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Prayer Focus Bulletin 2014-11-23

Visas delayed: Solomon Islands

Pray for ongoing challenges that SIL staff are experiencing in the Solomon Islands. Due to unresolved issues and the upcoming elections and holidays, some visas may not be renewed on time, requiring some teams to need to leave the country unexpectedly. Pray for a quick resolution to these issues.

New teams needed: Vanuatu

The leadership team for Bible translation work in Vanuatu is working to develop a strategic plan for the next three years. Pray for wisdom as they identify God's priorities for the coming years. One key need they have identified is for 60 additional translation advisors for language development and translation projects in the country. Ask God to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2) so that these language communities will have the support they need to do Bible translation.

Audio Christmas stories: Solomon Islands

A two-week workshop to train Solomon Islanders in how to produce and edit audio recordings of Scripture will be held in November. Pray the participants will quickly be able to understand the process and gain confidence in recording. During the workshop, the Christmas story will be recorded  in eight different languages. The participants plan to make the recordings available on mobile phones and other devices. Pray that local radio stations will broadcast the Christmas story recordings in the various language areas.

Story teams and consultant: Asia

Pray for the Bible storying teams working to share God's Word in a country of Asia. They are diligent and have seen fruit from the ministry. Pray for the Bible storying consultant who travels to different parts of the country to lead workshops for those preparing story material. Often the travel and lodging conditions are difficult. Ask for God's grace and good health for each of these workers in ministry.

New translations starting: Southeast Asia

Thank God for new personnel preparing for work in a country of Southeast Asia. One translation team is just starting and teams for two additional projects are preparing to start. Ask God to give strength and determination to those learning new languages. Pray for the local translators and literacy workers as they develop the skills needed to work in these projects. Pray for good relationships to be established so that God's work can proceed smoothly.

First book completed: Southeast Asia

Praise God that the first book of the New Testament is completed for a language of Southeast Asia. The book of Mark has been checked by a consultant* and can be distributed to those wanting to read it. Pray for the work going on in this remote language community where there have been challenges in providing literacy instruction. Ask God to open the way for this work and to protect the team working with the people to make the Scriptures available.

* Consultant check: A consultant thoroughly goes over the translation with the team, checking for accuracy, clarity and naturalness, and looking for omissions, extraneous thoughts or possible misconceptions.

Baegu literacy programme: Solomon Islands

Literacy specialist, Karen Hopping, recently attended a conference for churches in the Baegu speaking area of Malaita, to present a Baegu Bible-based literacy programme to church leaders. There is keen interest in the programme and leaders are making plans for a teacher training workshop next year for the women. Pray for the church leaders as they make preparations for the training and that Baegu speaking people will learn to read and write in their own language. Give praise that Bible translation work is progressing in the Baegu language and the New Testament is nearing completion.

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