Alliance Prayer Requests
April 25, 2016
Urgent Prayer Requests
Continue to pray for the thousands of people in Ecuador who have been affected by two strong earthquakes since April 16. Hundreds have perished, several hundred are still unaccounted for, and thousands have been injured. The Alliance church in the city of Pedernales, epicenter of the earthquake, was completely demolished. Church buildings in other towns and cities have been severely damaged. Please continue to pray:
- For those who have lost loved ones and suffered devastation
- For healing of the injured
- For the safety of those involved in rescue and recovery efforts
- For Alliance churches and their partners as they assist those around them who have been affected by the quake
Lord, we ask that the fruit of Your Spirit be evident in Your Alliance workers in creative–access countries. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self–control—against such things there is no law. Those who belong to You have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. So since they live by the Spirit, let them keep in step with the Spirit. Thank You for the spiritual armor You give Your people so that they can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. May they be continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22–25; Ephesians 6:11; Acts 13:52).
Dear God, to better test and approve what is Your good, pleasing, and perfect will, empower Alliance workers in Africa not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. As nationals put their trust in Christ, see to it that no one takes Your disciples captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth (Romans 12:2; Colossians 2:8; John 17:17).
Please pray for comfort for Alice Brokopp and her extended family, who are grieving the recent passing of her uncle.
Praise the Lord for a positive response to an orality training workshop held for female Christian leaders throughout the country. Pray for effective use of storytelling to share the gospel. Also, intercede for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they travel during the next few weeks to conduct upcoming orality workshops.
Pray for the upcoming Poundou Bible School graduation and for God’s wisdom in the placement of new pastors and their wives in Alliance churches.
Pray for many believers being baptized in the village of Sifarasso. Pray also for Toby and Kiersten Hull and their ongoing mentorship ministry to church leaders.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Pray for a Holy–Spirit anointing on Deanna Harrison. On Friday, she will speak about prayer at the C&MA Pastors’ Wives’ Prayer Retreat. Pray for safe travel and good health for participants at this event, which begins Thursday and ends Sunday. Pray that it will be an encouragement to attendees and that the teaching will promote spiritual growth and facilitate their local church ministries.
Pray for FATEAC professors, staff, and students, including Issiaka Coulibaly, president of the seminary, and international workers Randy and Deanna Harrison and Ruth Julian during the remaining six weeks of the semester.
Pray for preparations for the FATEAC Symposium, to be held the third week in May. Pray for speakers as they finish their presentations and for timely publication of last year’s presentations. Pray too for smooth coordination with two other African seminaries involved and that invited guests representing various professions will be available to participate.
Thanks to all who prayed about insurance payments owed to Bongolo Hospital. The insurance company has paid part of the bill. Praise the Lord! “There is still a long way to go to get caught up, but this will give us some breathing room,” writes Eric Hofman, who serves as the hospital’s bookkeeper.
The Hofmans’ yard worker, Nicolas, and his wife, Evelyne, a nurse at Bongolo Hospital, recently lost almost all of their possessions in a devastating house fire. Please pray for comfort and provision and that their faith will remain strong amid this trial.
Pray for complete healing for Wendy, Eli, and Hannah Hofman, who have suffered from what is likely a viral rash for the past month.
Republic of the Congo
Praise the Lord that Teresa Bill has recuperated well from shingles with only residual discomfort. Please pray for Teresa and her husband, Dave, as they return to Oyo to conclude their ministries and pack for home assignment in two months.
Pray for the safety of the Congolese people, Alliance international workers, and their national church colleagues during the post–election transition.
The new head of the copyright protection office is attempting to impose an annual tax on all nonprofit Christian radio stations. Please intercede for the director of RSM, the C&MA’s station, who will appear before authorities next week to protest this tax. The recently repaired antenna has made the signal clearer, and broadcasts have reached further than before. “We believe this is a tool God provided to disseminate orality stories that we are recording,” write the Bellamys. Pray that He will provide the director with good legal counsel and divine wisdom for the court appearance. Also, pray that this attempt of the enemy to stop God’s Word from being broadcast will be foiled and that the official seeking to impose the tax will have a life–changing encounter with the Lord.
