Streams of Prayer Bulletin

Streams of Prayer for 21 November 2021

The Streams of Prayer for 21 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 organizations engaged in the Church Participation Stream. We pray also for the Church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.

Prayer Initiative: Romania
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This summer Wycliffe Romania organized a Wycliffe mission camp. Through practical activities, the participants bonded closely with each other. They grew in their knowledge of God’s mission and in realizing what a great honour it is to participate in his mission. Participants learned more about God’s heart for the unreached peoples of the world and were deeply touched by the need for prayer for such a great task. They set up a WhatsApp prayer group, which daily shares prayer requests. Their initiative encouraged Wycliffe Romania to organize a virtual prayer meeting once a month. Wycliffe Romania staff desire that this flame of prayer for the Bible translation movement will advance the Gospel in every nation and include as many people as possible. The number of prayer groups will increase. Thank the Lord for this fruit from the camp, and pray for this prayer initiative to flourish.

New Testament nearing completion: Equatorial Guinea, Spain, USA

The Finish Line is a Wycliffe USA publication promoting prayer for New Testaments that are in the last three years before anticipated completion and dedication. One New Testament featured is the Fa d’Ambu New Testament of Equatorial Guinea. Please pray for the publication this year of this New Testament. The Fa d’Ambu live on a very humid tropical island off the coast of Africa. The printer in Spain has been unable to acquire the special humidity-resistant paper that is needed. Pray that the Finish Line will encourage many to pray for God’s provision and protection for the printing of the Fa d’Ambu New Testament so that it can reach the Fa d’Ambu community.

Leaders meet regularly: Global

Leadership teams from three of the Wycliffe Global Alliance areas — Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa — are meeting for fellowship and prayer regularly. On the first Friday of every month, these leaders come together via Zoom. They take turns in leading devotions and facilitating the meetings. They share prayer needs and highlights of what is happening in their respective areas before going into breakout rooms to pray. Thank the Lord for this initiative to help leaders build relationships with one another. Pray that these times of prayer and fellowship will continue to strengthen the Alliance community and provide mutual encouragement to spur one another on.

Community prayer initiative: Papua New Guinea
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Community prayer participants. Photo: PNGBTA

On 31 August, the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA) launched their first Bible Translation Community Prayer initiative in Port Moresby. Through this initiative, Christians come together to pray for the Bible translation movement, especially for language communities in Papua New Guinea still without the Scriptures. Praise the Lord for the good turnout for the first meeting. Many church pastors and leaders of Mission organizations joined the PNGBTA board, administrative personnel and their families to pray. The other PNGBTA regional offices launched their community prayer times on 4 October. Pray that this initiative will grow and motivate people to pray for the Bible translation movement in Papua New Guinea.

Coordinating prayer and continuing education: Tonga

Pray for Pastor Sioape Langi, Coordinator for Church Relations and Prayer for Wycliffe Tonga Missions. Pastor Langi has spent this year studying towards a diploma in education. Praise the Lord for this opportunity to further his education. Pray also for strength and stamina for him as he juggles his studies between ministry, church and family responsibilities. In addition, pray for him as he coordinates and collaborates with churches to engage in prayer for the Bible translation movement in Tonga and around the world.

Monday morning prayer for Bible translation: Caribbean
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wycliffe Caribbean staff have put a greater emphasis on prayer. On February 4, 2021, Wycliffe Caribbean launched Monday Morning WhatsApp Voice Note Prayer. A prayer is recorded each Monday morning by one of the translation teams on behalf of a different people group and shared on WhatsApp. Representatives of the other teams also agree in prayer with an “Amen”, praying hands symbol or words of support.

Through this initiative, staff can pray together regardless of travel restrictions or be unable to meet face-to-face. They pray for people groups with no access to the Bible using the prayer guide The Finish Line 2021 from Wycliffe USA. It is a great way to come together at the beginning of the week to commit the work of Bible translation to the Lord. So praise God for the enthusiasm of the Wycliffe Caribbean teams, as they continue to call upon the Lord on behalf of those without access to God’s Word.

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Praying together: Japan

Praise God for Wycliffe Japan’s facilitation of an online meeting for prayer with the sending churches of their staff members on Saturday, 30 October. Thank God for the 20 attendees, staff members of Wycliffe Japan together with pastors from their sending churches. It was a joy and encouragement as they gathered online to share stories and prayer items. Pray for more opportunities like this to understand the partnership and to encourage one another.

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