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  • Recording activities and equipment

    Pray for September's recording activities for language teams: Andy Weaver will dub the 'Luke' video in the Mussau-Emira language. Emos will do post-production editing on the Iyo language recordings. And Dan Bauman will be post-producing Enga Mark and parts of Genesis, and also Revelation in Nai. Also, pray for the Scripture Use Media section to resolve problems with their equipment and computer servers not working properly.

  • National Literacy Week event

    Pray for the National Literacy Week event scheduled to take place in Gulf Province at Kikori, Baimuru and Koravake villages in mid-September. The province's schools do not have good literacy rates, but Robbie and Debbie Petterson wiil be demonstrating some more effective instructional strategies. Pray for open ears and hearts for the national and provincial leaders attending this event.

  • Program planning workshop

    Pray for participants and staff at the Program Planning Workshop being held in September in Ukarumpa. Language teams learn to plan their language development programs by determining what kind of impact they want to see for the whole community. Then they focus on what activities are needed to bring about that impact. Ask God to bring fruit from the plans that are developed.

  • September consultant sessions

    Pray for the consultant checking* sessions planned for September: John and Ariana Glennon will be checking about 1000 verses from Exodus to 1 Kings for Kakabai, Topura, Wedau, Kanasi, Anuki, and Iamalele. Also, Al Boush will check John 11-21 and James to Jude for the Migabac. The following languages need a consultant to check the Scripture that they have ready: Awad Bing, Keapara, Amam, Sibe, Onobasulu, Bau, Mekeo, Meramera and Mouwase.

    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.

  • Writer's workshop

    Pray for the pre-translation Writer's Workshop taking place in early September in the town of Sasereme as a part of the Tributaries Multi-Language Initiative. Participants from six language communities may be attending (Dibiyaso, Doso, Mubami, Foia-Foia, Hoia-Hoia and Hoya Hoya). Pray for Pastor Gadila Inali, the church leader at Sasereme who is hosting the workshop. And pray for Karan Allen and Bonnie Mackenzie as they facilitate the course.

  • Tairora Audibible celebration

    The Tairora Audibible is being celebrated at the Ukarumpa Training Centre during the first week of September. Pray that the Tairora people will receive the Scriptures with joy and use them to draw closer to God. Also pray that Tairora speakers will purchase copies of the printed Bible and Tairora dictionary.

  • Third Bible Storytelling workshop

    The third Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshop for the second cluster of languages of the Sepik Partnership and Engagement Strategy (SPES) begins the first of September. Pray for the six language teams participating in this workshop (Mangamba, Wam, Yambes, Juwar, Urimo and Bungain). Pray that the participants will be eager to learn and tell the six new stories related to Christmas.

  • Bible storying staff needed

    Praise God for the recently published survey report which provides a preliminary description of the linguistic situation of four language communities. Research suggests that two story projects are needed, but there are very few known believers among these groups. Praise God that there is one brother from the first group who is working on Bible stories in his language. Pray that he would have boldness to share and test the newly drafted stories. Pray also that God would raise up people from the three other communities to begin storying in the area north of the first project.

  • Further language development

    Pray for the meeting between a local cultural organization and language project staff and partners in one language area. This will be an important meeting to find out what kind of language development activities this community want to be involved in. A New Testament and a few books are available in this language but very few people know how to read them. Pray that a literacy project can be started in the next year.

  • Bible story set almost complete

    Pray for the continuing Bible story work for one language community. Twelve stories were reviewed by church leaders in March. The team is now doing some more testing and making some edits based on input from the leaders. The work has been slow. Pray for encouragement for the team and that the project managers can find ways to speed up the work so that the short set can be completed by the end of September.

  • Literacy and Bible story project

    The literacy survey for one language community has been completed. Please pray for the planning process for the literacy project and the development of a local literacy team. Pray for the continuing Bible story work for this language. The testing has been going well. Many people in the village who were not open to the Gospel before are open to hearing stories from God's Word. Also, pray for the church review and the final editing.

  • New Bible Story crafter needed

    Pray for the Bible story project team for one language. The main storyteller is not a Christian and she is leaving the country. This will make it difficult to continue to edit the stories and craft more stories. Please pray that God would provide additional people to work with the team.

