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PRAY: Frequently Asked Questions

...General Questions

...About Joining a Prayer Team

...About the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project

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Q. Can I really make a difference by just praying?


A. YES! God says the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective. Ultimately it is God who changes people’s hearts through Bible translation. But we believe that he has called His people to partner with Him through praying for the harvest. Read stories of how we have seen prayer transform lives.

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Q. Why do you need my information to send me prayer requests?


A. Providing us with your contact information allows us to send you the prayer information you want in the format that you request. Some of our prayer requests can be emailed daily, such as Pray Today! Others are mailed bimonthly to your home, such as the Intercessor. To protect your privacy, we will only send you the information that you request in the format you want.

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Q. How can I sign up to pray for a missionary?


A. Contact us  and we’ll get you set up with what you need.

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Q. How do I sign up to pray for a specific area of the world?


A. Contact us  and tell us what area you’re interested in. Depending on what God has laid on your heart, we can either send you information about a Bibleless people group in that area or about a missionary serving there.

(Note: Due to the sensitivity of our work, we may not be able to give you complete information about some areas of the world.)

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Q. What type of updates will I receive if I sign-up to pray?


A. It depends on what you’ve signed up for.

  • Pray Today! is a daily email with a variety of prayer requests from around the world.
  • BPPP connects you to a Bibleless people group. You’ll be mailed information about the language group and its people. You’ll also have the option to receive updates from the translators once a translation is started for that language.
  • The Intercessor is a bimonthly mailing to help you pray more strategically.
  • The Finish Line series consists of a biannual publication with prayer requests for translations that are within three years of completion.
  • Missionary Prayer Cards can be sent through the mail so you can put them on your fridge and pray for one of our missionaries. You will also have the option to sign up for regular prayer requests and updates from that missionary.

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Q. What is the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project?


A. In 1982, Wycliffe formed the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project (BPPP) with the resolute goal to recruit men, women, and children to prayerfully lay the foundation for a translation program to begin in each of the world’s Bibleless people groups. BPPP prayer partners receive information by email about a language group and its speakers, a printable how-to-pray bookmark, and periodic emails to encourage them as they pray. As information becomes available, prayer partners also receive specific news about their people group.

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Q. What is a Bibleless people group?


A. A Bibleless people group is a language community in need of a Bible translation. They have no known Scripture and no active translation project. They are without access to God's Word in a language that speaks to their heart.

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Q. Where are the Bibleless people groups located?


A. The majority of Bibleless people groups are located in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific region. However, Bibleless people groups can be found on all six inhabitable continents.

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Q. Why don't Bibleless people groups have the Bible?


A. Bibleless people groups are “Bibleless” for a variety of reasons. Many Bibleless people groups are small in number and speak minority languages that are known only within their communities. These small groups have had limited contact from the outside world or little attention from missionary agencies. Other people groups may be significant in size, but are difficult for missionaries to access because of their remote or sensitive locations.

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Q. Why can’t you teach a Bibleless people group how to read English or the national language of the country in which they live?


A. Requiring knowledge of another language marginalizes the importance of a person’s heart language and also vastly limits their understanding. The heart language reaches to the inner depths of a person and can best express God's eternal message. It is the language most clearly understood and in which ideas are most clearly expressed by an individual or people group. Scriptures in another language can limit (and often change) a person’s understanding of the Gospel.

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Q. I’ve signed up to pray for a Bibleless peoples group. Will I be contacted when a missionary is sent to my people group?


A. Yes. When possible, we will send you an update. If, however, your people group is located in an area of the world that is closed to missions, we may not be able to send you the details. We also may not be able to send you the details if the translation project is taken over by a national translator. (A translator translating into his or her own mother tongue.) Please be patient and persevere in prayer while you wait for your updates. Sometimes God uses years of prayer to open the door to closed communities.

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Q. Do I have to commit to praying for my language group every day? What if I forget?


A. You can choose to pray for your people group as often as you would like. Some people commit to pray every day during their quiet time. Others prayer partners pray weekly when they meet with their small group. Still others pray from time to time as God prompts them. We will send you a prayer card for your people group so you can place it in your car, in your office or on your fridge door to remind you to pray.

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