Wycliffe Global Alliance Prayer Focus Bulletin

Leadership transition in Wycliffe Global Alliance: Global

In September 2020 Kirk Franklin’s tenure as Executive Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance will come to an end. The Alliance celebrates God's goodness exhibited through Kirk's visionary leadership since 2008. An Executive Director Search Committee is overseeing the nomination and selection process. Leadership change in an organization means transitions. Pray for the Alliance as it moves through this significant leadership transition during the months leading to September 2020 when the new Executive Director will be installed. Join Alliance organisations around the world and participate through prayer as the selection and transition process progresses.

Finding new roles: Global

Many senior translators and administrative staff need to be in home assignments for family reasons or because they are nearing retirement. They would like to find suitable roles that use their skills and backgrounds. As they take on different assignments, pray that they can quickly adjust to new work environments. Pray for wisdom for the supervisors to know how best to use the skills of these experienced people for critical work.

Pray for transformed lives: Asia

Translators are making good progress in a language spoken by an oppressed people group in Asia. The main translator is a refugee working in Europe on a displaced basis. Portions of the Old and New Testaments are available in audio format. Give praise that the JESUS film was recorded recently in that language. Ask God to transform many lives as the film is shown in the coming months. The current team leader is approaching retirement age. Pray that God would bring an able replacement for him at exactly the right time.

Reorientation to missions: Global

Praise God for the workshop on missions which Wycliffe Caribbean held with the leadership of the Pentecostal Church of God in the Caribbean in November. Participants included bishops, pastors and senior leaders from across Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. They are being led by God’s Spirit to develop ways to reorient people to missions around the world. Pray for these church leaders as they encourage local churches to increase their impact globally for the Kingdom of God. Pray for the development of good relationships with Wycliffe Caribbean that will result in new personnel being called to serve in Bible translation.  

Pacific Island leaders retreat: Global

Every two years, Pacific Island leaders of the Wycliffe Global Alliance Asia Pacific Area come together for a time of retreat for mutual fellowship and encouragement. The retreat is planned for January 18-20, in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to the main meetings, Area staff will conduct a one-day communication workshop on January 17 for the communication personnel of these Alliance Organizations. Pray for the Area staff as they finalize plans and preparations for these meetings. 

Leadership transition: Philippines

Praise God for the appointment of Edith Sola as the new CEO of Wycliffe Philippines. Pray for Edith’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as she adjusts to this new role. This is a season of transition for the organization and leaders. Pray that they will lead with one heart and one mind. Pray for good relationships with partners in the Philippines that they work with for language and Bible translation projects.

Wamey Scripture celebrations: Senegal, Guinea

Give praise that the Wamey New Testament together with Genesis, in both print and audio formats, was launched to God’s glory on January 5 in Senegal, and on December 29, 2018 in Guinea. Pray for wide distribution of the New Testament and Genesis in each format. Pray that the efforts of those doing promotion and follow-up will result in many people coming to know Jesus. Local listening groups are forming so people can listen to the Scriptures together. SD cards with the Scripture recording are also available for use in cell phones. The “JESUS” film in Wamey premiered in Senegal and Guinea last year. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw people to himself as they hear and see the gospel for the first time through the SD cards and the film. (Adapted from the Wycliffe USA Finish Line. Wamey, population 22,000, Senegal. Seed Company and SIL.)