Current NTM Prayer Updates are now available by email. Each Sunday’s email features an article on a particular aspect of the ministry such as language study, literacy or translation, along with corresponding prayer requests for the week. Monday’s through Friday’s emails remind you of the daily prayer request.
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Prayer Points for This Week
Monday: “Black magic leading to death, stealing property, causing God’s judgment on others, starting a revolt … these are some of the charges that have been leveled against the believers here in the last six weeks. Though untrue, these accusations have been damaging and at times have hindered the teaching and the meeting together,” wrote missionaries Aaron and Lori Luse. Pray for God’s strength and protection for these Patpatar believers. Read more …
Tuesday: Barry and Denise Spor ask prayer for 12-year-old Ronal. He suffered from abdominal attacks so painful that he would pass out. Barely eating and loss of weight complicated matters and last year he nearly died. The attacks have returned, but still no answers from medical personnel as to why. Read the original post … and an update.
Wednesday: “I very often find myself calling out to the Lord for wisdom in making decisions. The rugged terrain and ever-changing weather is probably the most challenging part of my ministry,” writes missionary pilot Brain Schaadt. “These combine with the pressure of urgent medical needs or trying to get tribal missionaries out to town in time for commercial flights.” Pray for missionary pilots as they face such challenges. Read more …
Thursday: “In these days we are church planting in new villages, the devil doesn’t like this and there is resistance. … We have a number of our believers operating in areas of great resistance, namely in the very camp of the demon-possessed shaman. And these are relatively new believers who are boldly sharing their faith,” write missionaries Simon and Annika Flanagan as they ask for prayer for the Mengen church. Read more …
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Friday: “Computers are missionaries’ main tools,” writes missionary David Pierce. “They are used in everything -- learning culture and language, translating the Bible, writing Bible lessons, email, ordering supplies and more. The IT department at the mission center where we served in Papua New Guinea has a critical need for personnel.” Pray for new IT personnel. Read more …
Prayer points for this week
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- Monday: This week’s email portrays the darkness that many Nahuatl people still live in. Pray for Peter and Liesl Hypki as they minister to them. Lives are being changed, but there are still many without hope in Christ. Read more,
- Tuesday: An extensive training course prepares NTM missionaries spiritually and practically to face the challenges of learning both the culture and language of tribal groups in order to be prepared to clearly present the gospel. Pray for the missionaries in culture and language study, but also for those preparing them for the task. Watch the video.
- Wednesday: It takes three to five years for a missionary to gain fluency in a people group’s culture and language. Specialized software greatly aids and speeds the process of cataloging, organizing and reviewing audio and video recordings, photos and notes. But the current software is in great need of updating. Pray for our NTM software developers as they partner with a company to make this a reality. Please also pray for the necessary funds for this project. Read more.
- Thursday: As we focus this week on the need for missionaries to adequately learn the culture of the people they minister to, let’s not forget to pray for those labeled as third culture kids. These are the children of missionaries who’ve grown up in another culture much different than their own. Pray for them as they return to the country of their parents and face the need to adequately learn the norms of “their own” culture. Read more.
- Friday: When asked “Why are you here?” by the Kendawangan people, the missionaries replied, “We have a message from God.” After years of culture and language study, the missionary team of Tim and Andrea Ullum, Paul and Irene Pries, and Phil and Shelly Svoboda have now begun teaching that message. Pray for the team, the teaching, and receptive hearts. Read more.
Prayer points for the week of July 13
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- Monday: Each summer Wayumi hosts high school students for week-long camps through its Expedition program. Ask the Lord to give Wayumi staff wisdom and grace as they invest time into those learning about missions. Pray that God works in the hearts of students to be goers and senders. Learn more.
- Tuesday: Pray for the Wayumi guides as they share their passion and experience with visitors. Ask the Lord to make their love and excitement contagious, sparking a fire in the heart of the students. Pray that they will be able to effectively communicate the need for the Gospel to be preached to the remote places of the earth. To learn more about the ministry of the Wayumi guides, click here.
