February 2017 ION Prayer Focus

here-am-i-send-me  Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

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In this month of February 2017, Lord we pray for the Spirit’s calling upon those who have not been in this place before. As we continue to pray Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2, “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into His fields.”

Thinking about those who God is prompting to GO, maybe who are in their teens or early 20’s. God recently reminded me of Watchman Nee, and the reality that “his” days as a missionary and prayer pioneer were birthed out of his conversion at the ripe age of 18. When he chose to take on a new name, in English meaning Watchman Nee and his ministry of prayer was being set in place. His first book was the three-volume The Spiritual Man, published when he was twenty-five. All of this was the work of the Spirit that came because of that day in 1920 when, as a young college student, he found the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in his native city in China. Even though Nee spent the final twenty years of his live in a prison cell, he became a symbol of the persecuted church in China; all the while, his numerous books and articles were being read throughout the world. And today are still read, the work lives on.

For years I have given his book, The Normal Christian Life originally published in 1957 in Bombay. to new believers. The depth and the breadth of knowing God in such a normal way is so clear in its pages. As we pray for young people and young adults who God is preparing to move into His fields, let us be encouraged. But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working.”  John 5:17

From Watchman Nee’s, The Normal Christian Life pages 147 – 148, “It is He who is sent to take care of the inward side of this thing, and He is able to do so, we are told, as we “walk. . . after the Spirit.” What does it mean to walk after the Spirit? It means two things. First, it is not a work; it is a walk. Praise God, the burdensome and fruitless effort I involved myself in when I sought “in the flesh” to please God give place to a quiet and restful dependence on “His working, which worketh in me mightily” (Colossians 1:29). This is why Paul contrasts the “works” of the flesh with the “fruit” of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19, 22). Then second, to “walk after” implies subjection. Walking after the flesh means I yield to the dictates of the flesh, and the following verses in Romans 8:5-8 make clear where that leads me. It only brings me into conflict with God. To walk after the Spirit is to be subject to the Spirit. . .  I must be subject to the Holy Spirit. . . “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

Let us pray this month for the entire Body of Christ to be subject to the Holy Spirit, led by the Spirit of God and for a new fresh wind of obedience as the Father is continuing His call to His harvest fields.

REMINDER for us to pray for those who have committed to a UUPG

A critical point to continue to pray for those who have committed to a specific Unengaged Unreached People Group (UUPG). PRAYING for the encouragement of the Father with those who have committed to bringing a people group from unengaged to engaged with the Gospel.

PRAYING against discouragement. Asking for the Spirit’s continued watch care for what began in The Spirit to continue to move forward in The Spirit – not in our own efforts.


We commit these churches, organizations and agencies to you. Thank you for those who have committed to the work of reaching out to UUPGs to bring the Gospel to those who previously had no one advocating for them. Bring Your Word as well, allow each people group to have someone take note that they need the Scripture in their heart language. Would you bring encouragement and strength to them again for the task before them. Holy Spirit carry the work and empower the work. This is not our battle, but it is Your plan. That the EVERY AND ALL might come to know of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and have the opportunity to hear of Jesus and be saved through the gift of salvation by Christ’s sacrifice.


Bless your servants with the favor of the King upon their beautiful feet. . . We link in prayer to Romans 10:14-15 (NLT) 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” In Jesus name. Amen

For more information on the latest UUPGs listing from Finishing the Task: http://www.finishingthetask.com/uupgs.php?sort=Country


Join in praying for the upcoming 2017 ION Regional Gatherings:

North America Regional ION Conference – September 11th – 13th – Colorado Springs, Colorado – More details to follow on the ION http://Orality.net website

South East Asia Regional ION Conference – October 19th – 22nd – Chiang Mai, Thailand – More details to follow on the ION http://Orality.net  website

Regional events:
India consultation – March 20-23, 2017 (Hyderabad)
Nairobi local consultation – March 27 (venue TBD)
West Africa consultation – May 16-19 (Jos, Nigeria)
North America – regional conference – September 11-13, 2017 (Colorado Springs)
South East Asia – regional conference – October 19-21, 2017 (Chiang Mai)


Praying for the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples:






Week 1 – February 1-7                                            Week 2 – February 8-14







Week 3 – February 15-20                                      Week 4 – February 21 -28

