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New Iranian Bible: The recently launched New Millennium Version of the Bible has been eagerly anticipated by the Iranian church ever since Elam began the translation work in 1995. Prior to the publication of the new translation, Persian Christians have been reading the Old Testament in the old standard version that is over 100 years old and uses obscure, archaic words and phrases, which render the text difficult to comprehend. Praise the Lord the Iranian believers now have an easily comprehensible, accurate and beautiful translation of the full Bible. We believe it will strengthen the rapidly growing Iranian church for generations to come. Pray for the distribution of this translation.
(Elam Ministries - November 2014)
Hopes for secular Sweden: Sweden is known as one of the most secular countries of the world. Although much of the population are members of the Lutheran church, just a small percentage visits a church regularly. Particularly in the north, the Christian faith seems to have disappeared from society. As ECM works with the Sami people, an indigenous people with its own language and parliament, their desire is that the gospel may become relevant for these people. ECM also focuses on Stockholm, one of the most secularized cities in Europe.
(European Christian Mission - November 2014)
Authentic Basque worship: Inaxio, the pastor of a church in Hernani of the Basque region of Spain, recognised that the Basque people were unlikely to respond to the gospel unless it was offered to them with songs and dancing from their own cultural tradition. For historical and aesthetic reasons, the Spanish evangelical church style does not touch the hearts of the Basque people. Inaxio and his wife started to learn the txalaparta, a Basque instrument. In 2012, the Resonance team facilitated two song-writing workshops and approximately 20 Basque Christians wrote 12 new songs in their unique style, some using iconic Basque instruments. In 2013, eight Basque musicians came to the Resonance base at the WEC centre near Leeds to record nine of these songs. Pray that the songs will be widely distributed, that they will draw Basque people to Jesus and for more Basque worship songs to be written.
(WEC International - November 2014)
Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga
Growth in ministry: Student movements in the South Pacific region face a wide range of challenges: from rampant secularism in Australia and New Zealand to economic and political instability in Fiji; from the geographic isolation of Tonga to the challenge of indigenous practices in parts of Papua New Guinea. Particularly encouraging is the growth in partnerships of Australia and New Zealand with other IFES movements in the Pacific region as well as with Africa. Please pray for small island movements where there are very few or no staff workers and for growth in the ministry to international students, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - November 2014)