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Seven days of prayer: Loose ends in Africa

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 by Camilla

Prayers for 29 – 31 January

  • The Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshop in Jos, Nigeria this week is an opportunity to grow in interpersonal skills and covers topics such as loving listening, confronting well and receiving confrontation well, building trust, helping others solve problems, managing stress and managing conflicts well. It is anticipated that there will be representatives from various mission agencies. Pray for participants’ minds and hearts to be open and receptive and pray for wisdom for the facilitators. Ask God for a joyful, light-hearted and loving atmosphere.
  • Work goes on worldwide - Here a group from Ethiopia discuss Scripture literature Kande's storyPray for the three-week Discover your language workshop that begins in Chad today for teams to learn about the phonology of their language. Learning about language phonology is a necessary step in creating a writing system for any given language.
  • The Pokomo team in Kenya are consultant checking* Ezra today. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they work.

* 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.

Seven days of prayer: Cameroon, Tanzania, Senegal

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Camilla

Prayers for 22-28 January

  • Pray for insight and wisdom for the Allgo* translation team in Kenya as they consultant check** Romans.
  • A week-long Participatory Approaches workshop begins in Tanzania today. This will equip members in Tanzania to better engage the community in planning and decision-making in every aspect of a Bible translation project. Pray for safety as people travel from around the country. For all those involved in teaching to teach effectively. And for Wycliffe members to be able to use these participatory approaches as we continue to make plans for work across Tanzania – in Bible translation, literacy and Scripture engagement.
  • tony-smith-landscapePlease pray for the consultant checking of Luke in the Pimbwe and Bende languages of Tanzania this week and next week. It will be the team’s first check** with the consultant, who will be at a distance and using Skype to carry out the check with the team in Mpanda. Pray for good internet, good communication and a clear and accurate translation.
  • Tony Smith, Cameroon, translation consultant, Carol Smith, Cameroon, mission school teacher – Pray for Tony, that consulting translated Scripture will be effective under circumstances where we are no longer able, for security reasons, to travel in the region where translators live. Pray that practical and organisational problems will not hinder this work with remote and disadvantaged communities. Pray that the communities themselves will be increasingly motivated to promote and sustain their own translation projects at a time when an external organisation can do much less for them. Pray for Carol, that she will continue to find the energy and creativity to teach young children, a work that she loves.
  • Pray for Josh of the church engagement team as he speaks from Jonah chapter 1 at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Christian Union this evening.
  • Mary Endersby, Cameroon, literacy consultant – Audio-visual is expanding in range as an effective tool for communicating the translated Scriptures in today’s world. Yet the printed page remains indispensable. The challenge is to show how literacy fits amid changing trends. Those of us in the literacy domain need to encourage communities to keep valuing literacy – in the local language as in more widely-spoken ones. We work alongside them to give the language in written form its due place in their society. Together we prepare books to teach reading, we train literacy teachers and we produce literature of different kinds. Pray for us as partners in this long-term task!
  • Praise God for the launch of the Oniyan New Testament and Genesis in Senegal today. We previously prayed for the Oniyan project – which is supported by Wycliffe projects – in November 2016. Pray for a spirit of thanksgiving at the launch for all God’s faithfulness to this community in the past. Ask God that many people will come, buy and make use of this New Testament and the audio resources. Pray also for wisdom for the churches in considering how best to ensure that this translation is well used in the years to come.

*name changed for security reasons

**Translation consultants thoroughly go 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.

Seven days of prayer: Mayogo and more

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 by Camilla

Prayers for 15 – 21 January

  • Pray for guidance for the Chonyi team in Kenya who are consultant checking* Ephesians at the moment.
  • Pray for the two-week workshop in Chad that begins today for translation teams who are working on translating 1 Corinthians.

