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  • Travel

    Administrators and consultants often travel great distances to meet with team members, discuss their work, provide mentoring, and give encouragement. When they no longer have young children in the home, they can handle a lot of traveling, but there are limits to what is healthy and wise. Pray for wisdom as these leaders plan their travels, for good communication between couples while they’re apart from each other, and for good health and safety while on the road or in the air.

  • Travel

    "I usually begin long-distance trips with trepidation in my heart. However, Samson, our driver, did an excellent job of negotiating the rollercoaster 'river-roads', we had little difficulty at security checkpoints, and the truck proved as robust as we had hoped. Compared to the usual 36-hour bush taxi experiences, 12 hours in the truck seemed very luxurious."  Please pray constantly for safety for all language project staff who travel on unmade roads in the more remote areas of Central Africa and for progress in their work despite the difficult conditions.

  • Differing Expectations

    Multicultural and multinational teams experience a variety of challenges.  One challenge is different standards of conduct, resulting from differing cultural expectations, legal requirements, and spiritual understandings.  Being able to work together successfully as a team requires the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to reconcile conflicting expectations.

  • Music and meaning

    Paul makes a comparison between music and language in I Cor. 14:7-19. He gives an example of the trumpet used by the Hebrew people to call people together for community events. Depending on the melody played, the community is signaled for a wedding, a battle, a funeral, or something else. Paul points out that if the trumpet call is not clear, then the community will not know what event is happening. Pray for those who use words and music together to share the Gospel, that they will communicate clearly.

  • Prayer information translators

    Praise God for individuals, representing parts of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, who are committed to translating strategic prayer information into Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. Many of them have heavy workloads, yet faithfully allot time to this translation work. Pray for their health and that the Lord will meet all of their needs. Because of what they do, the prayer information is available to the worldwide Church. Close to one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese; 500 million speak Spanish. Think of the potential for the praying Church.

  • Comprehensive projects need evaluation

    In the past most Bible translation work was done with the approach of one-team/one-language. That is, one team (usually two people) was assigned to service the language development and translation work of one minority language. The last ten years has seen an ever-increasing shift to partnering, networking and broad collaborations. Such collaborations increasingly end up being organized under a Comprehensive Plan. But with such Plans for collaboration comes the need for broad, intentional, and regular monitoring and evaluation of what the resulting Project seeks to accomplish. Pray that God will enable the various such Projects to get systems for monitoring and evaluation into place.

  • Digital publishing for migrant communities

    Many people have migrated from their homelands for economic or security reasons, but they are still deeply interested in their culture and mother tongue. Digital publishing is the perfect way to ensure that speakers can connect with Scripture materials in their language wherever they happen to be in the world. Pray that those who are seeking God will find His Word online and will come to know Him through Christ.

  • Digital publishing options

    Traditional learning approaches in many communities are based on information heard from a teacher rather than what is read in a book. The resulting preference for Scriptures in audio and audio-visual rather than text format can be met by a range of digital technology options. For example MP3 players, DVDs and file sharing between mobile phones are deployed in addition to Internet publishing. Pray that God will grant wisdom to determine what mix of media and digital technology devices is most appropriate for each local situation.

  • Sign language software needed

    Sign language projects are latecomers to the Bible translation movement. Praise God for the growing understanding that Deaf people need to see the Word of God in their own sign languages. These projects have some special needs which are somewhat different from spoken languages. Right now technical teams are working to produce software to facilitate the projects. Pray for those working on 3D animation software, dictionary tools, and other helps. Pray for wisdom, creativity and perseverance for each person involved.

    For more information, prayer items and stories about sign language translation work, click here.

  • Virtual teams

    The ever-expanding variety of electronic communication tools is a great blessing and enables team members to work together effectively even when they live far apart. But virtual teams also struggle with special challenges. Misunderstandings can easily occur. Good communication skills are needed when people can’t work face to face, and this is even more necessary when working across culture and language barriers. For example, a team translating the Bible for a major language in Asia has members living in Thailand, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the USA, in addition to those in the language heartland. Pray earnestly for this team.

  • Funding for digital publishing

    Growing numbers of communities are now able to access translated scriptures through digital publishing. Specialized websites make it easy for people to find and download audio, video and text files. But funding is needed to establish these websites, to make ongoing IT help services available, and to keep the sites operating at no cost to the language communities. Pray for individuals, agencies and foundations that will be willing to contribute funds for this need over the long term.

  • Digital publishing

    Digital publishing is a great way to distribute translated scriptures in language communities where access is difficult. Mobile phones are becoming commonplace in even very remote communities. These phones can be used to download and share text, audio and video materials. Praise God for several agencies and many IT specialists who are setting up websites and adapting scripture for electronic transmission. Pray for more people to join these teams. Pray that God will guide them into creative ways to design the websites and effective methods for drawing site visitors into deeper engagement with God’s Word.

