23/10/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Thanks for our two growing boys, lovely farm-life, all our supportive family and friends, and God’s guidance and provision so far regarding our future. Please pray that God will help us to juggle work, family, friends and preparations for moving overseas in January. Pray that God will provide financial supporters for next year’s training and beyond as we share our vision.
22/10/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Ross is lecturing on the Lord’s Prayer at Laidlaw College’s Christchurch campus on 31 October. He will be staying to help take a workshop for Deaf on Signing Psalms on 2 November. Please pray for preparation and good presentations that enthuse people about signed languages.
21/10/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Jenny gives praise for the opportunities of teaching choirs. Our plans to return to New Zealand permanently are coming together. Please pray for God’s provision of the many items we need on returning to New Zealand and for continued and increased support for the next stage of our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Please pray for wisdom as we navigate ourselves and our children through these complex and rough waters of transition.
20/10/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
Praise God that I was able to attend a “Culture meets Scripture” workshop. Please pray that I will be able to help the Be and Na people think through some issues in their culture. Pray that someone, sometime will put on a seminar for them. The workshop was a nice break from the usual plod of dictionary, exegesis and checking back translations.
19/10/19 Kevin & Mary Salisbury and Mailalo Melota (New Zealand, Cook Islands)
Mary has just returned from Chiang Mai, Thailand, having attended SIL Linguistics Area Coordinators’ meeting and training for linguistic consultants, followed by a workshop on Orthography. Mailalo is still on Pukapuka, and rejoices for a successful series of workshops covering several aspects of the NT translation. He asks us to join in prayer for “cooperation among the people of Wale (the ‘Home’ atoll) to flourish in relation to the Puka Yā (‘Holy Book’); for God’s peace to prevail among all Wale people everywhere in regards to Puka Yā; and for transport arrangements to work out for his return to NZ soon to attend his niece’s wedding next month. Please pray for the final editing of the Pukapuka NT, as we check for consistency and write book introductions.
18/10/19 Building Cultural Awareness – Workshops
Invercargill Central Baptist 19 October | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Opawa Baptist 22 & 23 October | 7 – 9 pm
Building Multicultural Teams
South West Baptist 24 October | 7 – 9pm (RSVP to Clair Russell firstname.lastname@example.org for this event)
Please continue to pray for Leslie, Sheryl and Pete to make good connections during their time in the South Island. Pray for participants to really connect with the material and with one another and to be challenged to interact more with those from other cultural backgrounds.
17/10/19 Kevin & Jillian Connole (Tanzania)
Praise God that three of the New Testaments from the Mara Cluster will be completed by the end of next month. Please pray God’s protection on the health and wellbeing of all of our staff (and equipment!) at this critical time in the process. Also pray for the production and distribution planning that is beginning, and that the hearts of the people in the language areas will be well-prepared to receive and understand the Good News.
16/10/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Pray for quick recovery from cough and colds – just when I thought I‘d escaped winter unscathed.
15/10/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Praise God for the almost 1900 GAB Books arriving safely in Auckland with most fees reduced hugely. Please continue to pray for the Deeper Bible 701 series at Manukau, especially for a highly significant night on 16 October when we have a special guest as we talk about something exceptionally deep. Pray for the participants to realise just how deep and significant it is. Pray for website development to gain momentum. Pray for plans to be put in place for teaching DB 401 and 501 in South Brazil in January. Pray too for time and efficiency for Ian to complete many tasks that cry out for completion. Please pray for someone to replace Tania as Prayer Coordinator before the end of the year.
14/10/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
The months tick by and the Matigsalug Bible is not ready for typesetting yet. Please pray that busy people will find time to finish off jobs and reports and keep things rolling.
13/10/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Praise God for the opportunity of a few days away 29/9–5/10. Praise also for amazing provision of cash and a washing machine! Please pray that Fiona makes good connections at the South Pacific Member Care Conference in Dunedin, 14-18 October. All twelve YouVersion Bible reading plans are live! Praise God for the impact this is having with thousands of people. Please pray that decisions and development of the 2020 Calendar go well. Pray that we are a blessing to our students as we help them prepare for exams. Please pray for full healing for Tim’s tooth (recent filling) – a root canal may be required.
12/10/19 Kemp & Anne Pallesen (New Zealand)
Please pray for our co-workers Jeremiah and Lydia James (plus their daughter) who are coming to New Zealand from overseas to work with us for three weeks. They arrive on 15 October. Please pray that we will make good decisions regarding these three aspects of the project: a) completing the translation of the Old Testament; b) preparing a dictionary of the S language for publication; c) completing the historic dictionary of all the S languages for publishing online; d) and working online (via Zoom) with our co-worker, Kate on the literacy materials for the S people.
