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Prayer is Primary

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue.

Requests from our Alliance family

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West Africa

Last fall, in partnership with a group from Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, our team traveled to a West African village to install a new church shelter for the approximately 45 adult believers there. A local Christian had given a portion of his field for this purpose.

After the work was completed, church leaders spent time praising the Lord and celebrating together. Several young teens and children put their faith in Jesus after hearing the gospel. We rejoice in what the Lord is doing in this village!

Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in this community and that the new believers will share their faith with those around them.

—an Alliance international worker couple

Thailand

Praise God for five Thai believers who were baptized in November. All had become believers within the last year. One of them, Lamoon, met us during an outreach in her community, less than a mile from our church in Mahachai. She started attending occasionally with her grandson, Boon.

Lamoon and her grandson, Boon (Photo coutesy of Sue Danneker)

Lamoon formally accepted Jesus last April. She was especially blessed by the audio Bible we gave her, as she cannot read.

“Thank you for coming to my home,” she said on the day of her baptism. “I never really lacked anything. But I was worried about Boon, who has suffered epileptic seizures. But since we have come to faith in Jesus, my grandson’s health is much better. Now my family has peace and joy.”

Pray that these new believers will continue to grow in their faith.

—Ed and Sue Danneker

France

Amid the ongoing refugee crisis in this region, our congregation, Eglise Protestante Internationale (EPI) in Toulouse, has been seeking to understand how we can come alongside displaced people arriving in France. Because we are a socialist nation, there is often little that the church can do to help. However, the refugee crisis has overwhelmed the government, so we are able to offer practical assistance, including the distribution of hygiene kits in partnership with other Alliance churches in the city. Local aid groups have appreciated the way our congregation has stepped up. Also, three EPI members offered to open their homes to a refugee family seeking housing.

Some of the refugees are Christians. One such couple attending our church shared one Sunday about life as believers in a nation where the church meets in secret. Coming to Christ in that country is considered apostasy, punishable by imprisonment and, in some cases, death.

Two other refugee families, also having converted to Christianity and from the same country as our friends, have sought asylum in France. All three of these families are attending Alliance churches here and experiencing the kindness and support of believers.

Pray for the French church to be open to learning from these humbled, broken people who have lost everything and to seek ways to help them in Jesus’ name.

—Brad and Tina Reynolds

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