Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Let thy kingdom come

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Jo Johnson

Many of us enjoy the dynamic of being part of something bigger. We love being part of a crowd of supporters at a sporting event or taking part in a sponsored event to raise money for charity. Knowing that we are part of an extensive movement can give us a sense of connectivity and significance.

Something else that empowers us is knowing that God has chosen to work through his people. When we join in with his mission through prayer, God is glorified and we can watch expectantly to see him move in power to do immeasurably more than we ever ask for or imagine!

Because we think being part of a global movement is great and because we know that prayer is a critical part of partnering with God in his mission, we are very excited by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative that is running this year between ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Called Thy Kingdom Come, it’s a global call to pray, alone or with others, for our communities and other communities for which we have concern and love, to come to know Jesus.

One way you can pray is to ask God for newly translated Scriptures to impact the people they’ve been translated for, whether whole New Testaments or just portions of Scripture. Since January we’ve told you about the Baka in Southern Sudan, the Beliyan people in Senegal, Kamuku of Nigeria, 11 languages in Papua New Guinea, and the Karon people of Senegal, but there are many others too.

Wherever you are in the world, and whatever church you’re part of – join with Thy Kingdom Come and be part of this global wave of prayer.

To find out more read Join a global wave of prayer by 24-7 Prayer’s International Director, Brian Heasley, or just head over to Thy Kingdom Come to Pledge2Pray.

The fruit of faithful prayer

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Martin Horton

Prayer is not always easy, especially persistent prayer. May this story give you hope and a renewed passion to see an answer to those prayers that may seem impossible!

Karen’s* heart was captured for mission whilst she was young. At a student mission conference she chose to start praying for a group of nomadic sheep herders. It seemed impossible that the B* people would ever come to Christ, but Karen kept praying for 13 years.

Karen got married and started a family, and all the while kept praying for the B people. She got the opportunity to attend a gathering of Christ followers from different religious backgrounds in Southeast Asia. It was there she met Adam*: a clan leader from the very people group she’d been praying for.

Adam had discovered Jesus through living with and being taught by a Christian teacher and his family. After coming to faith, Adam chose to stay with his people group, the first among them to become a follower of Jesus. Due to his reliability, the way he treated others and his desire to share about Jesus, Adam was later named as the new leader of the whole people group; even above the current leader’s own sons.

Adam has remained loyal to God’s word and led many others from his people group to Christ. Yet Adam has also experienced imprisonment, torture and nearly died in the mountains whilst bringing help to victims of an earthquake. Despite all these challenges, Adam’s love for Jesus remains, as does his passion for helping others.

Karen had no idea what would happen when she started praying for an unknown people group that she thought she may never see, but God has amazed Karen and Adam with the doors that he has opened over time.

Karen and her husband work with Global Teams to assist Adam with his work among the B* people and other people groups in that region.

*names changed for security reasons

This story is adapted from a story that originally appeared on the Faith2Share website. You can read the original here.

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Full steam ahead for the Kamuku project

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Martin Horton

Your prayers make a difference, even from a long-distance. One of the featured projects in our prayer goody bag Finishing in God’s time is the Kamuku project in Nigeria. A lady in Scotland started praying for Bible translation to begin there, in the early 1980s. She carried on praying until 2009 when the project had started.

The Kamuku project started slowly in order to establish strong roots and has faced many challenges so we asked you to pray. Praise God, exciting things are happening; God is answering your prayers.

On 7th April, the Gospel of Luke will be launched in Kamuku both as a book and as audio recordings on SD-cards. This will be great for those who have not yet learned to read or just prefer to communicate orally.

To help the Kamuku people use Scripture well and understand it, listening group leaders have been specially trained. They have audio players to use and gospel Scripture materials with which they hope to engage the group members.

That’s not all. The Gospel of Mark has been sent off to their translation consultant for checking and the team is now working on Acts and some of the shorter epistles. They feel that they are experiencing a major boost and that it’s full steam ahead!

Here are some ways that you can pray for the continued progress of the Kamuku project:

  • Praise God for the printer who is printing 1000 copies of Luke. Pray that they are good quality and available in good time for the launch.
  • Pray that the launch will boost interest in learning to read and write and that the project will be able to meet any increase in demand.
  • Pray that many will come along to the listening groups and that many lives will be changed as a result.
  • Pray the committee has wisdom as they use funds raised from the sale of the books. It is hoped that there will be enough money to employ a full-time translator.

Check out our goody bags and pray for significant needs faced by Bible translation projects.

