Pray for:


Pray for the Khwedam translation team as they prepare for the launch of a publication.


Pray for the Subula* language community as they update and record and distribute a Subula songbook


Pray for the ongoing training of the 35 Bible translation students at Mekane Yesus Seminary (MYS).

Pray for God’s provision upon the LBT-MYS building project.

Pray for the Kambata translation team as they review the books from Galatians to Revelation.


Pray for Michael and Naomi Ersland as they serve with the Komba Old Testament translation program.


Pray for the Bandi translation team as they review and check the books of Ruth, Jonah, and Genesis.

Pray for the Dan translation team as they plan the printing and distribution of the book of Psalms.


Pray for the training of Bokyi literacy teachers.

Papua New Guinea

Pray for Ipili translators as they work towards Scripture engagement in their region.

Sierra Leone

Pray for Amy Formella as she serves with the Mende Old Testament translation program.

Southeast Asia

Pray for the video dubbing and distribution of the Gospel of John video.


Pray for the Kerewe translation team as they host a large community checking seminar.

United States

Pray for the involvement of congregations in Bible Translation Sunday this September.

*Note: Specific details were intentionally omitted or changed to protect the affected language community.



Eshinee Veith

Claude Houge

Audrey Grulke*

Jennifer Kunkel

Elijah Wagner*

Jo Ann Megahan

Chris Pluger


Aili Esala*

Jim Kaiser

Isaiah Wagner*

Josiah Federwitz*

Nathan Esala

Stephanie Luetjen

Andrew Beckendorf*

*missionary kid


Valerie Federwitz

Tim Miller

Ruthie Wagner

Kara Kuhn

Rich Rudowske

Amy Gerdts

Katie Hogan

Mariah Olson*

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