Here in New Zealand as we pray our morning prayers, those in the United Kingdom will be saying their evening prayers. And in the many countries between, individuals and groups will be offering prayer all day long. What a great privilege we have to be part of ‘the voice of prayer that is never silent.’
Join with us in prayer for the worldwide mission of Bible Society to bring God’s Word to all people in a language they understand, in a format that is appropriate, and at a price they can afford.
These monthly prayer points provide a guide to prayer, giving a brief paragraph about the Bible work each national Bible Society would like us to focus on.
Every Bible Society is grateful for your prayers and we ask God that all who pray for the spread of the Gospel may be blessed by it themselves.
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people
- 1 Timothy 2: 1 (GNT)
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
El Salvador: The Bible Society of El Salvador is facing serious issues to do with crime and a weak economy. Bible distribution is being impacted by cheap imports of Bibles from other countries, a growing market for ‘used’ (often stolen) Bibles, the soaring cost of living and crime. Criminal gangs demand ‘rent’ from people for activities such as moving from one area to another or running a business from a particular premises. Even pastors and priests are being targeted, and several have been killed for refusing to pay.
The Bible Society of El Salvador has started receiving threatening phone calls at its offices, which is very stressful for staff. Even more seriously, a sales agent was kidnapped at gunpoint, and taken to a remote area and assaulted. He was abandoned by his captors but the Bible Society vehicle was stolen. Please pray urgently for protection for Bible Society staff and for the restoration of the mental and physical health of the sales agent.
December 1 - 7
China: Please pray for Dr Joseph Hong, a United Bible Societies Translation Advisor, who will be teaching at a national seminary from 2 – 13 December. Pray that through his teaching the students will grow in their understanding of the Bible. Pray for our Christmas Scripture portions: that they will be approved by the authorities, for their printing and distribution, and that they will touch the lives of the many non-believers who go to church at Christmas.
Phillippines: Please pray for comfort for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Visayas region on 8 November 2013. Pray for wisdom for national and local government as they try to implement a massive relief effort, and that roads, ports and airports will be opened as quickly as possible.
Pakistan: Give thanks that the recent celebration of 150 years of Bible Society mission, which was attended by many guests, went well and was a time of blessing for those present.
India: Give thanks for the healing that has come to the President of the Bible Society of India (BSI), Rev Dr P N S Chandra, following major surgery. Pray for him and the Executive Committee as they guide the governance of BSI. Please pray for Rev Dr Victor Gollapally, BSI Bombay Auxiliary Secretary, who has had major brain surgery and is still in a critical condition. Give thanks for projects that have been implemented for marginalised women and children, that many lives will be changed through them. Two of these projects have been supported by Bible Society New Zealand this year.
Myanmar: Please pray for the celebration of the bicentenary of Baptist mission in Myanmar, from 5 – 8 December. Pray that the Christmas selection which is being distributed will have a great impact on non-believers. Give thanks for the dedication of the Khualism New Testament on 27 October 2013.
December 8 - 14
Cambodia: Please pray for Christian broadcasts which Bible Society of Cambodia will be producing in 2014, that many lives will be touched through these programmes.
Vietnam: Please pray that the printing request for a special project which we have registered with the authorities will be given permission to proceed. Pray also that we can be given permission to do Bible importing and exporting, so that we can serve Vietnamese people living in other countries as well as in our own country.
Sri Lanka: Please pray for Bible Sunday, that through it many more Christians will become aware of Bible mission. Pray for our long-term tree planting project in partnership with local churches, whereby we will plant trees such as teak and mahogany, and the earnings from the timber will be shared equally between the churches and us.
South Pacific: Give thanks for the success of the Regional Board meeting and AGM held in Suva in October. Pray for the Board, management, staff and supporters of Bible Society in the South Pacific as we work together to serve Bible mission throughout the South Pacific.
December 15 - 21
Indonesia: Please pray for the One in Love programme in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, which aims to distribute Bibles to impoverished people living in this region.
Cambodia: The Khmer Study Bible project has started without any funding. Please pray for funding for this project and for wisdom and guidance for the translators and consultant. Pray for a translation workshop which is taking place on 25 January 2014, which around 350 youth pastors and leaders are expected to attend.
Malaysia: Give thanks for the Bible Resource Centre and Gallery at Bible House, and for the new artworks which have been donated to illustrate the Bible story.
Pakistan: A women’s literacy programme is being planned in consultation with churches and literacy organisations. Please pray for a good response from our potential partners and for the programme to begin soon.
Israel: Please continue praying for our ongoing outreach throughout the land; that the Lord will provide answers to those who come to us with questions regarding the faith. Give thanks for the completion and arrival of the Hebrew-Russian Bible, and for the funds which have already enabled the distribution of hundreds of free copies to some of the one million Russian speakers in Israel. Ask for God’s blessing and anointing on our newly launched Hebrew-language website.
December 22 - 31
Palestinian Territories: Please pray that the Christmas Market in Nazareth, which about 10,000 people attend, will be a blessing on all those who attend it.
Australia: Please pray for a new Scripture booklet entitled, Lord, we belong to you, which is aimed at indigenous at risk youth. The booklet is available in English and Kriol, a form of pidgin which originated in New South Wales but is now spoken in the Northern Territory. Pray that this resource will be translated into other indigenous languages to reach out to many more young Aboriginal people.
Papua New Guinea: There are many people in our country who do not have the Bible in their own language. Ask God to guide our efforts to reach them. Give thanks for our audio Scripture ministry and for our outreach to women and young people.
Micronesia: We seek God’s guidance as we work to bring his Word at an affordable price to all our people. Please pray in particular for our various translation and revision projects: these are a vital part of our work.
New Zealand: Please pray for continuing work on the translation of the Lion Children’s Bible into Maori, and for its release in 2014, that through it many Maori children will be reached with the message of the Bible.