The Streams of Prayer for 14 November 2021, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. This is made available through Wycliffe Caribbean.
Missions belong to God and the agent of missions is the Church. Please join with us as we pray for Alliance organisations engaged in the Church Participation Stream. We pray also for the Church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.
Prayer is the most important work: Japan
Wycliffe Japan prioritises prayer and considers it the most important part of Bible translation work. For this reason, Wycliffe Japan publishes and shares a collection of prayer points called “Wycliffe Prayer Circle”. It is sent three times a year to those who commit to pray for Bible translation projects, programmes and personnel. In addition, a Wycliffe Prayer Circle prayer meeting is held monthly in 11 locations nationwide. May God use this prayer initiative to encourage the staff of Wycliffe Japan, and inspire those who join to catch the vision of Bible translation and participate in it.
Unity in prayer: Philippines
Praise God for the success of the virtual United Prayer for the Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) in the Philippines held for the first time on 7 August. Tambuli, the partnership of various Bible translation organisations in the Philippines, hosted this event: SIL Philippines, Wycliffe Philippines, Translators Association of the Philippines, Philippine Bible Society, Ethnos 360. UPIP is an ongoing prayer time held on the 7th of every month for ministries among indigenous peoples, the current issues these ministries are facing and their call as an emerging missions force. Praise God that Scripture translation projects in the Philippines are being prayed for as well. Pray for resilience and encouragement as indigenous teams face the challenges of translation work and as they hope to launch future Bible translation projects. Ask the Lord to raise prayer supporters who will commit to pray for the indigenous peoples and join the UPIP.
PROEL, the Alliance organisation in Spain, was invited to present workshops to the annual mission conference of Spain’s Christian and Missionary Alliance (CAMA) and to the Bolivian Christian Students association. The workshop for CAMA was about prayer. CAMA recently sent out their first missionary, to work with SIL in Mexico. Pray for this missionary as she adjusts to life in Mexico, and pray that God will raise up more Bible translators from this group. Pray that God will raise up new personnel from among the Bolivian Christian Students association, and for one Bolivian couple who will be attending the PROEL Masters program this year.
Prayer initiatives: France
Wycliffe France restarted its operational activities in July 2021. Prayer has been a key element of the planned restart since January 2021. It all started when a small Whatsapp group of 8 people began to meet online for prayer once per month. The goal of the prayer meeting closely followed the goals and ambitions of the Alliance when member organisations pray. Prayer for the church worldwide began to see lives, communities and nations transformed by the Word of God. Praise God that the group grew in size to 27 active members receiving prayer updates. The online prayer meeting still happens each month. Please pray for the success of a church-focused survey that will begin in November. Wycliffe France staff hope to better understand the needs of churches throughout France and discern ways to support churches in their efforts to participate in the Mission of God through Bible translation.
Prayer coordination is like a bridge: Australia
Lindsay and Lola Fairhead serve as the Prayer Coordinators for Wycliffe Australia (WBTA). Asked to describe their role in coordinating prayer, the Fairheads said, “Coordinating prayer is a bit like a bridge—a bridge that connects prayer needs with ‘prayers’.” So pray for them as they advocate for prayer for WBTA personnel serving in Bible translation ministry around the world, and for the language communities they serve. Also, ask the Lord for his discernment and wisdom as they share prayer information and motivate people to pray. In addition, pray that God’s joy will be their strength in this vital role (Nehemiah 8:10b).
Network of Women in Prayer: Peru, Latin America
God often uses personal relationships to form communities to pray for his mission and the Bible translation movement. Fiorella Pomareda, a prayer leader in Peru, developed an early love for intercession when she was spiritually nurtured as a young girl by a group of older women who met to pray regularly. “Each of these older women had a giant heart surrendered to God,” she said. Eventually, God led her to meet Olivia from El Salvador and Estrella from Costa Rica, both leaders of virtual intercession networks. Fiorella joined their prayer network.
In 2017 she and two friends launched a WhatsApp prayer group which became RIMI (Red de Intercesión Misionera Internacional), a mission intercession network that has grown to include 121 people from 13 nations. RIMI participants have seen lives restored and people called by God to serve in his mission. Therefore, praise God for his faithfulness in response to prayer. Also, pray that he will continue to bless and multiply mission prayer networks in Latin America.
Whole Bible launch: Kenya
Rejoice with the Staff at Bible Translation and Literacy that the Duruma Bible is completed and ready to be launched. The celebration and launch will take place on 20th November 2021. So pray with them for final preparations, safe travels for visitors and honoured guests. Pray also that God will prepare the Duruma people to receive his Word as it is unveiled in their language.
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