11/10/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Stephen is giving thanks for progress in catching up on his work, in spite of extra tasks he is now carrying out. Join him too in giving thanks for the availability of volunteer Vince Wong, following Phoebe Wang’s departure for secular employment. Vince will work with Stephen to continue Phoebe’s work in implementing the new accounting software. Please pray that Stephen and Vince will come up with a workable plan for the path forward when they meet in the middle of this month.
10/10/19 Bible Story Telling (New Zealand)
Praise God, we were able to shoot a video for the website. Praise God for a good meeting with a local church and they are considering hosting a Bible Story Telling workshop in November/December. Please pray for this to go ahead, with at least 15 participants, enough facilitators and for the planning to go smoothly. This month we are hoping to organise a meeting with Motivate (Missions organisation) to discuss using Bible Story Telling for the School Missions trips they organise and how BST can be used to minister to the school children they are involved with here in New Zealand. Please pray for God’s timing and for clear direction moving forward. Continued prayer covering for all families involved with BST would be greatly appreciated.
9/10/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good AGM (Sept 13) at Gordonton with approximately 30 in attendance. The Board meeting followed the next day and it too was an excellent meeting. So thankful for the caliber and diversity, (in age, ethnicity, gender, and vocation) that we have on the Board. We continue to be very thankful for good health in the midst of busy schedules. Please pray with us for several critical staffing administrative needs that we need to fill in the coming months. With Helen Sadler’s move to Tauranga this has left a big hole, and we have a couple of senior staff who are looking to retire, or at least reduce their heavy workloads. Pray too for the impact that these changes have on the people concerned and the team dynamics. Change is never easy, but necessary.
8/10/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Praise God that the retreat we led overseas went very well. Murray participates in three Bible Translation conferences in Dallas, USA 9-16 October. From 21-31 October he checks Psalms 76-100 for refugees in Europe. Please pray for God’s help to find all the bits that need to be corrected or improved.
7/10/19 David & Wendy Nicholls (Australia)
Pray for David travelling to the US for the Bible Translation conference and other meetings 9-19 October. Pray for Wendy and the SILA team as they prepare documentation required to deliver our units through a new accreditation partner, Eastern College.
6/10/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for Caryl & Wayne as they visit their son in Seattle from 8–14 October about being wise and discerning re. their son’s future marriage and country of residence matters. May we all know God’s leading!
5/10/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Praise God for healing John and Rosalie from their colds! Keep praying for John’s Solomon Islands residency visa application. Pray also for healing for Luke; gastroscopy results show no sign of ulcer; biopsy results due in early October. Please pray for Luke and Father David who began a 10-week intensive Biblical exegesis course on 23 September.
4/10/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for an excellent day in collaboration with the Embassy Band at Kingsway Christian School, just north of Auckland, at the end of August. It was a wonderful day with multiple events including leading staff devotions, worship classes for the music classes, video interview with the Principal and then an hour long concert for all the senior students (600+) to conclude the day. It was a very special opportunity to present the mission and Bible translation challenge to both students and staff.
3/10/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for Sheryl and Peter Silzers’ safe arrival in Auckland. Praise God for excellent opportunities to build relationships with the participants in Auckland meetings during the Cultural Diversity tour. Please continue to pray for the meetings in October as we work with people in the North and South Islands. Pray too for all the driving and flying the three of us will do and for continued health and strength.
Building Cultural Awareness – Workshops
Waimarino Baptist 3 & 4 October | 7 – 9 pm
Hokowhitu Baptist 9 & 10 October | 7 – 9 pm
2/10/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please pray for David to communicate well and be encouraging as he presents on Creation Care and Vetiver Grass in workshops 1-5 Oct. Pray for Tammy as she helps out in a new cluster group with training of translators and checking their work 7-25 Oct. Praise God the books of Luke in four languages is out of the printshop and ready for dedication and distribution on 26th Oct! Please continue to pray that the JESUS Film dubbed in six languages of Kuri Pasai will also be ready on that date.
1/10/19 Luke (SE Asia)
All non-study activities are pared back to a minimum in this final stage of the semester (ending 4 October). Various classmates are unwell, have sick family at home, a baby coming soon, and we are all generally stressed. Difficulty is bonding us! Please pray for us. I am attached to SIL too now, which adds urgency to my need for funds to keep studying in June 2020. Please pray for God’s provision.