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Together We Can

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Martin Horton

I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there-all nations and tribes, all races and languages. Rev 7:9-10 (MSG)

In November last year, there were fantastic celebrations in the Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, as 11 language groups celebrated receiving a mini-Bible in their own mother-tongue.

What is in a Mini-Bible? They consist of the Gospel of Mark, which is the easiest gospel to translate, the book of Acts which covers how the church was established and then a panorama of the Old Testament which includes sections of the Old Testament that cover key Biblical events mentioned in the New Testament.

These were completed through a project called VITAL* which adopted the PNG Branch’s motto, ‘Together We Can’. Karla Watt, who was the project manager, believes that this motto sums up a new approach to Bible translation. In essence it is about the value of team work. VITAL is a multi-language translation strategy designed to meet the needs of language communities and dialects of the East Papua Region of Papua New Guinea that had no other way to begin a programme in the near future.

Karla goes on to explain,

The expatriates brought their Bible, linguistic, exegetical and software A to the table, while the nationals from each group brought the expertise in their languages so that “together” we could accomplish the task.’

VITAL has helped 14 language groups print books in their languages. These include literacy materials, AIDS materials, trial dictionaries, portions of Genesis, a Mark Bible Study and first editions of Mark as well as publishing and launching the Mini-Bible for 11 languages in late 2016.

Please pray for the work of VITAL and the people of Milne Bay:

  • Pray that as the fruit of 10 years work goes out to 11 language groups in Milne Bay, lives will be transformed as people read and understand his great love for them in their own heart languages.
  • Pray that those who aren’t able to read will be reached through listening to God’s word on Megavoice Storyteller MP3 players.
  • Pray that these teams will be motivated to continue translating God’s word using the equipment and training that they received through the VITAL Project.

Looking for more ways to pray for Bible translation? Sign up for our free magazine Words for Life which includes a prayer point for each day, or have Bible translation prayer points emailed to you each day.

*Vernacular Initiative for Translation and Literacy (VITAL) is a project run by SIL who are one of our language partners.

Spice it up! Gingerbread men from around the world

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Camilla

It’s time to get creative in prayer! Bake gingerbread men (or a gingerbread family), and decorate them in traditional clothing from different parts of the world, and let your creations inspire you to pray for Bible translation among the people in the countries and parts of the world they represent.

Pull out your favourite gingerbread recipe or find one to try online, and add your own twist if you like, for instance fresh grated ginger or orange zest. Make sure you’ve got icing sugar, food colouring and any other decorations you fancy to bring out your people’s imaginary international heritage.

img_5690Senegal: The Beliyan people, who speak the Oniyan language, will be celebrating the launch of the Oniyan New Testament with Genesis early next year. Please pray that God will use his printed word, the Oniyan audio Bible and the JESUS Film to bring many people into relationship with him.

Papua New Guinea: Pray for speakers of the Nobnob language. The New Testament has been printed in Nobnob and they are now waiting for the Old Testament to be completed. Praise God that many people involved in the checking process have been impacted by Scripture in their language, and ask that God would bless them as they move towards having the full Bible in their language.

Russia: Four small remote people groups in Siberia will soon have 25 Bible stories to listen to in their own language, suitably adapted to their own culture (including the birth of Jesus). Praise God for the teams of mainly Russian workers who went out to the distant, isolated locations where these peoples live, for the practical friendship they showed, and for their genuine appreciation for the local language and culture. Pray that the villagers will now welcome the stories.

Chile: Pray for the Chilean Sign Language team. Earlier this year, two new full time staff members joined the team, taking the number of full time staff from just one, to three! Pray that these three translators and the team as a whole will fix their eyes on Jesus and work passionately for him towards a powerful Chilean Sign Language Bible for the 21,000 people waiting for it.

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Pray: the Republic of Korea

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Camilla

Our partners Wycliffe Global Alliance have some great prayer videos. This week, this one about the Republic of Korea inspired us to intercede for this nation. Let it inspire you too!

Prayer Video: Republic of Korea from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

Check out the other prayer videos on the Wycliffe Global Alliance website, and Wycliffe UK’s prayer resources.

Strapped for cash – send prayer!

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 by Camilla

Several of our members working overseas have written to us requesting prayer for more financial support. The drop in the value of the pound, combined with regular fluctuations in support due to, for example, supporters having to decrease or discontinue their financial contributions, means many members have recently taken a big hit.

help-153094_640Many understand the emotional toll of having to tighten your belt over an extended period of time. When you are living in an already stressful situation it can bring you to tipping point. It can even cause you to question if you are in the right place or whether the decrease in finances are an indication that God has something different for you.

