The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is a key partner of Wycliffe Global Alliance. WEA represents more than 600 million evangelicals. WEA’s mission is to equip members and leaders for global ministry and for the advancement of God’s kingdom. WEA has recently appointed Bishop Efraim Tendero as its next Secretary General beginning March 2015. Bishop Tendero served as the National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches for many years. Pray for Bishop Tendero that God would anoint him with wisdom, favor, grace and strength as he serves the evangelical community around the world.
The National Fellowship of Indonesian Churches will celebrate its 65th anniversary this year. The NFIC has a membership of around 70,000 churches. Praise God for how He is sustaining the growth of these churches and how He is causing them to make an impact in Indonesia. Pray that Jesus be deeply honored as they serve and minister in His name. Thank God also for all the NFIC churches that have been partnering with Kartidaya in their Bible translation and community transformation projects. Pray that more NFIC churches will partner with Kartidaya as they hear and understand its various projects in different parts of the country.
The economic challenges around the world have adversely affected a significant number of language projects in Asia. Pray for Kartidaya’s efforts in raising resources that will support their various language and community development projects . Ask God also to guide the Translators Association of the Philippines as they seek new partners through their “Friends of TAP” project. In some areas, including in the Pacific Islands, there are mother-tongue translators who serve voluntarily even without enough financial support. Ask the Lord to graciously provide for their needs. Many of them are writing their translation by hand. Thank God for providing computers and sending people who can give them training in basic computer skills.
Praise God for the many schools all over the world who serve missionary families through educating their children. Thank God for sustaining these schools and for the way he uses the teachers, dorm parents, counselors, etc. in educating and caring for missionary kids. Lift up to the Lord the high school senior students who are graduating this year. Ask the Lord to guide them and provide them with financial and emotional support as they move on, settle in new environments and prepare to continue their studies. Pray that they will wholeheartedly pursue God’s will and plan for their lives.
Praise God for the many years He has given to Wycliffe staff who are retiring this year. Thank God for enriching their lives in countless ways as they assumed different roles, lived in different cultural settings, and served in intercultural teams. Intercede for them as they prepare for retirement and begin a new phase in their lives. Pray that his guidance, peace and wisdom be upon them as they continue to follow his perfect plan for their lives. Pray for the right people to take over the important roles they will leave behind.
Kairos is an effective interactive course designed to educate followers of Christ on world missions. Much of the material used for this course is taken from the longer Perspectives course, which was developed by the US Center for World Mission. Kairos is now being used in more than thirty countries and has been translated into ten languages. Many have responded to the call of missions after taking this course. Requests to translate the course into other languages are increasing. Pray for the translations that are currently being done. Ask the Lord to reveal his grand mission plan as participants from around the world take the Kairos course.
A missiological consultation was held recently for the leaders of a megachurch in Manila, Philippines. This church supports nearly 100 missionaries and mission agencies. The Lord used two key Wycliffe Asia-Pacific staff to facilitate their meetings. Praise God for the impact of this consultation. The church has realized that mission belongs to God and he has given them the privilege to participate in his mission. The church has decided to conduct a church-wide retreat next month and has again invited the participation of the two Wycliffe staff. Pray that this church would be careful to obey as they discern what God is leading them to do in becoming a missional church.