Alliance Prayer Requests

February 23, 2015

Urgent Prayer Requests

Middle East

Continue to pray for the 51 Alliance churches throughout the Middle East that are providing practical help and spiritual care to those displaced by the Syrian civil war and the brutal ISIS advance. Pray for protection from persecution as these congregations reach out with the love of Jesus. Also, pray for Alliance teams in this region as they face escalated risks of being targeted by ISIS and other militant groups. Both Americans and Christian workers are high on the list of potential hostage targets.

Creative-Access Countries

O Lord, guide Alliance international workers in creative-access countries continually as they cross spiritual boundaries into lands where Your name is barely known. We ask that You satisfy their souls, though the fields produce no food. Fill them, Lord, like fresh springs whose waters do not fail. We intercede not only for them but also for those who will believe in You through their message. May You be glorified in these lands through the work of Your people (Isaiah 58:11, Habakkuk 3:17–19, John 17:20, 1 Peter 4:11).

An Alliance team of international workers requests prayer for protection from spiritual attack. Several key church leaders and their families seem to have been targeted; two men have had strokes, some family members were diagnosed with cancer, and there were serious injuries from a car accident. Pray for healing, strength, and peace and for protection from the enemy.

Intercede for several families involved in outreach to central Asians. Specifically, pray for the spiritual growth of believers who meet in home groups and for the salvation of several seekers who attend.

Ask for God’s wisdom and direction for a team that is planning an investigatory trip in April to a new city. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal His purposes and ministry strategies for the area.

Pray for two individuals who are considering the claims of Christ. Specifically, pray that the enemy will not be able to steal the seed planted in their hearts by Alliance workers.

Africa

Thank You, Holy Father, for drawing people to You through Alliance ministries in Africa. We intercede on behalf of our Alliance workers who serve among people living in spiritual darkness. We ask in Jesus’ name that You will render powerless the deceiver and his agents of death and despair; turn their reproach upon their own heads. Reveal Yourself to those who walk without the Light, so they will publicly declare what You have done. We pray for protection for our workers and ask that You be their shield and strength (John 12:32, Acts 19:13–20, Nehemiah 4:4, 1 Peter 2:12, Psalm 18:2).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for new believers in the Kenedougou region who have recently trusted in Christ. Also, pray for lasting impact following last week’s evangelistic campaign by the National Alliance Women.

Pray for safety and protection during construction of new church shelters in and around the Bobo district in the next two months.

Pray for a successful well-digging project for new church plants in the coming weeks.

Pray for a favorable resolution to a matter concerning a night club outside the mission property that has increasingly become a nuisance.

Rejoice that 40 people expressed a desire to learn more about Christ after seeing the JESUS film. Pray that they will put their trust in Him.

Pray for safe travel for Pete and Alice Brokopp (Envision) during speaking engagements in the United States.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Thanks to all who prayed for Ron and Ruth Julian’s visit with the Congo (Brazzaville) north and south teams last week; it was a good trip. Pray for Ruth’s safe return to Abidjan on February 24. Also, pray for Ron and his daughter Hannah, who will remain in Congo one more week to work with another non-Alliance team in northern Congo.

Pray for a good start to the second semester at FATEAC this week. Pray especially for a guest speaker who will give a presentation to students and faculty and for good understanding and application of the material.

Pray that a seminar on effective evangelism last weekend will result in strategic outreaches.

Mali

Pray that God will provide a local tenant to sublet the home of an Alliance worker couple while they are on home assignment.

Republic of the Congo

Give thanks for good meetings with the leadership team. Also, pray for wisdom in decision making during the next few months.

Intercede for Teresa Bill, who is preparing to lead Sunday school teachers in their next level of training.

Pray for safe travel and a productive time for Gary and Sharon Howell as they meet in South Africa with leaders of J-Life Africa, a nondenominational disciplemaking ministry.

Pray for Barb Sorensen as she continues her work with orphanages and prison ministries.

