This week we are praying for Susanna Baldwin in Darwin, Australia working with Wycliffe on a PEV (Plain English Version) Bible translation project.
1. Please pray for me as I move into translating the last few chapters of Genesis for the Plain English Version. Pray that God's Spirit will guide my choice of words and allow me to produce a clear and faithful translation.
2. Pray that the Plain English Version Mini-Bible, currently at the printers, will soon be ready for distribution, and prove a great blessing to Indigenous Christians, churches and communities.
3. Pray that God will raise up more people to serve in Bible translation for Indigenous Australian language groups - whether as frontline translators, advisors and consultants, or support workers behind the scenes.
4. Give thanks that my colleague Melody (who looks after publicity and communications for our group) is keen to try her hand at some PEV translation work and is beginning a first draft of Hebrews. Pray that God will give her the time and skills to make a valuable contribution to the project.
5. Pray for Nungalinya College - the training ground for Indigenous church leaders and Bible translators in the Northern Territory (and where our office is located). Currently students are unable to return to begin their classes due to COVID-related travel restrictions from remote communities. Pray that these restrictions will be short-lived and that teaching programmes can soon get up and running again.
6. Pray for the ministry of Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin, where I currently worship and serve - for grace and unity between people of different theological backgrounds and views, and for God's truth to prevail in all things. Pray that our new Sunday evening service will draw more people, especially doubters and seekers, to come into the fellowship of God's church.
7. As I commit to another season serving in Darwin, please pray for peace with my mixed emotions and the continued sense of divided loyalties between here and Ethiopia. Pray that I will trust God and rest in his good plans for me, wherever and however they may take shape.