Ask the Lord to continue to heal and strengthen John and to bless the translation work. Pray for Suri as they read God’s word in their own language, that their eyes would be opened to believe the message.
The team has translated Mark and a draft of Acts through chapter 26. They have finished the advisor check through Mark 14, and hope to complete the remaining 2 chapters in the next few days. (While in Koi, I was intrigued to observe the thorough process of interacting about word choices, how to accurately convey intended meaning, etc. as they painstakingly checked the draft, phrase by phrase, verse by verse.)
Please continue to pray for John’s health. Overall, it seems to have improved over the last number of months. He does find the heat of Koi to be draining, and tends to use his O2 concentrator more. He also finds the cold in Addis to be difficult, and his being so thin doesn’t help! About 2 weeks ago, his coughing increased and his chest pain returned. He was given a different medication this week, which has eased these symptoms. Please pray.
Bible translation is going on well. I am still leading the team.
Four Gospel drafts are completed and now we’re doing the draft of The book of Acts.
Please pray for wisdom and help of the Holy Spirit to translate well. Pray for the translation team.
Pray for my (John) health. My lungs are weak and I am now using an oxygen concentrator to breath.
John’s grandmother passed away on Monday. Please ask the Lord to give John physical and spiritual strength and stamina as he speaks with numerous visitors all week long. May the Great Physician continue healing his body, and protect him from COVID, especially with all the extra people around who have come from various places.
When someone dies, the Suri primarily show support by coming to visit, sit with, comfort and encourage the bereaved – some for nearly a week.
Please ask the Holy Spirit to open the spiritual eyes and ears and hearts of many Suri people, to understand and receive the Good News with great joy! May the seed of the death of John’s grandmother, and opportunities to share with the mourners the reason for the hope within him, bear much lasting fruit for the Kingdom!
God has graciously restored John to health and provided for him a portable oxygen concentrator; he will take the tank with him back to the village where the Wycliffe team is based as they work on the translation of the New Testament into Suri. John is a valuable member of the translation team. Pray that God will sustain him in good health and use him to get His Word to the Suri.
Praise God John is better and is headed home with an oxygen concentrator. He asks for prayer that the team members who spend Christmas in their home village Mewun will clearly share Christ with their people.
Please pray for the team’s 2021 goals:
Revise the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John (they’ve already finished Mark)
Get all 4 gospels printed for distribution among the Suri
Produce the Jesus film in their language: Suri (Kaçipo-Balesi)
John D (young man working with Wycliffe) continues to suffer from poor health and was recently hospitalized in very serious condition. He has suffered much with health problems, the loss of a young child, and recently the loss of his wife. The evil one does not want John D’s tribe to get God’s Word in their own language and come to know Jesus, and seems to be trying one tactic after another to attack John. Pray for this man to know the all-surpassing power that is from God: he is “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).
Pray for John and his team translating the New Testament into the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) language. They are currently doing advisory checks on Luke and Matthew, and are drafting chapter 3 of the gospel of John.
An ongoing problem in the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) communities is alcohol. Just recently Barduni visited the Suri community in Koi (Ethiopia). He was very sad to see how many of his people suffered from alcohol addiction. He spoke with the chief administrator of Koi about the issue. There is a lot of idleness and hopelessness in the Suri communities. During the last few years the modern world has pressed into their traditional world. Unfortunately the Suri have not benefit much from it yet. Rather it has shaken their foundation. Barduni is convinced that unless his people put their trust in Jesus Christ, his people group will not master the future. Therefore pray that the people will get a new foundation and new hope in Jesus Christ. We long to see a church started in Koi. May God give a breakthrough in this place which is in bondage to Satan- the highest and widely feared spiritual Chief (magician) of the Suri lives on one of the hills near Koi.
The Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) New Testament Translation project is advancing. As you might know, the gospels of Mark and Matthew have been drafted. During the last few months the translation team has been busy drafting the gospel of Luke. We have drafts of chapters 1 to 16. Continue to pray for the team. They suffer sometimes from illness. Just now, Barduni has strong chest pains and a severe cough. Pray for his healing. Pray for the financial situation of the translation project, since the finances are not secured yet. Pray for the translation team to be lifted up by the Word of God which they translate. May they get daily wisdom and motivation for their work. Pray also for their families and relatives- that their hearts will be opened for a new life with Jesus. Pray also that the next advisor check workshop, where the drafts will be thoroughly checked, can take place soon.
Just recently a team of South Sudanese from Juba have gone to Upper Boma (South Sudan) with a portable Bible school intending to help the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) church members to better understand the Bible. They plan to stay for about two months. Pray for this time of schooling that everyone stays healthy and protected (physically and spiritually). Pray that the training will have a great impact on the students and on the entire Suri community in this region.
Pray for J, a man from the Suri (Kacipo) tribe. He and his Bible translation team in Ethiopia are hoping to complete the book of Matthew this month. In February the team went for outreach and to test their draft of the book of Mark. Praise God for His Word going forth in every tongue! Pray for this translation to make good progress and to be well received by the Suri (Kacipo).
The Kachipo live in the Boma plateau region of South Sudan. They believe in the existence of a supreme being- God -as well as lesser spirits. They offer sacrifices and pray through a medium in times of calamity. Although they are deep into witchcraft, they are very receptive to the gospel, and in the past few years a church with over 150 people has begun. There is a great movement of the Spirit amongst the Kachipo, and though there is no Kachipo Bible, (the translation of the gospel of Mark has just begun!) they are hungry to know the Word of God. Pray for this reality for the Kachipo: “At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers…” Isaiah 18:7.
Dunyi phoned us on Monday, and he and his team finished translating the gospel of Mark chapter 1 last week! They have begun Mark chapter 2 this week. It is widely observed that at the beginning of a Bible translation project, the translation team face a lot of spiritual attacks. May God protect our translation team and all of us who are involved in the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) New Testament Translation project.
