A Call to Prayer About the Impact of COVID-19
(5 June 2020) Emerging From the Coronavirus Pandemic: Many of us are still adjusting to the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. Some did not expect the results of the immediate crisis to spill over into months or years of change. Yet this is the place in which we now find ourselves. While some countries are easing lockdown measures others are experiencing the peak of the disease. We realise that the effects of this pandemic will be long-lasting and far-reaching.
We praise God for his grace and provision in this season. He is always worthy of praise, no matter what we face. We recognise that prayer remains an important response to all that is happening in this world especially in this time of pandemic. In addition to the specific requests in the updates listed below, please pray for Alliance leaders and staff during this phase of the pandemic.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 12 June 2020 (English only): From Eurasia to Central America to Africa, opportunities and challenges abound for Alliance organisations: Creating Scripture videos to post online. Training churches in communications tools. Adjusting fundraising efforts when group gatherings are not possible. Working virtually where internet is unreliable. Keeping translation efforts going when workshops, Scripture recording initiatives, and celebrations for completed Scripture are postponed. As we pray for colleagues in countries still experiencing significant challenges from the COVID 19 pandemic, ask God to remind each one that we are precious and he has us in the palm of his hand.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 5 June 2020 (English only): This update focuses on the concerns in the Americas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Psalm 62: David writes words of confidence in God written at a time when he was beset by enemies. May this be our prayer for ourselves and all those engaged in the Bible translation movement, no matter what type of enemy we face. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NLT)
Coronavirus Prayer Update 22 May 2020 (English only): We started sharing these prayer updates as a response to urgent needs within the Alliance community around the Coronavirus pandemic. The purpose was to support one another through a crisis situation. Nearly three months have passed and we recognise that for many the most pressing part of the crisis is over and what is emerging is a new and challenging reality.
Please continue to pray for Alliance organisations, especially those operating in countries where the coronavirus is at its height. This is the case in Russia, much of Africa and parts of Latin America as well as India and elsewhere. Pray also for those struggling to move forward in the emerging reality. Ask God to help us all keep our eyes fixed on him in the months to come.
We join with the author of the Hebrews in chapter 12 and verses 1 and 2 to encourage each other: Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 15 May 2020 (English only): Let’s praise God that in parts of the world the pandemic is on the decline, but let’s not forget to pray for the areas which are still badly impacted.
- Broken satellite communication equipment has disrupted email communication for staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Translation work in the Philippines has been interrupted where translators and project facilitators had to quarantine outside of their assigned areas, especially for projects where there is no internet access.
- Alliance organisation leaders in Europe face decisions for how best to move forward as restrictions are gradually lifted.
- A literacy staff member in West Africa is coordinating the collection and sharing of COVID-19 awareness materials for Francophone Africa. She is also assisting with development of project funding proposals and training materials, a challenge given the uncertainties during the pandemic.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT)
Coronavirus Prayer Update 8 May 2020 (English only): May everyone who knows your mercy keep putting their trust in you. (Psalm 9:10a TNT) A 24-hour prayer chain unites churches in Democratic Republic of Congo. An audio Scripture recording team from Ghana is unable to return home from DRC. Alliance communications staff across the Americas share creative ideas of how to engage people during the pandemic. Alliance organisations that cooperate globally in recruiting, sending and caring for staff need strengthened relationships and communication during COVID-19 times.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 1 May 2020 (English only): For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) Our troubles during the pandemic may not feel small, but Paul encourages us to fix our eyes on God. Alliance Organisation staff in Nigeria, Taiwan, Japan, and Europe seek God’s wisdom for: ways to support and potentially reassign personnel who have returned home from their countries of assignment; decisions on how and when to conduct postponed trainings and workshops (and whether to postone or cancel future events); how to manage disruptions to finances; how best to train and process new staff members preparing for service.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 24 April 2020 (English only): Many in our family of organisations are facing great challenges. An ECS translation leader from Sudan is stranded by COVID travel restrictions. Wycliffe Malaysia strives to care for staff waiting to resume translation and literacy work. Working remotely is challenging for Connections Bangladesh and The Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT), especially where internet is limited. Let’s continue to ask God to impact the lives of everyone in the Alliance with his love, grace and favour.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 10 April 2020 (English only): Wycliffe USA encouraging field staff, financial fallout for European Alliance organisations, Wycliffe Benin New Testament released without previously planned celebration, Wycliffe Caribbean continuing translation remotely and rethinking trainings, Wycliffe Norway resourcing both evacuated staff and those who remain in field locations. As we rejoice in Christ’s resurrection we can find comfort that God is our great confidence and a place to shelter from this storm.
A Call to Prayer for the Alliance – Stephen Coertze (9 April 2020): A brief panorama of what we are experiencing and observing in the Alliance in the form of a prayer request.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 3 April 2020 (English only): A key linguistic training in Latin America must go online. European Alliance organisations evacuate field staff and strive to develop strategies for continuing translation work in a post-COVID world. Alliance staff in Cameroon and the Philippines help translate COVID materials into local languages, while translators unable to do community checks look to family members to test drafts. As you pray for this week’s requests, pray for all Alliance organisations’ leaders and staff to remain in the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). It is a great comfort in this season of uncertainty and change.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 27 March 2020 (English only): Alliance organizations in Europe, Asia and Africa face decisions and challenges that affect their work during the Coronavirus pandemic. God is helping some to find creative solutions. Pray that leaders and staff all across the Alliance will find ways to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) before God during the pandemic.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 20 March 2020 (English only): AITB staff in Italy affected by the country’s lockdown, BTL’s annual ‘Run for the Bibleless’ postponed in Kenya, trainings affected in South Korea and Spain. The situation surrounding COVID-19 and responses to its impact are constantly changing around the world. God is sovereign and he is our place of safety, our protection and our strength.
Coronavirus Prayer Update 12 March 2020: Postponed workshops in Asia, meeting decisions in the Philippines, cancelled meetings in Kenya. Christians are not immune to the impact of COVID19. We have an opportunity to encourage each other to place our faith in God.
(6 March 2020) Initial Call to Prayer: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) started in Asia and now has a widespread impact globally, with people contracting the illness in all regions of the world. Millions of people are suffering from fear and the effects on their daily lives from restrictions of many types. The economic impact is apparent in some countries. Some churches are choosing not to meet, and need prayer on how to best serve. In the Bible Translation movement, people planning conferences, workshops and meetings have to assess risk in a constantly changing situation.
God calls us to demonstrate his love for this world. Some of us can do this by supporting those who are sick or encouraging colleagues in the nations most affected by the virus. We can all join together in unity to pray for our world at this time of uncertainty, sadness and loss. We will share specific needs about the COVID-19 situation on this page in the coming weeks.
- That God will stop the spread of the virus.
- That those living in fear will find God’s peace that passes understanding as they present their requests to God. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- That God will provide for all those who are suffering economically.
- For healing for individuals who have been infected with COVID-19. Ask God to comfort those who are mourning the loss of someone they love who has died as a result of this disease.
- That the authorities in countries impacted will know how to best look after those who are ill from COVID-19 and contain the spread of the disease.
- For leaders of the Alliance and of all partner organisations. Ask God to give them wisdom to respond in good stewardship, but not fear. Pray that he would guide them in implementing safety measures if meetings go forward as planned.
- For all staff who are coping with challenges resulting from changed travel plans and cancelled meetings.
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