Streams of Prayer Bulletin

Streams of Prayer for 26 September 2021

The Streams of Prayer for 26 September 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 organisations engaged in the Church Participation Stream. We pray also for the Church as it participates in the Bible translation movement.

Streams of Prayer 26 September

Thank God for those who have courageously led in the past year. At the same time, new leaders have taken up responsibilities as others complete their leadership terms or move to different roles. Many Alliance organisations have new board members, new leadership team members or new directors. We pray for new and upcoming leaders alongside our more seasoned leaders, especially as they gathered with each other during the Alliance virtual conference Global Connect from 13-17 September. Let us pray that Alliance leaders will experience a deepening of God’s presence, so they can lead in his strength. ‘How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!… You have… given him the joy of your presence.’ (Psalm 21: 1a, 6 NLT)

Many Opportunities: Russia
Streams of Prayer 26 September

Wycliffe Russia is blessed by the many opportunities they have to serve in their own country as well as around the world. Pray for the nine-person board chaired by Dmitry Zharikov and for the director Alexander Philippov. They need wisdom to lead the organisation well. Join them and the staff of Wycliffe Russia to pray that in working with churches they will serve God faithfully and be a blessing to God’s people. Pray that their ministry will bring more glory to God and will be a light to unreached people, especially those who do not yet have access to the Scriptures in a heart language.

Leadership transition: Pacific
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Erik Stapleton, the contact person for Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) for the South Pacific is transitioning out of this role in September. Praise the Lord for his years of service and contribution to FCBH and the Bible translation movement in the South Pacific. Thank the Lord for the strong partnerships and friendships built and strengthened during this time. Ask the Lord to bless him as he moves on to his next area of assignment. Thank the Lord for Roy Cañada, who FCBH recently appointed to take on this role. Pray for him as he continues the work where his colleague left off.

Handing back director role: Papua New Guinea
Streams of Prayer 26 September

Praise the Lord for helping Barton Maino lead the Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association (PNGBTA) as Interim Director for a year. He started in July 2020 just as the global pandemic was picking up momentum. The Lord enabled him to lead the organisation and navigate through a very difficult time. He handed the director role back to Tony Kotauga on 5 July 2021. Tony and his wife Serah returned after a year of sabbatical. Thank the Lord for the smooth transition between the two leaders. Pray for guidance, wisdom and strength for Tony and Serah as they lead the organisation. He will serve in this role until 2023 when his term will finish. Pray for God to be preparing the next director when the time comes. Serah serves as the Prayer Coordinator for PNGBTA. Barton resumed his responsibilities as Partnership Director.

Leadership transitions: Taiwan
Streams of Prayer 26 September

Albert Fung, Executive Director of Wycliffe Taiwan, will finish serving in this role by the end of 2021. At the same time, a new board will replace the current Wycliffe Taiwan board. Praise God for the faithful service to the Lord of Wycliffe Taiwan leaders. Please pray for the preparation for these two important leadership transitions. Pray for wisdom for the board in selecting the new Executive Director. Pray for the Lord’s abundant grace and guidance as the current leaders seek to finish well and transition to the next season. Ask the Lord for a smooth adjustment for the incoming Executive Director and the team.

Leading in partnership: Thailand
Streams of Prayer 26 September

Pray for the partnerships being developed among missions organisations OMF Thailand, OM Thailand, SIM International and Wycliffe Thai Foundation. The leaders of the four organisations will meet and talk about how they can work together to mobilise the church in Thailand for missions. Ask God for guidance as the partners work towards one vision statement to summarise the objectives of the partnership and decide on plans for church mobilisation in Thailand. Pray for wisdom and unity in expanding God’s kingdom in Thailand and beyond.

Guidance and wisdom for next three years: El Salvador
Streams of Prayer 26 September

TRES, Asociación de Traductores Bíblicos de El Salvador (The Bible Translators Association of El Salvador), has been part of the Bible translation movement and the Wycliffe Global Alliance for about 17 years. Since 2015, it has had legal status and a board of directors that supports the executive director in developing the strategic direction of the organisation, defining policies, approving budgets, etc. This year, TRES is preparing a 3-year plan for completion of the association’s projected goals as well as a leadership succession plan for an orderly, transparent and healthy transition. In addition, suitable people are being sought to lead in the areas of communications and financial partner development. Pray for the TRES leadership and board as they prayerfully set plans and make decisions in the coming months. Pray also that God will provide the right people to fill staff needs.

Shared prayer leadership model: Peru
Streams of Prayer 26 September

The RioGlobal prayer team of COMIBAM Peru has been working on a shared leadership model for mobilising prayer. The objective is to disciple women leaders in prayer, who in turn multiply this model by working in co-coordination and unity for the glory of God.

This leadership model is born from the sending model of Jesus, who sent his disciples two by two. Fiorella Pomareda and Sara Ypanaqué, RioGlobal prayer co-coordinators, consider that working in co-coordination under this model of prayer leadership has sustained them and made the task of intercession and planning more manageable. This model may be atypical but it is what God has been doing in prayer leadership in Peru. Fiorella and Sara are grateful to God and attentive to listen for what other steps he would like them to take. Pray for the prayer co-coordinators of Peru who have been discipling women to assume leadership in prayer projects.

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