- Wednesday: Pray for Wayumi special events such as Youth Day and Winter Quest to be powerful times of discovery and encouragement. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit upon the young people who attend. May the Lord’s heart for the lost be made known to them, and lives forever changed. Learn more about Youth Day and Winter Quest.
- Thursday: Pray for the weekend Wayumi retreats. These shortened experiences give individuals, families and other groups a bird's-eye view of the still-unreached people of the world. Pray that the Lord will use the time to open eyes to what it takes to reach these tribes, and how they can effectively take part. Learn more.
- Friday: Pray for the Wayumi college course and the students who attend this week-long program. These classes offer a unique opportunity for individuals to focus on the task of reaching the unreached people groups of the world, while earning college credit. Ask the Lord to bless the students and for hearts to be challenged to reach the lost. Learn more.
Prayer points for the week of July 6
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- Monday: "During this month Rachel Chapman will be working on the translation of the book of Genesis. It is a labor-intensive process and she wants to have 500 verses completed before September. Pray that her helpers will come faithfully and that God will give her wisdom and energy for the task," writes Katie Moore, missionary to the Nahuatl people in Mexico.
- Tuesday: Missionaries Tim and Andrea Ullum, in the Asia-Pacific region, praise the Lord for the translation check of Genesis 1-10. An experienced translator from the USA came for four intense days of working with four village friends, making sure the translation Tim had done was accurate. They ask prayer that those four tribal co-workers would continue to think through the things they heard and be impacted for eternity.
- Wednesday: "A couple weeks ago I started rough drafting the book of Mark," wrote missionary Chris Hostetter, ministering to the Pal people of Papua New Guinea. "I started on a Friday, and though the weekend was quick to follow, I found myself not wanting to stop and break ... for the weekend." Please continue to pray for missionaries like Chris, that they will stay motivated to the task of translating.
- Thursday: "Great news for the Patpatar translation. Madonna [Yates] just completed another final check with the translation consultant of a portion of the Patpatar Old Testament. Now nearly three-quarters of the book of Genesis is finished and ready to be printed," wrote missionaries Aaron and Lori Luse in Papua New Guinea.
- Friday: "A translation team was formed and they invested many months ... learning our language and culture. In the process they became our dear friends. Then, just as the team was ready to start translation ... the husband of one family entered the presence of Jesus when he suffered a massive heart attack. He was only 36 years old. ... Now what will we do?" The Da'an church in the Asia-Pacific region ask prayers for Bible translators.
Prayer points for the week of June 29:
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- Monday: Our default setting is to bypass the hard stuff—like language learning and adapting to a new culture—but it can’t be bypassed. Andy Royer, who grew up in Brazil and is back there teaching at the Bible Institute, asks prayer for his wife Sarah as she works through all the "hard stuff." They are trusting the Lord to not just survive this season of their lives, but to thrive in it.
- Tuesday: Overcoming the monotony of the language learning process, dealing with feelings of being overwhelmed, and continually bringing your focus back onto the Lord. These are what AJ and Klarissa Backes face as they move into phase three (of four) of the Swahili language program. Pray for them!
- Wednesday: Language study is hard work — even before you juggle it with the responsibilities of being a wife and mother, the medical needs of the villagers, and the many interruptions of life. Pray for missionary Shelly Schafer as she works hard putting in many hours to be prepared to take the phase three (of four) language check.
- Thursday: "Part of our language training is through immersion in the language, vocabulary learning exercises, and conversation. Another part is formal grammar lessons," wrote Brian and Rachel Rich, new missionaries to Brazil. Please pray for Rachel, in particular, as she adjusts to culture and language learning with a new baby.