Asia and Pacific
Father, encourage Your Alliance servants in the Asia and Pacific Region as they do their best to present themselves to You as people approved, workmen who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth. Then may Your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus. They’ve set apart in their hearts Christ as Lord; prepare them to give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have. And may they do this with gentleness and respect (2 Timothy 2:15; Philippians 4:7–8; 1 Peter 3:15).
Rejoice for a kids’ soccer ministry that was recently started. Pray too for committee members coordinating this outreach as they meet monthly to plan the competitions.
Intercede for a Bible–quizzing event for youth from the Khmer Evangelical Church in Phnom Penh (the Cambodia C&MA national church) this Saturday. Pray that this new ministry will cultivate a deeper hunger for God’s Word among participants.
Pray for safe travel for Syna Lao and David Manfred, who will be in the States April 30–May18 to attend meetings and visit their families. Also, pray for energy and good time management for Syna and her husband, Soeuth, as they prepare for home assignment in early June.
Translation work continues in Papua in the Damal and Ngalik languages. Pray for good health and spiritual protection for national translation team members and perseverance to complete the task.
Please pray for Dan and Tammy Wisley, who are on home assignment. Their son, Ransom, will visit them May 28 after a semester in Papua; he will travel alone for the first time. Pray that he will be coherent amid all the travel logistics and for ease in flight connections. The family will return to Papua in late July.
Pray for Lois Belsey and Mary McElhone, who have busy schedules prior to departing for home assignment in mid–May. Pray for wisdom in communication, safe travel to several interior areas of Papua, good health, and optimal flying weather.
Intercede for two church plants in rural, low–income areas that are reaching out to working–class Taiwanese. Pray that God will call, equip, and provide for Taiwanese pastors to lead Amazing Grace Church and BaoZhong Church, which are currently being led by international workers.
Renew the strength, Lord, of those in Europe and the Middle East who hope in You. Your Word says they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. As the ruler of all things, You give wealth and honor. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. We ask for Your provision of these things for Your workers. Thank You that they have nothing to fear, for You are with them, nor should they be dismayed, for You are their God. Strengthen them and help them. Uphold them with Your righteous right hand (Isaiah 40:31; 1Chronicles 29:12; Isaiah 41:10).
Pray for Alliance international workers, their national colleagues, and local believers as they demonstrate Christ’s love to the refugees flooding into Europe. Also, please intercede for those who are most vulnerable on this journey, including women, children, and the elderly. Pray that God will continue to use this humanitarian crisis to draw many people to Himself.
Please pray for new Jesus followers in a village where there is opposition to Christianity. Recently, a delegation of local religious leaders approached a believer who owns a business. They threatened a boycott of his store if he doesn’t renounce Christ. Other believers are facing persecution of various kinds. Pray that they will stand strong in their faith and that their example will lead others to Jesus.
This Friday, the Alliance national church in Spain will celebrate a milestone: the first graduation ceremony of its Bible institute in Madrid. Ten students, many of whom already are involved in pastoral ministry, will graduate from the four–year program; pray that the ceremony will be a great encouragement to them. Intercede as well for the guest speaker, Rev. Arie Verduijn, president of the Alliance World Fellowship.
In August the C&MA’s Bethany House training center in Alicante, Spain, will hold its second intensive summer missions course for young people from across Spain and Western Europe. Critical renovations must be done on the main building in the next few months. Please pray for God’s timely provision of needed funds and that the work will be completed on schedule.
Praise the Lord for eight additional international workers and interns who have been approved for Spain! All are expected to arrive this summer or fall. Please pray for smooth processing of visa applications.
Surely You, God, are our salvation; we will trust and not be afraid. You are our strength and our song; You have become our salvation. Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown in Latin America are the desire of our hearts (Isaiah 12:2; Isaiah 26:8).
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for Dr. Walter Perez, who is teaching Christology in the Gospels, April 23–27 in Lima, Peru.
Pray for Dr. Miguel Angel Palomino, who is in Spain to participate in the first graduation ceremonies at INFORMA Bible Institute. Pray for God’s anointing as he preaches in several churches.
