A website for Bengali Scripture and cultural resources is being developed in partnership with Kalaam Media, providing Bengali speakers around the world with access to God's Word. Pray for the drafting and translating of the website text to be accurate and helpful to the viewers. Pray for reliable, consistent Internet. Ask God for a national believer to help develop and maintain the site. Pray that necessary documents from organizations giving permission for their materials to be used on the site will be collected soon. Ask God to prepare the hearts of Bengali speakers to receive God's Word through this site.
Praise God for the new interest Northern Thai people are showing in the Scriptures and literacy promotion for the language. Pray for the two groups involved in this effort. Also, pray for the translators and their associates who continue working to finish the Northern Thai translation. Ask God to bring fruit as they check the newly translated Word.
Pray for those working in several related languages in one region of Asia. Some translation of the Word has been done, but little literacy work to enable people to read. Ask God to give wisdom as literacy materials are developed. Pray also for the new believers in these groups to be grounded in the Scriptures, whether by reading, through listening, or both.
Praise God for a fruitful writer's workshop that was attended by members of the LahuShi, Lisu and Karen Pwo groups who are developing curriculum for church-based mother tongue kindergarten programs. Everyone prayed for creativity and help from the Lord because writing is a new skill, and by the end of the week God blessed the group with 50 great stories.
Many language groups on Bougainville Island are asking for a Writers Workshop to be conducted in their villages. The Writers Workshops conducted by Robin Rempel have already created a hunger for God's Word to be translated into local languages. Pray that God will keep alive the hunger for His Word; and that He will guide workers and give them wisdom about how the needs of these people can be addressed.
Two new oral Bible storying projects started this year in Bangladesh among the Usoi Tripura and Mru language communities. Several story crafters from these two communities work with a story crafting facilitator to learn a story from the Bible and then craft a story that is accurate to the Bible and told naturally in their mother tongue. Pray that the Usoi and Mru story crafters will continue learning the crafting process well and that the facilitators will move towards working independently. Ask God to prepare the hearts of the Usoi and Mru people to receive God's Word in story form.
Pray for those working on testing* Bible stories for one language. Access to native speakers is limited and many are afraid to participate. Also, local culture makes traditional testing methods ineffective. They need wisdom to create a new testing methodology that works in their situation. Pray for them. And pray that those hearing the Bible stories will respond to the message.