Alliance Prayer Requests
January 23, 2017
Lord, remind Your workers in creative-access countries that even if they should suffer for what is right, they are blessed. Root them in You so they are strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thanksgiving. Holy Spirit, intercede for Your people according to Your will and show them that in all things You work for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to Your purpose (1 Peter 3:14; Colossians 2:7; Romans 8:27–28).
Pray for a local evangelist who has endured much persecution recently. His wife divorced him after he accepted Jesus, so the man feels quite isolated. Pray for encouragement, protection, and peace.
God, open a door for the message of Your workers in Africa so they can proclaim the mystery of Christ. Hear their prayers as they cry out to You and praise You. Give Your workers strength to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. Bring them to Your holy mountain and give them joy in Your house of prayer (Colossians 4:3; Psalm 66: 17, 19; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18; Isaiah 56:7).
Intercede for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they prepare to return to Burkina Faso following home assignment. Also, pray for effective storytelling training events to be held shortly after the Hansomes’ return.
Pray for Maria Howard and Esther Schaeffer as they minister to pastors’ wives in Tougan and Toma this week. Specifically, pray that these women will be assured of their salvation and ministry callings and be renewed spiritually.
Praise the Lord for the release of a female prisoner who was incarcerated for more than seven years due to conflicts in a forced marriage. She accepted Christ through the ministry of Bobo team members; pray that the Lord will provide her with a safe living situation and connect her to a group of believers.
Rejoice for the complete healing of a woman who works with Esther Schaeffer. Twice the decision was made to amputate the woman’s lower leg due to infection, but the Lord was merciful; today the infection is gone, and she has full use of her foot. May Jesus Christ be praised!
Dakar Academy (Senegal)
Pray for a successful evangelistic outreach with 90 high-school students and 50 adults to the bush village of Dioucoule (pronounced “Joe Cool”), January 26–28. “We have been hit with many obstacles in preparing for this event,” write Evan and Jewel Evans, Alliance international workers who are partnering with Alliance national pastors in this campaign. “It’s obvious the enemy does not want this outreach to take place!” Intercede for protection of participants’ health, physical safety, smooth logistical preparations, and prepared hearts among the people of Dioucoule.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Intercede for students as they prepare for first-semester exams next week. Pray also for final-year students as they complete their theses.
Pray for Ron, Ruth, and Hannah Julian as they minister this week in Boma, DRC, through teaching and interacting with Alliance church leadership.
Thanks to all who prayed for Randy and Deanna Harrison’s transition to the States for home assignment. Intercede for them as they prepare to speak in churches.
Intercede for the swift release of Bongolo Hospital eye clinic’s supply order, which has been blocked by government officials. Please pray that God will move in their hearts to relent.
Pray that God will provide English teachers for the 2017 semester at an Alliance cultural center.
Intercede for doctors and nurses at the Hospital for Women and Children as they deal with challenging medical cases.
Pray for the many patients who rely on HIV medications from the government program amid a national shortage.
Pray for complete healing of a young woman who had suffered with fevers for three weeks. Pray they will subside and she will grow closer to Jesus.
Pray that Koutiala Hosptial patients and their families will joyfully embrace the good news as Alliance workers express it in word and deed.
Rejoice for a good beginning to the outreach season with encouraging visits to key villages; pray for Holy-Spirit leading and empowerment for these ministries.
Pray for the Malian people as they grieve 60 lives lost in a car bombing. Pray also for lasting peace in Mali.
Lord, we thank You that Your workers in Asia/Pacific have put off their old selves and have been made new in the attitude of their minds. May they continue to live together in unity. You have given them the glory You gave to Your Son so that they will be one as You and Christ are one. May they be in You so that the world will believe that You sent Your Son and have loved them as much as You love Him (Ephesians 4:22; Psalm 133:1; John 17:21–23).
Please pray for resolution to continued tensions in Papua between the C&MA church and the breakaway group over land and property issues. Intercede specifically for church leaders in Beoga, Papua, where the district superintendent, Rev. Albert Tinal, was preparing to build a church on his land in his home village. Leaders from the breakaway group threatened him and demanded that he not build a C&MA church there. Pray for his protection.
Intercede for a smooth transition for Michael and Kate Whelehon, who will conclude their ministries in Envision Indonesia January 30, and for the team in Bandung after this departure.
Pray for a good adjustment for the Noels, who recently arrived in Indonesia and will begin language school soon.
