Thank God for the local church that has expressed an interest in reaching out to a language community living in the jungle. Ask God to give them wisdom as leaders from the two sides begin interactions. Access to the language area is difficult, requiring several hours of walking from the nearest road. Pray that the church people persist through the difficulties and that they will be able to work well together with this community. An oral Bible storying project is underway for the language. Pray that the story crafters can share the stories with local speakers and receive good feedback on the meaning they understand from these stories.
The leaders of the Bible Translation Organization of Tonga desire to serve the Tongan churches by sharing the vision of having God's Word in the language of every people group. Pray for these leaders as they contact churches and pastoral staff about opportunities to talk about Bible translation. Ask God for wisdom in scheduling overseas trips to visit Tongan churches in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Pray that God will reveal His vision to these churches about how to participate in His work.
The editing of the revised Cook Islands Maori New Testament was finished in January, thanks particularly to Mailalo (Mai) for his help with all the final details. A house has been provided for Mai and his family to move from Massey to Mangere, but it needs a complete renovation. Pray for God's help that everything will proceed smoothly, particularly for the Council permit for alterations. Pray for Mai, and Kevin and Mary Salisbury to be able to meet and set goals for the completion of the Pukapukan New Testament this year.
'Tentmakers' refers to workers who have a business alongside their ministry activities. Pray for one couple getting their business established as a basis for long-term involvement. This requires trips to many local government offices in addition to normal beginning activities such as language learning and relationship building. They also need to make a minimum capital investment--pray for adequate funds for the minimum bank deposit. And pray for peace to surround the family in the midst of the busy-ness of work in two very different occupations.
The Ethnologue is a catalog of the world's languages which has been updated at least every four years for over 60 years. This invaluable resource is used by many Christian mission agencies to help guide their strategic planning. It is also used by linguists, scholars and others as a reference on languages. Pray for the current editors as they compile dozens of details in preparing a new edition. Ask that they will transfer information carefully, find the remaining errors of fact and persist with the detailed database programming to produce it. Currently the Ethnologue is available online at www.ethnologue.com and will soon be available in print-on-demand paper volumes.
Thank God for the completion of the second building of the translation and training facility sponsored by Payap University. The utilities are all in place, and they have begun to host training workshops at the new center. Pray for the final permissions to construct the third building on the site. This will enable more people to use the facility. Ask God for wisdom for those leading the workshops and for the trainees to learn the new skills quickly.
Two large church denominations are holding major celebrations to commemorate historic events in their church histories. These events would be a strategic place to promote Bible translation. Pray for opportunities to participate in these events and for participants to become committed to supporting Bible translation through their prayers, giving and promoting the use of Scriptures.