Dear Prayer Partner

Your prayer support means so much to us throughout the year and we want to take a moment to say thank you and wish you a beautiful sense of God's presence this Christmas as you pause to reflect on the greatest gift ever given... Jesus Christ.

We look forward to sharing news of ministry with you throughout 2019. We know that God will have many great things in store.
Paraguay
'The Dawn' in Paraguay

The Paraguayan Bible Society runs an amazing ministry working with riverside communities. Using the ‘El Amanecer’ (The Dawn) boat, staff and volunteers travel up the Paraguay River bringing medical, educational and spiritual aid to isolated communities.

The riverside communities live in deep poverty, they lack safe, substantial housing and school buildings, they suffer from diseases and a lack of hygiene and healthcare, they are short of food and medicines; their clothes are ragged and they live in spiritual ignorance.

The Paraguayan Bible Society has been helping them since 1999. This initiative caught the attention of the government who now provide funds to support teachers in the new schools. Local church leaders receive continued training from the Bible Society to expand the work.

Pray for the spread of God's Word along the Paraguay River
  • Praise God that the team have reached all the goals they had set out for the year. This means that they have known God’s provision to see the boat continuing to travel on the river, they have had all the equipment and resources required to bring medical aid and the Word of God. 
  • Give thanks that they are finishing the year with the inauguration of a new Church in San Alfredo Island and that new members of the Hygua Chini church will be baptised.
  • Praise God for this incredible ministry and pray for the staff and all the volunteers, that they will know God’s protection and guidance on every trip.
  • Pray for the communities who are receiving visits from the boat, that they will remain open not only to practical help but to the living Word of God. 
  • Pray also for the new church leaders, may the Lord give them wisdom and grace to serve and pray that new believers would be rooted in Christ and established in faith.
PVD award 2018
Government Awards Bible Society of Costa Rica

The Bible Society of Costa Rica has received an award from the government for its service to people with visual disabilities. The award was presented to Bible Society General Secretary Mayra Ugalde on December 3, the International Day for People with Disabilities.

This is the sixth year that the government has organised a programme called ‘Costa Rica Incluye’ (Costa Rica Includes). Every December 3, the government honours the work of organisations which contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities. Mayra Ugalde was delighted to accept the honour of an award.

“This was the sixth year the event was held and we received an award in the category of ‘community and inclusion’ for our project ‘Scripture Portions in Spanish Braille for adults and children’. We are so grateful to the Lord, and thankful to the Bible Societies and Global Mission Team members who have supported us in this work. This award was only possible thanks to teamwork – working together we are strong as we pursue our mission of providing the Bible for everyone,” said Mayra.

This is not the first time that the Bible Society has been recognised for its groundbreaking work with people with visual disabilities – it received a government award last year, too, and the United Nations, the country’s National Library and PANACI (Costa Rica’s national association for the blind) have all publicly paid tribute to it in previous years.

As well as providing Braille Scriptures for people with visual disabilities, the Bible Society has become a key advocate, raising awareness in society at large of the challenges they face, as well as the strengths and talents that they can offer. Earlier this year, for instance, together with the National Library and the French Embassy, it ran a ‘Sculptures in the dark’ workshop. Young, sighted people wearing blindfolds and young people with visual disabilities created sculptures together, working side by side. Through events like this, the Bible Society is creating opportunities for sighted and non-sighted people to interact and learn from each other. It is also helping to create supportive communities around people with visual disabilities who are often marginalised and disadvantaged.

Pray for the ministry in Costa Rica
  • Praise God that this ministry is having such a profound impact that it has been recognised and honoured by the government.
  • Pray that the publicity around this award will raise the profile of the Bible Society and their ministry but more importantly, that more people would be drawn to God and His Word.

Image shows Mayra holding the award with Bible Society Project Manager Shirley
and her guide dog, Eclipse.
  • Please pray for the New Testament that has been launched in modern, easy-to-understand language in Georgia. Pray that God would reach children and young people in particular through this new edition.
  • Continue to pray for Bible Society people working in Syria. Despite great risk, they have remained in Syria to share God's Word with others who have not fled the war-torn region. Reports often come through of devastation beyond our imaginings.
  • Give thanks that the National Bible Society in Ireland have made an appointment to the new role of Development Officer. Pray for great wisdom as this new post is established.
Thank you for praying with us throughout 2018. We have much to thank God for as we have been aware of His hand in many ways.

Pray for our team as we move into 2019. This will be a year of change as we bid farewell to Leah McKibben after 10 years in the role of Projects Manager. We will all really miss Leah and wish her God's blessing as she moves into a new calling.

We will really value your prayers in the process of creating a new post and employing a new staff member.

Office Closure
The office will be closed from Mon 24th Dec to Tues 1st Jan 2019!
We will re-open on Wed 2nd 2019.
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