Streams of Prayer Bulletin

Streams of Prayer for 30 August 2021

The Streams of Prayer for 30 August 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.

The current theme for Streams of Prayer is Strategic Priorities. We asked Alliance organisations to share a prayer need for the most important aspect of their service to Bible translation movements that is an immediate strategic priority. In this way, our focus for prayer is ‘keeping the main thing, the main thing.’

SIL strategic priorities: Global

SIL‘s International Conference in April 2021 focused on three issues that are especially important for SIL in the future: localisation, relationship with the Church, and resourcing. Praise God for his grace in this five-day online event, that it was a prayerful, productive time for SIL leaders and partners around the world, and that a sense of direction and unity emerged. Please pray for God to guide in the implementation of a Global Plan in these three priority areas. Pray for a meeting in mid-September when the Global Plan will be shared with SIL global staff.

Scripture app for children: Bangladesh
Streams of Prayer 30 August

The pandemic hit hard in Bangladesh, but praise God for online options in Bible translation. Rejoice in the Lord for the completion of a children’s Bible in the T* language for the YouVersion app by Connections, an Alliance organisation in Bangladesh, together with partners. Pray for wisdom in the promotion of this Bible. May God work in the hearts and minds of the T* children to grow up knowing Jesus.

A fresh start: France

Please pray for energy and encouragement for the new and growing team at Wycliffe France. Thérèse Stauder joined the Wycliffe France team in early August 2021. Her administrative contribution to the newly formed team has increased the capacity of Wycliffe France to enable a smooth and dynamic restart. The key strategic goals are to help French churches understand their God-given privilege of participating in the Mission of God and to help them discern how to carry that out.

Streams of Prayer 30 August

Wycliffe France is committed to new vision and mission statements as guiding principles for their work. Their new vision statement is: A world where every man, woman and child can come to know Jesus because they have a Bible in the language that speaks to their hearts. Pray particularly for the Wycliffe France Board of Trustees as they oversee the operational side of the organisation through a transition from “sleep” mode to active status. With a new operational team, the board can focus on becoming a support, a sounding board and a listening ear for a growing team of people working to encourage churches throughout France to consider how God wants them to get involved.

Progress and urgency in sign language translation: Global
Streams of Prayer 30 August

There is only one complete sign language Bible in the world. Deaf Missions completed the American Sign Language (ASL) Bible in 2020. A number of organisations participated in various ways to help complete the project: Wycliffe USA, American Bible Society, Deaf Bible Society, Deaf Harbor, DOOR International, Pioneer Bible Translators and Seed Company.

Translation work is in progress in more than 70 sign languages. An estimated 300+ additional sign languages need translation work to begin. One religious group has translated portions of their own version of the Bible into various sign languages. Many Deaf people do not know that these translations are based on a Bible version that was changed to fit this group’s doctrines, rather than conforming to the original meaning of the biblical texts. There is great urgency to make accurate, biblical video Scriptures available to Deaf communities.

  • Pray that God will provide resources, personnel and enough consultant expertise to move these translations forward.
  • Pray for wisdom and effective partnerships to begin new translation projects, some in sensitive regions.
Approaching 2025: Americas
Streams of Prayer 30 August

In 1999, Wycliffe International (predecessor to the Wycliffe Global Alliance) and SIL International adopted Vision 2025, which was summarised as: Motivated by the pressing need for all peoples to have access to the Word of God in a language that speaks to their hearts…. We embrace the vision that by the year 2025 a Bible translation project will be in progress for every people group that needs it.

The year 2025 is only about 3.5 years away. Other vision initiatives have sprung up in the Bible translation movements around the world (e.g., Vision 2033, OBT 1000 and Vision 2050). However, Vision 2025 has been a primary focus for many Americas Area Alliance organisations. Area staff desire to see it accomplished, but want to see it done in keeping with the original commitment of working collaboratively under God’s direction. Many organisations in the Americas are focused on achieving Vision 2025 through collaboration. However, they need a greater understanding of how they can best work together. So pray for wisdom for leaders and for God’s guidance.

New tools for evangelism and Scripture use: Papua New Guinea, Pacific
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The global pandemic provided an opportunity for creativity to develop and produce new tools for evangelism and Scripture use. Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Cru had more time during this period to produce a video-based discipleship series called Walking with Jesus. This resource was developed specifically for audiences in Africa. Praise the Lord for this new production. They are now considering introducing it to Papua New Guinea. So ask the Lord for his guidance in these plans. The Jesus Film Project representative at the Pacific Wa’a Partnership (PWP)* meeting on 27 July gave this report.

*The PWP is a collaboration of partner organisations involved in seeing that every language community in the Pacific Islands has access to the Scriptures. The word Wa’a means ‘canoe’ in Hawaiian. It is a symbol of journeying together.

Need for more workers: Australia
Streams of Prayer 30 August

A key focus for Wycliffe Australia (WBTA) is to recruit people and prepare them for cross-cultural ministry. In recent years, it has become a challenge to draw new people into the organisation. Only a few people are in the pipeline at present. So pray that WBTA hears what God is saying in this season. Pray also for encouragement and wisdom for staff involved in recruitment. In addition, ask the Lord to guide them into fruitful opportunities to engage with potential new workers. Pray to the Lord in charge of the harvest to send more workers into his field (Matthew 9:37-38).

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