Intercede for complete healing for Tim Greenfield’s mother, who is in the ICU in Ames, Iowa. Due to post–surgery complications, Tim traveled to be with her and the family. Pray for a good visit and safe travel home.
Praise God! Members of Breath of Life, a C&MA church plant, celebrated their one–year anniversary recently with 140 people in attendance. Pray for the congregation’s continued growth.
North and Central Asia
Lord, You are before all things, and in You all things hold together. We pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen Your servants in north and central Asia with power through Your Spirit in their inner being. May Christ dwell in the peoples’ hearts through faith, and may they be rooted and established in Your love. Your grace is sufficient. Your power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, may Your children boast all the more gladly about their weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on them. For when we are weak, then we are strong (Colossians 1:17; Ephesians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 12:9–10).
Jesus, strengthen us to watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation. For we know that the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. Help us to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Wash us, and we will be whiter than snow (Matthew 26:41; Romans 12:9; Psalm 51:7).
Pray for the following District Conferences: South Pacific, April 25–27; Midwest, April 25–27; and Central Pacific, April 25–27.
Alliance Northwest District
Hope Church, a new congregation in Oak Harbor, Washington, is touching lives with Christ’s love. The pastor, Rev. Matthew Erickson, and his wife, Stephanie, thought their mission field would be the many Navy families in the area. However, God continues bringing people with special needs to the church. Pray for mature believers and leaders to support this ministry and be light in their community.
God is doing great things at Christ Community Church in University Heights, Ohio! Initially, the church plant met in homes, but the Lord provided a more permanent, spacious location for worship services. Pray for the many ministries reaching into the community, including basketball leagues that the church sponsors. Besides providing an activity for local teens, the league focuses on building character and sharing Christ.
Pray for more leaders to serve at a Saturday or Sunday night house church based out of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio.
Rejoice with members of Capon Bible Fellowship (Capon Bridge, West Virginia) for their new building. Pray that God will provide needed funds to transfer electric service to the church’s name.
Praise the Lord for a recent church planters’ assessment center gathering. God moved in tangible ways as presenters worked with several couples who have a burden to reach the lost in their communities.
Eastern Pennsylvania District
Pray that students will unplug from everyday routines and reflect on who they are in Christ during the district youth retreat, April 29–May 1.
Great Lakes District
Pray for the Great Commission Women’s retreat, April 29–May 1. Pray for Holy Spirit empowerment as participants seek God’s will for their lives.
Native American Association
Pray for Zane Williams, association president, as he ministers to the communities of 10 association churches in three geographic districts. Pray for other districts to come alongside in the task of planting more Native American churches.
Also, pray for Zane as he and his siblings travel to be with their mother, who is quite ill. Pray that Zane will be a godly example to his family and friends and be able to spend quality time with his mother until God calls her home.
North Central District
Praise God for an encouraging, productive district and prayer conference last week. Church leaders enjoyed worship and fellowship, were challenged to grow in Christ, and conducted business as well.
Rev. Adriaan and his wife Diana (Crossroads Alliance, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota) request prayer for their adult son, Anthony. They praise God that Anthony experienced His grace and peace after his wife’s passing. Pray that God will help him to rediscover his purpose and mission as he adjusts to life on his own.
Pray for Rob Snow, program director at Big Sandy Camp and Conference Center, and his wife, Beth, as they deal with a difficult, complicated pregnancy. Baby Noah has been given a less than 1–percent chance of survival outside the womb. Pray for strong lung development and healing, as well as peace for Rob and Beth.
Retired pastor Rev. Phil Ronzheimer and his wife, Mary Ellen, have opened their home to provide hospitality to ministry couples. Pray that God will use the Ronzheimers to bless families that need encouragement and time away. Also, pray for Mary Ellen, who will have a total hip replacement May 16. Pray that she will be pain–free and able to resume her two–mile walk route.
Rocky Mountain District
Pray for Rev. Jonathan Wiggins, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Pray that God will ignite a new passion for Jesus among participants at the Wyoming Alliance area men’s retreat, April 29–May 1.
The Alliance Southeast District
Pray for God’s comfort and peace for Rev. Chuck Hughes and family after the recent death of his mother.
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