30/9/19 Lenakel People Group (Vanuatu)
The entire New Testament has been drafted! Tim, a translator who lived among the Lenakel but now pastors a church in Australia, makes occasional visits back to Vanuatu to conduct intensive checking sessions of the drafts. Due to delays, an intermediary second-draft version is being printed for people to use while final checks are completed. Pray for a smooth printing process. Give thanks that it is the same text that was recorded two years ago and is available on MegaVoice players (handheld, solar-powered digital audio players). These allow people to listen to the Scriptures wherever they are. Thank the Lord that these Scriptures are getting into Lenakel hands. Pray for wide distribution of the print and audio editions and that God will draw many people to Jesus through them. Ask God to open up periods of time in Tim’s schedule so he can complete final checks. Checking the Lenakel Scriptures while also serving as a pastor is a challenge.
29/9/19 Gumawana People Group (Papua New Guinea)
After many years of persistence and hard work, the Gumawana people are preparing to dedicate their New Testament and four Old Testament books on November 6! The manuscript was typeset last year and sent for printing. The New Testament is not only being printed but also recorded. Ask God to provide strong readers that can communicate the Word clearly. Pray for the printing process to move forward seamlessly and for the books to return safely to the village area. Praise the Lord for the New Testament dedication scheduled for November 6. Pray for unity as the villagers plan this momentous occasion and for the books to arrive on time.
28/9/19 Story-crafters Needed (West Asia)
Pray that God would open hearts of people in several language groups in West Asia to be willing to be Oral Bible Story-crafters. Ask God that as they hear and learn the stories from the Word, their lives will be transformed. Some individuals hunger for truth and want to learn more but are hindered from doing so by pressure from their families and community. Pray they have wisdom on how to proceed.
27/9/19 Baki New Testament Celebration (Vanuatu)
Praise God that the Baki New Testament is ready to be launched in Vanuatu. The books were delivered to the site and a small celebration was held. The main celebration service will be held October 1. The project has taken 37 years, and the people are looking forward to receiving their New Testaments. The New Testament will be available as books, on MegaVoice audio players and for cell phones. Please pray for the Word to have a great effect in changing lives in this small community.
26/9/19 Mother-tongue Speakers Needed to Test Scripture (Global)
When Bible translation drafts are completed the material needs to be tested in the community before being checked and approved by a translation consultant. At times it is quite difficult to find local people willing and motivated to test the materials. The tester has no previous exposure to the translated portion. Questions are asked about naturalness of wording, understanding of basic facts and the meaning of the passage. The answers reveal places where the text needs further adjustment. Please pray that God would send the right people at the right time to test materials so the teams can move forward in their translation work.
25/9/19 Mara Cluster Project — Zanaki language; (Tanzania)
The eight languages in the Mara Cluster lie in the northwest of Tanzania, bordering Lake Victoria and Kenya. It is a densely populated area with few churches. Thank the Lord that the Zanaki translation team drafted the book of Romans last year and also finished the consultant check on the Gospel of Matthew. Praise God for the creativity of the team in engaging children with Scripture. They produced a comic book in Zanaki called “Jesus Messiah” which is very popular with children. Pray for the children to come into God’s kingdom as a result and grow up loving Jesus as Messiah and Lord. Ask the Lord to empower and give health and strength to the team as they work this year on finishing consultant checks on the books of Mark, Romans and 1 Corinthians and drafting the book of Hebrews. Pray for spiritual encouragement as they work on these rich books.
24/9/19 Preparing for Printing (Southeast Asia)
Two New Testaments have been fully translated and checked for one region of Asia. Pray for the typesetters who will be preparing the texts for printing. Ask for keen eyes for the translation team members as they review the page proofs and check for errors. Pray that the pictures and front matter are inserted in the proper places. Ask God for good print runs and safe delivery of the books back to the language areas.
23/9/19 Old Testament Progress (South Asia)
A language community in Asia has the New Testament published and is working on the Old Testament. Praise God that translation of the Pentateuch is almost finished. In addition, the New Testament is being prepared for publication in an alternate script. Pray that this can be completed so a new church can start using it in September. Pray that the Gospel of John video can be checked and launched soon. An event will be held in October to train workers to use social media effectively. Pray that a diaspora team will be set up to mobilize and resource discipleship ministries.
22/9/19 Ross & Jo Millar (New Zealand)
Please pray for guidance as Ross helps organise a Deaf workshop on Signing Psalms in Christchurch in November. Pray that the right people will get involved.
