The Streams of Prayer for 22 August 2022, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
Effectiveness and transformation
Prayer has always been the bedrock of the Bible translation movement. We produce Streams of Prayer to help people to pray and to encourage prayer for Bible translation movements worldwide. Twice a year, however, we like to look back and celebrate how our prayers have been answered. We rejoice at how the Word of God is impacting individuals, communities, and nations and how churches and partners are joining together to participate in the mission of God.
The current theme of Streams of Prayer is Effectiveness and Transformation. Together we thank God for how he graciously responds to our prayers, and we are encouraged as we consider all he has done for Alliance organizations and the communities they serve. Then we continue to ask he who began a good work in us to carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6).
Scripture through arts initiative: New Zealand
Pray for Jenny Eirena as she leads an exciting new Wycliffe New Zealand ministry initiative called ‘Scripture Through Arts’. She recruited a talented team who are writing and will be performing through music and drama. They will be using stories from the Bible and stories that demonstrate the impact of God’s Word in the lives and communities where translated Scriptures are available. Pray that God will use this exciting new initiative to bless the church and promote the Bible translation ministry in New Zealand.
Approved office construction: Thailand
Board members of the Wycliffe Thai Foundation approved the construction of their office building in Chiang Mai. The board appointed five people to an office building construction committee overseeing the completion of various activities. Pray for God’s guidance as they compare quotes and select a construction company. Ask God for his provision for the two phases of construction. May this building project be a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
Progress against the odds: Kenya
Praise God for the recently completed review of the books of Deuteronomy, Malachi, and Joshua by the Daasanach Bible translators and the community reviewers. This stage in Bible translation calls for members of the language community to check for clarity, accuracy, cohesion, coherence, and naturalness of the translated Scriptures. Despite conflicts and severe droughts causing havoc to the community and resulting in delays in the project (which began in 1983), staff at Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) have remained focused on completing the Daasanach language Bible. The Daasanach New Testament (celebrated and launched in 2014) is now in use in the community. The books of Esther and Ruth have been completed, and several other Old Testament books drafted. Pray for peace, unity, and rain in Illeret, where the Daasanach reside, as the translation progresses.
Final work on the New Testament in Ñandeva: Paraguay
The Ñandeva language belongs to the Guarani linguistic family, with a population of around 2,500 speakers. Recently, LETRA Paraguay advanced in the work of exegetical checking of Romans in the Ñandeva language, revising key terms such as ‘grace’ and others. Praise God for all of the Ñandeva translators who have worked hard over the years. Please continue praying for them as the New Testament in Ñandeva is nearing completion. Praise God that churches in Paraguay are opening their doors for LETRA Paraguay to tell about Bible translation carried out in various linguistic communities and for becoming involved in this ministry.
Joint Partnership Event: Asia-Pacific
Praise God for the Joint Partnership Event entitled “God’s Word for All”, held online on 21 May 2022. The event, a collaborative effort, was co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Area Leadership Team, 18 Asia-Pacific Alliance organizations (representing 14 countries), and SIL Asia. Many of the Alliance organizations celebrated and highlighted the Word of God through both online and local/onsite events. Ask God to continue building this culture of collaboration and mutual support. Also ask Him to bless, strengthen, and sustain the resulting relationships and partnerships. Pray that this event would bring greater awareness—to both the church and believers—of opportunities for partnership and ways to resource Bible translation and its related ministries.
The Send: Norway
Thank you for praying for the mission conference, ‘The Send’—it was amazing! Over 9,000 people gathered for the 12-hour event with non-stop worship, speeches, and testimonies. Praise God that many young people have committed their lives to Christ, to be active in their neighbourhoods and campuses, and to participate in short or long-term missions. In a powerful example of growing unity, 29 churches and mission organizations, including Wycliffe Norway, organized this conference, with YWAM as the ‘engine’ and initiator. Please continue praying for the young people who took steps of commitment to God’s calling.
Kwara’ae team persevering: Solomon Islands, Australia
Give thanks to God for Joash and Annie, who are leading the Kwara’ae translation team in the Solomon Islands with commitment, character, and skills. Annie has been working diligently to translate Jonah, Ruth, and Esther. Praise God for supplying her family’s needs while they wait for project funding approval. The team members are grieving the loss of their colleague, Sammy, who died at age 21. Pray for God’s comfort, provision, and wisdom for Mulberry, his young widow. Pray for Andrew and Hilda Steele, Wycliffe Australia personnel who are part of the team and currently on home assignment in Australia.
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