As we approach Christmas and celebrate what God has done for us in sending his son to live on earth and die for us, let’s also take time to pause and consider how God has acted for us this year. Of course, we have many things to praise God for, but here are just some of the things that he has done. Rejoice with us!
In both February and September we focused on the challenges faced by the team working on preparing the Bassar Bible for printing (also called Ntcham). Here is a picture of translator Samuel Kpagheri holding the newly printed Bassar Bible, he says:
‘I have seen the first bound copies of the Bassar Bible! Tears of joy flowed on my cheeks.’
In February, June and September we asked you to pray for the Logo team of the Democratic Republic of Congo as they made final correction to the New Testament. The New Testament is in the final stages of typesetting before being sent to print.
In December 2013 the Executive Director Eddie Arthur announced his resignation and the process of finding his replacement began. In both January and again in April we asked you to pray for the search for a new director. In June we were excited to announce James Poole‘s appointment. James began work in September and is settling in well.
The Theological College of Northern Nigeria’s linguistics and translation department was our focus in April as we shared the news of a significant shortage of teaching staff. Here are Dogora and Russell the new teaching staff who were in place and ready to start at the beginning of the new academic year in August.
In April we shared the initial successes of a Bible storying project in several languages of South Asia. Throughout the year we’ve heard of how the storytellers have been given many opportunities to share stories that have been translated and as a result people have given their lives to Christ.
We held Frontline Prayer Live on 8th and 22nd November in 3 venues. One participant said ‘This was the best prayer event I’ve ever been to.’ Another thanked us saying ‘I just wanted to thank you for such an inspiring and informative event …and what a privilege it was to pray with you and for Wycliffe and their partners.’
Thank God with us for these answers to prayer. If you don’t already follow ‘Standing in the gap‘ and receive a weekly email, why not subscribe and join the army of people praying for Bible translation worldwide? We’ll be sharing other ways God has answered our prayers this year in the following post – watch this space!