Pray for God’s favor for an Alliance couple in the final phase of an adoption.

Asia and Pacific

Lord, as Alliance people shine Your light into the lives of people in the Asia and Pacific Region, we pray that You will direct their steps; go before them and take up their rear guard. We pray for those to whom Alliance workers minister who are bound by ancestor worship, declaring that they are redeemed by the blood of Jesus and set free from satanic agreements. By Your Word, we intercede on behalf of our workers and all believers in this region, praying not for a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (Proverbs 3:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, Isaiah 52:12, Galatians 3:3, 2 Timothy 1:7).

Cambodia

Pray for God’s anointing on the following upcoming events: the annual prayer retreat in Phnom Penh for all Alliance international workers, March 5–6; the Khmer Evangelical Church (KEC) conference in Phnom Penh, March 24–26; and the annual KEC youth conference in Mondulkirir Province, April 1–3.

Indonesia

Pray for a full recovery for Marinus, an Alliance ministry partner, who suffered a stroke last week. His speech is slurred, and his left side is numb. Also, pray for strength and peace for his wife, Grace.

Taiwan

Pray for wisdom and guidance for more than 30 team leaders and interns who are considering serving with Envision Taiwan in the spring, summer, and fall.

Pray for a believer who has distanced himself from church. A visit to him during the Chinese New Year holidays was well received. Ask God to continue to work in the man’s heart.

Recently, a believer in an Alliance church plant brought his niece and nephew to visit so they could pray to receive Jesus. Rejoice in their salvation, and pray for their ongoing discipleship.

Pauline, the field secretary and bookkeeper, requests prayer for her brother, who is receiving chemo and radiation therapy for late-stage cancer. Pray that the family will be united and supportive of each other during this time. Also, pray for God to move in hearts as Pauline has opportunity to share Jesus with her family members.

Europe/Middle East

We are grateful, Heavenly Father, that You have opened doors to share the mystery of Christ in areas of Europe and the Middle East where people have never heard His name. We pray that You will empower Alliance workers who endeavor to reach whole communities with the gospel through various outreaches. As they touch individual lives with Your love, we pray that You will open hearts to receive Your Son. We pray as well that You will command Your angels concerning our workers, to guard them in all their ways (Colossians 4:3, Romans 10:14, Acts 1:8, John 13:34–35, Psalm 91:11).

France

Pray for preparations for the Strategic Field Review in March. Pray for wisdom and direction as French team members prepare a document that will demonstrate what God has done since the last review and what they trust Him for in the years ahead. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and vision for the team that will conduct the review.

Continue to pray for a suitable meeting place for Trinity International Church in Strasbourg. Also, pray for Karl and Janet Emerson as they lead this vibrant congregation.

Intercessors around the world will focus on France during the nation’s annual prayer campaign, February 24–April 4. Since the beginning of this prayer initiative in 2000, major changes have happened in the spiritual climate in France. Pray for continued breakthroughs this year.

Pray for revival in French congregations and especially Alliance churches. Ask the Lord to call leaders for His Church.

Spain

On February 27, pastors from most Alliance congregations in Spain will meet for a one-day retreat in Barcelona. Pray for encouragement and renewal for all attendees.

On February 28, Alliance churches in Spain will meet in Barcelona for their annual business meeting/assembly. New officers, including a president and vice president, will be elected. Pray for God’s clear guidance and a spirit of unity in the business sessions and the elections. Also, intercede for a special worship service this Friday for pastors and delegates who will attend the assembly. Pray especially for Rev. Arie Verduijn, president of the Alliance World Fellowship, who will speak during the service.

Latin America

Since 1897, when Alliance workers first began ministry in Latin America, Lord, You have been their dwelling place throughout the generations. Thank You for Alliance workers before us who entrusted Your truth to faithful men who taught others, multiplying Your Church in this region. We ask that You extend Your grace to Your people who serve there today; as they humble themselves under Your mighty hand, lift them up in Your perfect time. Open the heavens, Lord, the storehouse of Your bounty, and bless all the work of their hands (Psalm 90:1, 2 Timothy 2:2, 1 Peter 5:6, Deuteronomy 28:12).