Pray the Kachipo would one day have a culture that administers true justice and shows mercy and compassion to others (Zechariah 7:9-10) because their hearts have been change by the Gospel.
Pray that the remoteness of the Kachipo’s homeland will not deter believers from going to live among them and proclaim the Gospel to those living in darkness.
Pray the Kachipo would know Christ as the Lord, and that apart from Him there is no other saviour they can turn to (Isaiah 43:11).
During the last two weeks I have been teaching the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) team (five young men) an introductory course in the principles of Bible Translation. This week we are working intensively on the writing skills and on the orthography of the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi). In the coming weeks we start the translation of Mark. Praise God for this!!!
Praise also that we have found suitable office space and rooms for the future translators to live in Aman, Ethiopia. Pray that they will adapt to the place and working environment soon.
Pray for good team work, for protection (spiritually and physically), and also for enough finances (until now, we have only initial funding and no full long term coverage).
As the rains come, so do the mosquitoes. Pray for those who are vulnerable for serious cases of malaria, that God would heal them and they would be given opportunities to know the Gospel during their lifetime.
Pray for wisdom and guidance as AIM seeks to be put into service to foster a reproducing, indigenous, Christ centered church among the Kachipo of South Sudan. This task faces many impossible obstacles, but we believe in a God who specializes in the impossible.
We are about to start the New Testament Translation for the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi).
In the last few weeks Pastor Dunyi from Mewun and Matthias Feurer from Wycliffe Ethiopia (who has been working for several years amongst the Suri (Kacipo-Balesi) in Ethiopia, met in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to lay the foundation for the Bible Translation. Pray for us, as we are putting a translation team together. May God provide committed mother tongue translators. Pray for more finances. Pray also for spiritual and physical protection.
As the rains come and people start planting crops, pray that Word of God is planted in the hearts of the Kachipo. Pray the Truth will bring great fruit and changed lives.
Pray that Christians will go to the Kachipo and share the Gospel with them so they have the opportunity to hear of and call upon Jesus to be their Saviour (Romans 10)
Praise God for answered prayers! Upon his request, J has been released from his role in the government. This frees him up to follow what he believes is God’s call on his life: to translate the Bible into his people’s heart language: Suri (also known as Kachipo).
Pray for him and the team as they plan and start translating the Bible. Pray for unity, grace to learn together, and the necessary preparations needed.
As Easter comes, pray that the Kachipo will come to know the One who died for their sins and wants to give them new, full life (John 14:6). Pray that they would place their hope in Christ alone.
Pray that the Kachipo will have soft hearts when the Gospel is preached to them, and that they will believe in the Son and have eternal life (John 3:36)
In the middle of a dusty, hot, and dry season, pray that the Kachipo find refuge and fulfillment in the shadow of their Creator (Psalm 36:7)
Pray that the Gospel goes among the Kachipo, bears fruit and grows, just as it has been doing around the world. Pray for a church to be planted, and grow so that it will spread the Gospel to the surrounding communities.
Pray that the Lord would direct the Kachipo’s hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5) and that they would bow their knees before Him and worship.
The Kachipo are on our hearts and in our prayers, but so little information is getting through to us for prayer updates. The Lord knows them and loves them. Pray He would send laborers into this harvest field.
The old saying that ‘No news is good news’ doesn’t necessarily ring true in this land. As we have no one in this area to report about this unreached people group, we can only imagine what is happening there. The country is in desperate need of prayer as it teeters on the brink of returning to full scale war, and so this area and people group are needing us to lift them up to the Lord. May He make Himself known among them, that they would hear some good news, that of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, in amongst all the daily bad news that permeates South Sudan.
Please pray for those Kacipo men and women, young and old, who were seen some time ago now, to be potential leaders, that they would step up and boldly take responsibility to share the good news of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ to the rest of the Kacipo who live and work among them.
As little news reaches us from among the Kachipo tribe, may we nevertheless pray for them. Pray that in the quiet times, God will be clearly seen, causing the people to long to know our amazing Creator God, whom we love and serve in the area of prayer.
Easter has just passed where many individuals must have heard the wonderful message of Salvation only in Jesus. Please pray for them. Pray that their hearts would welcome that tremendous message.
As little news reaches us from among the Kacipo tribe, may we nevertheless pray for them. Pray that in the quiet times, God will be clearly seen, causing the people to long to know our amazing Creator God, whom we love and serve in the area of prayer.
Easter has just passed where many individuals must have heard the wonderful message of Salvation on,y in Jesus. Please pray for them. Pray that their hearts would welcome that tremendous message.
With the New Year upon us all, the Kachipo must have great hopes for South Sudan. Please pray for encouragement for them as they face this new year. It is easy to be discouraged as the drought and war have destroyed so much of this land. But as the government and rebel forces meet this month, pray that an agreement and accepted interim government may be formed to bring peace to this troubled land.
With the New Year upon us all, the Kachipo must have great hopes for South Sudan. Please pray for encouragement for them as they face this new year. It is easy to be discouraged as the drought and war have distroyed so much of this land. But as the government and rebel forces meet this month, pray that an agreement and accepted interim government may be formed to bring peace to this troubled land.
The rainy season has been poor this year, the war has disrupted lives, the people are already hungry and the dry season is just around the corner. The Kachipo are among so many in this country who need outside aid. Please pray that as they seek physical assistance, they too would seek spiritual assistance. Pray that the church there would be a sweet refuge as people seek after God.
We hear so little about the Kacipo, but feel confident that the Lord knows them as well as He know us. With this in mind, please pray for them, that the gospel message of Salvation in Christ, would be made known to them. That their lives would be transformed.