Over the Christmas break we’ve received lots of Christmas newsletters from Wycliffe members working around the globe. Many are filled with wonderful stories of how God is using these individuals, filling our hearts with praise and thanksgiving. However, for some, slipped in, almost apologetically at the end, there is a mention of that awkward subject – money.
Most of those who work with Wycliffe Bible Translators UK are not salaried, whether they live at home or work overseas. Their financial needs are met by churches and individuals who choose to support them. Over and over again we have seen the incredible faithfulness of God and the generosity of his people providing for members’ needs. But that doesn’t make it any easier to ask for financial help when the need arises.
There are many reasons why Wycliffe members may need to increase their financial support. Some are heading overseas for the first time and have to start raising support from scratch – prayer and practical support as well as financial. Others have growing families or live in countries with unstable economies where costs suddenly sky-rocket.
For those who are making an impact worldwide while based in the UK, the cost of living may be higher than when they were living overseas. And those who have been supported this way for a long while can find supporters’ circumstances change: retirement, redundancy etc. can mean mean that financial support tails off over the course of time.
We praise God that very few of our members currently need ‘top-up’ funds. Many more however are not fully funded and are feeling the pinch.
Please pray for:
- Those who have recently finished their initial training and are raising financial support for the first time; that God would provide a fantastic team of supporters who’ll pray and give over a significant period of time.
- Pray for the few whose support has dipped significantly and are receiving ‘top-up’ funds that God would help them connect with new supporters and provide for their needs.
- For others who are feeling worn down by an ongoing sense of being short of support. Pray for encouragement, provision and the faith to look to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe for all their needs.
As one of our colleagues puts it in one of the Christmas newsletters: ‘Please pray that our support would remain solid and would increase in 2015.’