Alliance Prayer Requests

July 28, 2014

Urgent Requests

Africa

The Ebola virus continues to spread in three African countries. Pray that it will be contained soon. Dr. Kent Brantly, medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, tested positive for the virus and is undergoing treatment. Pray for his complete healing. Also, continue to pray for protection for Alliance team members and their partners in ministry.

Middle East

In Iraq, troops representing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continue to advance from the Syrian border toward Baghdad. According to Reuters, hundreds of Christians have fled Mosul rather than pay a tax or face death. Also, CNN reported that ISIS carried out seven public executions of believers in Syria for rejecting Islam. Afterward, their bodies were tied to makeshift crosses; five of the victims were children under 18. Many people have been displaced, and congregations in cities further from the conflict have been ministering to believers who have had to flee their homes. Alliance staff members in the Middle East are monitoring security issues. Pray for God’s provision and protection and for His purposes to be realized.

Pray for God’s intervention in Israel and Gaza, where tensions continue to escalate with protests, rocket attacks, and killings. Alliance workers are safe, and they are monitoring the situation to ensure ongoing security as they share the light of Christ. “Our team has reviewed an evacuation plan and searched out various exits in case we need to leave,” Alliance staffers write. “As of now, we continue daily life and keep our ears open.” Pray for lasting peace through the power of the gospel. Pray, too, for protection of believers and that they will demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness.

Creative-Access Countries

Remember creative-access country (CAC) workers around the world. Pray for protection, good health, and opportunities to share the good news. Pray that contacts will be drawn to Jesus. Pray that God will break down strongholds and give courage and boldness to national believers.

Praise God! An Alliance worker who was quite ill improved dramatically within 24 hours of being diagnosed. Pray for her full recovery, as she is still weak and fatigued.

Pray for God’s blessing on an evangelism trip this week. Pray for good health for the team members and that God will use them to bring light to the villages they visit.

Pray for complete healing for an Alliance worker who suffers from food allergies.

Alliance team members request prayer for a quick resolution to an Internet problem that is causing slow browsing speeds and disruptions in service. Pray that these issues will not hinder ministry.

Pray that God will open the door for a church planter to find employment.

Africa

Africa Regional Office

Pray for Al and Lauralyn Stombaugh, the new regional director couple for Africa. Pray for their safe arrival in early August.

Caleb, Stan and Jaynee Walker’s son, will start kindergarten on August 13. Pray for a smooth adjustment to his class work, teacher, and fellow students.

Burkina Faso

Pray for protection, good health, and adequate rest for the Brokopp family (Envision) during a busy travel season.

Pray for safe travel and good encounters with police for the Obergs, who will depart for a vacation in Ghana on Tuesday. Pray for a refreshing time.

Pray for Doug and Karen Conkle as they return to Burkina from home assignment. Doug will serve as the Bobo team leader. Pray for a smooth transition to ministry.

Pray for the village of Koumbia, where many people have come to Christ. The enemy is fiercely opposing this. Pray that believers will remain faithful to the gospel.

Several youth camps will be held in Bobo-Dioulasso in August. Pray for the many young people who will be traveling to attend these camps. Also, pray that the speakers will be led by the Holy Spirit as they prepare their messages.

Pray that the Lord will call many Burkinabé believers into full-time ministry. Because of increased church plants in Bobo-Dioulasso and other regions, some pastors oversee three or four churches. Pray for God’s provision.

Gabon

Pray for Dr. Elisée (pronounced EL-ee-zay), who works at Bongolo Hospital’s eye clinic and will be on vacation during the month of August. Pray for good rest and that the eye clinic will function well in his absence.

Praise God for Georges, a 65-year-old man, who received Christ at the Bongolo eye clinic recently. While there, Georges had a vision of Jesus protecting him from spiritual attacks. The Gabonese people have a long history of witchcraft and occult practices; pray for God to release them as a nation from this bondage.

Mali

Pray for Krista Ellenberger, who will tour U.S. Alliance churches during September and October.