  • New Testament and Children's Bible

    Pray continued anointing by the Holy Spirit to finish the New Testament by the end of 2014. Final consistency checking and revision is taking place in the final months of the year. Also, pray for the team to stand strong in the midst of spiritual attack. Pray for the completion of the Children's Bible, which is also near completion and should be finished sometime in 2014. Ask that God would use this people group to reach out to the related people groups around the area. Pray for distribution channels to be opened for our New Testament. Thank the Lord for new end users willing to do this who live in a neighboring country.

  • Impacting the World Together

    COSECHA* 2014 is an event of COMIBAM International** scheduled for November, in Bolivia. The objective is to present specific opportunities for collaborative work between the Latin American church and organizations that have experience in missions. The participants for the event will be leaders of mission agencies, denominational departments for global outreach, sending churches and mission movements. The meetings will focus on inspiration, information, intercession, working groups within specific regions and personal contact between participants. Pray that this event will result in advances in world missions, including Bible translation. 

    *Cosecha is the Spanish word for harvest.

    **COMIBAM International is the Latin American Missions Cooperative. Its purpose is to promote the vision for world missions in Latin American countries.

  • Focus on the World

    The members of FEDEMEC* in Costa Rica give thanks to God for the churches that have accompanied them in ministry for nearly 30 years. Pray for the FEDEMEC team as they deal with new changes, especially for Director Andres Blanco in his first year of leadership. Pray for the finances of the organization, those who have recently begun to share in ministry costs and good stewardship. Ask God to bless new candidates and those involved in field outreach. May the activities and ministry of this organization impact the world for God’s glory.

    *FEDEMEC-Evangelical Federation for Missions in Costa Rica

  • Mobilizing People for Bible Translation

    Give thanks to God for His answers to prayer for the Training Course for Bible Translation Mobilization in Venezuela, July 24-26. The course was facilitated by Wycliffe Americas in cooperation with the Baptist Theological Seminary of Venezuela and COMIBAM Venezuela. Thirty-one committed participants represented several diverse organizations including SIETE*, ETNOS**, and CLAN***, as well as Bible societies and churches. Pray that the participants will impact every part of Venezuela with the awareness of Bible translation and how people can be involved in it. 

    *SIETE is the organization for Bible Translation Mobilization in Venezuela

    **Fundación ETNOS is a non-profit organization dedicated to help the language communities in Venezuela. 

    ***CLAN - Training in Linguistics, Anthropology, and Literacy in language communities in Venezuela

  • Sending Missionaries

    FAM Guatemala is a participating organization in the Wycliffe Global Alliance, serving the Guatemala church to facilitate the sending of missionaries to all parts of the world. Pray for the activities and projects of this office, including their cable television program entitled Global Vision, recruitment of new candidates, new contacts with the Guatemala church, and mobilization of the church in the language communites to help accomplish Vision 2025*.  Ask God to provide for these projects, the monthly expense of the office, and financial resources and spiritual and physical protection for each of their missionaries.

    *Vision 2025 – “By 2025, together with partners worldwide, we embrace the vision that by the year 2025 a Bible translation project will be in progress for every people group that needs it.”

  • Recorded Wapishana New Testament

    Faith Comes by Hearing* has completed recording the Wapishana New Testament in Guyana. Before the recorded New Testament can be distributed to the villages, people need to be trained how to organize reading groups in the villages, how to listen to and discuss small sections of the New Testament and how to report on the group activities. Pray for safety for the training team as they travel to four villages in rainy-season weather, September 1-3. Pray that people will come from the surrounding villages to be trained.

    *The mission of Faith Comes by Hearing is to record and use heart-language Audio Bibles to bring His church together and make disciples from every nation, tribe, language, and people.

  • Leaders Moving Forward

    An event focusing on leadership is scheduled for September 8-13 in Brazil. Those planning to participate are the administrative leaders and the board of directors for ALEM* as well as missionaries involved in Bible translation. The focus of the meetings will be on the following leadership themes: Spirituality, Missiology, Theology, and Work in Alliance. A study of the history of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, relationships within it and progress made toward Vision 2025** will also be discussed. Pray that all participants will be blessed and encouraged as they grow in their leadership capacities.

    *ALEM-Brazilian Evangelical Linguistics Missionary Association

    **Vision 2025: “By 2025, together with partners worldwide, we aim to see a Bible translation program begun in all the remaining languages that need one.”