Praise God for an encouraging prayer retreat last week; thanks to all who prayed! Intercede for ongoing breakthrough in individual lives and ministries brought before God’s throne during this time together.
Pray for safe travels to a Chinese New Year meal and coworkers’ retreat, January 23–25, during which the Taiwan field team will gather with C&MA pastors and their families. Pray for deepening fellowship and encouragement during this time together.
Father, strengthen Your workers in Europe and the Middle East with all power according to Your glorious might so they will have great endurance. Do not let them become weary in doing good, for they will reap a harvest if they do not give up. Give them the ability to pray in Your Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests for all Your people. Help Your servants not to be afraid of what they may suffer but to be faithful, even to the point of death, so they will receive the crown of life (Colossians 1:11; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:18; Revelation 2:10).
Intercede for the successful filming of four children’s Bible-story videos, January 21–24. Children from local churches will participate in the project. The segments will be used as a tool for local Bosnian churches to share God’s love through simple Bible stories.
Pray for an anointed, edifying Soul-Care Mentoring Retreat for young adult French leaders, January 27–29. At this writing 40 people have registered and will participate in six months of follow-up mentoring. Pray for receptive hearts, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and that participants will experience lasting transformation in their lives.
God, make the feet of Your workers in Latin America like those of a deer and enable them to tread on the heights. Give them the wisdom that comes from heaven that is pure, peace-loving, and full of mercy. Keep Your people from fear, for You are with them and You are their God. You will strengthen them and uphold them with Your righteous right hand. Be their hiding place and surround them with songs of deliverance (Habakkuk 3:19; James 3:17; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 32:7–8).
Continue to pray for complete healing for Steve Zopfi, whose surgery to remove a cancerous tumor took place January 23. Intercede for a fully recovery.
North and Central Asia
Lord, let Your workers in north and central Asia be strong and courageous, for You go with them. You will never leave or forsake them. You have made them a light so they will bring salvation to the ends of the earth. Open the eyes of Your workers to the new things You are doing, for You are making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Deuteronomy 31:6; Acts 13:47; Isaiah 43:19).
Father, You are our refuge and shield. May we put our hope in Your Word, and may Your glory be a canopy over us. Help us not to grieve, for Your joy is our strength. Remind us that Your Word is right and true. You are faithful in all that You do, and the earth is full of Your unfailing love. May the people of this nation return to You, the Almighty, so they will be restored (Psalm 119:114; Isaiah 4:5; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 33:4–5; Job 22:23).
Eden Road Community Church in Arlington, Texas, is investing in the church’s emotional and spiritual health by hosting several Alliance Peacemaking seminars at the end of January. Pray for attending pastors, church leaders, and members who will learn to resolve conflict biblically.
Chinese Churches Association
Pray for Rev. Wallace Mang, executive director, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray that God will empower him to develop a second-generation ministry that will produce an effective outreach strategy to further God’s Kingdom.
Rejoice that Restoration Church, a new church plant in Amherst, Ohio, is doing well.
Two new house churches are poised to begin. Pray for God to clear any obstacles so that these fellowships can have successful launches.
Intercede for a successful outreach initiative by members of Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pray for relationships to be built and that the congregation can express Christ’s love to their neighbors in tangible ways.
Pray for a time of rest and deep ministry from the Lord at the Central District’s church planters’ retreat, January 29–31.
Sandusky (Ohio) Life Church started a new prayer gathering; the first meeting went quite well. Pray that members will continue to see growth and that God’s hand will be evident in the lives of participants.
Praise God for more than 20 volunteer English teachers from nine Akron-area C&MA churches, including CrossPoint Alliance Church, which began an English-language outreach in 2014 that continues today. Akron public schools provide classrooms at a local middle school for English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that meet every Thursday evening. Local schools have distributed thousands of flyers in seven languages throughout the community to promote the class. Pray that information about this program will engage the community and that new families will attend. May those involved in this ministry make the most of these opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love to those they serve.
North Central District
Pray for Inseparable, a ministry couples’ retreat on emotionally healthy spirituality, January 23–25, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, Minnesota. Pray for refreshment and renewal and that God will strengthen and bless family relationships.
South Pacific District
Pray for refreshing, encouraging regional pastors’ gatherings this month in the South Pacific District. Pray that God will give pastoral couples a strong sense of vision for His plans regarding their congregations.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for Rev. David Nagel, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Pennsylvania. Pray that district pastors and churches will strive to emphasize the deeper life in Christ and an ever-growing intimacy with Abba Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
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