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30September, 2019

Wycliffe Associates

Prodigal Son Captures Hearts in Muslim Stronghold

In Northeast Africa, the persecution of Christians is crushing, even in refugee camps. But God is working through you to bring His Word of hope to this corner of the world. 

Faven* was glued to the screen, her eyes taking in every word and movement on the small video player. For the first time, she was hearing Scripture in her own language—the story of the prodigal son. As she absorbed the poignant account of love, forgiveness, and returning to God, the words pierced her heart, and she knew there was truth in them. She also knew she must share these words with her husband, Haile*.

When Haile arrived home, Faven eagerly shared what she had seen and urged him to watch the video. He, too, was moved by God’s Word in his native tongue, and together this precious couple placed their faith in Christ.

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24September, 2019

Prayer Coordinator

Prayer Watch: Pray for Bible Translation in “impossible places”

We are focusing our prayer this week on MAST (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation). MAST is an incredible Bible translation methodology that enables Christians to translate the Bible into their own language, by working together in teams and checking each other’s work as they go along.

A young full-time minister in Ethiopia, eager, committed, and doing Bible translation in his own language, shared some new Christian songs he created. His friends responded, “Does God know our language? Can He speak our language?” he replied, “Yes, He knows us, and He also knows our language.”

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16September, 2019

Wycliffe Associates

You Gave Them the Power They Need to Share the Power of the Scriptures

A few months ago, we reported about the two destructive cyclones that struck the island of Madagascar, causing massive flooding and widespread power outages that lasted for weeks. It appears the Enemy was trying hard to thwart the tremendous Bible translation progress that has transpired for the Plateau Malagasy language group over the past two years.

In that time, numerous Bible translation workshops were held, and all but six books of the New Testament were translated into Plateau Malagasy! Our team was in the process of installing a Print on Demand system to make physical copies of the translated Scriptures when the tropical storms hit and power was lost. But the cyclones were no match for our heavenly Father.

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02September, 2019

Wycliffe Associates

“The New Testament is what I’ve been waiting and praying for.”

When you support Wycliffe Associates, you partner with translators like Mamitu, from Ethiopia, who says she won’t stop until her people have God’s Word in their own language. Mamitu recently shared about the moment she met Jesus—and about her passion for Bible translation:

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23August, 2019

Wycliffe Associates

Devotion: An Answered Prayer Thirteen Years in the Making

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:8–15

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. (verse 13)

The young girls and boys were called to the front of the congregation and slowly made their way, not exactly sure what was going on. Once they were settled, Pastor Dean spoke directly to them and began what would be the very first Sunday School lesson for the Ai* children of South Asia.

Pastor Dean then turned his attention to the crowd of eager adults present and offered a teaching from 1 Timothy 4:13, which included a reading, for the first time, from the newly translated Ai New Testament.

The service was not only the largest Ai church service ever held, it was the first time they were able to openly worship and praise the Lord due to persecution in their home area. They traveled for more than a day to meet Pastor Dean in a city where they were free to worship without fear.

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