Let’s begin our prayer time being thankful for all that the Lord God has done recently around the world in Bible translation using the MAST strategy.
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope."
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
Two MAST workshops held in South Asia helped advance Bible translation for four oral language groups last month. Translators from these four languages attended follow-up events. They had begun their translation projects last summer. And now three of these four oral language New Testaments are nearly complete. The Lord God enabled these translations and even worked in the lives of the translators. One translator was planning to become a Hindu monk following the workshop. Instead, he gave his life to Christ. He composed a song about his salvation and performed it at the workshop’s cultural event! Praise God!
Pray for these oral language groups—unable to read or write. Soon they will be listening to the recordings of God’s Word and hearing of His love, forgiveness, salvation, and peace. For the first time, they have hope for their future.
"Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."
Philippians 2:1-3 (NIV)
Last month nationals from a country in Asia involved in house churches provided significant financial support for Bible translation in their country—with more to come. This is very encouraging news. Sixteen mother-tongue languages are also ready to begin their Bible translations. Praise the Lord.
Pray for the house churches in Asia that are considering and praying about how much support they will give toward new Bible translation projects in their area of the world. These house churches have been challenged to send workers in the field as well as to give financial support.
The completing of another major gateway language—a language of wider communication—in Asia is such encouraging news. These are all steps toward sustainability in this area of the world.
Pray for the believers in Asia that they will be of one mind and one spirit to take part in the Great Commission by helping those with no Scripture in their language to translate the Bible for their own communities. Imagine the joy of reading for the first time about God’s love and salvation.
"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,
because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people."
Philemon 1:7 (NIV)
A translator we’ll call Gabriel attended a MAST workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month. He is a humble man with a bright smile who really cares for his people and loves the Word of God. Gabriel is well known in the area because he never stopped asking for help to translate the Bible in his language. As the MAST workshop began, everyone witnessed indescribable joy on his face.
Pray for Gabriel and the national Bible translators in DRC who are now translating the Bible for their communities since attending the MAST training. Pray that in due time each translation team will complete translating the entire Bible in their language for their people.
Praise the Lord for Wycliffe Associates’ prayer partners, donors, staff, and volunteers who care enough for language communities with no Scripture to take the MAST training around the world, teaching Bible translators like Gabriel to put God’s Word into their own languages.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another,
be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you."
2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)
A team from one of the Pygmy ethnic groups attended a MAST event. The surrounding language groups feel that the Pygmy, due to their small stature, cannot claim human dignity or enjoy human rights. At the beginning of the event, it was extremely difficult for the Pygmy believers to mingle with the other language groups.
As they shared the experience of translating God’s Word, they learned to put their apprehensions aside, to fellowship with each other, and live together as God’s children. Only through reading God’s Word can communities like these be restored, know peace, and have brotherly affection for one another. Praise God that these believers now know the presence of the God of love and peace.
Please pray diligently. Wycliffe Associates urgently needs your prayers to receive funds to start 20 MAST workshops in the next 90 days.
This is the very first time that we have had to say "wait" because we don’t have the funding needed to say “yes” to every language community requesting MAST training for Bible translation. They are pleading. Every language group needs, even deserves, to have the Bible in their own language.
Only the Lord Jesus Christ can make the “yes” possible. So please pray.