We are very grateful for our partners at Prayer Central for keeping our ongoing prayer resource in place for PRAYING FOR THE ORAL & ORAL BIBLE-LESS. You can sign up to receive a fresh prayer daily or weekly (you set the frequency) by visiting them here: http://fetchaprayer.net/?page_id=5&target=Oral+and+Oral+Bible-less+Peoples&pronoun=group&pcwpnl=1&cat=35

What a joy to see others linking together for those who still wait to hear the name of Jesus. This month the IPC (Thank you John Robb and IPC Team) featured one of our ION Prayer articles: Int’l Prayer Connect (IPC) Global Newsletter included the article “Praying for Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples”:  http://ipcprayer.org/ipc-connections/item/9021-praying-for-oral-and-oral-bible-less-peoples  Click on the link… Scroll down

Thank you for praying.

We agree and stand in unity with those who are praying. Grateful for prayer networks that will walk together and walk alongside each other. All Kinds of Prayer  is a great article from our prayer partner network of Fellowship of Prayer Strategists.

Join also in praying for the Great Commission Partners around the globe who are working in orality.

Here are requests and praises from SIL partners:

Praise God for technology! The Biali translation team in Benin used advanced features of Paratext, a computer software program, to do final checks on the New Testament. They were able to ensure that passages common to more than one Gospel match correctly, and that key biblical terms are consistently translated throughout the text. They also prepared introductions, footnotes and a glossary. The New Testament is being typeset during the first few months of 2017. Lift up the typesetters in Switzerland as they work via Skype with the translation team in Benin. Ask the Lord to give them strong and reliable connections. Pray also for the team as they work with Theovision International to produce an audio version of the New Testament. Ask God to provide readers with strong, clear voices. Pray for local church leaders to work well together to prepare for a dedication of the New Testament in late 2017 or early 2018. May they be engaged and enthusiastic about using the translated Scripture in their churches and in their homes. Ask Jehovah-Jireh to provide the funds necessary to print the New Testament.

Thank the Lord for four faithful Borôro menof Brazil on the translation team. The men are from different jungle villages but periodically leave their homes to gather and read through the New Testament to ensure it is clear and sounds natural. Pray that while the team coordinator, is on furlough in the U.S. that they will continue to gather so they can soon complete a review of the whole New Testament. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in their hearts so they will grow in their ownership of the project and creatively come up with ways to increase their time in the work. Pray that they will also make an audio recording of Scripture portions. This has the potential to powerfully impact people who are not literate but enjoy oral communications. Pray for many Borôro to be drawn to the Lord as God’s Word is spread among them. Ask the Lord to lead the team to creative strategies to promote the Scriptures among the Borôro.

Praise God that the Baruga New Testament is ready for publication. Pray for the five Baruga team members in Papua New Guinea who will begin audio recording the New Testament in early February. Pray for the equipment to work well, and for the readers to have clear voices. Pray for the typesetter who will begin typesetting it on March 1. Ask God to give strength and wisdom to the team so that typesetting is completed by mid-April.

Pray for the staff of one country team that have workshops planned for almost every month of 2017. Ask God to give them wisdom for venues, teachers and leaders for the various events. Thank God that some of these workshops will facilitate the production of Oral Bible Stories. Others will provide opportunities for church leaders to think through the implications of Scripture regarding their traditional cultural practices. Pray for those who work through the process to determine what level of language development is appropriate for their local situation.

The Bible storying team has five training events scheduled in February.  Mru and Usoi church planters and village pastors will learn to use Bible stories in their ministries.  Give thanks for national trainers who are enthusiastic and are growing in their teaching and managements skills.  Pray that they continue to develop these skills. Ask God to give them wisdom to know how many training programs they should schedule this year.  Pray that participants in the training events will internalize God’s Word and gain practical skills for teaching others. Ask that God’s Spirit will transform people as they engage with His Word.

Photo stories: Mediterranean Region – Photo stories* posted on social media are an effective method for Scripture engagement. More than two million people in two language groups have viewed the stories of Jonah and Noah on Facebook. Pray for the effective production of more photo stories. Ask God for guidance and help to use this method to test the Genesis translation in a language of the region.
*Photo stories are slide shows of relevant pictures or illustrations with story narration and local music background.