Pray for David, a seeker who requested a Bible and has been asking questions. He said that he really enjoys reading the Word. Pray that God’s truth will penetrate David’s heart and that the Lord will open his eyes.

Pray for the development of relationships at an English center, where Alliance workers are seeking opportunities to share Christ. Pray for open minds and hearts.

Asia And Pacific

Indonesia

Pray for complete healing for Sharon Kendall, who was diagnosed with shingles.

Pray that God will provide more rental groups for Camp Good News in Jakarta; additional income is needed to pay the salaries of five full-time staffers. Also, pray that the camp’s lease for the parking area will be renewed. The owner wants to increase the annual rental fee for the lot by more than 50 percent. Pray that he will accept the amount that the camp is able to pay.

Pray for complete healing of Judy Gaskin’s right foot and left shoulder. Despite more than 30 therapy sessions, she has seen little improvement. Pray that God will supernaturally speed up the recovery process.

Taiwan

Pray for Mrs. Kao, the wife of the Taiwan Alliance Church Union president, whose father recently passed away. She hopes that the funeral will be a testimony to unsaved family members. However, some do not wish to attend during Taiwan’s traditional “ghost month,” when they believe it would be unlucky to do so. Pray for God’s comfort and that He will move in hearts to receive the good news.

Pray for Soo and Hannah Hwang as they adjust to their new home in rural Yuan Chang. They will also assist with Korean short-term teams next week in the midst of this busy transition. Pray for grace, strength, and stamina.

Europe/Middle East

France

Pray for Alliance churches during the summer vacation months. Smaller congregations experience great pressure when members depart for weeks at a time. Pray for God’s financial provision as well as for leaders to step up to the challenge of carrying out ministry responsibilities.

Pray for revival and refreshing to come to the French church, especially for French Alliance churches. Pray for continued openness to the Spirit’s leading. Also, ask the Lord to raise up leaders for Alliance churches.

Kosovo

Pray for a team of veteran staffers and new appointees that is recommencing the work of International Ministries in Kosovo. The Singfiel family and Connie Seale arrived in mid-July. The Steinert and Vreeland families will arrive in mid-August. Pray for a smooth reentry process. Also, pray that God will provide suitable housing that is strategically located for ministry.

Portugal

Pray that a Bible study and worship group that meets in Valongo will continue to grow. Specifically, pray that God will add to their numbers those whom He is calling to attend, whether they are seekers or Christians, young or old. “Pray that we will be directed to these people and vice versa,” Alliance workers write.

Spain

Praise the Lord that our Chinese Alliance Church in Madrid recently baptized 20 new believers! Pray for growth in their walk with the Lord. Former international workers and founding pastors John and Lorraine Young will arrive on July 31 with a short-term team from their church in San Jose, California. They will minister to the Chinese church in Madrid during the next two weeks. Pray for safe travel, good health, and God’s empowerment.

Pray for God’s blessing on a vacation Bible school this week near Madrid, where 20 children have registered. Four U.S. short-term workers are helping with this outreach. Pray for Marilyn Westergren as she coordinates the ministry. Pray that both children and parents will be open to the truths of God’s Word.

A new family from Canada is still awaiting visas for Spain. Please pray for their prompt approval.

Latin America

Latin America Regional Office

Jon and Jessie Ritchey, regional missions facilitators/trainers, praise the Lord for healing a case of shingles that attacked Jessie’s sciatic nerve system. She continues to see daily progress; pray for a full recovery.

The Richeys request prayer for two young Ecuadorian women serving cross-culturally in difficult contexts. Pray that their leaders will have wisdom in all decisions made on their behalf.

Pray for Jon and Jessie as they prepare courses and workshops during the last two weeks of August at regional meetings and in a training center.

Costa Rica

Pray complete healing for Robbi Fanberg, who is battling cancer. She will undergo a scan on August 20. Pray for a good report and wisdom for the next treatment steps.

