Pray for

  • God’s wonderful provision for Bantoanon recording

    Praise God for the completion of Genesis/Exodus recording in Bantoanon. Many of those who participated as voice actors were pastors or leaders in their churches. One voice actor, a Pastor in his 50’s, did a marvelous job in the role of Jacob, both as a young man and as he grew older, making his voice change progressively until he literally sounded like he was on death bed, giving his final blessings to his sons. Praise God for his provision of these quality voice actors.

  • Impact of Scripture among Mayoyao

    Praise God that churches are using the Mayoyao New Testament more and more for Scripture reading and preaching. The recently translated book of Genesis was the basis for a summer Vacation Bible School held for about 4,000 primary age children. Praise God for this new generation of children learning to read the Mayoyao language and having access to God’s Word in their mother tongue. Pray for God’s provision and guidance for the Mayoyao team nearing the half-way mark in translating the Old Testament.

  • EthnoArts training courses this month! Philippines

    A second Basic Principles in EthnoArts* training course is underway in Davao from November 21-25, followed by a workshop with the Matigsalug from November 28-December 2. This workshop provides a wonderful opportunity for the EthnoArts trainees to gain field observation and experience after their training in order to be better equipped to do the work themselves. Please pray for facilitators Laura and Maria, and for logistics, unity, discernment and God’s protection for everyone involved.

     * EthnoArts workers desire to walk alongside community artists, songwriters, poets, dancers, storytellers, etc., in the (re)discovery and use of their cultural artistic gifts for Kingdom goals, and in the process, celebrate with them their unique God-given heritage and identity.

  • Bible story crafting deadline

    Story crafters in Brooke’s Point Palawano have drafted Bible stories*, telling the story of God’s plan of victory and redemption from creation to the end times. They plan to make a high quality recording of these Bible stories to use in training additional story leaders. More revision and testing must be completed before these stories can be approved. Pray that clear and complete stories will be ready by the first week of January 2017. Ask God for His favor on the story crafters as they work to meet this deadline, and for strength for the consultant checking the stories.

    *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.

  • Rebuilding and renewal in Batanes

    A powerful typhoon struck Batanes, Philippines in September. Pray for the many people who suffered loss of property, crops and animals as they heal and rebuild. Give praise that none were killed by this powerful storm. Ivatan speakers have a renewed interest in their New Testament which was launched in Batanes in 1984, and now needs to be reprinted. Pray for an upcoming meeting with the Bishop and a local priest about securing the official imprimatur* for approving the reprint. Pray for a positive result and that the Scriptures can available soon. Pray also for plans to launch and distribute the “JESUS” film in Ivatan.

    *Imprimatur: An official approval by the Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.

  • Facing trials

    Three families in different communities of a language community in the southern Philippines have experienced severe trials after receiving the New Testament and believing the Good News about Christ. In two of the three communities, reading groups were formed where the Holy Spirit was their only teacher, but over the past two years they have been decimated by one medical crisis after another. Various illnesses have claimed twelve lives in the past year alone. In addition, one was bitten by a shark, two have been shot, and others have been in and out of the hospital dozens of times. So far their faith has held strong, and they continue to read the New Testament together. Pray that God will hold them through their trials so that their faith, knowledge and experience of His grace will grow, and that they will be a testimony to those around them. May the Word continue to spread throughout this language group.

  • Rebuilding after typhoon in Batanes

    Pray for wisdom in setting a date to launch and distribute the completed dubbing of the Jesus Film in Ivatan, especially taking into consideration the damage sustained from a typhoon that hit Batanes last month. Pray for those who suffered loss of property, crops, animals, etc. Pray as they heal and rebuild. Praise God that not a single person was killed in this storm.

  • Renewed interest in the Ivatan New Testament

    Praise God for a renewed interest in the Ivatan New Testament, resulting in the need for a reprint. Pray for an upcoming meeting with the Bishop and a local priest to secure the imprimatur* for the reprint, that the Lord would guide and direct this process so that ultimately more people will hear the Gospel message.

    *It is customary to get an imprimatur for Bibles published in a language area where the Catholic church is the majority.

  • Growing education partnerships

    Pray for the continuation and growth of SIL Philippines' partnership with the Department of Education, other governmental units and other NGOs. This will enable SIL to continue impacting indigenous communities through formal and non-formal education and community development.

  • Sharing the Good News

    Pray for the ongoing efforts to spread God's Word through translation, Bible storying and media in cooperation with local communities and other partners. Ask God to bring together the right people for the distribution of various Bible and media products.