Praise God the translating the Batak New Testament stories is finished and they are ready for checking and revision. Pray for continued good health, wisdom in translating and finishing the stories, and for willing Batak people to help. Pray for the scheduling of their final story-recording date and wisdom in knowing when to return home (April or May).

Praise God for the Groenings time recording a series of 32 Bible stories crafted by speakers of one of the Palawano languages. They turned over the finished mp3 stories for distribution. Pray for the coordinator with the Jesus Film script adapter workshop for another seven languages from the Northern Philippines and the team as they finishe some other recording projects from home. Pray for their travel on February 10th to another Asian country for a Jesus Film dubbing.

Pray for the recording of the audio Rombolmanon Bible. May God prepare everything that needs to be done for the completion of the task. Pray for one particular workers health. The index showing inflammation in her body (ESR) continues rising – it was high in the last blood test. Pray that the doctors can find out what is causing it.


Connecting in Global Prayer:

The Global Prayer Resource Network wishes to connect and inform praying Christians and other Prayer Ministries with local and global prayer needs and initiatives; to bring awareness for existing prayer resources and tools that will allow believers to pray informed prayers and sustain fervent intercession.

The Aim is to honor God’s call that Christians should petition Him for the needs of this World.

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“We may be living in the days of the greatest prayer movement of History!
Despite some familiar patterns of prayerlessness in the Church, more Christians are praying now, certainly, than at any time in history.
Prayer events and gatherings abound all over the world in many countries.”     

~ Steve Hawthorne, WayMakers.org ~


  • Fellowship of Prayer Strategists (FPS) Prayer Call
    each 2nd Thursday of the month.
  • The NEXT call is set for February 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GMT
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A Monthly Prayer Conference Call
each First Thursday of the Month
Special Guests for February 2017:
Teryl Gonzalez, Translation Consultant for Anglophone Africa

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Liz Adleta, Prayer Director,
Fellowship of Prayer Strategists

This call is held each 1st Thursday of every month: NEXT Calls are FEB. 2  and MARCH 2
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 Prayer Plans for 2017


Want to change the world? PRAY.


Are you looking for a good prayer resource?

Check out PrayerCast – Activating world-changing prayer for the lost

Praying for Nations: http://www.prayercast.com/nations.html

Praying for different Religions: http://www.prayercast.com/world-religions.html

Special Prayercast Videos: http://www.prayercast.com/special.html

Prayercast, a ministry of OneWay, leverages innovative technologies and the help of gifted intercessors and journalists to gather prayers, news, stories, and video from around the world. These components are then used to create unique, compelling, and professional quality prayer resources that are distributed around the world using current and emerging technologies. Prayercast resources are used regularly by God’s people around the world in personal devotions, prayer meetings, church services, conferences, and large international prayer gatherings.

Christian Vision Prayer
Join CV’s global network of dedicated prayer partners if you’d like to commit to praying into this vision with us each day.

Over the years CV has used a variety of methods and media to communicate the love of Christ. From operating shortwave and FM radio stations, to building bible schools, CV have stayed true to their vision of introducing people to Jesus and encouraging them to become His true followers.

Recognizing the global impact of rapid and significant developments in technology, CV has embraced these new opportunities and their potential to reach vast numbers of people. The internet and social media has allowed CV to provide international online evangelism resources such as yesHEis, alongside multiple other activities that are focused on sharing the Gospel in the online mission field.


ION Prayer
Prayer for Bible-less Oral People

ION Prayer links with many others who have the heart to pray for those who still wait to hear the name of Jesus…

 So many prayer events are taking place that it is virtually impossible to keep track of all the meetings, prayer watches, initiatives, fasts and solemn assemblies in just one country or region.

In this section you will find a list of upcoming EVENTS AND INITIATIVES.  Some are limited to a timeframe while others are ongoing.  Use it to pick those you would like to participate in and add them to your Prayer Calendar.

May God put in your heart the very prayer He intends to answer, whether it be for yourself, for others or for the world. 

Transform the world by telling people about Jesus

Talking to our friends about God isn’t always easy.  CV created an app that helps you start the conversation by sharing beautiful video clips that address various life issues with friends and acquaintances.

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ION Prayer [open]

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Open Invitation to prayer leaders & networks with a heart for the completion of the Great Commission. We invite you to step in and LINK together for the sake of the unreached…

It is estimated that of the 7.3 billion people alive in the world today, 1.2 to 1.4 billion have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Joshua Project.net,  there are approximately 16,000 unique people groups in the world with about 6,600 of them considered unreached. The vast majority (95%) of these least reached groups exist in the 10/40 window and are oral people groups.

