A Call to Prayer for the Alliance

This call to prayer is from Dr Stephen Coertze. Soon, Stephen will take over from Dr Kirk Franklin as the next Executive Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.

We acknowledge that all Alliance organisations are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis on multiple levels. So far they seem to have responded well to mitigate the impact of the crisis. We are grateful to our Area Directors who are in daily contact with Alliance organisations to help assess our global situation and to provide assistance to AOs as needed.

I want to provide you with a brief panorama of what we are experiencing and observing in the Alliance in the form of a prayer request.

Please intercede for:

Personnel: In general, our personnel are well and safe. Most of our organisations are now functioning virtually, either fully or partially, due to specific government restrictions. We are reminded of the need to pray for the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health of all our personnel.

Finances: In terms of finances, at this stage, it seems that overall our organisations have not yet experienced serious financial strain as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, when looking at global financial indicators, we have concerns about the medium- and long-term financial impact that the Coronavirus fallout will have on many of our organisations. Organisations that have ventured into entrepreneurial businesses to raise local funding are already losing income due to lock-down restrictions.

Communication: Much of the world has turned to technology and virtual platforms for communication. A number of our organisations are restricted in using these, mainly due to internet availability and quality. This poses challenges to overall communication, as well as to the management of numerous translation project in different parts of the world.

Innovation: This is a time of innovation. We are witnessing all kinds of innovation which hints that the world of Bible translation could look very different in the future than any of us could expect.

Dr Stephen Coertze

Discernment: There is a common feeling among Christians leaders that God has pushed a reset button for the world. Even though there is uncertainty surrounding what Bible translation will look like in the future, we want to make best use of this opportunity to discern how God is fulfilling his purposes in the world. We want to set our sails to move with the wind of his Spirit. Amidst the turmoil of uncertainty, God is producing fertile soil for the fulfilment of his purposes.

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