You can read about the launch of the Mayogo New Testament on page 16 of Words for Life. This week we pray for the ongoing work of the Mayogo project:

  • Pray for an effective start for the translation of the Old Testament in Mayogo. The Mayogo people have a deep passion to have the entire Bible in their own language for their spiritual edification and development in their daily lives. They are hoping that this new stage will begin with the translation of the books of Genesis, Isaiah, and Psalms.
  • praying-over-the-mayogo-credit-john-vandermeer-dsc_0505Following the dedication of the New Testament in Isiro in March, those who participated developed a strong desire to hold dedication services in five other areas. They wanted all Mayogo-speaking people to be able to celebrate the arrival of the New Testament in their language. Pray that many hearts will be transformed by the reading and hearing of God’s word in Mayogo throughout the language community.
  • Pray for the choosing of one or two additional translators for the Old Testament translation in Mayogo. Pray for their training and preparation for the work. Pray that God would prepare their hearts as they handle his word. Pray that God would give the translators the ability to translate in a way that is clear and natural.
  • Pray for the security situation in the country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the upcoming presidential elections, including the period of time before and after the elections take place. Pray that God would give the Christian community wisdom during this process of electing the next president. Pray that Christians will choose to love and respect their neighbours and pursue unity.
  • Pray for the churches in the Mayogo-speaking area. The church ‘owns’ the process of Bible translation and sees translation as an effective tool for the holistic development of their members. The churches strongly believe that the Scriptures in the Mayogo language will bring about a much deeper understanding. Pray that hearts and lives will be transformed.

* 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.

The best ways to pray with us this year

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 by Jo Johnson

As we head into the New Year we’ve been reflecting on all the inspiring prayer content we produced last year and dreaming of how we can keep you inspired and praying through 2017 too. So it’s the season to revamp and renew, here are some changes coming round the corner that we’d like to let you know about…

From the beginning of February we will no longer be producing the Seven Days of Prayer blog. Sad to see it go? So are we but especially if you receive this weekly resource by email, we wanted to let you know that  there are many other ways that you can access material for prayer:

  • Top of the list, we recommend that you download the PrayerMate app from the app store on your smart phone or tablet; it’s available in both iOS and android. This app is a fantastic tool to help you pray for your own needs and concerns but can also allow you to access the prayer feeds of several Christian organisations, Wycliffe included.
  • The same material that was sent to you as the ‘Seven Days of Prayer’ weekly email is also available on a daily basis on the website or you can subscribe to receive these requests by daily email.
  • Subscribe to receive our free magazine Words for Life which contains our prayer diary as well as informative articles and news.
  • If you are more interested in receiving something weekly then subscribe to our prayer blog Standing in the gap which shares timely prayer needs and stories.
  • Alternatively our partner the Wycliffe Global Alliance prepares a weekly Prayer Focus Bulletin. You can subscribe by clicking on the envelope icon at the top of list of prayers.

We know that we see breakthrough and progress because you stand with us in prayer. Thank you for your faithfulness. Please take a moment now to choose another way to receiving our prayer news. Which way will you choose to pray?

Seven days of prayer: More Africa!

Saturday, January 7th, 2017 by Camilla

Prayers for 8 – 14 January

  • Pray for the Scripture songwriting workshop in the Saafi-Saafi language in Senegal that begins today. Pray that God will inspire the songwriters involved and the songs they write will draw many people to Christ.
  • Pray for the project management workshop beginning in Jos, Nigeria today. Ask God to guide the course teachers and participants.
  • Pray for the training sessions that are currently being held amongst the Oniyan speaking community in Senegal for potential facilitators of listening groups that will meet to listen to a portion of Genesis each week. Pray that they would be excited at the prospect of members of their communities meeting together to listen to God’s word, and for the provision of materials so these groups can get underway immediately. The hope is that once they have finished listening through Genesis, they will transition into listening to the New Testament.
  • tcnn-img_8252Pray for the linguistics and translation students of TCNN (Theological College of Northern Nigeria) as they begin their fieldwork this term. Ask God to guide each one on the field and give them wisdom and understanding. Pray also for spiritual and physical protection and good connections with people in the language communities. Ask God also for wisdom for those advising and teaching the students in this process.
  • Pray for safe travel for Sam, Carwyn and Stewart of the church engagement team as they leave today to spend two weeks visiting the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines.
  • Pray for those leading and for all those who come to find out more about Wycliffe at First Steps tonight at All Souls Clubhouse, London.
  • Pray for the launch of the Nyole New Testament in Uganda today. Pray that it will be a day of great joy and celebration and that the Nyole New Testament will impact many lives. Thank God for the UK churches that have supported this project through Wycliffe Projects.