Pray for the development of a relationship with a new church plant in Escazu that has asked for help and wants to connect with The Alliance.

Chile

Pray for a smooth transition for Bob and Cheryl Fugate, who have joined the Guadalajara, Mexico, church-planting team.

Pray for David and Lou Ann Woerner, who have returned from home assignment. Pray that God will call a national pastor for their church before their term ends.

Dominican Republic

Pray for preparations for an Alliance Youth Camp, July 31–August 3. The theme is missions. During the weekend, participants will share the gospel in neighborhoods near the campground. Pray that Dominican young people will sense God’s call on their lives for full-time Christian service.

Pray for members of a ministry team from the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Alliance Church, who will work with their partner church in Caña Segura near the Haitian boarder. Pray for Pastor Eduardo and his wife as they serve this congregation.

Uruguay

Praise God for a successful children’s event. The families were amazed by the love and attention their kids received. Pray for effective follow-up.

“Pray for a hunger for God among the people with whom we interact,” Alliance workers write.

North And Central Asia

Mongolia

Pray that God will enable a former teacher to return to the field to instruct the children of two worker families. Specifically, pray that God will send a buyer for her condo so she can relocate.

United States

Central District

Pray for Metro South (Cleveland, Ohio) as the congregation prepares for the grand finale of its metroKids summer outreach. Also, pray for effective follow-up of children, their parents, and families during the next couple of weeks.

Pray for Daniel Samms, a church planter in Amherst, Ohio, as he ministers to a former believer who has left the faith. Pray that God will guide Dan in his interactions and work in the other man’s life.

Pray for God’s leading as the Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church conducts follow-up with those who attended a recent soccer camp. Pray that their lives will be changed through the power of the Holy Spirit. Also, praise the Lord for His work through the soccer camp. Attendance averaged 60 kids each day, and 30 parents attended the closing ceremony. Each of the children studied the Bible daily, most for the first time.

Pray for a couple who is seeking to reach into the Akron Nepalese community (NEO-House Church Network, Ohio) for the purpose of planting a church. Pray that God will direct their planning and provide needed support.

Pray for a former coworker of a member of Crowded House Church Network (Newark, Ohio), who has expressed a desire to know the Lord. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to call him and that he will surrender completely to Jesus.

Pray for God’s blessing on Arabic church-planting efforts in Cleveland. Pray for wisdom and God’s leading for the right person to help lead this plant.

Pray that God will direct the Envision team in Cleveland, Ohio, toward reasonably priced appliances to be used in refurbishing homes.

Central Pacific District

Continue to pray for Rev. Edward Kwong, who was readmitted to the hospital last week with a low grade fever, indicating an infection. The fever is gone, but his white blood count remains high. Pray for wisdom to determine the cause of the infection. Also, pray for ongoing strengthening of his muscles, increased alertness and cognitive ability, and encouragement and motivation to work with therapists.

Midwest District

Pray for David Torres, pastor of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Maywood, Illinois, who has endured many serious health challenges. A team of doctors at Yale-New Haven (Connecticut) Hospital will perform a delicate surgery, August 5 and 6. David will be put into an induced coma for the duration of the procedure, which will focus on repairing an aortic aneurism. The survival rate for the operation is said to be 65–70 percent. Pray for safe travel for the entire family to Connecticut. Pray especially for the surgeons and accompanying medical staff during the procedure. Also, pray for on-campus housing for his wife, Ana, and the family. Pray for His divine touch; David is only 34.

Spanish Western Association

Pray for the Spanish Western Association meeting in southern California, August 8–10. Pray that Spanish leaders will be encouraged and that they will sense the Holy Spirit’s presence in their meetings.

The Great Commission Fund

The Alliance is answering God’s clear call to create access to the gospel in parts of the world where little or no access exists. Prayer is essential in helping to achieve this goal. Giving is also critical in placing and keeping global staff in key unreached locations throughout the world. Please pray that Alliance people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund to sustain and expand this vital work.

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