Alliance Prayer Requests
October 5, 2015
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).
Pray for an Alliance team as it restructures some of its ministries. Pray for members as they seek God’s direction and plan for the future. Also, pray for lasting spiritual impact from their labors and encouragement while serving in a difficult place.
Pray that God will draw many interested people to a Sunday evening English club for central Asians and that fruitful relationships will develop. Pray for the international worker who prepares lessons for the group, which grew from 5 to 16 people in two weeks. Pray for connections with students to deepen as facilitators seek to share God’s truth.
Pray for God’s anointing on international workers as they prepare for an October 10 women’s outreach. Pray also for a national Christian woman who will share her testimony.
Intercede for a national believer who is serving the Lord full time and faces opposition from his family members. Praise the Lord that he was able to share his testimony with them recently. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to the truth and they will receive Jesus.
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 continue to intercede for the political situation in Burkina. “We are cautiously optimistic,” Alliance workers write. The interim government has been reinstated, but the situation is still tenuous. Pray that elections will soon take place and that Christ’s peace will reign.
Some time ago, the Alliance family prayed for “E,” a young woman who was beaten and left for dead by a family she was given to in marriage. After a pastor took her in, Alliance team members raised funds so E could complete her high-school education. She has since returned to the home of her father, a member of the majority religion. Praise God that E clearly heard the gospel and experienced Christ’s love. Continue to pray that God will speak to her and draw her to Himself.
Praise the Lord for the dedication of the Orodara High School. Pray for Alliance international workers as they invest in this community and create gospel access for those outside of Christ.
Pray for Joe and Maria Howard, who were scheduled to return this week to Burkina Faso but have experienced several flight cancellations; pray for God’s intervention. Also, pray for a spiritual awakening among the Bozo people whom they serve.
Pray for a pastor’s wife who was diagnosed with cancer. Pray that the Lord will intervene miraculously to bring complete healing.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Praise God for Ron Julian’s and Robin Dirks’s productive trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They had good meetings last week with the Alliance church leadership there and sensed God’s leading during their visit. We praise God for the godly men and women leading this church. Pray for Dr. Mabiala Kenzo in his responsibilities as president of the church.
Praise God for a good start to the academic year at FATEAC. The community had a good retreat two weeks ago and a good start to the semester classes this past week. Pray for Randy and Deanna Harrison, Ruth Julian, and other professors in their teaching responsibilities. Pray also for the students.
Pray for Issiaka Coulibaly, seminary president, as he is in the United States speaking at missionary conferences with Jeter Livingston. Pray for health and strength for him and for God’s anointing in his speaking. Pray for his wife and two children while he is away.
Praise God for Renée Valach’s good recovery from dengue hemorrhagic fever. “I am so thankful for everyone who prayed for me at each step along the way,” Renée writes. Pray for ongoing good health for Renée and her teammates at Bongolo Hospital, many of whom have battled illnesses and other health issues recently.
Also, pray for Renée as she prepares for a recertification exam in internal medicine at the end of October.
Rejoice that the number of new Ebola cases in Guinea has been dramatically reduced! Continue to pray for all who were affected by the virus, including people who lost loved ones and those who lost their livelihoods while they were in treatment centers. Pray too for Alliance international workers and CAMA team members as they minister Christ’s love to the hurting.
Pray that calm and peace will prevail during October 11 elections.
Pray for a quick recovery for Jaynee Walker’s broken toe.
Asia and the Pacific
Father, encourage Your Alliance servants in the Asia and the 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).
Intercede for Fungyee Lam and Don and Rachel Kramer, currently on home assignment. Pray for an anointed ministry in churches as they communicate the need for gospel access for all peoples as well as the needs in Taiwan. Pray that God will challenge their listeners to engage in the Great Commission.
Pray for the success of the Sihhu church plant and it leaders, Pastor and Mrs. Tong. Pray that they will daily rely on God and that He will bless their ministries with lasting Kingdom impact.
Pray for Alliance churches in Taiwan as they prepare for special evangelistic outreaches during the Christmas season, a time when many Taiwanese are open to attending such events. Pray for God’s clear leading for pastors and international workers during this time of planning.
