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Pray for Philippines

  • A megachurch learning more about missions

    A missiological consultation was held recently for the leaders of a megachurch in Manila, Philippines. This church supports nearly 100 missionaries and mission agencies. The Lord used two key Wycliffe Asia-Pacific staff to facilitate their meetings. Praise God for the impact of this consultation. The church has realized that mission belongs to God and he has given them the privilege to participate in his mission. The church has decided to conduct a church-wide retreat next month and has again invited the participation of the two Wycliffe staff. Pray that this church would be careful to obey as they discern what God is leading them to do in becoming a missional church.

  • Advanced Storying Workshop

    Praise God for a suitable place to hold the Advanced Storying Workshop* from May 4-15. Ask the Lord to help the presenting team be ready for it spiritually, linguistically, relationally, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pray that those attending will be encouraged in their spiritual growth through the workshop.

    *Bible Storying is a method of helping people engage with God’s Word through the retelling of Biblical stories. It is used with people who prefer audio or visual ways of learning as well as in cultures where the Bible is not available in printed form.

  • Four revisions in process

    Pray for translation teams working on final revision of four more New Testaments in the central Philippines: Romblomanon, Bantoanon, Inakeanon, and another in a sensitive area. Pray that these will be published within the next couple of years. Ask God for wisdom in the many decisions ahead, for team unity, community participation, and Scriptures that communicate accurately and naturally so that people will exclaim, “God speaks our language!”

  • Central Ifugao whole Bible launching

    The launching and dedication of the Central Ifugao (Amganad) whole Bible will take place on May 20 in the northern Philippines. Pray for the different working committees as they prepare for this event. Pray that God is glorified and that people will be drawn to Christ and desire to read His Word. Pray for one of the main translators who is also a consultant as she travels from the US to the Philippines on May 12 to attend the ceremony and a Bible conference following the ceremony.

  • Scripture nearing completion

    The Romblomanon translation team in the Philippines hopes to finish revising the New Testament this year. Pray that they can proceed without hindrance. One team member, Pauline, recruits prayer partners to fast weekly and intercede until the New Testament is completed and launched. Ask God to protect review committee members and grant them good health and unity in the Spirit. Pray that an audio recording of the New Testament will be produced in time for distribution alongside the printed edition. Some older Romblomanon speakers will benefit more from the audio edition than the printed one. Give praise that the new Romblomanon website has links to Scripture portions. (Adapted from the Wycliffe USA Finish Line)

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Give thanks for the completed Lubuagan New Testament! Celebrations took place in two locations in the Philippines last year on August 15 and 16. Now the Lubuagan people can grow to treasure the translated Scriptures and allow God to speak to their hearts in their mother tongue. The Lower Tanudan project also nears completion. Pray for consultants approving the final books and investing time in this last step before publication. Pray for wisdom, capable leadership and insight. Pray too for a new project coordinator for the Lower Tanudan team. There are 27,000 speakers of these two languages. Seed Company

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Rejoice that the translators among the Majukayong in the Philippines are on track! They have completed the final read-through of the New Testament and typesetting has begun. Lift up the planning process for the Majukayong New Testament dedication celebration, and pray for eager anticipation of God’s Word among the people (pop. 10,000). For those in the area who oppose the translation, pray that the Holy Spirit will persuade them of its eternal value. Seed Company

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Praise God that mother tongue Scriptures are already impacting Butbut Kalinga speakers (pop. 8,000) in the Philppines! A local pastor helped test community comprehension of the Bible translation and testified how greatly he was blessed through the process. Pray that many will hear God’s Word in their language and respond in faith. There is an increasing emphasis on teaching Butbut Kalinga in schools; pray this will kindle a desire among the people to read the translated Scriptures. Only a few New Testament books remain in the initial drafting step. Pray for the translators as they focus on these books and move the rest of the New Testament through the various checking, testing and back translation steps. Seed Company

  • Scripture nearing completion

    On a weekly basis, the Rinconada team members in the Philippines are meeting online with a translation consultant. Pray for clear communication and reliable Internet connections. Pray that the consultant will be able to check the remaining New Testament books this year. Give thanks for six books successfully tested within the community for comprehension. Pray that the team members will remain diligent and committed to the project. Pray for wise planning when they reach the typesetting phase. Praise God that Scripture portions and stories in the Rinconada language were available for a local Christmas program. There are 304,000 speakers of Rinconada. OneBook

  • Scripture nearing completion

    The Romblomanon translation team in the Philippines is pressing forward to finish revising the New Testament this year. God’s miracle-working power will be needed to accomplish this! Pray the team will proceed without hindrance. One team member, Pauline, is recruiting prayer partners to fast weekly and intercede until the New Testament is completed and dedicated. Ask God to protect the review committee members — Pastors Merlin, Emil and Doming; and Sisters Senia, Eunice, Melody and Evelyn. They need good health as well as unity in the Spirit. Pray that an audio recording of the New Testament will be available to distribute along with the printed edition. Some of the older population will benefit more from the audio edition. Praise God that the new Romblomanon website already contains Scripture portions! There are 120,000 speakers of Romblomanon.

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