The Streams of Prayer for 6 February 2023, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. Wycliffe Caribbean makes this available.
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. Our participation in God’s mission flows out of our communion with the Triune God and our fellowship within the Body of Christ. We are a community because we joyfully share a common life in Christ. …Our interdependence and interconnectedness creates an environment where all Alliance Organizations generously give and graciously receive. We recognize we are not owners, but only stewards of the gifts God has given us. 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 recognize that although each Alliance organization 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. We pray for all partnerships, and for the ways friendship is demonstrated, both in and through the Alliance.
Friendship in prayer: The Netherlands
Pray for opportunities for evangelists worldwide to reach out to their “neighbourhoods” through the Jesus Messiah picture book. Some years ago Wycliffe Netherlands started a prayer group that has become a community of friends that meets every six weeks. This group of intercessors prays for people groups and languages who have shown interest in using the Jesus Messiah materials in the languages used in their region. Pray that more people will be added to this group of intercessors. Many times after these prayer meetings, breakthroughs occur in areas where resistance potentially could have stopped the progress of the Jesus Messiah projects.
Building community through meeting together: South Korea
The Global Bible Translators (GBT) hosted an annual strategy meeting and retreat for all South Korea-based staff members on 24-28 October. The GBT leadership team chose “Trinitarian Community and Mission with God” as the theme. By reflecting on the trinitarian unity together, they sought to glorify God and to be encouraged toward greater efficiency and fruitfulness in their work. Pray that GBT staff will continue to depend on God and acknowledge God’s work in their lives and ministry. Ask for God’s grace and guidance as the GBT team seeks to accomplish its goals for the new year, all for God’s glory.
It’s all about friendship: France
Wycliffe France is focused on making friends. The team at Wycliffe France has worked hard to create relationships with individuals interested in the work of Bible translation. The operational team, along with volunteer ambassadors for Wycliffe France, are keen to lead prayer meetings, speak in Sunday services, and keep in touch with people. Wycliffe France staff attended a gathering in Paris called the Centre Evangelique attended by 600 participants. Relationships have also been forged with a growing number of churches interested in one of the five current focus areas that Wycliffe France offers, called communities of interest and engagement. Wycliffe France offers opportunities on Facebook and through the website to celebrate the progress being made in the worldwide Bible translation movement, giving praise to God and also allowing people who have prayed and given financially to share in the joys of this progress. Please pray that the latest friendship opportunities bear much fruit. Pray that French churches understand their God-given mandate and invitation to participate in his mission.
Setting up home and growing friendships for ministry: Asia, Australia
Give thanks that a Wycliffe Australia family is settling well in their new place in Asia. They have now set up their home and have driving licences and a car to get around. Praise God that they have begun developing friendships within the community around them, and for opportunities for learning as they begin cross-cultural ministry. They are committed to serving long-term in their new community. Pray for guidance as they seek out a local organisation with whom to form a partnership that will allow them to stay long-term. Ask the Lord for his favour as they continue to build relationships, and establish roots in this new place of ministry and service.
Serving the community and sharing God’s Word: Peru
The Interdenominational Association for the Integral Development of Apurímac, AIDIA, continues to serve various communities in the Apurimac region, distributing baskets with basic food products such as rice, sugar, oil, beans, peas, lentils, oats, tuna, milk, noodles, and cocoa. Each basket weighs approximately 12 kilos. AIDA delivers the baskets to churches in the focus areas, which distribute them to people with limited economic resources, particularly single mothers, orphaned children, widows, and the elderly. In addition, families receive training in water safety and the transmission of diseases through untreated water and have been provided with water filters. Thanks to this help provided by AIDIA, the team of facilitators have gained access to more homes in several Quechua-speaking communities in order to share the translated Word of God. Thank God for the help and service that AIDIA provides to the communities and for the work of Bible translation that is carried out in the region. Pray that God’s Word in Quechua will fill spiritually hungry hearts just as the food baskets fill their hungry bellies.
Community joins hands to help Bible translation: Papua New Guinea
Praise the Lord for the initiative of the Taboro community in the Central Province. They have begun making plans to build a house for the translation work. In order to encourage the translators, they have also committed themselves to providing resources for the work which includes planting a garden. The produce from the garden will help feed the translators, and some of it can be sold in markets to raise funds to support the project. Ask the Lord to bless these community efforts. Pray for unity and synergy as they join hands with the translators in this noble task of making the Scriptures available in their language. Pray for the new people who were appointed to join the translation team. Each of them has been given the responsibility of translating one of the New Testament books.
Oral Bible translation in partnership with YWAM: Uganda, Global
Staff from the Alliance partner with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in the Oral Bible translation (OBT) initiative. Praise God for the Oral Bible Translation Global Gathering that took place in January in Entebbe, Uganda, sponsored by ETEN and OBT Affinity Table. Oral Bible translation practitioners from multiple countries were able to attend. Afterwards, several participants travelled to a YWAM base elsewhere in Uganda where several OBT teams and consultants-in-training worked together to initiate the oral translation process in several languages. Thank God for this partnership and pray that both of these gatherings will result in the ongoing growth of Oral Bible translation to better serve language communities around the world. Ask God to help those seeking to initiate Oral Bible translation in Uganda, by giving them wisdom and perseverance.
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