Alliance Prayer Requests

May 26, 2015

Alliance Council 2015

As God leads, please join the Alliance family in fasting and prayer for Alliance Council, May 26–31. Intercede for the Holy Spirit’s leading, safe travel, good health, and strength for attendees; for God’s wisdom and anointing for speakers; and for His guidance and direction during strategy sessions. Pray for U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo as he leads the U.S. Alliance family through this pivotal event in the life of The Alliance.

Creative-Access Countries

We give You thanks, O Lord, for You are good, and Your love endures forever. As Alliance workers in creative-access countries commit their ways to You, reaching out to lost people with Jesus’ love, we ask that You bless the work of their hands. Have compassion on the helpless, Good Shepherd; lead them to You. We pray that you will send more workers to the harvest, Heavenly Father, and open doors for them to share the mystery of Christ (Jeremiah 33:11, Psalm 37:5, Matthew 9:36, Luke 10:2, Colossians 4:3).

Pray for a family in the United States that is waiting to receive visas so they can return to the field in July. The children’s applications were rejected, and the visa agency is seeking a different type of visa for them. Pray for God’s favor and intervention in this situation.

Pray for those who attended an English camp last weekend, especially for participants who heard the gospel for the first time. Pray that the message will take root in their hearts and that they will choose to follow Christ.

Africa

Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand; let the light of Your face shine upon our colleagues who serve You on this continent. O Lord, we pray for those in the fields, spreading the good news in word and deed through demonstration of the Spirit and power. We ask You to fight the spiritual battles designed to hinder Your will from being accomplished through their ministries so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified (1 Peter 5:6, Psalm 4:6, Matthew 13:38, Colossians 3:17, 1 Corinthians 2:4, 2 Chronicles 20:17, 2 Thessalonians 1:12).

Burkina Faso

Pray for the restoration of cash stolen during a break-in on mission property last week. Also, pray for the protection and security of workers’ homes and properties. “Although we take as many precautions as possible, only the Lord can protect us!” Alliance team members write.

Pray for new student pastors assigned to village churches from May until November.

Non-Alliance colleagues suffered a house fire this week. Thank the Lord that no one was injured and the fire was contained before it caused much damage. “Pray for our ongoing protection, as we have had similar incidents involving faulty wiring and other issues,” Alliance workers write.

Pray for a Maranatha Institute student’s wife, who had an emergency C-section last week. She has recovered, but the newborn is hospitalized in serious condition. Pray for complete healing.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Thanks to all who prayed for the FATEAC colloquium last week. Continue to pray for participants as they engage their communities in upcoming political elections and community development in their own countries.

Intercede for Jeter Livingston as he prepares to preach this Sunday at the Alliance church plant in the Rosier neighborhood of Abidjan. Pray that God will prepare the hearts of those who will attend.

Mali

Pray for complete healing for Amadou, a young man from Tiere who has experienced progressive muscle weakening that has left him nearly paralyzed. He is undergoing treatment at the Hospital for Women and Children, where he will undergo a steroid trial in hopes of reversing the disease’s process. Pray for a miraculous recovery and that this would be a powerful testimony of God’s love in Tiere.

Continue to pray for God’s Spirit to move in Mali’s Kenedougou region, which extends into western Burkina Faso. An Alliance team in Mali will focus on reaching this area. Pray that the Lord will prepare people of peace to receive His message.

Alliance national church partners will have their annual meeting next week. Pray for a productive time and that the church will be strengthened through these gatherings.

Intercede for short-term teams as they prepare to minister here this fall.

Asia and the Pacific

Holy God, help us to draw near to You with a true heart in full assurance of faith on behalf of Alliance people in Asia and the Pacific. We ask that You fill them with the knowledge of Your will and pray that from the treasures of Your glory, You will empower our colleagues with inner strength by Your Spirit. We thank You, Father, that Your Word is spreading widely and growing in power, and we pray that You will draw all peoples of this region to You (Hebrews 10:22, Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 3:16, Acts 19:20, John 12:32).

Taiwan

Pray for an Alliance national pastor, Joseph Tong, and his wife, as they go through challenging times. Pastor Tong’s mother was in an accident two months ago; his father-in-law is beginning kidney dialysis, and Pastor Tong’s wife is needed at his side. In a few weeks, the summer schedule of short-term mission teams, camps, and other activities will begin. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for the pastor to care for family and ministry responsibilities.

Europe/Middle East

Omnipotent One, do Your will through Alliance workers who are building relationships among the peoples of Europe and the Middle East. Though the mission may seem daunting, we know nothing is too difficult for You and ask that You give Your servants boldness to proclaim the gospel in the face of opposition. As they dwell together in the unity of the faith, we pray that signs and wonders will follow them, causing many more men and women to believe in You (Daniel 4:35, Genesis 18:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:2, Ephesians 4:13, Acts 4:30, Acts 5:14).

