Have you tried turning it off and on again?

August 18th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

Our IT guys don’t get a lot of attention, but they are in fact fundamental to the running of our office, and Bible translation efforts around the world. Right now, they need prayer as they are about to take our whole office through an all-encompassing systems upgrade.

AK0H0303In our post Stewarding our resources we asked you to pray for our strategic goal of being excellent stewards of the additional resources that we are asking God to provide this year. One way we are hoping to do this is through a significant systems upgrade which will go live in a few weeks’ time.

Paul, our head of IT, says:

‘What we’re aiming to do by go-live date is do the things we currently do, on a new system. However if that’s all we do then we’ve wasted time and money, so it’s important that we are able to do more, which is why we’re switching. This needs imagination from directors, as to what we might do, and for me to work out how to do it.’

A systems upgrade may not at first glance seem very important or relevant to Bible translation, but in order to support staff and projects overseas and relate well to the church in the UK, it’s crucial. Will you join us in praying for a smooth transition?

  • Please pray for wisdom and creativity to know how best to use the new systems and for Paul and the team to find good ways of doing those things.
  • We are only the second UK organisation to use these new systems. Please pray that we find any problems with the UK-specific features before we go live and that those problems are easily solved.
  • Paul is doing a lot of the setup work over the next two months. On top of this, he will spearhead a team rewriting procedures and train the whole office in using the new systems. Ask God to protect him and his family, give him strength and good health.

Remind yourself of our strategic prayer goals.

You can pray daily using the prayer diary in our magazine, Words for Life, which you can receive free by post, by email or online.

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