One of the things that I’ve learned working for Wycliffe Bible Translators is that when we pray we see that not only can God ‘accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think’* but that he often answers in a way that we least expect.
In February a team went to Yabru in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea to hold a course in Bible storytelling. Flooding of the training location was a real possibility since it was rainy season. The course was being held just before the start of the school year. Some attendees had been preoccupied with finding money for school fees and hadn’t decided whether to come or not.
But beyond the practical issues, they also faced the significant challenge of finding a method of memorising stories that worked for the participants in their cultural context. Methods used in the past hadn’t really worked.
The team and many others prayed, and God answered. In fact the team said,
‘God was right there in the midst of our questions with his answers.’
Read the whole story, ‘Rejoice with us!’ to find out the remarkable ways that God answered prayer.
Maybe you are facing a challenge in your own life, and don’t know what the answer to your insurmountable problem could be. Let this story inspire you to ask God for an unpredictable answer!
And as those in Bible translation around the world are also facing challenges and complications, setbacks and attrition, let’s keep praying for them too, asking God to act, but not limiting how he may answer. Some of the most inspiring answers to prayer come out of the times when we reach the end of ourselves, unable to see the way ahead, and God made a way through!
*Ephesians 3:20 NLT