Today is Day One of the Wycliffe Bible Translators 40 Days of Prayer leading up to their World Day of Prayer on Nov. 11, which marks the day that Wycliffe “began with prayer and will continue only with prayer.”
The day of prayer for Bible translation worldwide has been ongoing since 1933, when Wycliffe founder Cameron Townsend was granted permission to enter Mexico to begin Bible translation by the power of prayer and God’s grace alone.
Townsend and his translation partner were stopped at the border on Nov. 11, 1933, and told to leave. But the team and dozens of others had been praying for opportunities to reach the more than 50 indigenous tribes who had no access to the gospel. As the two men prayed for guidance, Townsend remembered a letter that a Mexican educator had sent him, impressing the need for Bible translators. After he showed it to the border guards–praying all the while–the team was eventually allowed in.
Wycliffe has been praying annually on this day ever since.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News