Mexico

Pray for core-group members of a new church as they meet for fellowship, planning, and prayer. Pray for wisdom in assigning different ministry roles, based on a spiritual-gifts questionnaire. Also, pray for discernment in choosing the congregation’s name.

North and Central Asia

How thankful we are, Father, for Your patience and abounding love for the people who live in north and central Asia, not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance. Thank You for placing The Alliance in this region to demonstrate Your love in word and deed. Lead our workers, we pray, and uphold them with Your right hand. Lord, increase their opportunities to serve, that they may win as many as possible (2 Peter 3:9, Exodus 7:1, 1 John 3:18, Psalm 139:10, 1 Corinthians 9:19).

Ukraine/Russia

Continue to pray for the relationship between Ukraine and Russia and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Also, pray for those who are suffering as a result of economic instability in Ukraine. Some elderly and disabled people haven’t received their pensions for a year and are struggling to survive. Pray that an aid package en route to Ukraine will benefit those in need.

United States

Lord, like Nehemiah, we pray that Your ear will be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayers of Your servants on behalf of our nation, as we acknowledge that the United States has turned its back on You. We lift up to You the U.S. Alliance family, nearly half a million people, and ask that You have mercy on them according to your unfailing love, increase their faith, and empower them to boldly proclaim Your name among their spheres of influence. Pour out Your Spirit, O God, upon Alliance people in this country, especially youth, and fill them with a passion to go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation (Nehemiah 1:6, Psalm 123:3, Luke 17:5, Ephesians 6:19, Joel 2:28, Mark 16:15).

Native American Association

Pray for Holy-Spirit empowerment to enhance communication and fellowship among Native American churches.

Central District

Rev. Brice Payne, of the Envision site in Cleveland, Ohio, received an offer on his house in West Virginia. Pray that the sale of the house will go smoothly. Also, pray for the Payne family as they begin to search for a home in Cleveland.

Pray for financial stability and provision for the Alliance Church in Pickerington, Ohio. Pray that visitors will hear God’s call to join this congregation. Praise the Lord for a young woman who received Jesus. Pray that she will grow in her relationship with Christ.

Believers who were baptized recently at Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, will begin a discipleship program. Pray that they will grow in their faith.

Efforts to plant house churches are under way in the University Circle/Cleveland Heights area, with upcoming plans for a public launch. Pray for God’s blessing, favor, and anointing on this endeavor.

Pray for a successful 11-week marriage course at Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio. Pray specifically that participants will come to Christ and put Him at the center of their marriages.

Pray for a growing network of pastors and churches on Cleveland’s east side that are gathering for prayer and partnerships to reach their communities for Christ.

North Central District

Pray for Pastor Todd Block in Bovey, Minnesota, as he works to establish a safe house, Sweetwater Girls’ Ranch, for teenage girls rescued from sex trafficking. Also, pray for financial provision for this work.

Crossroads Alliance Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, will offer a Relational Wisdom 360 Training on February 28. Pray that this event will touch lives and promote healthy relationship building.

On February 28, Dave Manske and Stephen Jones will take 10 Crown students in an urban ministry class to visit the Central Mission church plant. Pray for them as they witness ministry first hand in urban Saint Paul. Also, pray for God’s vocational leading in their lives.

Please pray for Randy Burg, pastor of ParkSide Church in Waconia, Minnesota, who will have a cornea transplant on February 24.

Thanks to all who prayed for Nicole Porter Petersen. Her thyroid surgery went well, and she is awaiting pathology results. Pray for a good report. Also, pray that her calcium levels will reach the proper levels so she can be released from the hospital.

Western Great Lakes District

Pray for safe travel, renewal, refreshment, and encouragement for those attending the Western Great Lakes District conference taking in Bangkok, Thailand, February 26–March 6.

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