The Streams of Prayer for 20 November 2023, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
November 19 – November 25, 2023
It is a privilege to engage in God’s mission through involvement in Bible translation, but it is a God-sized job. And prayer—by the church worldwide—is essential to carrying out this work effectively, through dependence on God’s power. Many Alliance organisations participate in the Prayer Stream through staff members who provide churches, organisations and individual ‘pray-ers’ with prayer resources and opportunities. Our current theme is Prayer and we will focus on praying for the strategies by which Alliance organisations engage in the Prayer Stream on behalf of those who do not yet have access to Scripture, as well as those involved in Bible translation movements.
The Global Gathering of Wycliffe Global Alliance will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 31 October to 4 November 2024. The theme is “Growing Together”. It is an opportunity for the directors and board chairs from each Alliance organisation—together with partners and guests—to gather together, hear God’s voice and learn from one another. This will be the first Global Gathering in eight years, as the 2020 gathering was cancelled due to the pandemic. As this is such a significant event, we will pray for the preparations during the coming months.
A safe and stable context for the Gathering
We know that we live in an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) world. Despite all that we see happening around us, ask God to provide stability in South Africa—and globally—in every way that is necessary to enable the Global Gathering to happen and the delegates to attend.
God’s leading in preparing the schedule
Pray for the team working on fine-tuning the schedule to have wisdom. Pray for the five-day programme to enable the participants to clearly and jointly hear God’s voice. Pray that it will be a time of refreshment and re-envisioning and that many will find a renewed sense of calling.
Wisdom and creativity in the preparation of sessions
Various people are responsible for the preparation of the sessions and other elements of the programme. Pray for wisdom, creativity and inspiration. Ask God to blend all the different sessions to come together as one event.
- Pray for a November 2023 meeting in Johannesburg: Some Alliance Leadership Team members will meet with hotel staff to look into the details of the logistics and see the site in detail. Pray they can address all necessary issues at this stage. Ask God for good interaction with hotel staff.
- January 2024 logistics meeting in Southampton, UK: A small group will meet to discuss details of logistics. Ask God to help and guide them.
- Pray that an effective logistics team will come together to take care of all event logistics.
How to include the wider Alliance community
Ask God to give the organising team wisdom on how to connect with the wider community of the Alliance—that is, those who will not physically be present. It is important to find the best ways of sharing what is happening at the Global Gathering and to get feedback.
Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic interaction:
The Alliance values diversity. At times this causes challenges, especially in communicating clearly. Pray for a good solution for the translation of smaller conversations during the Global Gathering (for example, table groups and one-to-ones). Ask God for creative solutions to help participants interact across languages.
Ask God to give each participant a prepared heart. Pray that the event will help us to truly “grow together”.
Streams of Prayer is the prayer bulletin of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
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