Coronavirus Prayer Update 3 April 2020
We often quote Philippians 4:6-7 since it is a well-known passage. Paul encourages us to thank and pray rather than to worry, and promises us peace. It is a great comfort in this season of uncertainty and change. However, we can easily miss verse 8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. I think this verse is the second part of the instruction that Paul gives us to help us trust God. First, we thank God, then we pray, third, we encounter peace. And as we keep our minds fixed on God and the things of heaven we remain peace-filled. This is a challenge to us all. 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.
CILTA courses go online: Peru
The CILTA students in Peru had just started their first semester when the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in their area of the world. Classroom doors closed, but the students continue their classes online. Pray that they will not be discouraged as they work separated from one another and in a setting much different than they anticipated. Pray that they will remain healthy. Pray for steady progress in their course work.
Translation of COVID-19 prevention materials: Philippines
Praise God for organisations partnering together in the Philippines. Translation groups worked with University of the Philippines staff to translate critical COVID-19 prevention material into local Philippine languages. Pray that the infographics (information and graphics) will reach the communities through social media. The infographics are available to download in 41 Philippine languages at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1vyw3J9uPvV8zZwc11YqIIRAnw2yLAPSS. Please spread the word.
Last minute departures: Europe
The European Alliance organisation Directors thank God for the many staff members working in other countries who secured flights out before the airports closed. Some got the last flights out of the country. Pray for God’s protection for the possessions they left behind. In their haste to leave, there was no time to place their belongings in a safe environment. Ask God to provide the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of these staff members. Some are traumatized by having to leave the country and Bible translation programs so quickly. Returning staff members will be quarantined for two weeks before returning to their families.
Connecting with technology: Europe
Directors of the European Alliance organisations are grateful to God for the technology available that enables them to connect to their staff members near and far. Internet and cell phone connections are increasingly significant as the self-isolation and quarantine period continues. These technologies also allow the leadership of the Alliance organisations to be in touch with churches and ministry partners, to help maintain a strong financial and prayer support base during this unsettling time.
New strategies for uncertain times: Europe
The Directors of the European Alliance organisations are considering how best to contribute to the Bible translation movement during this pandemic. They are holding weekly Zoom video conferences to discuss with each other how best to go forward. They share ideas and offer each other suggestions. They encourage each other by sharing their knowledge and experience. These are unprecedented times and new strategies are needed. Ask God to give them clear guidance on how best to continue their involvement in God’s mission by serving in the Bible translation movement.
Translating COVID-19 materials: Cameroon
CABTAL, the Bible translation organisation in Cameroon, has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by translating material on the virus into the languages of the communities where they serve. Pray that the material will be distributed and used by the intended audience.
Checking Scriptures with families: Cameroon
An important stage in the Bible translation process is the community checking stage. Community checking entails reading the Scriptures aloud to a group of people in order to test if the language sounds natural. Now that translators are not able to do community testing, some translators serving with CABTAL in Cameroon have decided to test in their family settings. Pray that the translators will continue to be encouraged as they think of different ways of doing things.
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