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Dear Prayer Partner

Patience can be one of the hardest things to practise as a Christian. We often ask God to do things in our timing, when we think it's the right time.

We must trust that God has an Eternal plan and that nothing happens too soon or too late. It is all part of his plan.

This month in Prayer News we are looking at how we can pray for
Uganda, the Philippines and the Gulf.

Thank you for joining us in prayer.

Pictured above: Translators work on the Tinggian Bible translation in the Philippines.

We are having our monthly prayer Zoom at 1PM on Wednesday the 25th November, if you would like to come, the link to the meeting can be found here:

This meeting will last approximately 30 minutes. We as a staff team were so encouraged last month and would love to meet with you all again. 

If you are unsure about how to join a Zoom meeting, please contact us and we can help you to access it.
Main Prayers
A New Braille Bible translation - Uganda

For a number of years we have been supporting the Bibles for People with Visual Disabilities project in Uganda. This month, on Friday, 6th November, there was a very exciting development as the launch of the Runyankole-Rukiga Braille Bible happened via Zoom. Unfortunately, they were not able to meet in person due to restrictions, but that did not stop them from celebrating this joyous occasion.

This is the first ever Braille Bible to be translated into Runyankole-Rukiga, a language spoken by about 3.6 million people. For so many people with visual disabilities, reading the Bible can be a real struggle. They often need someone else with them to read the Bible aloud to them to know what it says. This new Braille Bible translation will mean that many people are able to read God's Word in dependently for themselves.
Please pray for this project:

  • Pray for those who will use the Runyankole-Rukiga Braille Bible translation. Pray that it will bless them and help them to grow in their faith.

  • Pray for those with visual disabilities in Uganda, who are often heavily stigmatised due to their disability. Pray that God will work in these situations and that he will break down the stigma.

  • Pray for the church in Uganda as they reach out to people with visual disabilities. Pray that this would be a blessing to both those with visual disabilities and the church as they become more inclusive to all. 
The Tinggian Bible Translation - The Philippines

The Tinggian Bible translation has been ongoing for many years, throughout which Bible Society NI has been a major financial supporter. Throughout 2020 they have faced many hurdles, and were looking forward to being able to launch part of the translation in 2021. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, their work has been stalled.

Currently they are working on proofreading and typesetting the text for printing, as well as sorting the copyright. This is slow work as the team works remotely from home. Local quarantines have affected courier services, which makes it slow and hard to complete the process. They have so far completed a portion of the Bible - from Romans to Jude.

This is the first Bible translation into the Tinggian language and the Tinggian people are waiting anxiously to have the full Bible in their heart language. The Philippine Bible Society has asked us to pray for the work of translating this language, and that they would soon be able to provide this people group with the Word of God.
Pray for this Project:

  • Pray for the translators as they continue to work on proofreading and typesetting this Bible translation. Pray that God would keep them safe and that they would continue to remain healthy throughout the pandemic.

  • Pray for the courier system they use, which allows the proofreading on typesetting process to go smoothly. Pray also for the translation coordinator as he seeks to oversee this translation.

  • Pray that the Tinggian people would soon have the Bible in their own language. Pray that they would be able to safely launch The Bible in 2021.
An Update from the Gulf

Earlier in 2020 we brought you a story from the Bible Society in the Gulf about a Scripture booklet that they were sharing called 'Corona and God's Karuna'. This booklet played on the similarity between the Telugu word “Karuana”, which means mercy, grace and compassion, and the “Coronavirus”.

Prasad, the migrant worker who inspired the Bible Society in the Gulf to publish the booklet, had come to the Arab Emirates to work at the start of 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 situation the business he was going to work for had to shutdown. He was left without a job.
Since arriving in the Gulf, Prasad had been attending services in a local church. This deeply impacted him and his relationship with God.

 “For the first time I have heard the word of God in a way that makes me really understand. Now I do not miss a single prayer meeting,” he says. “The Bible Society made sure that I got an audio player. So now I can finally listen to the gospel, too.”

Many migrant workers in the Gulf have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and cannot return home either, due to no income and travel restrictions. The Bible Society in the Gulf provides Bibles, but also helps migrant workers who need practical support, such as food. The Bible Society in the Gulf have found that many of their online resources have become very popular in the migrant communities who are now faced with uncertain futures. 
Pray for this Project:

  • Pray for the 'Corona and God's Karuna' resource as migrants read it and learn more about God’s mercy, grace and compassion.

  • Pray for those who are lost and find themselves in hard financial circumstances during these times. Pray that God would comfort them and that they would come to know him.

  • Pray for the staff of the Bible Society in the Gulf as they provide Bibles, resources and practical support where needed. Pray that God would keep them safe throughout this virus.  
Prayer Snippets
  • Pray for those in Honduras who have been devastated by the most recent hurricane. Pray that the Bible Society here would be able to support their community through this time.

  • Pray for our brothers and sisters in Guatemala as they recover from flooding in many areas. Pray for the Bible Society here as they provide food packages to those worst hit.

  • Praise God that the printing of the SiSwati Study Bible is currently underway in China. Pray that this will be a real blessing to Christians in Eswatini.
Local Prayers
Pray for the team

  • Praise God for the encouraging night that we had at the Gathering. We were very blessed to see some of you at this virtual event.

  • Pray that we would continue to be strengthened by God as we enter into the winter season.
Speaking Engagements

As we are not able to visit as many churches in person we are hosting a monthly BSNI Zoom Prayer Meeting . This month's will be on Wednesday 25th November at 1pm.

We would love to see you there and join with you in prayer. Click the picture to get the link to the meeting or keep an eye on our social media pages. If you would like to share this link with your church family we would love for you to pass it on.
"In you, LORD my God, I put my trust."

Psalm 25:1 (NIV)
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