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Streams of Prayer for 5 February 2024

The Streams of Prayer for 5 February 2024, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.

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February 4, 2024 – February 10, 2024

Community and Friendship

Our current theme for Streams of Prayer is Community and Friendship.

Community is the basis for the existence of the Alliance. We are not a community only because of our common goals, though Alliance Organizations do share many common goals. … We are a community because we joyfully share a com­mon life in Christ. …We affirm each other for who we are and not for what we contribute or for the quantity of the contribution. Our primary goal is to glorify God together. (From the Wycliffe Global Alliance in Community).

We celebrate being on this mission with God as a community. We recognise that although each Alliance organisation has its own leadership, board, and staff, all seek to work interdependently and value the Alliance community for friendship, partnership, spiritual encouragement, and other practical forms of mutual support.

“Collaboration can be ‘doing together’ or ‘being together’ and also both,” says Dr Paul Kimbi, Alliance Consultant for Bible Translation Programmes. ‘Being precedes doing. It is necessary to spend time building friendship, building togetherness, on the basis of our values before we start doing things together. We should not ever be in a rush to start doing things together when we have not built trustworthy relationships. God calls us primarily to be a community of his people before he expects us to live out our call. Being community by itself is already witnessing to the world.’ 

Growing together in Christ’s likeness: Ethiopia
Streams of Prayer 5 February 2024, Wycliffe Ethiopia

At Wycliffe Ethiopia, it is considered that the most difficult journey is the one taken alone. This is probably why Jesus sent out the disciples two by two. It’s therefore a great joy and immense help that the Alliance focuses on making this journey together a joyful one. Thank God for bringing us this far with multi-faceted support from brethren in different parts of the world through funding, prayers, wise counsel and help to shoulder burdens. Wycliffe Ethiopia staff have deeply reaped the benefits of partnership. They have seen the beauty of the Lord from different angles and experienced the joy of salvation with brethren from different cultures. Thank God for the wonderful gift of growing more together in Christ’s likeness in new ways. Praise God for his blessings through this international family and pray for strength to keep pressing on towards perfect unity.

A community, a family: Burkina Faso

As an Alliance organisation, the Association National pour la Traduction de la Bible et l’Alphabétisation (ANTBA) appreciates support for leadership and management while navigating organisational decisions. Staff at ANTBA were greatly comforted by the care received from other Alliance organisations while facing significant institutional challenges. Their joy is great since the introduction of new leadership, and they recognize and appreciate the support from others. Thank God for the confidence that comes from the joy of belonging to a community, a “family”, that promotes good values. Give thanks to God that at the regional and local levels, this provision of confidence enables ANTBA staff to devote most of their energy to forging friendships with the linguistic communities in the country. Let us pray for a bright future for Bible translation in Burkina Faso as a result of these friendships, and for the Alliance as a whole, in 2024. 

Pillars for Oceania collaboration: Pacific
Streams of Prayer 5 February 2024
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In working towards the mutual goal of making the Scriptures available to all language communities in the Pacific, the South Pacific Bible Forum accepted the following statements as pillars for the “Oceania Collaboration”:

  • To catalyse a movement of prayer.
  • To establish a space for agency and church leaders to gather and unite in prayer, exchange ideas and knowledge, encourage one another, and support the national collaboration groups. This is provided through the annual South Pacific Bible Forum. 
  • To encourage churches and agencies to collaborate in the planning and implementation of the Bible translation movements in their countries. 

Pray for strength, wisdom and guidance for each leader in the Bible translation movement in the Pacific as they work in collaboration, serving the language communities of the Pacific.

Sharing God’s heart for missions: Philippines
Streams of Prayer 5 February 2024
“The Journey” taking place at Makati Gospel Church. Photo: Translators Association of the Philippines

Prayer and partnerships are the keys that unlock doors to fresh opportunities. Praise God for the opportunity for the Translators Association of the Philippines to conduct “The Journey” twice this year at two churches: the Makati Gospel Church and the Greenhills Christian Fellowship. The Journey’s primary objective is to stimulate participants to get to the core of God’s heart for missions. Pray for those who participated in this activity to not only have awareness of global mission realities but to be inspired to get involved. Pray that people will be inspired to serve or to help bring new translators, language workers and assistive technologies for the Bible translation movement.

Using time well to invest in community: Sweden
Streams of Prayer 5 February 2024

Community and friendship are important values to the staff of Folk&Språk, but also they find investing in building community and friendships extremely time-consuming. To keep friendships without fellowship and communication is not possible. Pray for more time or the wisdom to use time well for these efforts.  

Building a relationship with a church: Uruguay
Streams of Prayer 5 February 2024
Presenting the ministry of LETRA Uruguay. Photo: LETRA Uruguay

LETRA Uruguay recently had the opportunity to establish a friendship with a church in Maldonado, a municipality of Uruguay. LETRA Uruguay was invited along with the Uruguayan Sign Language Bible translation team and interpreters to talk about the work they are doing. They informed the church about the structure of the team and the advances in the ministry as well as progress in translation. They have completed the translation of Jonah, four stories from the life of Jesus and the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. These have all been approved for publication by the Deaf community, and the team is continuing with the translation of Mark. Give thanks to God for this time of community, edification and joy between LETRA Uruguay, the Uruguayan Sign language translation team, and the church in Maldonado.

The vision is made with friends: Colombia
Streams of Prayer 5 Prayer 2024
EMDC working team. Photo: Yasared Angeles

For the EMDC Colombia event that took place from 27 November to 2 December, a beautiful team collaborated in a united and understanding way to carry out the event’s conferences and workshops. Each team member brought different thoughts, roles and culture from different parts of Latin America. Sandra, coordinator of EMDC Colombia, declared, “the vision is made with friends”. This approach helped a lot in working with a multicultural group during the preparation and development of the event. Give thanks to God that the love of Christ and sharing a cooperative spirit among the team allowed them to adapt and work in community for the same purpose.

Streams of Prayer is the prayer bulletin of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.

Valrie McCarthy
Language Development Officer
Wycliffe Caribbean
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