The Streams of Prayer for 16 May 2022, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
Generosity, Funding and Specialty Services
Community is at the heart of the existence of the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Serving together in community, we love, respect and honour each other. Our interdependence and interconnectedness create an environment where all Alliance organisations generously give and graciously receive. Sometimes Alliance organizations give financially. We also give in other ways including providing time, expertise and staff. We affirm each other for who we are and not for what we contribute or for the quantity of the contribution. Our primary goal is to glorify God together in Bible translation.
Organizations engaged in the Funding and Specialty Services Participation Streams demonstrate community and encourage generosity through raising funds for operations and Bible translation projects and sharing other practical skills within the Bible translation movement. Therefore, our theme encompasses these three interconnected areas: Generosity, Funding and Specialty Services.
Fa d’ambu New Testament: Equatorial Guinea
Praise God that the New Testament is ready for printing in the Fa d’ambu language of Annobon, Equatorial Guinea. Thank God also for the partnership of PROEL, the Wycliffe Global Alliance organization in Spain, as they help to print this New Testament. Ask God to provide the funding so that many copies can be printed and made available to Fa d’ambu speakers. Official launching presentations are planned for the capital city Malabo, and the other important centres of Bata and San Antonio de Palea. In addition, pray that God will work in the hearts and lives of the Fa d’ambu speakers as they read and learn from his Word.
Conversations about generosity: Americas Area
Approximately 60 people participated in conversations about generosity at several national Bible translation round table meetings in El Salvador, Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Guatemala. They presented the results of the Survey on Generosity carried out by Nydia Garcia-Schmidt, former Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance Americas Area. The survey was designed to:
- determine the current status of generosity within organizations
- compile the results of how people responded to instruction on this topic
- lay the foundations for articulating a vision that guides generosity practices from a biblical perspective in the context of God’s mission
So pray that organizations and churches continue to apply biblical principles of generosity in their ministries and make opportunities to express generosity to others.
Sign Language Project: Romania
A Deaf church in Romania took the initiative to start translating the Bible into Romanian Sign Language, working on their own with three volunteers and a borrowed laptop computer and camera. When they faced difficulties, they approached Wycliffe Romania and the Global Sign Languages Team (GSLT) for collaboration. Wycliffe Romania provided legal status in the country for the project and the GSLT offered linguistic services. Also a funding partner was found and that partnership ended after three years. When other Wycliffe Global Alliance organizations found out about the need, they filled in the gap by supporting the project with smaller amounts of funding that finally covered the needs. Therefore, praise the Lord for the generosity of the Alliance family and for their friendship. Also pray that these relationships will grow.
Speakers for the joint partnership event: Asia-Pacific
Praise God that Rev Dr. Bambang Widjaja accepted the invitation to share God’s Word as the keynote speaker for “God’s Word for All,” a joint partnership event on 21 May. Co-hosting the event are the Wycliffe Global Alliance Asia-Pacific Area, 18 Asia-Pacific Alliance organizations, and SIL Asia Area. Rev Dr. Widjaja, an Indonesian pastor from The New Covenant Church in Bandung, chairs the Indonesian Churches Alliance (PGI) and serves on the board of the Alliance, the Board of Trustees of the Indonesian Bible Society and the board of Kartidaya.
Other guest speakers include mission and church leaders from six partner organizations who sent video recordings with their greetings and words of encouragement for the event. All video presentations are subtitled in English, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Thai. So praise God for the creativity and diligence of the video and translation teams who worked on them. Also, pray that all who attend the virtual event will grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and in their understanding of the importance of the Bible translation ministry.
Inspiring friendship and community: Tonga, Global
The volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga on 15 January destroyed many buildings. It also devastated the livelihoods of the people. Wycliffe Tonga Missions (WTM) also suffered from the effects of this natural disaster. Thank God for the generosity of Wycliffe Global Alliance organizations that assisted WTM. They contributed towards repairs and participated in relief work. So praise God that the assistance received helped WTM to take care of a large amount of the expenses needed to repair the damage caused by the tsunami. This kind of assistance and generosity inspires friendship and community within the Alliance.
Not just receiving from partners: Papua New Guinea
This year, the Partnership Development department of the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association decided to engage with their supporting partners in a new way. Rather than be receivers only, they wanted to find ways to give back to their partners. The idea for conducting Partners Empowerment Seminars came out of this conviction. They hosted the first seminar on 19 March with the topic “Leading in times of transition”. So praise the Lord for its successful launching. Also, pray for personnel in the Partnership Development department as they work towards organizing similar events to bless churches and partners. Finally, pray that these efforts will strengthen relationships and cultivate generosity.
Blessed by Alliance organizations and other partners: Chad
Staff at L’Association Tchadienne de L’alphabétisation, de la Linguistique, et de la Traduction de la Bible (the Chadian Association of literacy, linguistics and Bible translation, ATALTRAB) thank God for the generosity of many other organizations in the Wycliffe Global Alliance that help fund Bible translation projects, church engagement initiatives and training. Partner organizations such as SIL, JAARs and Tearfund also support literacy and infrastructure needs. So as the country faces food shortages and some internal conflict, ask God to help staff at ATALTRAB to know God’s peace and wisdom as they seek to serve him in a challenging context. Pray especially for Loubeta Miclo and Mbaiwa Mianbarem. They are in training to be better equipped to serve the needs of language communities in Chad.
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