The Streams of Prayer for 12 June 2023, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
June 11 – June 17, 2023
The current theme for Streams of Prayer is Church, one of the Alliance’s seven Participation Streams. (See Statements regarding Wycliffe Global Alliance’s relationship with the Church.) As an Alliance, we believe that the purpose of the local church is to glorify God as it seeks to remain faithful to the mission of God, to draw people to Christ and to make disciples. The Alliance and all who are part of it have the opportunity to serve the Church and complement its ministry. We also seek to listen to and learn from churches worldwide in order to build strong relationships for mutual encouragement, strengthening, and equipping. These relationships usually include a focus on Bible translation and/or related ministries with language communities.
Together, we seek to find the meaningful, unique and complementary roles in the mission of God that he leads each church and organisation to fulfil. Join with us as we pray for Alliance organisations engaged in the Church Participation Stream and for the church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.
Strengthening relationships with churches: Netherlands
Thank God for the presentations that staff from Wycliffe Netherlands were able to give in churches in recent months. Thank him for the commitment and generosity of these churches. Praise God for the partnership agreement with the Missions branch of the Restored Reformed Church (ZHHK). In this partnership, Wycliffe Netherlands and the ZHHK will work together in sending out field workers. Pray that more churches will join the global Bible translation movement. Ask God for enthusiastic ministers and pastors who want to promote the work of Wycliffe Netherlands in their congregations.
Church engagement: Cameroon
The Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL) is joyful to be part of what God is doing in Cameroon through churches and communities in the Bible translation movement. Thank God that denominations, churches and church leaders in both rural and urban areas of Cameroon are investing significantly in Bible translation and language-based community development. These efforts keep growing. The prayer movement is enhanced as the number of churches and communities that engage in prayer support increases. Praise God that more and more people from the churches are getting involved in providing emotional support, funding and leadership. Churches host Bible Translation Sundays, literacy efforts, various Scripture engagement strategies, and other events and activities in order to expose church members to the mission of Bible Translation.
Church partnership: Malaysia
Praise the Lord that the Wycliffe Malaysia translation team, together with church partners, resumed work on the Tekun* JESUS Film project after a long break due to a challenging season. Pray for the team’s progress and their ability to get back on track according to the planned schedule. Ask the Lord for oneness of mind and heart as well as perseverance as team members pray to complete the translation by the end of this year. Pray for God’s provision, protection and strength to sustain the pastors and the team members as they remain committed to achieving this goal.
Renewing partnership with the Evangelical Church of Manus: Papua New Guinea
The Evangelical Church of Manus (ECOM) has been a strong advocate for Bible translation on Manus Island for many years. In March, Tony Kotauga, the Executive Director of the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA), met with the ECOM leadership to renew their partnership and celebrate their mutual desire for ongoing Bible translation ministry on the island. Leaders of both organisations agreed to renew the memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing of the new MOU will coincide with the commissioning of PNGBTA’s new Area Programme Manager for Manus in June. Praise God for the continuing partnership between PNGBTA and ECOM. Pray Psalm 133 for all churches to work in unity and understanding as they reach out to the language communities in the province that are still without access to the Scriptures.
Bishop advocates for Bible translation: Papua New Guinea
Praise God for Reverend Abraham Toroi, the United Church Bishop of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. He is a catalyst for Bible translation on the island and has been instrumental in encouraging Bible translation leaders to connect with churches and the government. He desires to see Bougainville rooted in God’s Word. Leaders of the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA) met with the bishop recently in Bougainville to enjoy fellowship and strengthen their partnership and relationship with the church. Pray for the continuing collaboration between the United Church and PNGBTA in Bougainville and that other churches on the island will also participate in supporting the translation projects. Pray that together, churches and translation staff will persevere.
Creative involvement in the Bible translation movement: Germany
Wycliffe Germany is planning a new volunteer initiative for churches and Christians in Germany to be more creatively involved in the worldwide Bible translation movement. There are so many ways in which people can get involved, whether through joining prayer groups, making Wycliffe more widely known, supporting members or projects or organising events. The team hopes that churches will feel a fresh excitement about Bible translation and the holistic transformation it brings. They also want churches to feel part of the Wycliffe community; they hope to host weekends for volunteers and create a newsletter specifically for churches. Wycliffe’s team also hopes and prays that through more people getting involved in this way, the many encouraging stories from around the world will also impact German churches to help them realise again what a precious gift the Bible is and how it can change lives, hearts and societies.
Seminaries key for the participation of the Church in Bible Translation: Brazil
One of the ways to engage the church in Brazil is through events held at seminaries. On May 12, Marcos Agripino, Executive Director of the Brazil Presbyterian Cross-Cultural Missions Agency (APMT), presented the theme: “The Mission of God and Bible Translation” at the Presbyterian Seminary in Belo Horizontes. Those present at the gathering included students, professors and the directorate at the seminary. The objective was to communicate the importance of Bible translation and to attract new missionaries to work in this area. APMT is an Alliance organisation that believes that seminaries are key to seeing the church becoming engaged in Bible translation. Pray that the biblical and theological seminaries will be instruments of God to involve the church in Bible translation and that many will be led to serve in this area.
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