ALLIANCE PRAYER REQUESTS
April 14, 2014
URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Continue to pray that God will stop the Ebola epidemic. Pray for protection and wisdom for Alliance global team members, including those at Hope Clinic, which is near the affected area. “Ebola is difficult to catch, especially if you practice good hygiene,” a worker writes. Health officials are helping to raise awareness of the nature of the virus. Pray that people will be aware of the epidemic and knowledgeable about how to prevent it from spreading. Also, pray that believers will have opportunities to share Christ with families that have lost loved ones and that God will use this crisis to draw people to Him.
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.
Recently a believer died, and his family is being prohibited from burying him in the local cemetery because of his faith in Jesus. In this culture, shame is brought on the family if a loved one is not buried within 24 hours. Pray for a speedy solution whereby God’s name is honored and His children vindicated.
Pray for God’s blessing on many special services being held throughout Bobo-Dialoussou leading up to Easter. Baptisms will take place at several churches; pray for those taking this step.
Pray for God’s blessing on an outreach for servicewomen at a military camp. Pray that the women will receive permission to attend, that many will come, and that the gospel will be clearly presented.
Pray for several widows who are experiencing difficulties. Pray that the Lord will give them wisdom and provide for them.
Praise the Lord for several conversions among the Turka people group. Pray that many more will come to Christ. Also, pray for successful Bible translation projects and radio broadcasts in this language.
Pray for preparations for a complicated roofing project in May. Pray for wisdom and protection for Kevin Oberg and his team. Also, pray for Kevin as he prepares to preach a message to Bible school graduates on April 26. Pray that God will give Kevin words to encourage and challenge these students as they prepare to serve as pastors.
FATEAC Seminary (Cote d’Ivoire)
Praise God for productive meetings and consultations at FATEAC with partner organizations last week and for a good site visit by the Council of Francophone Africa Theological Institutions.
Praise God for his anointing on a FATEAC student-led evangelism outreach in Aboisso and on a community-wide evangelism effort between local Alliance churches and Campus Crusade last weekend. Pray for those who received Christ and for wisdom and faithfulness for those who will disciple them.
Pray for Jeter Livingston as prepares to preach on Easter Sunday at an Alliance church in Abidjan.
Pray for health, understanding, and endurance for students who are at FATEAC this week for courses related to their doctoral programs. Pray for good interactions with their professors and protection for their families.
Pray for those from the FATEAC community who will travel during the Easter break (April 16- 22). Also, pray for students as they use the extra hours without classes this week to prepare for their course work.
At the end of this week, three individuals will be interviewed for the position of FATEAC seminary accountant. Pray for God’s direction in this choice. Also, pray for Dr. Coulibaly as he leads in this process.
Ron, Ruth, and Hannah Julian had a safe and productive trip to Senegal. Thanks to all who prayed!
Pray for good rest for Wendy and Eric Hofman, who have been particularly tired lately. Also, pray for wisdom in organizing their days.
Pray for Wendy Hofman, who will lead Sunday school this week. Pray that God will use her to effectively communicate His love for these children this Easter.
Pray for God’s wisdom and direction during two hospital/mission meetings this week.
Please see the Urgent Prayer Requests for the latest update on the Ebola outbreak.
Praise God for another new Christian through the ministry of Koutiala Hospital. Pray that he will grow in his faith.
Pray for wisdom for nursing department staff as they work out details of those preparing for home assignment.
Praise God for a good visit by David Lauffer, assistant vice president for International Ministries, and Africa Regional Director Al Stombaugh. They were an encouragement to everyone. Pray for Alliance team members and their national church colleagues as they meet to develop their future relationship.
Praise God for a Bible story outreach to some of the women and children at the hospital. Pray for a life-changing impact.
Republic of the Congo
Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Christian Study Center in making it financially self-sustaining. Also, pray for Jay and Bev Bellamy as they make construction and maintenance decisions for the center’s physical plant.
Pray that God will preserve the vital ministry of RSM Christian radio, which is experiencing financial difficulties due to fewer donations and new government taxes. Pray for God’s mighty provision. Also, pray for funds for a replacement antenna; the old one is 12 years old and rusty.
Pray that Alliance churches will unite to reach the Vili people. Also, pray for guidance in how best to help Vili villages with their community needs.
ASIA AND PACIFIC
Jeff and Heather Williams request prayer for their Bible study students, who have been struggling to understand some of the lessons.
Thanks to all who prayed for a resolution to a water problem at a worker’s home in Makassar (March 31 prayer requests). The leak was repaired in about an hour. “I couldn't get over how simple it was to fix!” the worker writes. “It was definitely a huge answer to prayer!”
Asahigaoka Alliance Church will have a baptism on Easter Sunday. Pray for Mr. Kikuchi as he takes this important step.
Pray for preparations for special Easter services in Alliance churches throughout Japan.
Praise God for a young man named Toshi, who has attended Kawaguchi Christ Church the last two Sundays and declared that he wants to be baptized.
Pastor Ishii has been installed at Sengendai Christ Church. Praise God for the vision he has in leading this congregation.
Pray for the Ishinomaki team members as they seek ways to reach out in their community. They received permission to use a large piece of property next to the New Life Center for vegetable gardens. Also, pray for God to provide the team with another couple.