21/9/19 Daniel & Laurel Harris (New Zealand)
Praise God for our two growing boys and for precious time with family. Please pray that we will be able to prepare for overseas in January without too much stress. Pray that as we share with family, friends and churches that God will lay it on people’s hearts to support us through prayer and finances.
20/9/19 Kevin & Gillian Bird (SE Asia)
Praise God that our language keeps developing, making communication ever-easier. Praise God, the weather is cooling down! Please pray for wisdom and care in physical well-being. There is a LOT of Dengue Fever going around at present, amongst both local and foreigners. Ask for perseverance and joy through the “boring” work. Pray that we can educate people on the value and power of doing their own research to find Christian materials, and better ways of doing things. Praise God that many people are using the Facebook group for resources and their own development. Please pray that God blesses those who support us financially, and that they feel intimately involved, and partners in God’s ministry here.
19/9/19 Tim & Fiona Taylor (New Zealand)
Please pray that the kids will know God’s hand in their studies/work and grow in their faith. Please pray that photos for the Wycliffe calendar will be collated easily with necessary information. Praise God that the YouVersion Bible reading plan is helping thousands of people to engage with God’s Word. Pray for the final two plans to be completed. Praise God for the insights gained from the Alpha Marriage Course this month. Please pray for wisdom as we balance work and family time.
18/9/19 John & Rosalie Rentz (New Zealand, Solomon Islands)
Pray for healing for John who came down with cold/flu end of July, forcing him to cancel the Kairos Courses in Tonga. Ask God to guide Wycliffe Tonga Mission in preparing for Kairos at a later date. Also please pray for a favourable response from Solomon Islands Immigration re John’s residency application, which would allow him unlimited time in the Solomons. Please keep praying for healing for Luke’s stomach ulcer.
17/9/19 Ian & Tania Vail (New Zealand)
Deeper Bible 601 comes to an end on 4 September and DB 701 begins on 18 September for MCBC. Please pray for the participants to have enough oomph to finish the course. One group have been going through the year to cover 401 to 701 while the other group did 601 last year and will join the class on the 18th. Pray for these two groups to merge well in order to complete DB 701. Please pray too for Mark Spencer to be able to get Deeper Bible started in the US. Pray that the shipment of books coming from Jakarta to Auckland will arrive safely. Tania is hoping to retire by the end of this year. Please pray for someone to take on the Prayer Coordinators role.
16/9/19 Ester Perez (New Zealand)
Praise God, it’s good to be back home in Auckland and slowly acclimatising to the tail-end of winter. Please pray for wisdom in sharing lessons and business processes I’m learning about our newly adopted HR software with my colleagues.
15/9/19 Anthony & Nicole van den Engel (Philippines)
Praise God for a ‘permanent’ home and adjustment into our new life. Please pray for Ezra (3 yrs) as he is finding the adjustment difficult. Please pray for us to be open to how God would use us for His Glory. Please pray for all the ministries we partner alongside, that the Gospel would go forth in the Philippines.
14/9/19 Stephen Gwyn (New Zealand)
Late last year Stephen bought a new computer, which then sat idle for months while he tried to find time to complete its setup. In July he finally made the transition, and is enjoying the extra processing power now the initial teething problems are behind him. Only one small program is still giving trouble. Pray that IT support person Brian Fong will discern how to correct the malfunction.
13/9/19 Robert & Margaret Hunt (New Zealand)
Praise for consultant approval of Matigsalug Psalms plus ongoing audio recording of other Old Testament books. Please pray for checking on Proverbs plus completion of other consultant reports and then other miscellaneous work like the Bible introduction and pictures.
12/9/19 Robert & Leanne Lovatt (New Zealand)
Praise God for very good responses from our Missions month at our supporting church in Auckland and the Mahurangi Presbyterian Missions weekend. Also give praise for the opportunity to minister at Kingsway Christian School in collaboration with Embassy Band from Nashville, USA on 29 August covering a full day of input. We are thankful that our son Simon, is enjoying serving as a short-term volunteer teacher at Faith Academy. Please pray as we prepare for the Wycliffe NZ AGM (Friday evening 13 September), and the Board meeting Saturday 14 September. These are being held at Eastwest College (WEC) and we will be having them join us for some of our Friday evening program. Please pray for our son Mark and Bette, as they prepare to serve with KIDS International Ministries in the Philippines. They are currently seeking to build a team of financial and prayer partners to enable them to go early next year.
