Wycliffe World Day of Prayer – 11th November 2020

Shalom in a VUCA World

Shalom is the theme for the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer 2020. Shalom, often translated as peace, has a meaning that goes beyond just an absence of conflict. ‘The Hebrew word Shalom (peace) can be defined as a life put together, a life characterized by a sense of wholeness and well-being.[1] We cannot have shalom apart from God. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the source of all peace (Isaiah 9:6-7).

We live in a VUCA world, that is Volatile, Uncertain, Changing and Ambiguous. This has been true for some time. In the season of the global pandemic of COVID-19, we have experienced weeks and months where very little has felt calm, certain, stable or clear. We are aware that even when the most intense phase of the pandemic is over the aftermath will continue to impact the whole world. The Bible translation movement will not be immune.

Just before going to the cross, a very turbulent time for him personally, Jesus said: I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27 NLT).

Together we can explore this wonderful gift of peace as we pray together.

Resources for 2020 World Day of Prayer

Message from Stephen Coertze, Executive Director

World Day of Prayer English Subtitles from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.


Helpful Resources

Having a Virtual Wycliffe World Day of Prayer Event

History of the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer


[1] Tony Evans Jehovah Shalom devotional, The Bible App.

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