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A project team has released a video in the project language that has so far been well received. Some of the feedback they have received includes: a middle-aged woman from a related dialect area watching it and giving positive feedback, then recommending it to her son (a university student), and then getting a copy for two monks from the language area who were staying in her guesthouse. A group of university students were shown the video at Christmas time and this led to further discussion about faith matters. Most of these students are now connected to believers through an English Corner ministry.
The Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation will be held in the Netherlands, April 13-16. Over 325 people from 126 organizations have registered. Pray for the Lord's blessing and favor as participants apply for visas to travel to the Netherlands from their homes in Europe, Asia and Africa. Pray that all registered participants will be able to attend. There will likely be more registrants than room at the venue. Pray for wisdom for the administrative team in how and where to house the overflow.
Papua New Guinea [2015-02-16]
On 18 January the first of eight installments of the audio version of the Ura Gospel of Luke was broadcast on Radio East New Britain. This began with enthusiasm, not only by the Ura people that heard it, but with the staff at Radio East New Britain as well. Please pray that the broadcasting signal strength will be good through March and that people in the more remote areas will be able to hear it. Pray also that doors might be opened up for future broadcasts in vernaculars with Radio East New Britain.
"Soon the Deaf in Japan will get to hear for the first time how God reveals his name to Moses." That's what one pastor exclaimed, serving as a reminder of what is happening now. Thank you for praying.
The Japanese Sign Language (JSL) project team (ViBi) has now accomplished the following for the translation of Exodus 28-40:
- The translation was done and checked for accuracy after three drafts.The community comprehension check was completed and corrections were made after another three drafts.
- A cueing video created.
- The studio was made ready.
- Recording was done. (It took 226 takes* for these 451 verses--over three takes per Scripture portion)
- The accuracy check of the recordings was finished.
- Six necessary retakes are done and checked.
The team is now entering the post production phase. All of the good takes will be edited together, verse references will be added, and the DVD master copy will be made. At that point, Exodus will be added to the JSL Bible app (free on iphone and Android) and the DVD can be published. The JSL Bible translation of Exodus will be available on DVD, YouTube and the JSL Bible app. Please pray for accurate work, and strength for the two primary team members who carry most of the responsibility for this component. Give praise that the Japanese Deaf people will soon have the story of Exodus.**
*A "take" is a scene filmed at one time without stopping the camera.
**More information about the various services provided by the SIL Global Sign Languages Team can be found on the SIL International website.
Central African Republic [2015-01-17]
When war in the Central African Republic broke out at the end of 2012, local people suffered all kinds of violence and difficulties. Expatriate team members were forced to leave the country and so it became difficult to continue showing the JESUS film in Gbaya. Thank God for the 200 Secure Digital cards now available with the JESUS film and the New Testament in Gbaya pre-recorded on them, which people can access using their mobile phones. Pray that the SD cards may be distributed safely and that a growing number of Gbaya speakers will joyfully receive the message of God’s love for them.
In Belize, a series of 67 radio program segments using the entire Kriol audio New Testament has been launched. One station manager plays the Kriol Scriptures twice a day on his radio station. He said that when he first heard the Scriptures in his language, he felt emotional because of bad experiences with Kriol in his youth. As he continued to listen, he said, “Something happened inside me…it had a redeeming effect on the language for me.” Pray for those listening to the radio programs and for those who are hearing the Kriol Scriptures on 50 Proclaimers* that were distributed by Faith Comes by Hearing.
Please pray for continued safety for those living in a West Asian country that has seen a recent increase in fighting among factions. Things are more settled in the area, and the teams who left have returned. The continued underlying level of stress they live under is a concern. However the current situation is focusing the local people on spiritual things. A new Jesus Film in one of the local languages is getting a lot of interest. Pray that many will find hope in Jesus as a result of seeing the film.
“God, the Word, came to this earth. How much pain He suffered, loving us! Brothers, sisters, if you want freedom from sin, then place your trust in Him. You will inherit eternal life.” The singer broke down in tears and could not continue. For the first time she was hearing the truth about Jesus.
