The National Union of Indigenous Translators (UNTI) of Mexico and the Wycliffe Global Alliance, motivated by their shared vision, have signed a new agreement between the two institutions. The aim is to strengthen the Bible translation projects in the local languages of Mexico, conduct literacy programs, mobilize prayer and financial support, and carry out training activities. Pray that as a result, the language communities in Mexico will receive God's message in their own language and that many lives will be transformed.
On November 2, 2013, a new director for LETRA* Chile was appointed. Fernando Callejas lives in La Serena with his wife, Claudia Fernández. We praise God for guiding LETRA in every step of their leadership selection process. The previous director, Oscar Gómez, will continue to serve LETRA as President of the Board of Directors. May God bless both of these men as they work to promote Bible translation among the churches of Chile.
As LETRA* Chile maintains a steadfast eye on Vision 2025, they ask for prayer for their mobilization efforts, that God will provide good contacts for them in the Chilean churches, and that the regional teams will have many opportunities to share the work of Bible translation. They need new workers to serve in the administration and the resources necessary to make the organization sustainable. Pray for their missionary candidates, who are in preparation for service and for those who are or will be working in other lands. Pray also for the Bible translation in Chilean Sign Language.
In February, important meetings at CanIL* in British Colombia, brought together the Bible translators for the Naskapi community and their field director with representatives from the Canadian Bible Society and other interested parties. They spent a whole day discussing how they can work together to help all the First Nations speakers have adequate access to the Word of God. A second day was spent challenging the staff and student body at CanIL to consider how they might be involved in the work that remains in Canada. At least a dozen sudents showed interest in this possibility. Pray that God will send more workers to the First Nations people; especially to those who are still waiting for God´s Word in their heart language.
On January 6, 2014, the former director of FEDEMEC*, Cristian Castro, along with his wife, Mariela Reyna, and their two children moved from Costa Rica to Bolivia, where they are to pastor a church in the city of Cochabamba. FEDEMEC has a new director. Mr. Andres Blanco is a young man with a clear call to missions and is well-prepared to give continuity to the excellent work of this mission organization. Pray for the Castros in their new ministry and for Andres in his new role of leadership. May God give to both Cristian and Andres the wisdom and strength to carry out His plans for His kingdom.
Bible Translation of Mexico (TBM) asks for prayer for the training courses for the missionary candidates preparing to go to CILTA* or participate in the RALN** program, and that God will give teachers and students understanding, joy and focus. Ask God to provide the finances necessary for the development of every activity and program that TBM has planned for 2014. May they experience health, spiritual strength and encouragement, as they move forward in the promotion of Bible Translation in Mexico.
Wycliffe Canada missionaries have turned the LAMP* ministry over to Literacy and Evangelism International (LEI) Canada. As faith missionaries working under LEI, three Mayan believers face the daunting task of raising their support in an area where most churches still don't pay their pastors. They have given up their 'salaries' and will be depending on God for their sustenance through partners interested in their ministry. Please pray that God will send them support partners soon. May many people be transformed by the truth as they learn to study the Scriptures for themselves.