The Vostok project is taking God’s Word to several small, remote language communities in far east Siberia through oral Bible storying. These efforts are taking place over three summers when the weather is best for traveling. Praise God for the encouraging results the four teams had in August when they made contact with the Udihe, Ulch, Nanai, Nivkh, and Koryak language communities. Pray that during the next two summers the teams will be able to return to work together with the people in the communities to translate and record about 30 Bible stories for each community.
The children of workers living outside their home countries have special challenges attending schools in cultures and languages not their own. Some must change schools and move to other countries several times as their parents move through language learning, country orientation and then the location of their assignment. Pray for these children around the world as they adjust to new schools, learn new languages, and seek to make friends. Ask God to give their parents wisdom in loving and supporting them. Pray for them to be aware of God’s presence and peace.
Initial partnering and planning is being done to consider how to begin a translation project with an isolated language community in the Caucasus. Pray that a good foundation is laid with cooperation between interested partners and members of the language community. Pray for wisdom in how to proceed for everyone involved.
Bible translation work with a language community in a desert region has been going on for over 10 years. There is only one known believer. Pray that God will encourage and protect this believer and that the translators can make contact with him. Please pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the people in God's perfect time. Continue to pray for the team as they work to translate the Scriptures.
There is potential to start a number of new translation projects in West Asia. However, sufficient personnel and funds are needed. Pray for the provision of the resources needed to begin and continue these projects. Pray that God will choose and prepare people both from within and from outside these communities to partner together in the Bible translation process.
Praise God that the text of the Tatar Bible has been typeset. Please pray for endurance and accuracy for the translation team as they proofread the whole Bible. Pray for the publishers as they prepare the text for printing. A celebration for the Bible will be held in the second half of 2015. Pray for the small fellowships of Christ followers among the Tatar to be strengthened and that God will move among the Tatar people with power.
The Bulgarian team is starting their first Romani language project. There is hope that this language is closely related to the Romanian Romani variety spoken just across the border. Please pray for open and respectful relationships with the mission partner and community partners, and wisdom for the team leaders.