Over ten million speakers of this language group live in Bangladesh. They have no Bible in their language. Their only access is through Scripture songs and dramas developed by local believers working with non-Christian artists. These are broadcast by a local radio station and distributed in CDs, VCDs, and mobile phone format. Pray that God’s Word would be communicated with integrity and relevance. Ask God to empower area churches to be proactive in using these tools to disciple people.
Papua New Guinea [2014-12-11]
Pray for confident and fluent Adzera readers to come forward for recording of Genesis and Luke in early January. Pray, too. for the Mauwake New Testament recording to take place through the first three months of 2015. Ask God to keep the equipment functioning well for these recording sessions.
Praise God that one man is willing to participate in the audio recording of the Epistles in his language in Africa. His voice will supplement the contributions of the skilled female recorder. Please pray that other capable men from this language community will have the courage to offer to be involved in recording the New Testament. Pray for a secure in-country studio to be found where the recordings can take place.
Central African Republic [2014-11-28]
When war in the Central African Republic forced expat team members to leave the country at the end of 2012, with local people suffering all kinds of violence and difficulties since then, it also became harder to continue showing the ‘Jesus’ film in Gbaya. Thank God for the 200 SD cards now available with the ‘Jesus’ film and the New Testament in Gbaya pre-recorded on them, which people can access using their mobile phones. Pray that these may be distributed safely in the Gbaya area and that many people will be touched by the message of God’s love through them.
Pray for Toto, Rose, and Nante as they work in Manila, Philippines to record a dramatized Filipino/Tagalog New Testament so that people throughout the Philippines and abroad can listen to the Bible in their own national language on their phones, or other devices.
The Paraguayan Sign Language (LSPy) team exceeded their goal to translate 10 Bible stories in 2014. They completed 18 stories, which are already being used in the Deaf churches each Sunday. A number of hearing churches are also eager to start ministries for the Deaf using the Bible stories. The team is taking advantage of the Internet to test the stories with individuals or groups that have had no previous exposure to them. The team uploaded all 18 stories to YouTube.* Pray that the Paraguayan Deaf will receive these stories with joy.
United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda [2014-11-06]
Praise God for opportunities to use digital and non-print media to promote Ugandan and Tanzanian languages and to bring the Good News to communities in their own language and in accessible media. Pray for ongoing work in producing the "JESUS film" in a number of languages in Uganda and Tanzania. Pray too that the 14 local language websites produced in the past year will attract a lot of interest from speakers of those languages and that good progress will be made for additional language websites under construction.
Papua New Guinea [2014-10-30]
Pray for Ipili-speaking Pastor Mandita as he continues revising Genesis and translating Exodus. Ipili is spoken by about 26,000 people. Pray that the Porgera Joint Venture will fund the Ipili Bible Committee's request to purchase laptop computers and a projector to show the JESUS Film and to do further translation.
Papua New Guinea [2014-10-29]
Praise God that the Arop-Lokep people are using their Audibibles regularly, setting them out to charge in the sun after using them each evening. Also, praise God that the Arop-Lokep New Testaments are being used in church services in the region. Ask God to use His Word in the lives of this people group.
Praise God for three dedicated men from the Chakma, Usoi Tripura and Bawm language communities who are gaining a vision for Scripture Engagement through an internship program this year. This internship provided exposure to the need for Scripture Engagement through teaching and practical experience in various domains including Bible translation, Oral Bible storying, Scripture Use, media and ethnoarts. Pray that the interns develop their skills through the implementation phase of the internship by teaching a short seminar in their language community. Pray that the trainers provide appropriate assistance. Ask God to develop a vision for Scripture Engagement in the seminar participants.
Russian Federation [2014-10-09]
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.
Praise God that major orthography decisions were made for a translation project at a workshop earlier in the year. Pray for good implementation of the orthography changes as John’s Gospel is made ready for publication, Mark’s Gospel is prepared for audio recording, and the translation of Acts is finalized for submission to test readers. Ask God for protection from spiritual attack for the translation team as these tasks are completed.
Give thanks for Scriptures recorded in a resistant southern Philippine language. When CDs were delivered, a woman had tears of joy. Pray for openness to the truth broadcast on the radio and through distributed CDs.
