkina Faso.
- Lift up the committee planning the dedication, that God will lead them to the right venue and a time when many can attend.
- Ask God to anoint literacy and Scripture engagement activities so that many Puguli will be ready and eager to use the New Testament.
- Pray that pastors will joyfully embrace and use the Scriptures in their language.
(ANTBA-National Association for Bible Translation and Literacy, Burkina Faso; ONEBOOK.)
29/3/19 Studying Scripture Leads to Literacy (Philippines)
Praise God for testimonies of some people from one language community gathering in communities to learn to read by studying Scripture. In addition, there are some first generation students almost ready to graduate from college. Ask God for wisdom for the literacy specialist as she considers how to help by developing additional literacy materials and by encouraging them to train others who could replicate what they are doing. Pray also that some completed Grade 1 literacy materials in the language will be published soon and teachers trained in how to use them well for the benefit of the students.
28/3/19 Mobilising Missional Prayer (Bangladesh)
What a joy when God’s people work together! Praise God for the partnership of Connections with Bangladesh Prayer Movement (BPM). Pray for the prayer conference being planned for this year. They continue to trust God to provide for what is needed like finances, people and programme. Pray that BPM and Connections would continue to exemplify unity in prayer in Bangladesh as they encourage churches to embrace missional prayer.
27/3/19 More People to Serve (Worldwide)
Pray for more people to follow the Lord’s leading to become involved in language and development ministries so that all peoples can access Scripture in the language that speaks to them best.
26/3/19 People and Places (Singapore)
Wycliffe Singapore has planned several programmes and events for the year. Pray that churches and individuals in Singapore will participate in these activities. Pray that Wycliffe Singapore will communicate effectively the ministries and needs of Wycliffe. Thank God for Wycliffe Singapore’s move to a new but temporary office. Pray for a suitable and permanent office within this year.
25/3/19 New Board: Singapore
Continue to pray for Wycliffe Singapore in their search for new members to join its Board. This is part of the ongoing Board renewal process. Pray for guidance and wisdom to know the Lord’s handpicked candidates from Singapore in the upcoming months.
24/3/19 Preparations for Inspired Bible Exhibit (Papua New Guinea)
Pray for the preparations to stage the Inspired Bible Exhibit in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The exhibit will be displayed in five main towns of PNG between August and November. Pray for the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association personnel and other volunteers helping out with the logistics. Ask the Lord for goodwill from corporations to help with the transportation and shipping of exhibit artifacts and equipment. The next Pacific Wa’a Partnership* meetings will be held in PNG to coincide with the Inspired Bible Exhibit. Pray that church leaders and members in PNG will understand the importance of this exhibit and the need to promote Scripture translation and use.
*Pacific Wa’a is a collaboration of partner organizations involved in seeing Bible poverty reduced in the Pacific Islands. The word Wa’a means ‘canoe’ in Hawaiian. It is a symbol of journeying together.
23/3/19 Preparing for New Testament Celebration (Papua New Guinea)
The Kandas New Testaments have arrived in Rabaul, East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea. Pray that they arrive safely in New Ireland before the celebration ceremonies. The celebration is set for 28 April 2019. Pray for all the details of the ceremonies to go well. Ask God for many to purchase copies of the New Testament and read it. Pray that hearts are ready to receive this precious gift.
22/3/19 Faithfulness in Difficult Circumstances (Asia)
Pray for the small team of translators and linguists who work daily in a translation project in the language of an oppressed people group in Asia. Pray for the consultant checking of Luke and comprehension checking of Genesis to go smoothly. Ask God for the final elements of the writing system to come together.
21/3/19 Successful Bible Storytelling Workshop (Southeast Asia)
Thank God for the success of the recent Oral Bible Storytelling workshop. Fifteen people attended to learn Bible stories and then translate them into their own languages. Praise God that the story crafters were able to learn the stories well. Ask God to use these stories to touch many lives in these language communities. Pray for the three pastors who attended, and are adapting the Bible storytelling techniques to their preaching.
20/3/19 International Year of Indigenous Languages
The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Please pray for translation workers around the world who are helping to bring God’s Word to people in the language that speaks to their hearts. Please pray for those working in Literacy programmes encouraging indigenous peoples to become literate in their languages and for the production of more reading materials.
19/3/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross and Jo had a good couple of days with a Wycliffe couple at Kangaroo Ground in Australia, last month. They are working on using artificial intelligence to “train” computers to convert plain video of a signer into an animated figure. (Think of Gollum from Lord of the Rings movies without using the blue balls!) It was an inspiring time. Please pray for Ross as he’s working on writing a proposal on his graphical notation system for signed languages, so that others can see if it is worth pursuing.
18/3/19 Ira & Katy (SE Asia)
Praise God for help with Silvia’s breathing difficulty when running. She took ventolin before her last race and did better. Thanks for praying for Ira as he was away at a conference in the US. He transitioned back to Asia very well and got a lot out of the meetings he was at. Please pray for Silvia as she finishes school in May, then comes to NZ and looks for work and a place to live, preferably in North Auckland near family. The children have a long summer break from school, June-August. Katy would like to be with Silvia for three weeks in NZ but has not been able to work out how to juggle the younger children, their needs and being in NZ for Silvia. Jonathan will turn 17 in June and another question is how to help him find summer work in a country where he does not have permission to work. Big questions. God has answers!
17/3/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God for His provision of hardware and software for my role as Software support/IT Scripture engagement. Praise God for the privilege of still serving Him on my 60th birth anniversary last month.
16/3/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
God seems to be winnowing the leaders of local congregations in the area. Please pray for God to grow godly leaders in the Bamu churches.
