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Monday
Elsengg Literacy

Scott and Natasha Flaugher minister among the Elsengg people of Asia Pacific. “We are very excited to be on the verge of starting our first literacy class for our Elsengg friends. We’re excited for [them] to become literate, so that they can read God’s Word and the Bible lessons that our team is preparing for them, [which will show them] that God wants to communicate to them in their heart language. Without literacy, the future Elsengg church would be severely handicapped. …. We already have a full class of students, and as I write, several young people are cutting grass to help pay for their literacy books! We are prayerful and hopeful that … God will give them a hunger for His Word and [a] desire to stay connected and hear His Truth. … Please pray that we can get [all the preparation] done in good time so that it will be ready for our literacy program.”

Tuesday
Literacy Force for the Guarijio

Tom and Beth Carlton serve as part of the field leadership team in Mexico. “This month Katie Moore, our fearless and brilliant field literacy consultant, is ‘holed up’ in a mission apartment along with four other members of an important team who are working very hard to produce much needed literacy materials for the Guarijio church planting team. On why we value literacy as a mission and as a field, Katie writes, ‘Because personal access to the truth of the Word of God is vital to the maturity of believers, we are persuaded that literacy is one of the keystones of planting a church. God’s Word is where man finds the truth that leads to eternal life, his new identity as a child of God and the encouragement and exhortation that lead to growth.’ Pray that the literacy resources produced this month will greatly aid the Guarijio ministry in teaching people to read so they can go for themselves to the Word of life!” Read more.

Wednesday
Checking Things Off the List

Jamie and Char Hunt minister among the Nivaclé people in Paraguay. “Are you a person who finds joy in checking off a job completed on your ‘To Do’ List? We sure are. Done! Completed! Finished! It is satisfying to see measurable progress! The translation process is well-defined. There are numerous steps to be followed, each one specifically designed to produce a translation that is accurate and understandable. Each step is time-consuming, taking weeks or months to complete. You can imagine the joy we feel in checking off the ‘completed’ box as each task for each book is finished. Each checkmark means much more than just completing a process. It means that the transforming Word of God is one step closer to being placed in the hands of the Nivaclé people. That's exciting!” To give toward the printing of Genesis, Exodus and Mark, there is an account set up at Ethnos360 for a tax-deductible donation toward this project. Make checks payable to “Ethnos360” with a note for “Nivaclé Translation in Paraguay.”

Thursday
Back to West Africa

Lív Poulsen ministers in West Africa as a Bible translator to the Badiyaranké people “I have just finished Hebrews and am now working on James. I will have a consultant check in November. My translation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians and Revelation will be checked and also the chapters of Joshua that a young believer has translated. It will take around eight days. The consultant is coming all the way from the USA. This is the first time that he will check my work, and this is also the first time that the young believer will have any of his work checked. Please pray that everything will go well and that it will be an encouraging time. Of the epistles I still have 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude to do. Then I need to finish the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John. So, I still have some way to go till the New Testament is finished, but I am encouraged with the progress. The epistles are harder than the Gospels, where a lot is narrative. It is a privilege to be able to be a part of this work. Thank you so much for being willing to partner with me in prayer and to support in different ways.” Pray for the consultant check this month.

Friday
Iski Translation

Jason and Nisae Williamson minister among the Iski people of Papua New Guinea. Jason said, “For us three translators (Andre, Aurelie and me) these past few months have been busy [as we are] gearing up for our visit with our translation consultant. During her visit here and with the help of our local translation helpers, we were able to check over 1,200 verses! That brings us to 29% of the New Testament checked! We are so excited about this and encouraged with the progress. For this check we have finished the gospel of Mark [and] the book of Jonah, and we've made good progress in Luke and Acts. We hope that early next year he will be available to check other portions, including … 1 Timothy, Titus, Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and … the book of Acts. What a privilege we have to work together to see the saving message of Jesus Christ go out to the unreached villages of the Iski. Thank you so much for your steadfast partnership with us in this ministry. Knowing you are standing behind us holding us up through prayer and support means so much to us.”

November 10, 2019

Literacy Was God’s Idea

Why is literacy such a big deal? Because God communicated His Word to man through the written word.
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Monday
"What Is It?"

Josiah and Rachel Van Der Decker minister to the Anem people of Papua New Guinea. “Right now, we are basically in the ’baby’ stage of language learning … This week, as we were trying to learn the Anem phrase for ’what is it?’ … [we realized] there are at least six different ways to ask, ’what is it?’ It seems that every object in Anem is inherently either male (like the parts of a fire) or female (like a house, some foods). And how close or far away an object is also will impact how it's referred to. So, the simple question of ’what is it?’ becomes, ’what is this (female object that is near you)?’ Or, ’what is this (male object that is far away)?’ Now that we are aware of some of these features in Anem (gender [and] proximity), pray for us as we learn how to use them.”

Tuesday
Next Adventure in Literacy: Africa

Jerry and Joyce McDaniels minister as International Literacy Coordinators. “[Early October we] jumped on planes and traveled to West Africa for the next adventure in literacy. We appreciate your prayers as we train consultants and work with a team to produce literacy materials. The translation of the New Testament has recently been completed in this language. So, we are excited to work together [so] that the people will be able to read God’s Word in their own language! God’s Word will soon be in their hands, but what if they cannot read? Pray for wisdom as the team writes literacy materials so many can learn to read God’s Word in their own language. Read more.

