Pray for

  • 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.

  • God at work in various areas

    Pray for ALEM* staff as they revise their strategic plan for the future. Pray for wisdom for the governing council on November 23 and 24 as they hold the last meeting of this year. Ask God to provide for the needs of the seven new candidates preparing to serve Him in Bible Translation. 

    *ALEM – Evangelical Missionary Linguistics Association in Brazil

  • 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.

  • Video Production of Kaiwá Old Testament Celebration

    At the end of August, 2013, the Kaiwá people of Brazil celebrated the launch of the provisional* Kaiwá Old Testament. A member of the Wycliffe Global Alliance Americas Area communications team and a volunteer videographer were able to be present to film the event. Since that time, several obstacles have arisen to complicate the completion of the video. The finished video will be an effective tool to promote Bible translation.  Pray for God to remove the difficulties and smooth the way for the production of the video within the next 2 months.

    * Provisional indicates that this is a temporary publication of the Old Testament for the people to use, while the revision is being done on the New Testament. In the future they will have  the whole Bible, revised and in one volume.