Prayer Focus Update

Praying each Thursday, we ask you to link in united prayer at 2pm (Eastern) GMT-4

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EACH MONTH a new ION Prayer Focus (Prayer Guide) is posted to the ION Blog, See the latest at:

Each Thursday those involved with the Orality network and our partner groups unite to pray. We ask you to pull away and gather together as a group and really pray!

If you are able to connect to the weekly prayer call, we invite you:Join each Thursday at 2pm(EDT) GMT-5Dial: (641) 552-9404Code: 818908#Each month we offer an open invitation to come and join others to pray for UUPGs, all Oral Peoples & Oral Bible-less, partner groups and Great Commission Partners. Each Thursday at 2 pm (EDT) GMT-5 a small group gathers to pray together. We invite you to join to pray or to share what you are doing in Orality and let us come alongside you in the place of prayer for what God is allowing you to be involved in. Each Thursday those involved with the Orality network and our partner groups unite to pray. We ask you to pull away and gather together as a group and really pray!Since ION is a network and our partners are all around the globe, the best way to connect is to ask everyone to link together each month in united prayer through posts like this one, and the ION Prayer Focus each month. Visit or for more information.

UNITED PRAYER: The ION Prayer Team encourages you to be an advocate for helping others see the great need for strategic prayer for oral communicators!

Latest Update

July August ION Prayer Focus

The activity around the globe in Orality is very powerful for individuals as well as for organizations. Orality has become not just a tool, but the foundation of how they work.

We invite you to link into as well as pray for the next two Orality Network events:

ION Africa Consultation for more information and to register.

ION North America Regional Event to register and find out more information.

It is time to register and make your reservations for either one or both of these opportunities. Do not hesitate, there is limited space.

Lausanne Upcoming Events –

For some of our ION partners the idea that each month a different ION Prayer Focus has been published since 2007 might be new to you.  But all along the way, we continue to see God answering the prayers of His saints. If you are new to praying for the Orality Network, WE WELCOME YOU!

This next two months we invite all our partners to slow down and take some time to ponder with God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit and to praise Him for His activity.

We invite you to ABIDE in new ways over these next two months. . .

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” 

We join together to intentionally —ABIDE— in July & August in new ways!

Since 2006 a small group of intercessors and ION partners have gathered each Thursday, that opportunity continues. We have had to change the “dial in number”, but the idea that each week the Orality Network STOPS TO PRAY on Thursday at 2pm EDT wherever you are, with whoever you are with continues!

We invite you to jump on the call and share what God is doing with you in Orality or just join the intercessors to pray!

NEW ION Prayer Number Box


For some of you in areas where the internet is hard to find, we invite you to download and use the App to Dial in using your WiFi connection, it will help you to save on your data use.

Collaborating Together Praying PRAY TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST

For the months of July & August – We ask you to join in praying for these public prayer items from ION Partner Groups:

Pray for the dubbing of the JESUS film in two languages of Asia to go well. Pray for those who will be the different characters for the films. Pray they would act out their roles in a way that best depicts the Biblical characters and that God would be glorified in the process.

Give thanks to God for the production of audio materials, Scripture Apps and Youtube videos in various Romani languages in Romania. Pray for the publishing process of these materials to go smoothly. Pray these Scripture materials will be a blessing to many Roma* people. (*The Roma people, often also referred to as Gypsy, are originally from India and now live scattered all over the world, especially Europe.)

Pray for the preparations for the launch of audio Scriptures in two languages, Abidji and Agni Sanvi. Facilitators are being trained to listen attentively to the Scriptures and to interact with them. Pray for the facilitators as they take the new skills to share in the language communities. Thank God for the staff of Faith Comes By Hearing who have recorded and edited the Scriptures and prepared them for distribution.

Praise God that everything has been finalized to go ahead with the recording of the JESUS Film in a language of the Caucasus. It is a huge job to prepare a dozen actors to read their parts dramatically and then to record them. Pray that everything will go smoothly.

Praise God for the completion on the Yakan New Testament recordings. Pray for the six to eight month editing and finishing process by FCBH before the final product can be released to the public. Pray that many people will hear the message of the New Testament. Pray also for more interest in the many materials available at the Yakan website.

Praise God the whole of the New Testament and Genesis will be recorded for the Flame* people in West Africa over the next two months. Over 99% of Flame speakers are Muslims. Pray they will hear this recording and turn to Christ as their Saviour. (*Pseudonym, fictitious name to protect this people group.)

Pray for the successful recording of audio stories of Solomon, Jonah and Jesus with speakers of the Luma languages in a sensitive country in Eurasia. Pray against significant spiritual opposition such as they have encountered during previous recordings.

Pray that God will use the JESUS Film in two languages in Eurasia to draw many people to him.

Pray that the trauma healing radio programmes being recorded in the Kabba language this month will bring hope and healing from God’s word. The Kabba area has been especially hard-hit by rebel violence.

Pray for the translation and linguistic adviser working with a people group in SiberiaPray that God will guide her as she trains people for a Bible storying project.

Praise God for the storying workshops that were completed in Northern Thailand. As a result, future storying workshops will be conducted for church leaders so that they can use storying in their churches. Pray for the team of consultants who will come and help with storying in Northern Thailand. Pray for those who participated in the workshops, and that they will share what they learned and promote the good news of Jesus in this part of Thailand.

Praise God for the 14 oral stories from the Bible that were checked and approved by consultants. Pray for the team as they look for two people who do not know the good news of Jesus to do the initial readings. Pray as these stories are shared to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the people in Southern Thailand.

