Pray for

  • Scripture nearing completion

    The Ticuna New Testament was first published in 1986 in two versions, one for the Ticunas in the Spanish-speaking countries of Colombia and Peru and another for those in the Portuguese-speaking country of Brazil. It has been reprinted twice. A translation team is now nearing completion of the Old Testament, along with a revised New Testament. This Bible will serve Ticunas in more than 160 communities. Lift up the team that will be reading through the Old Testament a final time this year, making sure it is clear and sounds natural. When that is completed, it is ready for typesetting, a complex and exacting phase. Ask the Lord to fill the typesetting team with energy, alertness and wisdom as they make formatting decisions about columns, pictures, maps and the font. Pray that any errors will be caught as they proofread the manuscript multiple times. Pray for a mistake-free printing process that will result in quality books. Pray for strength and good health for each team member and their families as they work to prepare the Bible for publishing.

  • Scripture nearing completion

    With 27 books in the New Testament, translation work is a long and detailed process. Thank the Lord that the four Gospels and Acts in Pacaas Novos were submitted for publishing in one volume at the end of 2016. What a rich resource this will be for the Pacaas Novos as they read about Jesus’ life on earth and the growth of the church. Pray for great spiritual fruit to result from these books. The book of Revelation is ready for a final check by a consultant to ensure it is accurate and clear. Ask the Lord to fill him with wisdom. Lift up the translation team as they revise and prepare five books for a final check by the end of this year: Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon and James. New Tribes Mission

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Bob and Barbara, the expatriate translators in the Jamamadí translation project, are retired and live in the U.S. When health and circumstances permit, they return to Brazil to work on the translation. Thank the Lord for giving them and their adult sons the stamina and patience to endure hardships that have threatened this translation project multiple times. Praise the Lord the New Testament will soon go to press! Ask God to guide in formatting decisions and where to have the books printed. The team would like to hold a dedication this year but cannot set a date until they know how long the printing and shipping take. Lift up the printing firm, asking the Lord to watch over the presses and binding machines so that quality, durable books will result. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring revival to Jamamadí hearts so they will treasure God’s Word and courageously stand up to outside influences. Pray that they will be a people “whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 144:15, NLT).

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Thank the Lord for four faithful Borôro men on the translation team. The men are from different jungle villages but periodically leave their homes to gather and read through the New Testament to ensure it is clear and sounds natural. Pray that while Keith, the team coordinator, is on furlough in the U.S. that they will continue to gather so they can soon complete a review of the whole New Testament. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in their hearts so they will grow in their ownership of the project and creatively come up with ways to increase their time in the work. Pray that they will also make an audio recording of Scripture portions. This has the potential to powerfully impact people who are not literate but enjoy oral communications. Pray for many Borôro to be drawn to the Lord as God’s Word is spread among them. Ask the Lord to lead the team to creative strategies to promote the Scriptures among the Borôro.

  • Eighth National Congress of CONPLEI

    The Eighth National Congress of CONPLEI* took place in Brazil October 13-16. Participants represented 18 countries, 27 mission organizations, 36 language communities of Brazil and eight language communities from other countries. The event focused on the advance of the “third wave”** of missions in Brazil: indigenous workers ministering to indigenous people. Estimates reveal that 102 language communities of Brazil have yet to receive the good news of Jesus. Pray that the number of trained leaders and workers will increase and that God will provide the financial resources needed.

    * National Council of Indigenous Evangelical Pastors and Leaders

    **The “first wave” was the evangelism of Brazilians by missionaries of other countries and the “second wave” was that of Brazilians evangelizing the indigenous groups. For more information click here.

  • Praying as Jesus prayed

    Brazil is home to over 193 million people and 190 living languages. Scriptures are available in some form to speakers of over 100 of the languages. Pray for the peoples of Brazil who have not heard the Good News of Jesus. May they receive God’s Word when it comes to them. Ask that they may know Jesus and be protected by the power of His Name. May they receive in full measure the joy of Jesus and be sanctified by the truth of His Word.

  • Linguistics and missiology course

    Praise God with ALEM* for the ten students who completed the course in linguistics and missiology in September. Thank God for supplying the needs of the students and the professors. Pray for God to prepare the incoming students for this course in 2017. Pray for a remodeling project for the student dormitory to be completed next year. 

    *ALEM – Evangelical Missionary Linguistics Association in Brazil

  • That they may know the love of Christ

    The church of Jesus is growing rapidly in the Amazon among the various language communities scattered across the jungles of Brazil. Obeying the command of Jesus, these Christians are reaching out to those who live deeper in the rainforest. One hundred and fifty language communities in Brazil still need a translation of the Bible. Approximately 100 of these have had little or no exposure to the message of Jesus. Ask that these people may receive God’s Word and “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, and that they may be filled up to the fullness of God.”*

    *Ephesians 3:19

  • 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.”

  • The Bible in Brazilian Sign Language

    Last year, the Brazilian translation team finished a DVD with the first set of children’s Bible stories in Brazilian Sign Language. A Deaf interpreter brought one of the DVDs to a Deaf boy she knew. The boy watched all four stories, transfixed. His favorite was the story of Samson. His parents were amazed that he understood it and enjoyed the Bible stories in a way they had never seen before. They gained a new appreciation for the beauty of Brazilian Sign Language and a new respect for their son’s capacity to understand things in his own language. Pray for Bible translations in Sign Languages around the world.