  • Communication Workshop

    A workshop entitled “The ABC’s of Communication” is planned to take place September 9-11, in Costa Rica. Representatives from organizations in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Paraguay will attend, along with members of the communications team for the Americas and an expert communicator from the Wycliffe News Network**. Pray that the participants will be able to apply the skills and principles learned, so that the art of communication may be fully utilized to help accomplish Vision 2025* in Latin America and around the world.

    *Vision 2025 “By 2025, together with partners worldwide, we aim to see a Bible translation program begun in all the remaining languages that need one.”

     **The Wycliffe News Network is a small team of Wycliffe journalists that gather stories about what God is doing through Bible translation and language development for Wycliffe organizations worldwide to use in their publicity.

  • Follow Up

    In February, workers in one language project received an accusation of proselytism which was sent to the Ministry of Education. Several literacy projects had been stopped by the education department because of this. Praise God that recently they received the blessing of a positive report from the Ministry of Education's investigation of the work. Now all the projects that were stopped can move forward.

  • Follow Up

    Please pray for continued safety for those living in a West Asian country that has seen a recent increase in fighting among factions. One family has decided to leave the village in which they live and travel to a neighboring country because the area of instability is getting closer to them. Another family remains in a large city some distance from the area of instability. Pray that the family which is leaving will find a suitable place to live while out of country and that those who remain in country will make wise decisions about their safety. 

  • Waskia Scripture celebration update

    Praise God for the Waskia Scripture celebration which will be held on September 27, 2014. The 35,000 speakers of Waskia live on the northern half of a large volcanic island called Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. Pray that a lovely spirit of cooperation would prevail as the Waskia Bible Committee lead the preparations. Pray also that the boxes of Bibles pass safely from the mainland to the island and arrive on schedule. May the hearts of the Waskia people be filled with joy and may their lives be enriched by the translated Scriptures they will receive.

  • National Prayer Day

    August 26 was National Prayer Day in Papua New Guinea. Thank the Lord for the godly men and women in the nation who are in positions of leadership. Pray for the Speaker of Parliament, the Honorable Theodore Zurenuoc MP, who has been instrumental in bringing change and reformation within the Parliament. Pray that his advocacy for godly leadership will spread in every sector of the land. Ask God to increase the number of Christian leaders serving in the government. Pray also for stronger unity among Christian churches and groups, as well as pastors and leaders, in Papua New Guinea.

  • Bible

    In the Solomon Islands, reading the Bible is often given as the reason people want to learn how to read. Praise God that a Bible-based literacy program developed for Solomon Islands Pijin is now being developed for vernacular languages. Pray that church leaders will understand the benefits of the program when it is presented to them and that they will support it wholeheartedly. Pray for the development of the literacy materials and for the enlistment and training of teachers who will teach the materials.

  • Relief and hope for the displaced

    Christian relief agencies are ministering in Iraq as they serve thousands of displaced families suffering from intense persecution. Pray for protection, strength and wisdom as they share God’s love and hope to the grieving, the sick and dying, the traumatized and heartbroken. Pray for the youth and children who are caught up in this conflict. One relief agency is showing the JESUS film while distributing supplies. Pray that as the people watch the film and hear Jesus speak in their own language, they will trust Jesus and will choose to follow Him. Pray for meaningful discussions after every JESUS film showing.

  • Pray for peace

    Together with Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the United Nations has given Iraq the highest emergency status due to widespread conflict within the country. Pray for the 1.2 million people who have fled their homes, including thousands of Christians and others from religious groups. Many of them have sought shelter in refugee camps and in selected cities. Pray that the digging of deep wells could start soon as water is a critical need in the refugee centers. Pray for God’s peace to permeate the region on all levels.

  • Sign Language Translation Workshop

    On 18 August a two-week sign language translation workshop begins in Cotonou, Benin. Deaf participants will come from Togo and Benin. The workshop focus will be to teach beginning translation principles. The practical part of the workshop will be translating Kande's Story into sign language. This type of sign language translation workshop has never been held before. Pray for safety and good health for the staff and participants. Pray as well for a good and profitable time together and that the Lord will be honored.

  • Copyright permission needed

    We are thankful for permissions from Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) to use New Testament dramatic recordings and Read 'n Grow pictures. These can be put together to create small movies, like the 'Twenty stories of Jesus' in Cebuano. However, those doing recordings need to receive permission from the Bible publisher to use the recorded Bible texts. Pray for the process of developing and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with FCBH and other organizations to enable use of the Cebuano and other Bible texts.

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