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

  • Scripture nearing completion

    With 27 books in the New Testament, translation work is a long and detailed process. Ask the Lord to fill the translation team with joy, perseverance, health and wisdom as they work to complete their goals this year. The team plans to make a final check of Luke and Revelation and then revise the books of Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon and James. That will leave them with eight books to revise next year. Pray that God will “accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT) as the team presses forward. Pray for attentive hearts among the Pacaas Novos people as they use Scripture portions they already have. 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. Bob and Barbara returned last year to read through the New Testament with the community to ensure it was clear and natural sounding. Ask God to protect the team this year as they prepare the New Testament for typesetting and send it for printing. 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

    Praise the Lord that a consultant completed a check of Matthew last year, the final book to reach this milestone. Pray for Keith, the translation team coordinator, as he gathers the few Bôroro believers together at an indigenous Bible training center early this year. They will form a committee to read through the entire New Testament manuscript. Ask the Lord to keep them alert and help them identify any parts needing correction. Pray that they will also make an audio recording of Scripture portions. In October, Keith will accompany some Bôroro people to a large conference in Brazil of indigenous Christians from the Amazon basin. Ask the Lord to impact the Bôroro participants, showing them that indigenous people can be followers of Jesus and also retain their native identity. Pray that God’s Word would transform the Bôroro and that more would turn to Christ.

  • 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.