The Streams of Prayer for 17 January 2022, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. This is made available through Wycliffe Caribbean.
Dear Prayer Partners,
Our current theme for Streams of Prayer 16-22 January 2022 is Community and Friendship.
Welcome to the Wycliffe Global Alliance prayer bulletin.
Community and Friendship
Community is the basis for the existence of the Alliance. We are not a community only because of our common goals, though Alliance Organizations do share many common goals. Our participation in God’s mission flows out of our communion with the Triune God and our fellowship within the Body of Christ. We are a community because we joyfully share a common life in Christ. …Our interdependence and interconnectedness creates an environment where all Alliance Organizations generously give and graciously receive. We recognize we are not owners, but only stewards of the gifts God has given us. 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. (From the Wycliffe Global Alliance in Community).
We celebrate being on this mission with God as a community. We recognize that although each Alliance organization has its own leadership, board, and staff, all seek to work interdependently and value the Alliance community for friendship, partnership, spiritual encouragement, and other practical forms of mutual support. Therefore, we pray for all partnerships. We pray also for the ways friendship is demonstrated, both in and through the Alliance.
Virtual ‘People Forum’: Europe
Wycliffe Europe will hold a virtual ‘People Forum’ from 18-20 January. Most participants are directors and personnel staff from European Alliance organizations. They will look at the changing role of people involved in the Bible translation movement. Even though the meeting is virtual, pray that the group will experience community and that friendships will be built and strengthened. Pray also for the organizers and presenters, that what they have prepared will contribute to a continued understanding of people in God’s mission in the world today.
Praying together: Hong Kong, Taiwan
With the theme Strength for the Journey, the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer 2021 focused on strength found both in the Lord and in relationships with one another. Thank God for how he increases faith and trust in him through friendships. Wycliffe Hong Kong observed the Day of Prayer in a three-session prayer marathon. The morning session was a time of praying together with Wycliffe Taiwan, encouraging and building one another up, setting the tone for the rest of the day. The afternoon session was a time of fellowship, followed by the evening session open to all. Pray that through their journey, God will guide Alliance communities to model his grace and love.
Mutual encouragement and support: Philippines
All glory to God for the success of the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer 2021 in the Philippines, the first of this unified event held virtually, attended by the Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP) and other Bible translation agencies in the country. A day before the celebration, in response to a prayer item, TAP’s prayer partner this year confirmed a donation to purchase a laptop for the translator working in the Teduray Old Testament translation project. This answered prayer encouraged the translation team whose outdated computer hindered their work. Praise God for this blessing provided through the prayer partner team. Ask God to strengthen their bond of friendship and use it as a model for generosity, friendship, and community in the Alliance.
Sharing with the next dialect: Australia, Asia
In February 2020, after 11 years devoted to Bible translation, the Central Myong* people of Asia celebrated by distributing several books of the Bible in their language. Praise God that Wycliffe Australia personnel were able to attend in person. During the distribution, it became evident that the Eastern Myong* found this dialect difficult to read. However, praise God that Pamela, the main translator, has a broad knowledge of Myong* dialects. Within two weeks, she translated the Gospels of Mark and Luke into the Eastern Myong* dialect using the Adapt-It app. So praise God for enabling such progress in this project. In addition, pray that the Good News would ‘spread rapidly and be honoured among the Eastern Myong* people (2 Thess 3:1).
Share a friend initiative: Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA) hosted its first ‘Share a Friend’ event on 5 December, when friends of PNGBTA invited their friends and colleagues to learn about and support the ministry. Praise God for the generous response to this initiative. One response came from the Minister of National Planning and Monitoring, who contributed to PNGBTA’s ministry after hearing about their work through one of his staff members, a friend of PNGBTA. So pray that through this initiative, more people respond in support of the ministry in its language research and translation endeavours.
Creating communities of interest: France
Wycliffe France will begin creating its first five communities of interest around language and translation projects in 2022. They plan to develop clear options for mission partners and churches to pray, to influence, and to work together supporting projects in which churches in France are eager to take part. These communities of interest and the friendships that will grow from them are essential. So is understanding, respecting, and supporting the role and contribution of each mission, church partner, and friend. Therefore, pray for a fresh wave of understanding, unity, courage, and joy for each partner. Pray also for clear communication between the Wycliffe France team and the churches in France as they guide each project.
Alliance Americas Area ‘My Community’ Platform
Many members of the Wycliffe Global Alliance reside in countries of the Americas region. This united community in the mission of God has the sincere desire to spread His Word through Bible translation, literacy, training, teaching, and many other forms of ministry. Working together in community, they respond to God’s command to pray for one another, to ‘bear one another’s burdens’ (Galatians 6:2), and to ‘encourage one another and build one another up’ (I Thessalonians 5:11). The Wycliffe Global Alliance Americas Area offers a place where members of the Alliance community can share prayer requests: Mi Comunidad platform (https://micomunidad.wycliffe.net/virtual/en/). So pray that more Alliance Organizations would make their needs known through this platform. Pray also that as they pray for one another, mutual care and consideration would grow between these organizations.
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