  • Translation hampered by unrest and violence

    In many countries Bible translation is being hampered by unrest and violence. May God bring peace for the sake of all who live there. Pray for just, wise and stable governments, and for freedom for Christians. Some of them have made great sacrifices and suffered greatly to make God’s word available to their people.

  • Distributing scripture on the Internet

    In countries where direct Scripture distribution is impossible, the Internet may be the only way for many people to find the Bible in their own language. Pray for efforts to help language communities to publish Scripture and other information in local languages online. People exploring good ways to do this have experienced hindrances. Pray that God will protect them, remove barriers, show them imaginative and effective solutions, and provide the funds.

  • Help wanted

    Someone serving in a sensitive location writes, "More support personnel are needed and are being actively recruited…but only prayer makes it happen. Pray for more people with willingness to leave home and come, not being intimidated by an unfamiliar country and its culture. You can help also by speaking a word to your friends, acquaintances, and family. 'For who dares make light of small beginnings?' Zechariah 4:10." If you sense the Holy Spirit calling you to a greater involvement in missions, take courage and step into the freedom and adventure He has in store for you.

  • Translation consultants

    Pray for the experienced translators who have agreed to take on the additional role of translation consultant. They receive special training and mentoring so they can check* the translations of other translators. Usually this means that their work on their own translation project slows down while they check Scripture translations for other language groups. Pray for those in training to be consultants. And pray for a good balance of work time for those who have added this additional role.

    *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.

  • MegaVoice brings the True Light

    "This is a true light shining in my life now. I've now found the message I've been looking for." The chief of a North Tanna village is thankful for the gift of a MegaVoice audio player which has enabled him to hear God’s message of life and peace to mankind in the language he understands best. The audio player has on it the New Testament in the chief’s mother tongue. Thank God that these players are available. Thank Him for all the hard work that has gone into developing these players and for the people who faithfully fund and distribute them.

  • Hunger and thirst for God's Word

    On the island of Bougainville, many community groups are under pressure and it seems that Bible translation projects do not always receive much community support. Ideally these projects would be community and church owned with local people taking responsibility for all the work. However at present there are many distractions. Mining and oil/gas exploration/extraction are offering people the hope of big money. Please pray that the church and the translators will not lose sight of the importance of the Scriptures. Please pray that the church and communities in Bougainville will develop a hunger and thirst for God’s Word.

  • Old Testament translation Team

    Pray for the translation team working on the Old Testament in the Minyanka language. The goal is for the local team to be working independently by 2016, so that they can go on to finish the whole Bible.

  • Minyanka Christians

    Pray for the Minyanka Christians of Mali, West Africa, as they read and use the New Testament in their language. Pray that they will grow closer to God.

  • Inaccessible Language Groups

    There are several inaccessible language groups in this Area. In the effort to provide Scripture access for everyone, all countries of the Area, including these inaccessible groups must be reached. Ask God to remove the existing barriers and hindrances. Pray that these groups may be among those who are recipients of God's Word in their own language. Ask God to give creative ideas and unique strategies to leaders of mission agencies and sending organizations to reach these people groups.

  • Linguistics and Bible translation

    Linguistics remains the foundation on which Bible translation builds. Linguistic research prepares translators to understand the intricacies of the language. It provides the tools needed to produce accurate and understandable translations. Pray for all involved in linguistic research and for the consultants who help them complete the documentation of their studies. Pray that the insights gained from linguistic research may be insightfully applied to the translation process. Pray for consultants who take time from other projects and locations to help and train others.

  • Overcoming difficulties

    Anyone working to advance the Word of God in places where it has not previously existed will face an uphill climb. Please make an ongoing commitment to pray for Bible translators working in the Pacific. There are many obstacles. Pray God will help them overcome discouragement, sickness, logistical troubles and any broken relationships. Pray workers will keep their eyes always on the Lord, standing firm.

  • Smooth sailing

    Smooth sailing: Island nations of the Pacific. Teams involved in translation work in the island nations of the Pacific Ocean often have to travel long distances by boat. Schedules are often unpredictable, while the journeys can be tedious and, sometimes, dangerous. Ask the Lord for protection for the people and equipment that must travel this way. Computers are particularly susceptible to salt water damage.

  • The role of the Church

    The role of the Church: Asia. Bible translation can move forward more successfully with interaction in both directions between Bible translation teams and the Church. Here are examples, some of which are repeated in multiple locations worldwide: a Bible translator gives praise for a church visit to strengthen their partnership; a church provided funds for the recording of HIV/AIDS songs* in a local language; a Bible translator ministered God's Word among the youth of a church in a capital city. Pray these young people will receive a burden for missions. Pray too for one organization looking to the Lord for new facilities.

    *Such educational principles may be more easily remembered when set to music than merely being written in prose.

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