Prayer Burdens, Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Pray for the finals and conclusion to the semester and school year for our students. May the Lord grace them abundantly during this time. Pray also for the contacting of the incoming freshman and transfer class. May many become open vessels to receive Him and enjoy Him!
Lord's Move in India
Currently, there are 192 churches, 4843 saints in the Lord's Table meetings, and 7903 saints in the church life.
The churches in India were largely spared during the first covid wave that swept through India last year. However, the current wave has impacted most of the churches. Many saints have fallen ill including coworkers and those working on literature translation. Saints in many localities have also passed away.
There is an urgent need for the prayers for the saints to be preserved and for the gospel of the kingdom to be preached throughout India.
There is another aspect of what is happening now. The pandemic is in the visible realm. However, there is a fierce battle happening in the invisible realm. That has to do with the translation and distribution of the NT Recovery Version in India.
India is a very diverse country with multiple languages. There is no national language in India. However, the Indian constitution recognizes 22 regional languages which include Hindi but not English. The translation of the New Testament Recovery Version to seven Indian languages, Malayalam, Mizo, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Hindi (fourth most spoken language in the world) is currently in progress.
As of the end of March 2021, the translation to Hindi has begun and presently the team is translating Mark. The translation of the text to Kannada and Marath is complete and the footnotes translation is in progress.
The translation of both the text and the footnotes to the first four of the above languages (Malayalam, Mizo, Tamil, Telugu) is complete and the final checking and typesetting is underway. The pre-printing processes, including proofreading, were expected to be completed by August and the printing was expected to be done thereafter right away. The distribution of the New Testament Recovery Version was to begin in September.
However, due to the second covid wave happening how, many translators have fallen ill. The proofreading is postponed to early next year and the printing and distributing should happen sometime in the middle of 2022. The brothers in India have realized the shortage in praying for the translation of the Recovery Version.
Please pray that
1) The Lord will preserve all the saints laboring in the translation work;
2) the translation work will continue without much delay; and
3) pray for the printing and distribution of the New Testament Recovery Version to all seekers of the truth.
Pray for the city of Oakland that the Lord will draw many to Himself to eat and drink of Him.
Bible Daily Reading
Pray we will all persevere in getting into the word of God to be supplied and nourished.
Shepherding in the Church
Thank the Lord for His caring for us as the Chief Shepherd! May the Lord use every member of His Body to shepherd the Body in love and in mutuality. Pray that every brother and sister in the church would care for and be cared for by another saint!
Pray that at least 30 saints would migrate to Minneapolis by the end of 2021. To date, 21 saints have migrated, with about 7 more who expressed a solid intention to migrate.