Please stand with us in prayer for our members overseas who find themselves struggling financially:

  • Ask that God would provide more support for our members working in other countries, from sources expected and unexpected.
  • Bring the emotional impact of this drop in support to God, and pray that members would know that their true foundation can never be shaken.

We hope to be able to write soon and report that these prayers have been answered!

Connect with a specific member who you can pray for or support financially!

Update from CAR

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Camilla

Thank you to everyone who read our blog post Computers looted and databases lost and prayed for our partner ACATBA’s IT challenges last week.

img_4739We are pleased to report we have received good news from ACATBA. IT specialist Mike has managed to recover the database, and the accounting computer has been fixed. This is an amazing answer to prayer! Thank you for standing with us and praying!

We are excited about this answer to prayer, and hope it is only the beginnings of more good things to come. Let’s keep praying for the team in CAR:

  • Pray for a dedicated, long-term IT specialist to join the team in Bangui, to keep things running smoothly and avert future IT crises
  • Ask God to provide the 24 new computers ACATBA still needs to replace systems that were looted or that have worn out
  • Pray for the 22 language communities ACATBA is working in. Pray that those nearing completion of their New Testaments would progress rapidly to the finish line without further hurdles to negotiate, that those in earlier stages would continue the long haul towards their goal, and that God would open doors for translation to take off in those languages that currently only have a few verses of Scripture.
  • Pray most for all people to be transformed by God’s word in their heart language.

Is it news to you that Wycliffe needs IT specialists? Find out more about how you could get involved using your IT skills.

Pray for i-DELTA 2016!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Camilla

Please join us in praying for an i-DELTA course running in Kenya from 30 May – 22 July.

What is i-DELTA? i-DELTA (Institute for the Development of Languages and Translation in Africa) is a bachelor-level programme specifically designed to equip African nationals with the skills they need to engage effectively in language development and Bible translation. The programme can be completed by attending 8-week courses over a period of 3 years.

i-DELTA 2015One of last year’s students from southern Ethiopia went to i-DELTA with a firm belief that the Old Testament was almost irrelevant for Christians today compared with the New Testament. By the end of the course, things had changed. Reading about the sacrificial system in the Old Testament had opened his mind to the real meaning of Christ’s death on the cross. God spoke to this young man’s heart about serving his community, and though he had previously been planning to study medicine, he now had a passion for language development and translation, and went home ready to get involved in language work.

This year, staff are expecting 34 students in total, from Madagascar, Cameroon, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zambia, Namibia and the USA.

This year’s i-DELTA staff members come from Ghana, Germany (working in Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia), USA (working across Africa, DR Congo, Sudan, and Kenya), England (formerly Mali and Kenya), and Kenya.

Pray with us for everyone involved!

  • Pray that this very diverse group of people would adjust well to each other and to Kenya.
  • Pray for the new students and staff to settle in well to the course.
  • Pray for safe travel for everyone, and a healthy stay in Kenya.
  • Pray that each person present will experience significant growth, both intellectually, socially and spiritually during these eight weeks.

Nepal update, a year after the earthquake

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Camilla

Last year we asked you to pray for Nepal in the wake of severe earthquakes. So, a year after the earthquakes, what news of Nepal?

Bhaktapur one year ago (top) and today

Eight million people were affected, and even though it’s now a year later, it’s estimated four million Nepalese  who had to go through the winter living in tents, or sheltering under tarpaulins are still living in very basic conditions. Despite the fact that this is the worst disaster Nepal has seen in years, the government hasn’t done much yet to rebuild.

The people of Nepal have been subject to a number of blockades over the past year, making many commodities including fuel and essential medicines thin on the ground, and stalling rebuilding efforts further. The most recent of these was in place for over four months, and was finally lifted in February this year, which brought much needed relief to people. Although the shortages are now much less severe, there is still not enough fuel entering the country, and the dispute which caused the blockade is not yet resolved and talks are ongoing.

The Telegraph offers a good summary video of what happened last year and the current situation.

And what news of Bible translation in Nepal? Bible translation teams in Nepal have recently undertaken a review of their work. Excitingly, they found that there are fewer languages than they thought requiring a translation, and work may be completed in the next 15-20 years! To facilitate this they will be adapting their strategies to make the best use of resources.

Stand with us in prayer for Nepal:

  • Pray for practical help – ask God to open the way for the work of rebuilding homes and communities to be significantly accelerated.
  • Pray that blockades and shortages of fuel, medicines, etc would be a thing of the past.
  • Pray that God would protect people from the elements and illness, especially during the winter.

Use this prayer video to help you pray for Nepal.

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