‘Partnering in Prayer’ Testimonies

Stories to encourage and strengthen – Wycliffe World Day of Prayer 2021

God Connects People through Prayer

‘Partnering in Prayer’ is a World Day of Prayer initiative to pair together Alliance organisations and other partners to pray for one another. It is a perfect partnership opportunity for each organisation to collaborate not only in prayer but also in projects and to build deeper relationships within the Alliance.

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Thankful for Partnering in Prayer last year. We gathered together physically and online via Zoom. The videos sent by Wycliffe South Africa helped us understand how different Alliance organisations serve in the Bible translation movement. It was a very encouraging time for us. Praise God for the time and effort to make this happen. We now send each other updates and news and we love praying for one another.

– Richard Halder, Executive Director for Connections Bangladesh

 

God’s Word declares, “And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5: 14-15)

Praise God for a very successful celebration of World Day of Prayer last year. This first virtual celebration of this yearly event of Wycliffe Alliance organisations was attended by pastors from church partners, cross-cultural workers and staff members not only from the Philippines but also from Korea and New Zealand. All glory to our loving Father, who would not give us a snake when we ask for bread! However, the day after the event, typhoon Ulysses devastated many parts of Luzon and some areas nearby. Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP) organised a relief effort in partnership with those who also partnered in prayer for World Day of Prayer. We are One! As we gave our share, as we were shielded in prayer, together we do what God has called us to do for his greater glory.

– Luz Dasalla, HR and Prayer Coordinator for TAP

 

Partnering in Prayer opened up doors that I didn’t expect. I was partnered with the Director of an Alliance organisation in South Asia, and it allowed having prayers for this country in our prayer diary, something that we’d wanted to accomplish for a long time.

– Martin Horton, Prayer Diary Editor for Wycliffe UK

 

Working with another organisation to put together a programme for the day helped build a relationship between the prayer coordinators. We understand each other’s work better now, but more importantly their heart.

– Ansie van der Merwe, World Day of Prayer Liaison for Wycliffe South Africa

 

We as Wycliffe Netherlands had the opportunity to pray for a country in Asia last World Day of Prayer. I wrote this to Anna* who works in that country afterwards:

Dear Anna,

Thank you so much for sending the prayer requests. They were very helpful in our prayer time this morning. We had a good time with over 50 people attending from all over the world. That is one of the benefits of having it online this year.

It was encouraging to share that you had also been praying for us.

It was very helpful that we had one of our members who works in this country share about the work that is taking place in the country and the needs that there are. It was very encouraging and inspiring that it was an exchange between the two organisations so that we could experience a reciprocal partnership.

– Liset Langeveld, Communication Coordinator for Wycliffe Netherlands

*pseudonym

 

Wycliffe USA is grateful for the Alliance’s coordination of this rich opportunity to partner with others in prayer. For the past two years, we have been privileged to participate in prayer with CABTAL (Cameroon Association of Bible Translation and Literacy) and Wycliffe Malaysia. What a joy it’s been to connect more intentionally with others in the greater Bible translation mission!

– Kelly Chesnut, Director of Spiritual Content and Development for Wycliffe USA

 

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