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.

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

Saturday, 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.

Seven days of prayer: New and retiring members

Saturday, December 24th, 2016 by Camilla

Prayers for 25th – 31st December

  • Thank God for the birth of Jesus – also thank God that many more people can read about the birth of Jesus through the translated New Testaments that have been launched during the past year.

This week we pray for our new and retiring members:

  • Ask that God would be able to use the skills and experience that John and Ruth Hamilton have gained through their years with Wycliffe to continue to serve his church worldwide. Pray that during their retirement they will be able to enjoy the family God has given them and the world God has created for us to live in.
  • Pray for the adjustment that Liz Olsen needs to make now that her identity as a missionary with Wycliffe is coming to an end. Pray for a new field of service for the Lord through her home church.
  • MEDION DIGITAL CAMERAPray for Richard Lee, that having found a very suitable flat in north Norfolk to live in during his retirement, he now needs to put down roots. Please also pray for various health problems to ease. Pray also for Richard and his siblings as they keep an eye on their mother (aged 90) who is now happily living in a care home.
  • Pray for guidance for Rachel Robinson as to where she should go for her overseas assignment in 2017. Rachel is interested in francophone Africa but is open to other ideas. Ask God to make it clear where he is calling her to serve.
  • Pray that the Lord will help Sharon Dennis to raise the necessary prayer and financial support. Pray also that God will guide her to the location where she will be best able to serve.
  • New Year’s Eve is an all-night prayer meeting for many believers in Senegal. Pray for them as they meet together and seek God’s blessing over their lives and seek wisdom in how God can be glorified in Senegal over the year to come.

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.

Seven days of prayer: The Ro of Myanmar

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 by Camilla

Prayers for 18-24 December

Pray with us this week for the Ro people of Myanmar, who are one of the world’s most persecuted peoples. The most basic human rights are denied the Ro people and there are only a few followers of Jesus among them. Read more at pray4ro.org.

  • ro-girl-in-yellow-headscarfThe Muslim population of northern Arakan, in Myanmar, who call themselves Ro, number well over a million. In 1982, the Burmese (now Myanmar) Buddhist military government passed a law that stripped the Ro of their citizenship. Even today, the Ro are not recognised as citizens and are denied identity papers. They are not allowed to travel freely and are subject to daily discrimination, ill-treatment, forced labour and arbitrary extortions. Please pray that God will bring justice to this people group and that the few Ro believers will grow in faith and number.
  • Pray that God will open the hearts of Ro to bring light and hope into the seemingly hopeless situation they are in. Pray also for gospel materials to be produced and distributed in the Ro language, both in printed and audio-visual form.
  • The situation of the Ro has led to large numbers of people risking the dangerous journey in small boats across the sea to Thailand or Malaysia. Pray for the safety of the thousands Ro people fleeing persecution by boat. Pray that the Ro refugees would meet followers of Jesus who show them the way to love, forgiveness and salvation.
  • Pray for Ro families that have been separated through this migration, especially for children who are separated from their parents, or who have been orphaned. Pray that God would comfort and guide them.
  • Pray for the provision of Scriptures in the heart language of the Ro. There are many challenges involved – it is an oral culture, there is no agreed writing system, and migration has meant that the language is changing as the Ro integrate words into their language from the languages where they are now living.
  • Three Ro believers who are helping to translate the book of Acts were arrested for their faith and thrown into a crowded prison. Thank God that they were able to share their faith with some of the other prisoners. And praise God that they were released on bail after three months. Pray for protection from evil and continued growth in their faith for these believers.
  • Pray for a just solution for the situation of the Ro which enables them to live in peaceful coexistence with the different groups around them.

