Alliance Prayer Requests
April 24, 2017
Father, help Your workers in creative-access countries to keep in step with the Spirit. Though their flesh may fail, remind them that You are the strength of their hearts and their portion forever. Help Your workers to live lives worthy of their calling. Give them the ability to be completely humble and gentle, bearing with one another in love (Galatians 5:25; Psalm 73:26; Ephesians 4:1–2).
Intercede for a worker couple seeking housing during their upcoming home assignment; may God lead them to the right place at the right time. Pray also for wisdom as they make strategic decisions about their future work in their host country.
Lord, remind Your workers in Africa that in You and through their faith in You they can approach You with freedom and confidence. When they are hard pressed, let them cry to You, for You will bring them into a spacious place. Jesus, You came to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Through Your servants, may more people be freed from sin and become slaves of God, reaping eternal life and the benefit of holiness (Ephesians 3:12; Psalm 118:5; Isaiah 61:1; Romans 6:22).
Pray for an anointed, encouraging women’s conference this week in the Nouna District. Pray that attendees will understand the importance of being ready for Christ’s return, which is the conference theme.
Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they travel this week to Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea to present Bible storytelling seminars.
Intercede for Joseph and Maria Howard as they train evangelists in the Toma area. Pray for a clear vision for this ministry and that the 32 churches in this district will be fully equipped to reach this region for Christ.
Pray for God’s blessing on the Poundou Bible School graduation April 29 and for new pastors and their wives as they begin ministry.
Although Bongolo Hospital has not received all that is due from the national health insurance program, enough has been received to place some important medicine orders. Praise God for His provision! Continue to pray for payments to be made in a timely manner.
Pray for discipleship seminars for new believers in two villages in late April and for upcoming discipleship conferences presented by Alliance workers and local church districts. The conferences will be held in areas where recent outreach efforts have resulted in many new believers; pray that they will grow strong in their faith. Intercede as well for discipleship seminars in the border region of Mali and Burkina during the next few weeks.
Pray for effective discipleship in a village where Alliance workers have done outreach in recent months. There are many new believers, and the village chief has offered a house for a pastor. Rejoice for how the Lord is moving! Pray too that these Christ followers will grow spiritually.
Pray for new students graduating from Bible seminaries this week.
Pray for outreaches in various areas this weekend.
Intercede for a teammate who will transition back to the United States in June.
Pray for an effective women’s prison ministry amid recent challenges and safety concerns. After having been suspended, visits have resumed with new guidelines. Pray for the women to understand the Bible teachings at a deeper level.
Pray for a hatchery and water tank installation at a fish farm operated by Compassion and Mercy Associates. Both are vital to making this project more sustainable. Also, pray for a good response from an Easter evangelistic campaign and that attendance will increase at Saturday gatherings.
Praise the Lord for a successful trimester of English teaching; pray that exposure to the gospel will result in lasting Kingdom impact.
Pray for stamina and strength to continue work and ministries in the upcoming hot season.
God, let Your workers in the Asia/Pacific Region fear no evil, for You are with them. Your rod and Your staff comfort them. Help them to know and rely on Your love for them. Allow them to lie down in peace and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make them dwell in safety. You go before them and will be with them; You will never forsake them. Thank You for being their refuge, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 23:4; 1 John 4:16; Psalm 4:8; Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 46:1).
Praise God for the Indonesia GKII’s (C&MA) new national youth leader, Rev. Dedi Sutiadi! Pray for him and his ongoing mentoring and training of youth leaders. Intercede as well for leaders who attended the recent training and that they will pass on what they learned there to others.
Pray for upcoming retreats in Papua during the next few months, including one this week for high school seniors and another for the team of international workers here during the last weekend of April. Pray for rich blessings as these groups meet. The next event will be for university students, May 10–11; about half are of the majority religion. Pray that they will be drawn to Christ.
Pray for students at various Bible schools around Papua. Most finish at the beginning of June, so the next six weeks will be packed with studying. Intercede for those completing their education and being placed in ministry. Pray also for evangelistic teams to be sent out from the schools and that their ministries will have lasting impact.
Pray for a new believer in Sumatra who is facing persecution. Rejoice that the Lord is helping him and that Jesus is using his prayers for healing others from a different faith.
Intercede for the annual Field Forum, April 24–28 in the outskirts of Tokyo. Pray for spiritual refreshment, God’s leading in discussions, and an encouraging ministry by Rob Douglas and Steve and Laurel Shields from the Western Pennsylvania District.
The Alliance Video team will be in Japan April 28–May 1. Pray for smooth logistics and that God will use this visit to effectively capture life and ministry in Japan.
Father, remind Your workers in Europe and the Middle East of Your greatness and that no one can snatch them out of Your hand. Yours is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. You alone do great wonders, and Your love endures forever. Show Your workers that You are faithful. You will strengthen them and protect them from the evil one. Spread Your protection over them so they will rejoice in You (John 10:29; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 136:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 5:11).
