Pray for Philippines

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Give glory to God for the healing and restoration that took place last year in some strained relationships between members of the Buhi'nen translation team in the Philippines. Continue to pray that the team members would be committed and diligent in the translation work. Pray for patience with the computer equipment and that difficulties do not cause delays or extra work. All the drafts for the Buhi’nen New Testament are complete. During a consultant check of 1 Corinthians, the community members asked many questions about the epistle and the Bible. Thank the Lord for the Buhi’nen interest in the work. There are 65,000 speakers of Buhi'nen. Pray that the translation consultant would continue to be available. The goal is to complete checking in 2016. OneBook

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Rejoice! The Brooke’s Point Palawano New Testament was delivered to the Palawano people (pop. 25,000) in the Philippines September 27, 2014. An audio recording will soon reach their hands as well. Lift up in prayer the need for a good network of distribution channels to actively promote Scripture use in a variety of ways. Ask God to provide finances so a key leader can work full time in this strategy. Pray for effective use of the audio recording to evangelize and disciple those who are not yet literate. Pray for local churches to grow in numbers and maturity as a result of hearing and reading the Palawano New Testament.

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Ask the Lord to provide the Inakeanon translation team in the Philippines with quality, uninterrupted work time. Their goal is to complete final checking and typesetting of the New Testament, and to publish it this year. Give thanks for God’s protection over the translation consultant and his wife during health challenges last year. Lift up the entire team, praying for good health and safety in travel. Because the vast majority of Inakeanon speakers (pop. 500,000) are Roman Catholic, a translation that includes an Imprimatur (official approval from the Catholic Church) will greatly extend the number of potential users. Pray for God’s timing for the review of the manuscript by the Catholic Church so the published New Testament can include the official approval. Pray also for plans to produce the New Testament in digital format for use on cell phones and tablets.

  • Scripture nearing completion

    The Palanan New Testament is a cooperative project in the Philipines among several entities. Praise the Lord for a consultant from the Philippine Bible Society who checked several books last year. Pray that the consultant will be available this year and next in order to help meet the completion goal of 2016. Give thanks for an Agta media specialist who made audio recordings of several books of the Bible. Ask God to use them to encourage believers and transform the Agta people (pop. 1,500). Lift up the translation team members in prayer as they make decisions about how to print the New Testament; they are considering several options.

  • A megachurch learning more about missions

    A missiological consultation was held recently for the leaders of a megachurch in Manila, Philippines. This church supports nearly 100 missionaries and mission agencies. The Lord used two key Wycliffe Asia-Pacific staff to facilitate their meetings. Praise God for the impact of this consultation. The church has realized that mission belongs to God and he has given them the privilege to participate in his mission. The church has decided to conduct a church-wide retreat next month and has again invited the participation of the two Wycliffe staff. Pray that this church would be careful to obey as they discern what God is leading them to do in becoming a missional church.

  • Advanced Storying Workshop

    Praise God for a suitable place to hold the Advanced Storying Workshop* from May 4-15. Ask the Lord to help the presenting team be ready for it spiritually, linguistically, relationally, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pray that those attending will be encouraged in their spiritual growth through the workshop.

    *Bible Storying is a method of helping people engage with God’s Word through the retelling of Biblical stories. It is used with people who prefer audio or visual ways of learning as well as in cultures where the Bible is not available in printed form.

  • Four revisions in process

    Pray for translation teams working on final revision of four more New Testaments in the central Philippines: Romblomanon, Bantoanon, Inakeanon, and another in a sensitive area. Pray that these will be published within the next couple of years. Ask God for wisdom in the many decisions ahead, for team unity, community participation, and Scriptures that communicate accurately and naturally so that people will exclaim, “God speaks our language!”

  • Central Ifugao whole Bible launching

    The launching and dedication of the Central Ifugao (Amganad) whole Bible will take place on May 20 in the northern Philippines. Pray for the different working committees as they prepare for this event. Pray that God is glorified and that people will be drawn to Christ and desire to read His Word. Pray for one of the main translators who is also a consultant as she travels from the US to the Philippines on May 12 to attend the ceremony and a Bible conference following the ceremony.

  • Scripture nearing completion

    The Romblomanon translation team in the Philippines hopes to finish revising the New Testament this year. Pray that they can proceed without hindrance. One team member, Pauline, recruits prayer partners to fast weekly and intercede until the New Testament is completed and launched. Ask God to protect review committee members and grant them good health and unity in the Spirit. Pray that an audio recording of the New Testament will be produced in time for distribution alongside the printed edition. Some older Romblomanon speakers will benefit more from the audio edition than the printed one. Give praise that the new Romblomanon website has links to Scripture portions. (Adapted from the Wycliffe USA Finish Line)

  • Scripture nearing completion

    Give thanks for the completed Lubuagan New Testament! Celebrations took place in two locations in the Philippines last year on August 15 and 16. Now the Lubuagan people can grow to treasure the translated Scriptures and allow God to speak to their hearts in their mother tongue. The Lower Tanudan project also nears completion. Pray for consultants approving the final books and investing time in this last step before publication. Pray for wisdom, capable leadership and insight. Pray too for a new project coordinator for the Lower Tanudan team. There are 27,000 speakers of these two languages. Seed Company