Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

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.

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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.

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*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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One New Testament? How about three?

Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Camilla

Here at Wycliffe, we always get excited when the New Testament reaches completion in yet another language. How do you think we feel about three New Testaments in one country in the space of two weeks!?

This month, SIL Eastern Congo Group are launching 3(!) New Testaments: the Logo New Testament on the 6th, the Mayogo New Testament on the 13th, and the Ndruna New Testament on the 20th. These will be the first SIL* New Testaments launched in the area since 2000, because DRC has long been a difficult place to work for security reasons. Check out the following video by our partner The Seed Company for more on some of the challenges they’ve faced on the ground.

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Join us in celebrating these New Testaments in the DRC, and praying for the impact of these Scriptures on the three language groups the Logo, the Mayogo and the Ndruna.

  • Pray that many will attend each Scripture launch and that God would have his hand upon each celebration – that the Enemy would not be able to interfere in any way.
  • Pray that God will use these New Testaments to impact lives and hearts beyond what we can ask or imagine.
  • Ask God to bring lasting change, healing and reconciliation to DRC, which has faced civil war and rebel activity for years on end.

For more info on the SIL Eastern Congo Group and the task they are facing to enable you to pray, visit their project page.

Stand in the gap for the Mankanya

Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Camilla

Two years ago we did a five-part blog series on the Mankanya people of Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia about their Bible translation journey. When Genesis and the New Testament were published in May 2014, we asked you to pray for the impact of the Scriptures – that the Mankanya would have a real hunger for God’s word, and that God would use his word to transform their lives and set them free from fear of the spirits.

Two years later, we want to bring you an update on the Mankanya people. As with previous instalments, the story is told by Maggie Gaved, who was the translation advisor for the project.

God’s word is truth.

We must return to God.

We must reject the spirits because they slow us down and enslave us.

These were some of the comments made during a gathering at the end of January of about thirty Mankanya people. They had met to reflect on what God’s word says about spirit worship and divination etc. One of the former translators, Jacques Toupane had been inspired to organise it after he was struck by a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians which says that sacrifices offered to the spirits are not offered to God (1 Corinthians 10:19-22).

The day started with the group looking at some of their traditional practices – clarifying what these practices involved, why they did them, what the benefits were and what the negative consequences were. They then went on to see what specific Old and New Testament passages from the Mankanya translation of the Scriptures said about association with the spirits – and all the sub-groups concluded that God’s word was clear that they should not have anything to do with them.

They also listened to some teaching by a Mankanya pastor, Victorien Nakigan. He pointed out the need to choose between worshipping God and worshipping other things. He encouraged them to follow the disciples’ example and to remain firm in their faith in God.

The participants concluded by saying that they should stop making sacrifices to the dead (for both spiritual and economic reasons), that they should study God’s word in Mankanya together to know him better and that they should share what they’d learnt with others.

Will you join us in praying for the Mankanya people again?

  • Praise God for the way that he is speaking to the hearts of the Mankanya people through his word!
  • Pray that those who attended the recent meeting will stand firm in their resolve to move away from all spirit worship and divination.
  • Pray for protection from the spirits for these people.

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