Coronavirus Prayer Update 24 April 2020
There is no doubt that we live in challenging times, all the more challenging because our neighbours, friends and colleagues, whether they live near or far, are impacted as we are. We can trust God to guide us through these uncertain days. The Bible often talks about perseverance through suffering and loving one another in the midst of our own pain.
Galatians 6:2-3 says: Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important…. (NLT) With the imposed isolation that many are experiencing, we may find it hard to know how to share one another’s burdens–but we can pray. Paul goes on to say in verses 8 and 9: … So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
It has been wonderful to hear of God’s protection over Alliance Organisations in these perilous times. We have heard encouraging stories of organisations impacting millions of lives by producing and distributing COVID-19 resources in local languages. Yet many in our family of organisations are facing great challenges. Let’s continue to ask God to impact the lives of everyone in the Alliance with his love, grace and favour.
Stranded by Global travel restrictions: Sudan
The Episcopal Church of the Sudan Translation Department (ECSTD) is the arm of the Church dedicated to translating the Bible into the smaller and marginalised languages. Most of these languages are found in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan. The ethnic groups are collectively known as the Nuba People. A majority of the translators are from the Nuba Mountains and have been separated from their families of origin for more than 10 years because of war in the South Kordofan region. One senior translator, the leader of the department, is stranded in Egypt. He had travelled out of the country but was detained due to the ban on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for his daily provision, his safety and that he will be able to get home soon.
Caring for staff: Malaysia
Wycliffe Malaysia personnel are staying at home waiting for the government’s no travel directives to be lifted before going back to countries of assignment. These are challenging times for people working in Bible translation. Thank God for technology that allows people to meet online. Pray for the leaders of Wycliffe Malaysia as they seek to encourage their staff through prayer meetings and one-on-one online updates.
Project continuations: Malaysia
Wycliffe Malaysia’s literacy and training programmes are either cancelled or put on hold. Please pray for the leaders and staff as they move forward and rethink how to continue some of the pending projects. Ask the Lord for wisdom, guidance and creativity especially for the teams where internet access is lacking.
Continuation of work: Bangladesh
Connections Bangladesh has had to postpone or cancel several programmes, events and training workshops. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected Connections in the area of work and finance. Please pray for resilience and creativity as Connections staff adapt to new ways of working. With the slow internet connection in some areas where they serve, please pray for wisdom and patience. Ask God for help and guidance on how to proceed with the projects that can’t be done through the internet.
Coping with the effects of the Pandemic: Nigeria
Leaders of The Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT) closed their centre on 23 March in compliance with the government’s directive to close down organisations. This also ensures the welfare and safety of staff. Having studied the trends, the management of NBTT decided that staff should remain at home until the end of April. Working remotely is very challenging. Praise God that they have not received news of any occurrence of COVID-19 within the language projects or among any of the staff.
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