Bible Translation Association (BTA) celebrates its 35th year as an Alliance organization. Praise God for sustaining BTA in serving the language communities in Papua New Guinea. Thank the Lord for their partners and friends who have served alongside BTA. During the conference, David Gela, who has been faithfully serving as director, will officially turn over the leadership role to Tony Kotauga. Intercede for Tony, his family and his new leadership team. Pray for wisdom as BTA further advances the Bible translation movement in Papua New Guinea. Pray that the Lord will be greatly honored during this important time of transition.
The Maluku Island is one of the major islands in Indonesia with a large concentration of languages. Many of the people are oral learners. Praise God that oral Bible stories have been crafted and translated into several languages for the people of Maluku. Ask the Lord to use the stories to lead more people to Christ and spur spiritual growth for the believers. Pray that the believers will eagerly share these stories with people in neighboring villages. Pray also that the Lord will use the stories to speak powerfully as he reveals himself to the people in everyday situations.
Praise God for a number of self-starting initiatives for Bible translation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pray that the leaders of these initiatives have a clear vision, good relationships with each other, correct information, adequate training and resources. Pray for the spirit of unity and reciprocity to guide the different organizations and initiatives. Ask God to raise up translators and other dedicated workers for all these initiatives.
Using the stories of creation, angels and the fall of Satan and his followers, a couple is teaching a community about spirits. Because of fear, the people offer sacrifices to them. Some of them even see spirits. Pray for this couple to stand firm against manifestations that are not from God’s Spirit. Pray for courage and wisdom as they seek to lead people toward an understanding of truth from the Word of God. Ask God to create powerful expressions of his presence in the daily lives of the community. Pray that God reveals himself as the only True God who controls the world with love, mercy and grace.
Due to harsh terrain, rough seas and inaccessibility by road, not much language development has come to the southern coast of Guadalcanal Island. There is a growing interest in Bible translation and literacy in this area and initial translation awareness is being planned. Pray for the right timing and location for these first translation awareness meetings. And ask God to provide godly people from the language communities who will commit to serving in Bible translation for their people.
The diversity of languages in Indonesia requires many workers to start Bible translation and literacy projects. Pray for Kartidaya as it seeks to start new language projects in different places. These places include Yapen Waropen Island and its surrounding islands in the province of Papua. Ask God to provide local workers who would be part of the translation teams. Pray for wisdom and diligence to be upon those who are in charge of these new projects. Pray for guidance to discover individuals and groups who will work together to serve the Indonesian Church in reaching language communities through Scripture translation.
Praise God that the number of Scripture products in digital formats is increasing. People can now read, listen to and watch the Word of God through text, audio and video media forms respectively. Scripture products are often available on websites, such as YouVersion and Faith Comes by Hearing, networks and on social media. Apps are also available for mobile phones where the Bible can be downloaded in formats that can be easily shared phone to phone even with limited internet. Pray that more people will have access to Scriptures both in written and digital forms, and discover the truth about God’s plan and love.