Streams of Prayer Bulletin

Streams of Prayer for April 26, 2021

The Streams of Prayer for April 26, 2021, is a circular from Wycliffe Global Alliance. This is 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.

SIL International Conference: Global

Pray for the participants, facilitators and support staff for SIL‘s International Conference (ICON), taking place 26-30 April 2021. ICON was scheduled for May 2020, but was limited to a brief online meeting due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Plans were made for the conference to be completed a year later. However, most travel is still cancelled, so this second part of the event (ICON20/21) is also being held online. Please pray for strength and good health for participants meeting together from around the world. Praise God for the online tools that allow an event like this to happen, and pray for good connectivity for all who are attending. Pray for God to guide SIL delegates, leaders and partners, and for good discussions of the three major topics: localisation, resourcing, and SIL’s relationship with the Church.

Appointment of New Board President of the Board: Argentina

In February, the General Assembly of LETRA Argentina announced the retirement of Board President Pastor Daniel Bianchi. He had held the position since the inception of the organisation. Daniel brought vision and strength to the dream of seeing Argentines focused on Bible translation and literacy. During his time of board leadership, the entity grew into an organisation of more than 100 people. Thank God for Pastor Bianchi and pray for him as he moves on to other challenges in God’s kingdom. LETRA Argentina welcomes Rodolfo Senn to serve as the new President of the Board of Directors. Rodolfo translated the New Testament for the Nadeb people of Brazil, served as Executive Director of LETRA Argentina from 2012 to 2017, and is a Bible translation consultant. Pray for Rodolfo in this new challenge and the responsibilities he faces. Pray for the entire LETRA family in this time of transition.

New staff members: Taiwan and Japan

Praise God that he calls people to serve in the Bible translation mission. Pray for new staff members of Wycliffe Taiwan and Wycliffe Japan. Thank God for their heart for missions especially Bible translation and literacy work. Ask the Lord to grow and strengthen their faith as they respond to his calling. May they serve with joy.

Online opens greater possibilities: Russia

Wycliffe Russia generally holds a weekend each year to give potential applicants the opportunity to hear more from the Wycliffe team, to discern what God is saying and to ask the key questions that help them consider involvement in the work of Bible Translation in Russia. According to Alexander Phillipov, the director of Wycliffe Russia, normally they have about 35 enquirers. Due to the pandemic, they took the event online and had over 80 participants. The meetings were all held virtually and the same content was covered as if the participants had met together with the team. There were participants from central Asia, Poland, France, Russia and Germany. Praise God for people’s willingness to connect online. Pray that these precious people would hear from God and clearly discern the role that he would have them play in the Bible translation movement. 

People make a team: Czech Republic

The Wycliffe Czech Republic team praises God that all their staff serving in other countries are safe and well. Katka is waiting for a visa to begin serving in an African country. So please pray for the process and permissions. Kristina is now working from the Czech Republic. Like many staff serving in other countries, she was strongly encouraged to return home at the start of the pandemic. Honza and Jarka decided with their home church to stay on in Asia. Borders are closed but praise God that the work on translation continues. Please pray for the training of new national coworkers in translation. For the whole team, pray for God’s strengthening and his help in discerning when staff who returned home to the Czech Republic will be able to return to their countries of assignment.

Death of a leader creates a gap: Papua New Guinea

Pray for the Papua New Guinea Bible Society (PNGBS), a partner in the Bible translation movement in Papua New Guinea, as they deal with the sudden death of their leader. Mr Verenagi Ravu, the General Secretary of PNGBS, died on 26 March. His death created a leadership gap. Therefore, ask the Lord to give wisdom and clarity to the board and senior management staff as they work together to seek out and appoint a new General Secretary. Pray also for peace and comfort for his family and the PNGBS staff. 

Navigating through the pandemic: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Pacific

Pray for Alliance organisations in the Pacific. Pray for strength for leaders and their Human Resources sections as they navigate through these challenging times and provide support and encouragement to staff. Also, pray for personnel who are trying to make travel plans for ministry or return to their passport countries in the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic. In Papua New Guinea, the COVID-19 spike has brought new measures restricting travel between provinces and limiting gatherings of more than 10 people. In the Solomon Islands, advisors for language projects are not able to return to their language projects. This is causing hindrance to work going forwards. So pray Psalm 90:17 over all the leaders of Alliance organisations and their partners in the Pacific.

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