Pray for more than 50 pastors in a restricted region who have committed to stand in unity. If one of them is arrested and thrown in jail, the rest will go to that place and demand they all be jailed or that the jailed pastor be released if he has not done wrong. They are determined to continue spreading the gospel with confidence. They are distributing SD cards with New Testament Apps (audio and text), a whole evangelistic film, worship songs and sermons. Their goal is to distribute 6,000 SD cards and 4,000 audio players. Pray for those who receive the material as there is a lot of hunger and openness to the gospel.

Pray for 13 new oral Bible storying projects beginning in one region. Some of the language communities have few Christ followers. More than 50 languages in South Asia have storying projects. Pray for newly trained mentors and story checkers going through a training-of-trainers phase. In another region this phase will expand from three to nine language groups. Pray that these trainees will have time to check stories and train others, even though they have additional administrative responsibilities. Praise God for renewing His church in this region and bringing many to faith through these oral storytellers.

Pray for a mostly Muslim-background language community in South Asia has a completed New Testament translation and is working on the Old Testament. Progress has slowed recently. Pray for renewed progress and continued funding. Ask for God to provide a new translator when the current translator retires in 2019.

Praise God that during the month of Ramadan, videos were used in portions of the Sermon on the Mount and were posted daily to the Facebook page. There are over 15,000 views were recorded. Pray for the spread of these Scripture videos, as well as the spread of the new Android and iPhone Scripture apps.

Praise God that the introduction to Bible storying was well received. Five churches were represented, and 20 people participated in the event. There is a strong interest in an Oral Bible Storying project. Pray for the staff who will begin to interact with churches and individuals to set up a storying workshop in the near future.

Praise God for new songs in several vernacular languages of Asia. Pray for those doing the recording and editing so they can be distributed widely. Thank God that the songs are a useful took to enable local believers to share and build bridges with others in their communities.

As we move forward in the final months of 2018, we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for partnering to pray for Oral & Oral Bible-less People Groups. THANK YOU for praying Matthew 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2 Lord, Close the Gap in people groups who need Scripture in their heart language. And THANK YOU for being intentional to catch what God is and has been doing within the Orality Network today and for the past 14 years since the Lausanne 2004 gathering where ORALITY was presented and the launch of the official International Orality Network come forth!

As those who pray for the Orality Network join in asking God for the “more” of what He has in store for everyone going into the future!

We invite you to take time in these two months to intentionally:






Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; / I will be exalted among the nations, / I will be exalted in the earth.”. This verse comes from a longer section of Scripture that proclaims the power and security of God.



August 2018

For the third year in a row, we are calling our partners to join in fasting from Social Media for the month of August. 

United in Prayer. . . Lord, close the gap, bring Your Word to the Every & All across the globe. We unite in the prayer of Luke 10:2. In Jesus name. Amen

Let’s pray for a greater portion of not just the thought process of thinking that a couple of people who you think are praying –but the reality of knowing we have prayer support and full prayer coverage however that looks for each group within the ION network. Last year we invited you to join to pray for dedicated Prayer Associates for each of our ION Regions.  That it would be a shift, into the arena of extraordinary prayer as the norm. What God does is extraordinary, it cannot happen without our extraordinary God.

We are seeing firsthand the effect of extraordinary prayer in this mix of collaborating together! God has and is answering our prayers!

To honor His work let us look back over the past few months and years on a stroll of prayer reminders and answers He has given.

REMEMBERING BACK. . . Read the entire post at JULY - AUGUST 2018 ION Prayer Focus:

Check out these recent posts:

We think the Master Storyteller was on to something in His pattern of presenting Himself through Who He presented Himself as and to His Timing!

Visit: and for more on the story and book highlighting God’s oral communication in the Bible and Hebrew Tradition. A Book, Short Films & Interactive Learning Platform.

International Orality Network -Influencing the body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners –80% of the world (5.7 billion) are oral communicators and of that group 1/2 are children!

Join as well to pray for all the Events posted.

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NEW Prayer Resource – THE THIRTY ONE: Largest Frontier People Groups

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ION Prayer 90 Days Prayer Initiative

A United Call for Prayer on behalf of all Oral Peoples, Oral Bible-less People Groups, and for those working in Orality/UUPGs & Great Commission Partner groups. -“Devote ourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful… that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” (Colossians 4:2-4)

Please, if you did not start with us, you can still join in with us from any date.

Unite in Prayer

Thirty-five Global Prayer leaders (including the ION Int’l Prayer Director) from seven nations gathered recently to listen to God for His direction; seeking Him together for His strategy to mobilize prayer for the nations and greater strengthening of the Body of Christ.

During our corporate listening time, it was clear through multiple voices that we are living in extraordinary and critical times. We (the Body of Christ) need to be connected to one another relationally and together prepare for what is coming.

UUPG Prayer Adoption Presentation

Lord, teach us to pray: 

Here is a link to the ION Prayer Power Point Presentation (ppt)

You are welcome to use it  to share about the need for prayer for Oral Peoples, UUPGs, UPGs & Bible-less oral peoples:

ION Prayer Presentation with the Different Types of Biblical Intercessors

Lord, teach us to pray: 

  • Understanding the gift of intercession in Biblical Intercessors
  • God’s pray-ers
  • How to pray in this season of the Great Commission

This is the link to the ION Prayer Power Point Presentation (ppt) that includes the Different Types of Biblical Intercessors.

You are welcome to use this and share about the need for prayer for Oral Peoples, UUPGs, UPGs & Bible-less oral peoples & Different Types of Biblical Intercessors:

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