- Butbut Kalinga: Philippines
Philippines [2013-11-22] —
Despite Philippine social pressure to use the widely spoken regional Ilocano, Butbut speakers value their heart language and use it in all social activities. To grow spiritually and to know and love God deeply, this project will bring the complete New Testament and Old Testament portions to 8,000 speakers.
Praise: Thank God for positive comments that continue to pour in from local people as the team shares the Butbut Kalinga Scriptures from village to village.
Pray for the team as they are committed and working steadfastly on the New Testament in their language. Due to the laboriousness of the task, the end date has been extended to 2016. Ask that they may have the capacity and clarity to complete the task well.
- Media training workshop: Philippines
Philippines [2013-11-22] —
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.
- Choose to take action: Global
Philippines [2013-11-13] —
Do something to relieve the suffering of the people who were hit by Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines on November 8, 2013. A Filipino pastor writes: "…Press on. May the Lord enable [us] to provide adequate and timely help to all those affected–one life at a time. I commend those who voluntarily go to the devastated areas to provide whatever services may be needed. I thank the thousands, if not millions of people, all over the world who have offered prayers on behalf of our suffering nation."
- Typhoon disaster: Philippines
Philippines [2013-11-12] —
Super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Central Philippines on November 8, causing extensive damage and an estimated 10,000 dead. All SIL Philippine staff are accounted for, but some colleagues who were on the edge of the typhoon's path may be without power for weeks. Please uphold them and the thousands affected by the disaster, especially those who are suffering the loss of loved ones and the many, many thousands who have lost their homes and livelihoods.
- Earthquake: Philippines
Philippines [2013-10-17] —
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on October 17 with a death toll reaching 144 and hundreds injured. Bohol and the neighboring island of Cebu, both popular tourist attractions because of their pristine beaches and historic churches, bore the brunt of the quake. Please pray for ongoing rescue efforts, for hundreds who suffered injuries, and for those who are now without electrical power. Ask God to protect and sustain them through this difficult time.
- The sound of singing: Philippines
Philippines [2013-10-15] —
The Jesus Film recording was recently completed for the Ayta Mag-Indi people. Praise God for all involved in the recording, final editing, and the quality check. Soon it will be mastered onto DVD. The media specialists who helped with the recording report that “it was a very uplifting time of seeing how God provided just what or who was needed along the way.” They were also instrumental in recording some Christian songs in the Ayta Ambala and Ayta Mag-Indi languages, as well as in training a few of the people in simple methods of doing their own recordings. Two days later, one of the recorded songs was heard being played loudly from the Ayta village nearby. Praise God!
- Cotabato Manobo Jesus Film: Philippines
Philippines [2013-10-08] —
Pray for the Jesus Film recording in Cotabato Manobo which has gotten off to an unexpectedly slow start due to the delayed arrival of the national translators and the rest of the voice actors. Pray that the recording itself can be accomplished during the time that the translation consultant is there and that God would break down any obstacles that come up. Pray also for good functioning equipment, fluent readers with expression, good health and unity of spirit during the recording.
- Jesus Film in Bantoanon: Philippines
Philippines [2013-10-02] —
Over the next three weeks, the Jesus Film will be recorded for the Bantoanon people, who live in the Visayan Islands. Ask God for unity, and spiritual and physcial protection for those involved – translators, recordists, voice actors, language assistants, and behind-the-scenes workers. Pray that God will use this recording to reach many of the approximately 75,000 Bantoanon speakers. Pray that it will spark a longing in the hearts of many to receive the Bantoanon New Testament (still in process).
- A Harvest Unfolding: Philippines
Philippines [2013-09-16] —
Since the publication of the New Testament in 2008, work in one group has continued on a dictionary, the translation of Psalms 1-41, and other Old Testament portions. Now that the main translator is approaching retirement, she is pushing to complete these tasks as well as a New Testament revision. Little by little, this work is producing fruit, as a few faith-filled women persistently minister in five rural communities. Recently in a major city, through the low-key efforts of a pastor’s daughter, the translated Word has been passed hand to hand to more than 15 speakers interested in reading it. Others are asking for Scripture. Please pray that this Seed will continue to find good soil and produce 30, 60, even 100-fold.
- Impact of archiving on education: Philippines
Philippines [2013-05-03] —
Praise God for a recent global conference on archiving held in Manila. It focused on the digital archiving of valuable language and culture materials so that they can be accessible to people in the future. Pray for the SIL Philippines archiving team. They are digitizing and making available resources for community consultations being held by the Philippine Department of Education. Pray for these consultations as participants make decisions about writing/spelling the minority languages. One good result will be that more children can be taught in their first language in the early grades of school.