Spain

This coming weekend, May 29–June 1, Pastor Juan Zúñiga and Raymond Ebbett will visit Latino missionaries in Manchester, England, and attend the annual conference of The Alliance in the United Kingdom. Pray for productive conversations with regional Alliance leaders as they coordinate ministry efforts to Latinos in England. Pray also for the new Spanish-language church plant in London, sponsored through an Alliance church in Spain.

Rejoice for continued open doors to start churches and work with existing congregations in the Canary Islands. Pray for God’s direction and blessing as Alliance team members move forward with this church-planting project.

Latin America

O Lord, You have shown Alliance people the power of Your works in Latin America; we praise You for Your great faithfulness. For Your purpose and grace, You called our Alliance workers to a holy life and ministry, with the promise that You would never leave nor forsake them. Fulfill their hope, we pray, that their desire to see souls saved would be realized. Pour out Your Spirit on the peoples of Latin America and their descendants so they will seek after you (Psalm 111:6, Lamentations 3:23, 2 Timothy 1:9, Hebrews 13:5, Job 6:8, Isaiah 44:3).

Dominican Republic

During a recent Marriage Encounter weekend, 21 of the 39 couples that attended made commitments to Christ, either inviting Him into their lives or asking Him to be the center of their marriages. Please pray for successful follow-up cell groups with these couples and that God will increase their faith.

Praise the Lord for an edifying leadership seminar at an Alliance church last weekend, presented by the Schlehs. Pray that the participants will effectively apply the material learned and that the Lord will bless their ministry efforts.

Pray for an encouraging pastoral couples’ retreat during the first weekend in June. Pastor Efrén Grueso from Colombia will speak at this important gathering. Pray that couples will see this as a priority and make the time to attend.

North and Central Asia

Holy God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name for what You are doing through The Alliance in north and central Asia. Our colleagues see that many people are spiritually hungry, searching for meaning in their lives. O God, we pray that You will show them Your truth and set them free. As Alliance people shine the light of Jesus into the lives of lost people, we ask that You supply our colleagues’ needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus and send forth Your salvation to the peoples in these lands (1 Chronicles 29:13, Proverbs 15:14, John 8:32, Isaiah 49:6, Philippians 4:19).

UNITED STATES

Thank You, Lord, that Your great love never ceases; it endures forever. As the U.S. Alliance, we are the work of Your hand, and we trust that You are leading and holding us. Holy Spirit, we pray that You will empower us to be Your witnesses as we go and make disciples of all nations; let the nations be blessed through Your Alliance servants. As we love one another deeply, we trust that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to Your power that works in us. We pray for Your abundant blessing so that in all things, at all times, we will have all we need to abound in every good work to the glory of Your name (Lamentations 3:22, Psalm 136:1, Isaiah 64:8, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18, Galatians 3:8, 1 Peter 1:22, Ephesians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8).

Church Ministries

Camp season is coming soon; intercede for those who will attend youth, children’s, and family camps. They are located at Beulah Beach (Central District); Alliance Redwoods (Central Pacific District); Summit Grove (Eastern Pennsylvania District); Camp Rivercrest and Okoboji Bible Conference (MidAmerica District); Big Sandy and Oylen Alliance Camp (North Central); Delta Lake (Northeastern District); Dickey Lake and Yellowstone Alliance Adventures (Rocky Mountain District); Poplar Point (Southern District); Pinecrest (Southwestern District); and Edinboro, Mahaffey, and Suncrest Camps (Western Pennsylvania District).

Alliance Youth Office

Rejoice for more than 120 Alliance people that gathered in Mount Vernon, New York, to demonstrate God’s love to local residents in the recent Renew the City project. Pray for lasting spiritual impact from this outreach.

Central District

Pray for preparations for a soccer camp, July 28–August 1, at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move many participants to attend the church’s evangelistic Bible studies.

An administrator at the NEO House Church Network, an Alliance church plant in Cleveland, Ohio, is moving out of state. Pray that the Lord will provide His chosen candidate to fill this position.

Praise the Lord that a new house church in Stow, Ohio, is growing strong. Pray for God’s anointing on this work.

Hope Community Church, a new congregation in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, had a successful launch recently with approximately 500 people in attendance. Pray that visitors will be integrated into the life of this church plant.

The Envision team from Cleveland, Ohio, hosted a group of women from North Carolina and Pennsylvania. During one ministry event, a spa night for those trapped in the sex industry, five people prayed to receive Christ. Pray for the continued advancement of the Kingdom through Envision’s work.

North Central District

Please intercede for Pastor Paul Salfrank (Gateway Church in Elk River, Minnesota), who is having a second hip surgery the first week of June. Pray for a quick recovery and complete healing.

Pray for Elliott, the 14-month-old son of Pastor Nate Sickler and his wife, Megan, of Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota. Elliott will have surgery to remove a congenital cyst from his right cheek/neck. There are some factors that may complicate the procedure; please pray that it can be performed as planned and that Elliott will recover quickly and experience God’s healing touch.

The Great Commission Fund

Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please pray that God’s people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund, which sends our 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. Thank you for partnering with our workers as they share Christ’s love in some of the most spiritually dark places on earth.

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