In praying for the Oral & Oral Bible-less, we want to pray not only to make just a convert but a disciple of Jesus. That requires the Scriptures to be available in the mother tongue.  Wycliffe Bible Translators reports that of the approximately 6,800+ living languages across the world today, about 1,800 have definite translation need. That means for mother-tongue speakers of those 1,800 languages no Scripture exists at all. They may have limited access to trade or major languages, but no access in their heart language. Of course, the languages with the larger number of speakers have been translated, but even many millions do not have the Scriptures in their mother-tongue.

Connect on any of the weekly ION Prayer Calls
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Seek God for the City 2017 [open]

1 March – 9 April 2017

The forty days to Palm Sunday makes an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer for our communities.

Seek God for the City 2017We will Seek God in two simple ways: First, we will seek God’s face and then we will seek His kingdom. And as we come to God, seeking His face, then He comes to us bringing His kingdom. These are prayers you don’t want to pray alone. Invite your whole congregation to pray along with you. Even better, think about joining your prayers with a few other churches in your community.


Sample Page     Chinese Translation  Children’s Guide

Spanish Translation     Companion App

7 Days on the Wall [open]

7DaysSeven years of 24/7 Prayer for Revival in South Africa 2013 – 2019

As the nation faces extreme challenges with regards to the on-going drought, slowing down economy and other severe social problems, there are strong signs of ever increasing prayer activity across the nation of South Africa.

Various prayer networks, initiatives & actions through different ministries have been actively mobilizing the nation to pray during 2015.  The “7 Days on the Wall” prayer initiative for revival was one of these initiatives that mobilized thousands of Christians all over the nation to pray 24/7 for a spiritual awakening, salvation of the unsaved and social justice.

At the end of 2015 the momentum did not show signs of decreasing as more than 500 local churches/schools/prisons prayed during September/October. These groups were part of more than 2000 x 7-Day Watches that have been registered since January 2013.

Some of the fruit seen since 2013:

  • More people joined in prayer for the nation.
  • Increasing desire for revival or spiritual awakening.
  • Church leaders taking an active role in mobilizing the church to pray.
  • New regional prayer networks formed.

There seems to be an intensifying call to prayer, as we enter the third year of this seven year strategy of calling the whole country to continuous prayer for revival, salvation & social justice.

For more information on how to register your church/school/prison/etc. for “7 Days on the Wall 2016”, visit www.globalprayerwatch.org/7days or call the Jericho Walls Office at +27(21)9197988, or send e-mail message to moc.npiwjnull@epac .

May God visit our nation in the power of His Holy Spirit!


ESTA – Praying for the Muslim World [open]

Each Day of the week will focus on one region of the Muslim world.

EstaEvery week, starting with intercessors praying for Mauritania on Tuesday in the West and finishing with intercessors praying for Indonesia in the East, we want to see the Muslim world covered in Prayer.

Join our like-minded band of intercessors from all over the world by signing up with esta and committing to fast and pray on a select day of the week to seek Jesus’ face and turn the Muslim world around.




Pray2020 [open]

There are 5 billion people in the world who don’t know a true follower of Christ. We are trusting God to raise up 10 million Christ-centered multiplying disciples. Ten million disciples would mean that everyone would know at least one person who follows Jesus.
Please join us in prayer.




30-Day Prayer Guide for (Islamic State)IS [open]

Why Pray for IS?

“Jesus says to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us (Mat. 5:44). The Spirit of Jesus in the prophets and in the apostles also tells us that those who turn a blind eye to the killing of others are wrong. The fact that we feel contradictory praying both for justice against the Islamic State and for salvation for Islamic State terrorists is partly because we fail to distinguish between the mission of the state in the use of the temporal sword against evildoers (Rom. 13:4) and the mission of the church in the use of the sword of the Spirit against sin and death and the devil (Eph. 6). But that’s not, I think, the main problem.

The main problem is that we sometimes forget that we are called to be a people of both justice and justification, and that these two are not contradictory.” ~ Russel Moore

30 Day Prayer Guide for IS


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“God’s House can only become a House of Prayer for all Nations,
when His people become People of Prayer”  

~ Unknown             


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