- Friday: "One year ago . . . I had to drag myself out of bed every morning and mentally give myself a pep talk to ... learn the language. ... But, I can converse normally with my Pal friends now," writes missionary Chris Hostetter. Pray for NTM missionaries as they study language.
Prayer points for the week of June 22
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- Monday: Pray for the Mwinika people of Mozambique. An NTM team is working with Mwinika men to learn their language and develop Bible lessons. Along the way, many have not only heard the Good News, but believed it. Pray for God to raise up His Church among the Mwinika people.
- Tuesday: Pray for the North Cotes Bible College on the East Coast of England. Ask the Lord to bless the professors as they teach the Bible to their students. Pray for the families of the faculty to be encouraged and strengthened. Finally, pray for the people the graduates will be teaching on the mission field in years to come.
- Wednesday: Astun, a Manobo Bible teacher for many years, had one request on his deathbed: that someone take his place as a Bible teacher in his village. Follow the link below to see how God has answered his prayer. Please continue to pray for more Bible teachers.
- Thursday: Pray for Kevin and Wendy Case as they teach God’s Word to the Tepehuans tribe in Mexico. Ask the Lord for a movement of His Spirit among this people. "Lives are being changed in this place," Kevin affirms.
- Friday: “We have cried out to the Lord for more Prai men to teach and lead the church and God is answering that prayer,” wrote Dave and Fran Jordan. Pray as lives continue to be transformed through the truths of God’s Word.
The Kendawangan people have long asked missionaries why they are there. Not because the missionaries have not answered, but because the answer -- "We have a message from God" -- did not make sense to them. Now they have begun hearing Bible lessons that will go from Creation to Christ. Pray that the Kendawangans understand and believe. Read Full Story
Joel and Missy Davis, who live in town to provide flight services for missionaries in remote villages, still manage to find plenty of adventures. Recent ones have involved rice, coconuts and a water buffalo. Pray for Joel and Missy to be a souce of encouragement and help to the people they serve. Read Full Story
Rachel Searcy has been working on the Punan Bible translation for seven years. and together with her Punan co-workers has completed 30 percent of the New Testament, as well as Genesis and other Old Testament portions needed for evangelistic Bible lessons. Pray for Rachel and the entire Punan Bible translation team as they diligently and faithfully work to bring a clear, accurate translation of God’s Word to the Punan people. Read Full Story
Mike and Cher Riepma say that it is hard to be torn away from a church fellowship un the USA where their souls were fed “through great Bible teaching and fellowship.” Especially since it means returning to hardships and difficulty in their ministry in a remote village. But they are motivated by seeing the need and seeing God at work on that need. Pray for strength and encouragement for Mike and Cher. Read Full Story
Kevin and Wendy Case are praying that completing the New Testament in the Northern Tepehuan language will help the church develop a sense of community among the isolated, independent and suspicious people. They have completed 80 percent of the translation, and Hebrews will be checked next week. Pray that the check uncovers any problems so the Tepehuans can have an accurate translation. Read Full Story
Scott and Natasha Flaugher are hard at working understanding how the Elseng people think and learning their language, because they have an important message for them. Pray that Scott and Natasha will remain faithful and diligent as they study the Elseng culture and language. Read Full Story
Susie Locklin has long heard stories of the hardships and persecution faced by new believers. Only now, these are not just stories of people in faraway lands. They're the stories of her friends and neighbors. Pray for strength for these believers, and for wisdom for Susie as she encourages them. Read Full Story
Mike and Cher Riepma are concerned by the number of young Ese Ejja men who have turned away from the Bible teaching they heard as children. Yet they know God is in control and the truth will prevail. Pray for encouragement for the Riepmas, and pray that God puts the young men in situations that remind them of His truth and goodness. Read Full Story
Being a missionary on a remote island in the South Pacific can be a lot of hard work. It can be beautiful. And it can also be downright bizarre, Julie Martin shares. Julie asks for prayer for encouragement and strength as she and her family work to build up the Akolet believers. Read Full Story