Rejoice for the deep work God is doing in the hearts of young leaders participating in Soul Care mentoring groups! Pray that He will continue to strengthen them with His power, establish them in His love, and fill them with His fullness. Intercede as well for Brett and Celine Bowers and Brad and Tina Reynolds as they mentor participants.
Intercede for the annual Spain-Portugal Field Forum, April 24–29. Pray for the Lord’s blessing on times of fellowship, worship, prayer, and business sessions. Pray also for God to minister deeply through the guest speaker, Rev. David Hearn, president of the C&MA in Canada.
International workers Tim and Marilyn Westergren will leave for home assignment May 3. Pray for strength in these busy final days before their departure.
Thanks be to You, God, for You have given victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of You, Your workers in Latin America are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. Keep the needy in this region safe and protect them forever from the wicked. Have mercy on Your people, for they take refuge in the shadow of Your wings (1 Corinthians 15:57; Lamentations 3:22; Psalm 12:7; Psalm 57:1).
North and Central Asia
Lord, let Your workers in north and central Asia continue to live their lives in You, rooted and built up in You, strengthened in the faith, and overflowing with thankfulness. Remind them that everyone born of You overcomes the world. Encourage Your people in heart and unite them in love so they will have the full riches of complete understanding (Colossians 2:6–7; 1 John 5:4; Colossians 2:2).
Father, our souls faint for Your courts; our hearts cry out for You, the living God. Refresh our souls and guide us along the right paths for Your name’s sake. Create in us pure hearts and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Transform us by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Psalm 84:2; Psalm 23:3; Psalm 51:12; Romans 12:2).
As Alliance Council approaches next month, continue to pray for final preparations; for those working on planning and logistics; for President Stumbo and the many speakers and presenters as they prepare their minds and spirits to minister to the Alliance family; for God to have His way; and for wisdom and discernment to hear His voice during this gathering. Pray also that this will be a time of renewal and refreshment for attendees.
Pray for the following District Conferences: Alliance Northwest, April 24–26; Midwest, April 24–25; and North Central, April 24–26.
Alliance New England
Pray for Rev. Jason Beamon, pastor at Greenfield (Massachusetts) Alliance Church. As the congregation desires to grow spiritually and numerically, pray that they can show God’s love to the unsaved in their community.
Celebrate how God moved in many Alliance churches Easter weekend. In East Park Church, Vancouver, Washington, a seven-year-old made a clear profession of faith. The Easter service at North Seattle (Washington) Church was packed with a record attendance; many people wanted to learn more about the congregation’s ministry. In the Bridge Church, Cathlamet, Washington, 125 people attended, “which blew us away,” church leaders write. “Two years ago, we were closing the doors to shut the church down. Now there is excitement and momentum.”
Association of African Churches
Intercede for Rev. Siyum Gebretsadik as he ministers to pastors in the United States and for God’s wisdom in leading the association.
Rejoice with Restoration Church, Amherst, Ohio, for new visitors who attended the Easter service, where they heard a clear gospel presentation. Pray that they will return and that their hearts will be softened toward Christ.
Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, has ministered to high school students through a Winter Basketball League. Pray for players’ safety as the season concludes and for lasting spiritual impact from this outreach.
Great Lakes District
Intercede for an encouraging Great Commission Women’s retreat, April 28–30.
Pray for Rev. Robert Storey, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Pray that he can draw church leaders into deeper prayer and attentiveness to God’s heart.
Rocky Mountain District
Intercede for the Wyoming Men’s retreat, April 28–30. Pray that the event will have a powerful impact and that participants will be encouraged and equipped to provide godly leadership in their homes and churches.
Pray for Rev. Joe Fisher, associate Pastor at Fellowship Alliance Church (Columbia Falls, Montana), and his wife, Nikki. Their 18-year-old-son, Paxton, a senior in high school, died Tuesday, April 18. He was diagnosed in February with adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer located in his esophagus. Paxton was captain of the soccer team, had dedicated his life for ministry at LIFE 2016, and was planning to attend Crown College this fall. The funeral will be Friday, April 28. The Fishers have two younger children, 16 and 13. Please pray for God’s comfort and peace for the entire family.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for a high school retreat, April 28–30. Specifically, pray that students will seek to know God through this event.
Empowering Alliance Ministries
Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please ask that God’s people will give generously to send workers to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. From countries caught up in political and economic turmoil to those recovering from war and natural disaster, The Alliance is there, providing help and hope to hurting people. Pray also for a strong response to the 2017 Great Commission Day Offering taken by U.S. Alliance churches in May and June. A good response will help create a “tipping point”—a critical mass of Alliance workers in places where God has opened doors and hearts to the saving gospel.
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