Wednesday
Chimane Radio Update

Twenty years ago, missionaries Bruce and Jan Johnson started the Chimane Christian radio station in Bolivia, which grew to broadcast 24/7 and in five ethnic languages. Recently, however, extra costs and damages have caused broadcasting to slow, and the Johnsons believed the broadcasting license would expire this year, before they could return to normal operations. But they said, “Our planning and thinking ahead was not in vain as it brought us back in full focus on the reason why we have a radio station — broadcasting the Word of God. … Someone decided to check the renewal date on our [broadcasting license, and it read], ‘May 24th, 2021’! … After such a surprise, … we know that God must have a plan to meet the needs we will have for the next two years. We desire to go back to 24/7 broadcasting; we need lots of help financially for this to happen. Visit our website and consider how the Lord would lead you to help us.”

Thursday
The Water System

Summer Zimmer ministers with Papua New Guinea Communications. “After 15 years, many major components of the water system at our support center have exceeded their expected lifespan. This vital system filters out iron [and] softens and chlorinates to disinfect the water and make it safe to drink. This system not only serves our support missionaries living at this center — 75 houses, a school, medical clinic, dental clinic and a guesthouse — but also the local community. Twenty-six to thirty percent of the water going through our water system benefits our neighbors, who are invited to bring containers to fill up for safe drinking water in their homes.” Read more.

Friday
A Read-Through of the Book of Luke

Paul and Bella Gervasi minister in Asia Pacific among the Sekadau people. “Right now, Bella is doing a read-through of the book of Luke. It is something that her translation helpers have asked to do after finishing a book. They read it together and talk among themselves about things. They will suggest changes in words and reword some of the sentences to sound more natural. If there is a doctrinal issue, I might get involved, but that happens very rarely. … They have been doing this read-through for two days now. The amazing thing to me is that this is driven by the translation helpers and not by us. … Thank you so much for your prayers for us and the people here.” Read more about the Sekadau people.

“Lord, teach me to pray for him the way he prays [for us].”
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Monday
Tepehuan New Testaments Arrived

Kevin and Wendy Case minister in Mexico among the Northern Tepehuan people. “The first box of New Testaments arrived by air! Several more boxes arrived by land. This is great news. We are grateful to the Lord and for your prayers. Pray for the logistics of flights, travel, meals [and] planning for the event in November. Especially pray for open and tender hearts to hear the Word of God and apply truth to lives. We so appreciate your prayers and support. For many years we have had a faithful team behind us, and we are grateful to you.”

Tuesday
Kaje

Paul and Andrea Wilson serve the missionaries reaching the Kaje people. “Just a few weeks ago new chronological Bible teaching started among the Kaje people here in Papua New Guinea. After spending many years learning their language and culture, the missionaries (three families: the Goheens, Myers and Meyers) are finally able to share God’s Word with them in their own language. How are they responding? (So glad you asked): ‘We are such sinners. It is like we have been storing up firewood for ourselves for the day of judgement.’ ‘Should I try to find a lamb and sacrifice it to God like Abel? I want him to be happy with me.’ ‘God saved Noah all the way. I cannot wait until I hear how God is going to save me all the way.’ ‘Every time you guys end the lesson I think, “No! Where did the time go! Teach more! It ended too quickly!”’ ‘Satan has truly tricked us with his lying talk and hid God’s true talk from us. But now we are hearing it clearly!’ Please join us in praying for these dear Kaje folks as they continue on. It is amazing to hear how their hearts are being turned and softened in preparation for Jesus!” Read more.

Wednesday
Baptizing Them

Stephen and Ginger Jordan minister among the Agutaynen people of the Philippines. “Each of these [five people being baptized] is a shining testimony of God working through the believers to reach more of their family for Jesus. Each one has their own story. Please let us share the grandfather’s story with you. He said he believed in Jesus years ago when we held a Bible study in his house. However, his wife remained faithful to the village church and didn’t believe. As a result, the grandfather did not attend Faith Bible Church. Sadly, his wife died about eight months ago. Shortly after that, he began faithfully attending church and expressed his faith in Christ as His Savior. While we are sad that [his wife] did not believe, we are thankful for this new brother in Christ who is learning and growing in the Lord. And he is in good company – his son-in-law and daughter are strong believers, and his granddaughter was baptized on the same day as he was. Please pray for these five that they will grow as they share with others their faith.” Read more.

Thursday
‘The Ends of the Earth’

Josh and Candy Dalton minister in the Philippines through leadership and aviation. “The Tala-Andig people truly live at the end of the earth. It’s a long day’s hike from the nearest motorbike trail for even the strongest hiker, then hours on slick, muddy trails and logging roads, and more hours on a bus to the nearest town. This small village, for years largely isolated from the outside world, is now becoming the epicenter for ministry and outreaches to farthest parts of Tala-Andig territory and even beyond into lowland areas where other languages are spoken. It is amazing and humbling to be a part of supporting the indigenous church with aviation as they become the missionaries and reach beyond boundaries with the light of the gospel! Pray for our aviation team here, as we are scrambling to expedite shipping of critical parts for one of our helicopters that is out of service, while the second helicopter and pilot have been flying long hours every day to serve all of our church planting teams across the Philippines.”

Friday
Resurrection Wednesday

Greg and Tina minister in Thailand. They said, “Tomorrow Greg meets with K after a week hiatus to pick up the gospel story where they left off, with Christ dead and in the tomb. K was gripped by the crucifixion, and we pray that over this past week he has thought a lot about Christ's death and the purpose. He and Greg went over the many promises of the Redeemer, His coming sacrifice and the sin of man that required redemption. We ask you to please take up the mantle of prayer for K [and] for Greg as they meet the risen Christ and His defeat of sin and death! Please pray that K will not just be amazed at the miracle of the resurrection but [will] understand that Christ's sacrifice was once for all, and that [“all”] includes him and his family.”