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Jun28FriJune 28, 2019 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
Praying for the Education of Women and Girls Around the World
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Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ (Rom. 10:17, ESV).
Orality is a way of communicating that relies on spoken rather than written language. As many as two-thirds of the world’s population are classified as primarily oral communicators. TWR Women of Hope shares the gospel with oral cultures in a relevant, simple way. Because oral communicators learn differently, we must adapt our communication of the gospel to fit oral cultural norms.
When Jesus preached to the oral communicators of his day, he used stories about people like shepherds and fishermen with whom people could relate. When Paul writes of the armour of God, he describes a typical Roman military uniform. Simple word pictures represented complex spiritual truths, like the shield of faith.
Such steps are necessary to overcome language, religious and social barriers that would impede the message from being accepted. Listeners often replay recordings hundreds of times, enabling them to learn the message by heart and tell it to others.
TWR Women of Hope reaches oral cultures with programs on radio, CDs and MP3s, and our prayer calendars are orally translated in over 20 languages.
This month as we pray for the education of women and girls around the world, ask that the barriers to their formal education be removed and for them to accept the Creator as their lifelong teacher. Pray that women and girls will receive hope from God and his Word along with the wise instruction they need to live mature godly lives. The requests and Scripture this month are written in prayer form – God loves it when we pray Scripture back to him!
Please pray for ...
1. Father, guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are God our Saviour, and our hope is in you all day long. (Ps. 25:4-5)
2. Lord, move in the hearts of families, cultures and governments to view girls as being worthy of an education, for they are made in your image. (Gen. 1:27)
3. Use education, God, to break the generational cycles of poverty by enabling girls to gain the life skills and knowledge they need.
4. God, give wisdom and understanding to writers preparing Women of Hope programs for oral communicators, who learn best from experience, association, repetition and interaction.
5. Jesus, help us to remain faithful to your teaching so that we will know your truth and it will set us free. (John 8:31-32)
6. Lord, may provision be made for safe, high-quality education for all students, including adolescent mothers, refugees, those with disabilities and minorities.
7. Give wisdom, Father, in reaching nonliterate women who struggle when participating in Bible studies and worship services because they process information differently.
8. God, strengthen and give endurance to girls who work long hours helping their families financially; many care for children and elderly parents while still attending school.
9. We praise you, God, for the radio programs that share the daily prayer requests so that those who do not read can pray with us.
10. Father, guide us along the best pathway for our lives; teach us and watch over us. (Ps. 32:8)
11. Lord, protect girls from being raped, beaten or killed while travelling to school or living in student lodging. You are their hiding place; protect them from trouble. (Ps. 32:7)
12. God, help cultures see that education is strongly linked to concrete improvements in health and nutrition, improving children’s very chances for survival.
13. We praise you, Lord, for the production and duplication of media containing Women of Hope programs. Oral communicators listen many times, memorizing the material and applying it to their lives.
14. We thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who teaches us and enables us to understand your truth. (John 14:26)
15. Lord, we pray for the provision of free and compulsory primary education and assistance in funding for school transportation and uniforms, especially for the poor.
16. God, we praise you for the thousands of faithful women in TWR Women of Hope prayer groups around the world. Some translate the requests orally for our intercessors who do not read.
17. Lord, we pray for the elimination of forced marriages, which cause girls to drop out of school or run away to avoid them.
18. Father, thank you that all Scripture was written to teach us. It gives us hope and encouragement as we patiently wait for your promises to be fulfilled. (Rom. 15:4)
19. God, may school tuition fees be removed for secondary education. May this increase enrollment and retention while reducing sexual and child-labour exploitation.
20. Give insight and creativity, God, to TWR Women of Hope’s translators and production teams as they clarify God’s truths for nonliterate women. Help them effectively communicate in the cultures and heart languages of their listeners.
21. Lord, protect girls from abuse and sexual harassment by teachers and fellow students. Keep them safe and protect them from the wicked. (Ps. 12:7)
22. As we humble ourselves before you, good and upright Father, guide us in what is right and teach us your way. (Ps. 25:8-9)
23. Lord, we pray community leaders will see the importance of providing clean water and toilet facilities in schools for girls to use.
24. Father, we pray for education to include all key subjects, for your creation is vast and you tell us that the wise store up knowledge. (Prov. 10:14)
25. Jesus, your message reached people’s hearts through stories, poetry and repetition. Help us communicate the gospel to the over 4 billion worldwide who prefer oral communication.
26. Help us, Father, to be committed wholeheartedly to your Scripture, to teach it to our children and to talk of it wherever we go. (Deut. 11:18-20)
27. Father, help cultures see that education is a powerful protection factor; girls in school are less vulnerable to child exploitation, including child labour and trafficking.
28. We praise you, Lord, that nonliterate women are receiving valuable information from the Women of Hope radio programs.
29. God of all wisdom and knowledge, give each of us a passion for learning and hearts that seek after you and your ways.
30. Lord, we ask that education be provided for girls whose cultures forbid them from attending school with boys who are not relatives.
31. Father, we pray for Dr. Peggy Banks and ask that you would be her guide and teacher as she leads this worldwide TWR Women of Hope ministry.