North Africa/Eurasia Prayer Updates
We give ownership of the translation work to the church. Regular updates are not always readily available from the field due to different situations. Below is the most up-to-date information we have on translation projects based on the information communicated from the field:
|Translation Projects Aiming To Start||44|
|Translation Projects In Progress||375|
|Recently Added To Translation Projects In Progress||17 Written NT and 1 Written OT|
|Translation Projects Completed||130|
Because “All Scripture” is so important let’s focus our prayers together to:
- Pray for the language groups who have been waiting for decades for the Old Testament to be translated for them.
- Pray that they will be empowered by God and equipped with MAST training and technology to do the hard work of translating the Old Testament.
- Please pray for MAST leaders, facilitators, Bible scholars, and prayer warriors to be enabled by God to effectively train and lead the national Bible translators in their translation work.
- Pray that God will put a hedge of protection around every MAST workshop, even as translated Scripture is making inroads into Satan’s territory.
- Pray for the seemingly impossible task of translating the massive Old Testament. Ask God to build the teams’ courage and strength to complete the entire Bible in their local languages.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit moves among the translation teams to make them cohesive, confident, and effective in their translation work.
- Pray that every translation is accurate, easy to understand, and used to train the people of God so that they will be equipped for every good work.
- Vice President of Operations, Brent Ropp reported to us regarding COVID-19 that, “The big challenges ahead of us right now are trying to find ways to continue accelerating Bible translation. Travel bans are impacting our teams globally now."
- Please pray fervently that God will make the path straight to every Bible translation event taking place right now, and in the coming weeks and months. Pray for protection and good health for everyone involved in Ministry of Bible translation.
2019 was the most prolific year that Eastern DRC has ever seen. There were more new starts than ever before, almost as many as the previous 3 years combined. There were more New Testament completions than we had ever imagined, and God blessed us with some amazing contacts and facilitators.
We were able to establish ourselves in three new areas of the country. In these areas alone we started 18 new languages. Several of these language groups have progressed very well and are eager to have us return to assist them in finishing their New Testaments, helping them with equipment that needs repair and transitioning them to starting their Old Testaments on the way to having completed Bibles in their mother-tongues.
The true highlight of 2019, of course, was having three language groups complete translation of the entire Bible which started in the summer of 2016. This was a true labor of love by the communities. They all completed rigorous checking on their New Testaments, and have products that are publishable and now they are doing the same rigorous checking, as well as finishing some typing with their Old Testaments.
When we are raised with so many choices of Scripture versions in our own language it is hard to believe the impact that having Scripture in a heart language can have on a community. I will never forget seeing an entire team in tears at hearing Scripture read in their heart language for the first time, or having a village chief on the team telling how this work could change a community, or meeting with another village chief, who, after losing his brother, still wanted to greet us and thank us for the work that we were doing to bring God’s Word to his people in their heart language.
Pray for the 13 new languages that were started over the past 3 months to work diligently toward completion of their New Testaments.
Pray for peace for DRC
A MAST event was held recently with two language groups. One language group was one of the first to use MAST as a translation method in early 2015. The project was eventually abandoned, but restarted as an oral translation in the summer of 2018. This last event was the second workshop for the oral project with five translators in attendance. The second language group experienced their first MAST event with five translators in attendance. Please pray that these language groups are able to complete what they have started, grow strong and continually guided by the Holy Spirit.
To pray for specific events in North Africa and Eurasia please click on these links https://resources.wycliffeassociates.org/opportunities/mast-overview/africa-events/ and https://resources.wycliffeassociates.org/opportunities/mast-overview/eurasia-events/