The World [2014-07-26]
The Aramaic Bible Translation (ABT) website received an email from a person who wanted an Assyrian New Testament. They explained that they had grown up in a Middle Eastern country and had come to faith in Christ three months earlier as a result of the witness of friends in Sydney. They concluded, “I'm so anxious and excited to get my Assyrian Bible!” The New Testament had just become available on Scripture Earth less than 30 minutes before. The timing was perfect! Please pray that Assyrians from around the world will continue to find and use these Scripture resources.
Russian Federation [2014-07-25]
Later this year the Nenets Scripture engagement team*, in partnership with the local church, plans to visit people in the communities to distribute a package with both the written text and the audio recording of the Gospel of John. After that, they are planning to create a mini audio Bible that includes the Gospels of John and Mark and a yet-to-be translated set of Bible stories. Pray for a good recording process by IBT and for full funding of this project. Pray that this Scripture will be widely distributed and speak truth to the hearts of the Nenets people.
*Click on the following links for stories about what God is doing among the Nenets people: Who will sing of love for the Nenets?; Foundations of Faith; Pytor Khudy: Hopeless to Joyful; Songs of the Tundra; Birthing an indigenous church: shining hope in Siberia
A small production team in Peru was filming one of the last scenes in a video dealing with issues that are destroying highland Quechua family life. All of a sudden, the main actor, a woman, burst into tears. Cirilo, the director, asked why. When she was able to reply, she shared that when she said her line "Jesus, I give my life to you," she wasn't acting but truly surrendering her life to Christ! Pray for the production and use of storying methods, drama and recordings, as they serve to bring God´s Word to people in their own language.
Praise the Lord for encouraging news of audio Scripture being distributed in a sensitive part of Africa by a partner organization. It has been well-received, passed from hand to hand and spread all over the country. One listener said he felt that when he shut his eyes he was right there in the story. Pray that these resources will continue to spread and be used by the Lord to draw many to faith.
Asia, Europe [2014-04-23]
DVDs of “God’s Story”* and “Luke”** in 3 languages of a sensitive part of Asia are being distributed in both in the UK and the homeland. One of these language communities has one million speakers living in the UK. Encouraging reports have come in of the use of these videos. Pray for continued good reception and broad distribution. Pray that people will be drawn to a relationship with Jesus through their viewing.
The World [2014-04-08]
Praise God that the Assyrian New Testament and Psalms has been sent to the printers. Assyrian Scripture portions, the “JESUS” film and the audio of the Portrait of Jesus are available online, so people have access to them. Pray that Assyrians around the world will find and use these Scripture resources to come to faith and grow in hope. www.aramaicbible.org
Praise God that the audio recording of the Magdalena* script was completed in a sensitive part of Africa. Many barriers were overcome and in the end everything worked out well. The files have been uploaded to the editing center and the recording team has more technical work to finish. The coordinator writes: “I am very thankful that God has protected us during this time. Many thanks for all your prayers.” Please pray for effective editing and for God to use this film to bring many to faith in Jesus.
*Magdelena uses a new perspective to tell the story of the “JESUS” film. This film portrays how Jesus values women by focusing on historical accounts of His interactions with them.
Praise God that the audio recording of the Magdalena* script was recently completed in a sensitive part of Africa. The director writes: “One of the little boys was so excited about his role that he wants to continue being involved in dubbing movies. During the production we discovered many new talents. For future movies we now have a pool of three talented women and at least four talented men.” Pray that these actors will be drawn to a closer relationship to God, as well as those who view the film.
*Magdelena uses a new perspective to tell the story of the JESUS Film. This film portrays how Jesus values women by focusing on historical accounts of His interactions with them.
About 30 participants of a media training workshop in Davao are working through November 22 to create internet websites for the various languages represented. Pray for the myriad of logistical and technical aspects involved, for God’s protection over all the participants, staff, and equipment. Pray for sufficient band width at the venue so that all participants can work on their websites simultaneously, and that ultimately, God’s Word in these languages will be available in these new and effective ways.
Work began on November 9 and will tentatively continue through November 24 on the Tagakaulo version of the Jesus Film. Please pray for those gathered in the studio in Davao for the recording sessions. Specifically pray during this time for the right “voice actors”, and pray against spiritual opposition of every kind. May God use this as a dynamic tool for the building of His kingdom.
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