The Streams of Prayer for 25 April 2022, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
The current theme for Streams of Prayer is Church. As an Alliance, we believe that the purpose of the local church is to glorify God as it seeks to remain faithful to the mission of God, to draw people to Christ and to make disciples. The Alliance and all who are part of it have the opportunity to serve the Church and complement its ministry. One of the seven Participation Streams is Church (See Statements regarding Wycliffe Global Alliance’s relationship with the Church).
As an Alliance, we seek to listen to and learn from churches worldwide in order to build strong relationships for mutual encouragement, strengthening, and equipping. These relationships usually include a focus on Bible translation and/or related ministries with language communities. Together, we seek to find the meaningful, unique and complementary roles in the mission of God that he leads each church and organisation to fulfil. So join us as we pray for Alliance organisations engaged in the Church Participation Stream and for the Church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.
Translation across borders: Kenya and East Africa
Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) held a vision-sharing and fundraising dinner event on 1 April for churches in Kenya to promote the Beyond Kenya Initiative. The event’s goal was to help establish a Strategic Response Fund to enable BTL to engage with Bible translation work across borders. As Bible translation has begun in most languages in Kenya, BTL staff feel compelled to help similar communities in the East African region. So pray for their efforts to be favourably received and for openness to journeying with BTL as they seek to translate God’s Word across borders.
Church collaboration in sending members: Romania
Praise God for the encouragement Wycliffe Romania recently experienced, along with a local Romanian church, sending one of their members to South Sudan to work in Bible translation. The church assisted this young woman with her preparation, and she shared with both the church and their youth group the vision God gave her for this ministry. The partner organization in South Sudan asked her to come earlier than planned to participate in a training workshop. Though she had almost no financial support at that time, the church appealed to its members. Praise God that, in two months, she received all the needed support. This is remarkable considering the continuing effects of the pandemic in Romania. Now she is in South Sudan assisting in a translation project. Pray for another member from the same church who is currently preparing for an assignment in South Sudan. Praise God for this beautiful collaboration.
AEL Kids Project working with local churches: Peru (ACM approved)
Alcanzando a toda Etnia en su Lengua (AEL), in coordination with the local church, inspires children to follow the Great Commission through the AEL Kids project, where young people learn about the mission of God and the importance of Bible translation. Resources to inform children about Bible translation were produced, providing them the opportunity to adopt in prayer people in Peruvian communities who do not yet have the Bible in their languages. Many Peruvian children like Tayler, Jonás, Jana, and Jimena use resources like ‘Adopt in 2022 the Napo Kichwa people in prayer’. When they discover that other Peruvian children do not know about Jesus or have the Bible in a language that speaks to their hearts, the children are motivated to pray and give financially. Several Peruvian churches currently use the project materials. So pray for more churches in Peru to become involved in the AEL Kids project. Praise God for this programme and for the children who pray and give to further the mission of God.
Training for entrepreneurs: Bangladesh
Praise God for the Training for Entrepreneurs workshop that Connections, an Alliance organisation in Bangladesh, started this year in partnership with churches and other organisations. The goal is for entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of kingdom values and to apply them when starting a business. Therefore, pray for teachable hearts and minds as the participants learn Bible-based business practices. In addition, ask the Lord to use this programme to reach many for his kingdom.
The Road to Life Transformation course: Hong Kong
Praise God with Wycliffe Hong Kong for the ‘Bible Translation: The Road to Life Transformation’ course, consisting of ten to twelve lessons that help participants understand more about Bible translation work and its related ministries. The curriculum covers the following topics: missions and Bible translation, grammar, language and culture, literacy, using technology in Bible translation work, and ways to get involved in Bible translation. The course was suspended last year because of COVID-19 and the lack of coordinating staff. So praise God for the new mobilisation staff who can oversee this programme. In addition, pray for God’s favour, wisdom, and timing in running this course.
The important role of the church in Bible translation: Ghana
Join with staff from The Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT) in thanking God for cordial relationships with Ghanaian churches over many years. Pray for renewed fervour of the church in Ghana for Bible translation resulting in effective prayer and financial support for GILLBT’s translation efforts. Also, pray that local churches in project areas will encourage the use of the translated Scriptures for discipleship and evangelism.
Church hosts prayer day: Papua New Guinea
Each month, the Community Prayer Day, an initiative of the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA), invites churches, mission organisations, and individual Christians to come together and pray for Bible translation. In Milne Bay Province, the Rabe United Church hosted the monthly prayer day in February and March. Leaders and members of the church joined translators and others in prayer. By gaining new insight into the Bible translation movement, church leaders and members were inspired to pray for language groups still waiting for translated Scriptures. So pray that more churches will participate in hosting these monthly prayer days. Pray also that relationships with the church will continue to be strengthened and sustained.
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