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Prayer Watch: Bible Translation Praise and Prayer

31January, 2017

Prayer Coordinator

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I’ve been thinking about last year and all that our Lord God has accomplished through faithful prayer partners and donors like you who help Wycliffe Associates support the hundreds of national Bible translators working today. I’ve even been pondering the goals and projects set before us to accomplish in 2017—Wycliffe Associates' 50th anniversary.

Over the course of these early weeks of 2017, the Lord gave me these verses. I want to share them with you.

Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
Psalm 115:1 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Together we praise and glorify the name of the Lord Jesus. He has been so faithful to the language communities who have been crying out for God’s Word in their own languages.

Last year 315 new translation projects started—using MAST. Last year 58 New Testament translations were completed!! Yes! To God be the Glory—great things He has done!!

Together we trust the Lord God to lead Wycliffe Associates in the direction He chooses. We pray together that our leadership will continue their submission to the Lord and His leading. We pray together that each one of us will submit ourselves to the Lord and allow Him to direct our paths.

Together, though we do not understand, we trust our todays and our tomorrows to the only One who knows the best path for us to take. We trust Jesus wholeheartedly.

This year we ask the Lord to help Wycliffe Associates facilitate 1,000 MAST workshops.

We pray together that national translators will be trained and supported through MAST to start 400 New Testament translations.

And we pray together that 200 New Testament translations will be completed.

It is still so new for Wycliffe Associates to be able to have such a direct impact advancing Bible translation at unprecedented speed. Wycliffe Associates teams are still researching and improving the tools for Bible translation, including:

  • MAST
  • Tablets for National Translators
  • Bible Translation Recording Kits to support oral languages
  • Print On Demand equipment that distributes newly translated Bibles quickly
  • Apps like translationStudio that provide Bible translation resources
  • Gateway Language translations
  • Deaf Owned Translations using MAST methods

... and more. The Lord God Himself is preparing the path and provides refreshment. It all looks so huge—and it is huge—advancing Bible translation around the world.

Let’s pray for every team, all of the equipment, and all of the computer components that together empower national Bible translators to put the Bible into their own languages.

Thank you, dear prayer partners, for upholding Wycliffe Associates in prayer all through last year. You are such a precious part of this ministry—we could not do this without each one of you.

I’m looking forward to praying with you as together we move through 2017 upholding the work of Bible translation before the Lord God.

Praying together,
Mae Greenleaf
Prayer Coordinator
Wycliffe Associates

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