“God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9, NLT).
Wa'a, a Hawaiian word for canoe, holds special meaning. Within church cultures of the Pacific, the canoe symbolizes the extensive outreach of Pacific Islander missionaries traveling from one island to another in their deep sea canoes to spread the Gospel in the nineteenth century.
The Pacific Wa'a Partnership — a multi-mission partnership* that includes the Wycliffe Global Alliance — is working to create new pathways for Pacific Islanders to be involved in Bible translation.
- Pacific Wa'a Partnership meetings are scheduled to take place this week in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from January 21-23. Pray for wisdom and God’s leading for those attending the meetings.
- Some leaders will also meet with ni-Vanuatu translation teams and church leaders to learn about their work and possibilities for future regional cooperation in the Bible translation movement. Pray for good communication and opportunities to network.
- On Saturday, the leaders will attend the dedication of the New Testament in the Naka language on the Island of North Tana, Whitesands. Ask God to encourage them as they witness the dedication event.
- Pray that together, the many partners of the Pacific Wa'a Partnership will continue to create a shared vision of what “engaging the church of the Pacific” means.
*Partners include the Wycliffe Global Alliance, SIL International, Bible Translation Association of Papua New Guinea, The Seed Company, The JESUS Film Project, YWAM Kona, YWAM Sydney, YWAM Papua New Guinea, YWAM Ships, the University of the Nations Kona Hawaii and Island Breeze.