Seven days of prayer: Specific members and happenings in East Africa and PNG

December 31st, 2016 by Camilla

Prayers for 1 – 7 January

  • Pray for new members Nathan* and Becky*, that God will guide, strengthen and protect each of them as they prepare to go and serve in sensitive countries. Pray that their work in those countries will bring many people to faith.
  • Pray for the Digo and Duruma teams in Kenya as they begin consultant checking** Habakkuk and Joel today. Ask God to watch over them as they work.
  • David and Evelyn Baines, Scotland – David is a member of the language software development team and a teacher at Redcliffe College. Evelyn has a new role as member care assistant for Wycliffe members in Scotland. At this time they are both focusing on raising their support back up to 100%. Please pray for opportunities for us to share about our work and for new partners to join our support team.
  • The Linguistics for Literacy and Meaning and Communication courses start at CLTL (Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy) in Gloucester today. Please pray for the students as they return from the field to continue their studies for the next five months.
  • margaret-beckett-dsc_0025-2Margaret Beckett, Dodoma, Tanzania, literacy coordinator – Pray for the Alagwa, Burunge, Rangi and Mbugwe communities where Margaret works, that literacy work will equip them to receive and understand translated Scripture, in audio, visual and written forms.
  • Chris and Marina Darby’s assignment as literacy specialists in the SIL Senegal Branch came to an end in July 2016, and they have returned to live in their house in Berkshire. Praise God for the hugely enriching opportunity to serve in Senegal for 11 years and pray for ongoing work, especially among the Manjak people and through the multilingual primary school project in the Seereer language, bringing hope to hundreds of learners and the wider community. This year, Chris is doing a full-time MA in education at Reading University, with plans for ongoing consultancy work in francophone West Africa. Please pray for this time of transition and readaptation for them both.
  • Joe & Heather Patrick, Alotau Regional Centre managers, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea – Over the last 10 years, this regional centre has been used to train Papua New Guineans to translate into their own languages, in literacy and Scripture use. Mini-Bibles have now been launched in 11 Milne Bay languages. Pray that these Scriptures will be well used and bear much spiritual fruit.

*names changed for security purposes

** A translation consultant thoroughly goes over the translation with the team, checking for accuracy, clarity and naturalness, looking for omissions, extraneous thoughts or possible misconceptions.

These prayer items come from Wycliffe’s prayer magazine, Words for Life. They are also available daily as Daily Prayer. Download Words for Life. If you don’t already subscribe to our Standing in the Gap blog posts, take a look for even more prayer requests and resources! Manage your subscription preferences.

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