15/3/19 Brian & Joan Finlay (Australia)
Pray for Joan’s mum having treatment for breast cancer. Praise that Joan was able to be with her for a few weeks around the time of her surgery last month. Joan’s sister, Diane, will continue to support their mum in the months ahead. Pray that Jolene will find suitable work, and that Centrelink (the Aussie equivalent of WINZ) will be more helpful. Pray for SIL Australia administration investigating accreditation options for the linguistic courses.
14/3/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
For the first time since we left New Zealand, we will be apart for a couple of days when Jillian attends a Retreat, 15–17 March, with eight other women. Please pray for safety as we travel, and for God’s protection on the health and wellbeing of our families staying behind in Musoma.
13/3/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
Praise the Lord for the gift of another son in our family. Bjorn Jutson Flores Leander was born on 28 January. Both baby and Anita are doing well and recovering. We are grateful for Anita’s aunt Kathy who is taking care of William and Kylie (Maggie) while they go to school in the village. We are starting to get the paper work for the baby here in Oaxaca City. We need to get Mexican passport, US certificate of birth abroad and passport too. Please pray for these applications to go through smoothly.
12/3/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good start to Deeper Bible 401 class at Manukau City Baptist. Please pray for them as they continue through this month. Pray for Ian to finish DB book 7 so it can be proofread, formatted and printed. Ian continues mentoring folk in Partnership Development. Please pray that they would connect well with partners in preparation for future ministry. Pray for Tania as she adjusts to a new format for these Prayer Matters in coming months.
11/3/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Is.)
Praise God, John’s arrival in Honiara coincided with Luke’s two-week break from IBM studies, so Luke was able to work with John and Edmund on Matthew’s gospel. Then Father David flew direct from Reefs and joined them. Wilfred, a recent graduate of theology school, also joined the work. Please pray for Luke and Father David as they began a 10 week intensive Biblical Exegesis course on 4 March. Pray for Edmund and John as they work together via email and Messenger. Pray for Wilfred as he encourages reviewers at Reefs and prepares for ordination. Praise God the Tauranga contractor visited us in February and plans to begin work on our retaining wall in March!
10/3/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that Ruth’s conferences (Germany, Spain) went well – and so did Murray’s three teaching workshops in three Asian locations. Please pray that God will use the booklets of Proverbs about the family to get His Word off the page and into the hearts and lifestyles of their communities. Pray for Murray’s online teaching on the Psalms, in March – from home – to translation consultants spread all over Eurasia.
9/3/19 Wycliffe New Zealand Board Meeting: Christchurch
Please pray for each of the Wycliffe Board members and Director as they prepare for the Board meeting on 9 March. Ask that they will be sensitive to what the Lord is saying and for clear guidance in decisions being made. A major component will be the presentation of a new Communications plan for consideration by the Board.
8/3/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Pray for Stephen as he prepares this month for the financial audit in April. He has lots of document scanning and filing to catch up on – pray he will find time to add this to an already busy schedule. Continue to pray for part-time help to take on some of the Finance Manager’s responsibilities Stephen would like to relinquish.
7/3/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God that Reading the Bible in Historical Sequence Parts 6 and 7 have been checked and submitted to YouVersion. Please pray for good progress on the March issue of the Living Words magazine. Pray for Tim and Fiona as we prepare for a visit to members in Asia in April. Praise God that Caleb has managed to replace his work van after months of engine trouble. Please pray for Hannah, Abi and Nathan who have just started studying for the year.
6/3/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please pray for Tammy’s visa processing for her New Zealand permanent residence visa (needing police clearances from countries lived in over the last 10 years, before she can send in her application). And then it could be nine months before she can go to NZ. Pray for safe travels 7 March to another Kuri Pasai workshop training the next two language teams to translate the Jesus Film. David is also going, working on the Ambai Dictionary and plans to finish it! Praise God and pray – due to some generous Christmas gifts they can visit Kyle and family in Mainland Asia at the end of March, on the way home from the workshop.
5/3/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Please pray that we will be able to do good checks of Psalms, Proverbs and 2 Samuel over the next month. Pray that I will be able to minister to the teams who may still be a bit traumatised by recent natural disasters.
4/3/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for Martin’s trip to visit projects in Guinea Bissau from 4-14 March. He will also be in the US from 24-28 March as the ‘Faith Comes By Hearing’ folk have asked him to give them training on Language Project Management. Please pray for God’s wisdom for all of these meetings.
3/3/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a wonderful weekend retreat with our Wycliffe NZ team. I’m so grateful for the deeply committed staff who serve in the NZ office. Please pray for significant staffing changes coming up in some key roles. Please pray with us for the right people to fill these positions and for smooth transitions of personnel. Please pray for Leanne and me as we travel to Malaysia for the Wycliffe Asia-Pacific directors and spouses meeting 4-8 March. Pray for good interaction and opportunities to encourage one another as directors and spouses. I arrive back, going straight to the Board meeting in Christchurch, 9 March.
2/3/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
We have been visiting new churches, linking with pastors of churches and home churches. Kevin is sharing about the available resources in the first weekend of March. Please pray for wisdom on what specifically to share with subsequent groups. We went to P.P. village to give out audio players containing a full audio bible, sermons, and Christian songs donated by a Khmer/NZ family. Pray that more funds for these at USD11.50/NZD18 per unit can be sourced. The hot season has started a month early — lows of 36C and highs of 41+C during March – May. Please pray for energy and the mental strength to cope with this.
1/3/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Praise for a good visit from Caryl’s brother and sister-in-law to NZ where we were able to pay our last respects in Taranaki to Caryl’s father and also advance positively the settlement of his estate. Pray for Wayne and his co-facilitators as they lead a Kairos course at Valley Road International Church which continues over each Friday evening and Saturday for three weeks, finishing on 9 March.