11/9/19 Bruce & Jenny Eirena (Papua New Guinea)
Praise God that Indy received medical help while in Australia. Please pray as she starts a short internship learning about digital media and its use in literacy and Bible translation. Bruce is working in our Staff Care dept. as well as moving the Madang Progressive Engagement Project forward. Tynan and Arlen are completing their final semester of school here in PNG. Jenny is in her final weeks of teaching. Bruce and the girls leave at the end of November (as Indy and Arlen’s visa’s expire early Dec). Please pray that we will finish our work and relationships well. Nilah is in a 6-week intensive Hebrew course. She is hoping to study at CLTC. Please pray for her to gain entry to that course. Please pray that God will provide one key family to care for her as we leave PNG.
10/9/19 Liz Blaine (New Zealand)
We’re tentatively pencilling in Labour weekend (end of October) for a Bible Story Telling workshop in the Auckland Area. Please pray for a local church to desire to host it, and at least 15 participants and course facilitators, and for everything to go smoothly. Pray too that we can get an up-dated video on Wycliffe’s website before ‘Living Words’ is distributed. Please continue to pray for covering for all families involved with Bible Story Telling.
9/9/19 Leslie Foster (New Zealand)
Praise God for a good time at the Bangkok conference I attended last month. It was great networking with Asian leaders. My presentation on Building Cultural Awareness For Better Communication With People From Other Cultures was well received. Pray for the ‘Cultural Diversity’ tour that starts in Auckland on 10 September. There are 10 public events scheduled on both the North and South Islands over September and October. Please pray that God would be glorified and people challenged to interact more with those from other cultural backgrounds. Pray that all the logistics for holding these events would be smooth. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Sheryl and Pete Silzer as well as me as we interact with the participants.
8/9/19 David & Tammy Price (US, Asia)
Please continue to pray for God’s timing in Tammy’s New Zealand resident visa. No news yet. We really wanted to be there before December this year. Pray for us as we travel back to California – to juggle work responsibilities and visiting ministry partners. Please pray too for the Kuri Pasai Cluster – Luke in four languages are in the printshop; the two Psalms teams are revising and formatting with the goal of getting their books to the printshop by the end of September.
7/9/19 Martin & Chrissy Engeler (Canada)
Please pray for wisdom for Martin in decisions regarding project funding requests for the new fiscal year which starts in October. Thank you for praying for Chrissy and the Wycliffe Canada budget process. It is finally complete and approved by the Board. Please pray for Chrissy as she now catches up with tasks that were put on the back burner while she was busy with budgets.
6/9/19 Susan Shore (Philippines)
I am mainly working on the dictionary this month. It is good to have concentrated time to process lots of data. Praise God that there is now a Bible app for the Be and Na scriptures, but we still need to sell more of the printed books! Please pray that the Be and Na people will develop a thirst for the Word.
5/9/19 Murray & Ruth (England)
Both of us lead a retreat overseas 6-17 September. Please pray for God to meet with each individual in a life-changing way. For the rest of the month we’ll be at home: please pray for Murray as he meets each day over the Internet with a team of refugees to check their translation of the Psalms. May God highlight all the bits that need to be improved or corrected.
4/9/19 Wilf & Anita Flores (Mexico)
We have finally decided to have the kids schooled at Oaxaca Christian School for missionary kids. Please pray for the Lord to give us peace with this decision and for the kids to meet new friends and do well. Anita is heading to Minnesota early September for medical tests at a specialised clinic. Pray they will find what is causing her digestive issues. Pray for Wilf as he continues to serve in the leadership of SIL in Mexico as well as the Mexican organisation that sponsors visas for all SIL members in Mexico. Pray for Victor, one of our co-translators, who we would like to come and work with Wilf in the city. Pray for God to bring another person who will take Victor’s leadership position in the local church so he can have more time for translation.
3/9/19 Phil & Chris Carr (Papua New Guinea)
For most of September, Phil will be consultant checking a number of NT books for the Koluwawa translation team at the east end of the country. Ask God to give Phil wisdom, so he will be able to help them make the translation even better, and to encourage them.
2/9/19 Wycliffe New Zealand AGM and Board Meeting
Please pray for all the preparation towards the AGM 13 September and Board meeting 14 September. We are having an evening dinner and sharing in prayer with the WEC folk based in Gordonton, as well as Wycliffe’s AGM. Please pray that the evening will be fruitful and a celebration of progress in the Bible translation movement. Please pray for wisdom and effectiveness in the planning of our Board meeting, that it will be a fruitful one.
1/9/19 Wayne & Caryl Freeman (New Zealand)
Please pray for my time away from NZ from 27 August–6 September, firstly in Singapore at World Outreach International Board meetings, then at Wycliffe Asia-Pacific Area meetings as we review together the various working environments we face and consider the best approaches moving forward.