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.

Seven days of prayer: The Bunong group

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Camilla

Prayers for 11-17 December

  • Pray for the dramatised recording of Genesis that is being distributed in the Oniyan language in Senegal now. Thank God for the giving that enables Wycliffe projects to support this. Pray that many people will receive these and that, as they listen, their hearts would receive the truth of God’s glorious word.
  • The Tunia team in Chad begin consultant checking* Luke today. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as they work.

The Bunong New Testament dedication was featured in the latest Words for Life (page 14). This week we pray for the ongoing work of the Bunong project:

  • presenting-the-bunong-new-testamentPlease pray that Bunong Christians will truly learn to love to read and meditate upon the word of God, and, as they engage with the Bible, that the Holy Spirit would bring revelations for transformation.
  • Pray for a core group of young adult males who will be the next generation of leaders, that as they have seen the value of using Scriptures in their own language that they are truly transformed by the word of God.
  • Please pray for the expanding audio ministry, that many people will come to hear the Bible and know God through these audio Bible recordings.
  • Pray for Stewart Johnson and Josh Oldfield as they run a training day today for UCCF workers in the north-east of England about how they can engage with God’s global mission.
  • Praise God for calling Nod to work in Scripture engagement with the Bunong people. Pray for Nod in his work as he seeks to encourage the Bunong people to engage deeply with the New Testament.

* 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.

Seven days of prayer: Africa, Asia and more

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by Camilla

Prayers for 4-10 December

  • Pray for the three weeks of consultant checking for Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude and Philemon in the Wamey language in Senegal that begins this week. Pray for safe transport for all those present, and for their families while they are away.
  • The one-week course Learning that Lasts, where participants will learn how to train others anywhere in the world, starts today at CLTL (Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy). Pray for a good week and good group dynamics.
  • margaret-hill-ngoni2Pray for the Linguistic Association of Nigeria’s annual conference this week at the University of Jos. Pray for the Wycliffe members involved and that the number of workshops they host will be fruitful for the vision of Bible translation in Nigeria.
  • Pray for the network of volunteers in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania who are giving time now after the harvest and before the next rains to teach basic literacy in their village communities. Pray that God will speak into people’s hearts as they are able to read the Bible. Pray for success in initial literacy work, which the team is working to develop with the Alagwa and Mbugwe communities.
  • Jock and Katy Hughes, Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia. Jock is the facilitator for the Dobel translation team and Jock and Katy are consultants for a local Bible translation organisation – The Dobel project is making good progress, and nine books of the Bible will be ready for their final consultant check in early 2017. There is now a Dobel Bible app for mobile phones, and this is proving to be popular. Luke’s Gospel has been printed and will be distributed soon, along with training for church leaders in using the translated Scriptures.
  • Margaret Hill, Nairobi, Kenya until November and then Manchester, translation consultant, trainer and Scripture engagement consultant Margaret will be making various trips to Africa this coming year. Pray that she will be able to mentor and train many people. There are challenges in getting visas with some of the places she has been asked to go. Please pray she will get a visa for the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a trip next year. Pray also for the transition as she makes the UK her base from the end of the year.
  • Ian and Sarah Hodgson, Cambodia, focusing on linguistics, literacy and Scripture engagement – Pray for the Jarai literacy classes and that the Jarai Bible translation would begin. Pray for the Kachok language development project; for effective community checking of the orthography and future acceptance by the Kachok and central government. Please also pray for hearts in the Burok* communities to be turned to Jesus, and for guidance for Ian and Sarah’s possible roles in these projects.

*name changed for security reasons

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.