Pray for believers from the three churches in Yunlin as they meet together for a Good Friday service.
Praise God that Mary Dang is able to vacation with her family following a procedure to remove a kidney stone.
Pray for Chen Li Hui’s father, who has repeatedly been hospitalized, to be able to hear the gospel clearly and respond.
Pray for good occupancy for the Alliance guest home during the off-season.
Pray for Pastor Sukprasan’s continued recovery following surgery.
Pray for God’s blessing on Easter celebrations.
Pray for preparations for a camp for church leaders, April 21-23.
Continue to pray for the Alpha course in Mérignac, a suburb of Bordeaux; the response has been less than encouraging. Pray for Todd and Terri Althaus as they lead the team and pastor the church. Pray for a deeper heart for the lost among the team members. Ask God as well for another meeting place for this young congregation.
Pray for five people who are preparing for an Easter Sunday baptism at Trinity International Church, Paris. Pray for Alan and Carol Clason as they pastor this church in the heart of Paris.
Pray that Jesus will be glorified in Easter outreach celebrations and that the hope of the Resurrection will draw people to Him.
Continue to pray for revival and renewal to come to the church in France, specifically to French Alliance churches. Ask the Lord to send out workers into His harvest field.
Pray for missionary candidate Karissa Wallace as she prepares to return to the States for her upcoming wedding to Kenny. They will live in Pennsylvania, where Kenny has a job. Pray for God’s direction for Karissa in finding employment that will allow her to minister in the community.
Pray for preparations for summer English camps and retreats.
Pray for José and Melanie Chinchilla as they begin a ministry to Spanish speakers living in Berlin.
Praise the Lord for a generous gift from the Great Commission Women’s project, designated for children. “Pray that the Lord would help us use the funds wisely,” Alliance team members write. “There is a great need in this nation to reach those between the ages of 4 and 14 for Christ.”
Pray for preparations for a children’s summer camp that will focus on the armor of God.
Pray that Alliance Bible Institute and Theological Education by Extension students will finish well as the semester concludes. Pray for wisdom for Juan Alejandro, the Bible Institute director, as he plans classes and chooses professors for them.
Pray for Brad and Dorothy Wood, who were invited to minister at Alizanza, a church plant in Punta Cana. The church reports recent high attendance of 114 at Sunday worship services. Pray for Alianza’s ministry and for new visitors. Pray that they will continue to attend special events. Pray, too, for a children’s event, April 14-16.
Pray for two families that will arrive in April to serve with Envision. Pray for a good adjustment to the Dominican Republic and to the Spanish language.
Pray for the following District Conferences: Korean District, April 21-24; Midwest District, April 28-30; Rocky Mountain District, April 28-May 1; and Great Lakes District, April 30-May 2.
Pray for Alliance churches that are planning special Easter events and services. As hearts are focused on Jesus, pray that lives will be changed and that those who do not know Christ will find new life in Him.
Alliance Northwest District
Pray for the men of Woodinville Alliance Church as they gather together to learn more about Jesus at the annual Men’s Retreat, April 25-27, in Leavenworth, Washington.
The Alliance Church in Pickerington, Ohio, is rejoicing that a woman received Christ last week. Pray that she will grow in her faith. Also, pray for Pastor Clint and his wife, Christina, as they seek to purchase a house. Pray that the Lord will guide them to a neighborhood where they can freely share the love and truth of Jesus.
Pray for the students in Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as they return to school after spring break. Pray that they will make an impact for the gospel in the lives of other students.
Central Pacific District
Pray for Rev. Edward Kwong of San Jose Christian Alliance Church. He has been in rehabilitation therapy for more than 100 days and was recently able to return home. Pray for his continued strength as he stands and walks. Also, pray that the medication will effectively stop the inflammation in his lungs.
Pray for preparations for the district youth retreat at Goshen, Virginia, April 25-27.
North Central District
Praise God for a potential meeting venue for RiverLife Church, a second-generation Hmong ministry that is planning to launch this fall. Church planter Greg Rhodes is working to secure a rental facility in East St. Paul.
Pray for unity of the Ethiopian believers in the North Central District as they go through the peacemaking process. Pray that they will have an effective Christian testimony in their community.
Pray for Sarah, the wife of Josiah Stumbo, of Central Mission (St. Paul, Minnesota). She is in her 23rd week of pregnancy and will be on bed rest in the hospital for the next 11 weeks. Pray for God’s healing touch and that she will not go into early labor or contract any infections.
Pray for complete healing for Rev. Santi Basiletti, who suffered a stroke on his left side; thankfully, he has been able to move his left foot and ankle. Also, he has maintained a hopeful, positive attitude.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for Abraham Sandler’s brother, Sam, who suffered internal hemorrhaging from a spinal tap. He is unable to sit or stand and has pain at the site of the spinal tap. Pray for God’s healing touch.
Pray for Murrysville Alliance Church and the Franklin Regional School District in the wake of the recent school stabbings. On April 10 and 11, the school district used the Murrysville Church building to provide counseling services to students. Pray for pastoral staff, elders, and the church family as they minister to hurting families.
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 a critical element 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 so that this vital work will be sustained and expanded.
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