Envision workers request prayer for the father of Miki, Envision’s coffee shop manager. He recently had a high-risk operation and is quite ill in the hospital. Please pray for complete healing as well as God’s peace for Miki.
The Aroma Church (Envision) praises God for a miraculous healing. Jimmy, a worship team member, received word that his dad had only two days to live. Since then, his father made a dramatic improvement and is recovering well. Rejoice for this answer to prayer, and pray for ongoing good health for Jimmy’s dad.
Pray for Debbie Vik’s safe travel to the United States at the end of October.
Praise God for increased Sunday worship attendance at Mahapawn Living Water Church in Mahachai and for several Thai people who have come to faith in Jesus. Pray for members of the Evangelism Explosion team, who have visited new contacts weekly. One woman who received a visit wants to follow Jesus, but her husband and family oppose her decision. Another individual is quite interested in the Lord, but something is holding her back from receiving Him as Savior. Continue to pray that God will use this ministry to advance His Kingdom in Mahachai.
Ed and Sue Danneker, along with a team from the Mahapawn Living Water Church, continue to intercede and engage in prayer walks in Baan Paeo, where they will plant a new church. Praise God that Nun, whom the Dannekers met during an earlier prayer walk, has come to Jesus. Pray that as Sue disciples Nun, she will grow strong in faith. “Pray that God will continue to lead us to the people He has already begun to draw to Himself,” the Dannekers request.
Intercede for Janice Quinlan, who resumed her role as field director.
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; 1 Chronicles 29:12; Isaiah 41:10).
Pray that God will provide a visible, accessible, affordable, and multifunctional facility for the Bordeaux-Mérignac Alliance Church. Pray for Todd and Terri Althaus as they lead this church plant.
Give thanks that Eglise Protestante Internationale, a seven-year-old church in a suburb of Toulouse, recently purchased its building after a three-year process. This young church, the first new one in the community in approximately 800 years, is led by Brad and Tina Reynolds, presently on home assignment. Pray for their protection, anointing, and empowerment as they tour U.S. Alliance churches.
Pray for God to call pastoral leaders for French Alliance congregations and for revival to come to the Church in France.
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 good interaction between students and Dr. Fred Smith, who is teaching an online course called Acts of the Apostles: Church Development.
Pray for good enrollment in the class Urban Sociology and Spirituality, to be taught soon in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru.
Pray for Dr. Milton Martinez as he teaches Eschatology in the Old Testament next week in Bogota, Colombia.
Pray for divine enabling for FATELA’s administrators: Dr. Miguel Angel Palomino, rector; Dr. Francisco Cerron, academic dean; and Dr. Alex Fajardo, director of online courses.
Pray that hearts and lives will be touched during the October 10 Women’s Encounter in Guadalajara, and pray also for Janice Greenfield as she coordinates this event.
Breath of Life, a five-month-old church plant, started a weekly Bible study on Colossians. One group meets in the church, and three others meet in homes. Pray that as attendees study the Word, they will grow spiritually in Christ.
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).
Pray for a training school for bi-vocational house church leaders that started recently.
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 Atlantic, October 12–14; Metropolitan, October 19–21; and Mid-Atlantic, October 26–28.
Pray a full recovery for Dr. Richard Bush, director for Ministry Coaching, who is recovering from a severe bacterial infection; he is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days. Pray too for God’s perfect peace during this time.
Pray for wisdom for members of Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as they plan their basketball outreach.
Praise the Lord that Restoration Church (Amherst, Ohio) is connecting with numerous people who need Jesus. Pray that many will become His disciples in the coming months.
Pray for Rev. Alan Brown and members of Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church as they develop a texting ministry. Alan plans to send daily Bible passages to people, along with some simple questions. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide this new outreach and that people will be drawn to God’s Word.
Pray for Melissa MacDonald, Children’s Disciplemaking Ministries specialist, as she speaks at the Church Ministries Leaders Conference, October 8–9, in Riverside, California. As attendees gather, pray that they will receive personal encouragement, soul care, and opportunities to connect with other leaders and learn new ministry skills.
Pray for Men on a Mission, a retreat at Summit Grove Camp, October 8–10, in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. It will be a work—and worship—weekend as attendees complete various projects at the camp during the day and then gather for worship and a devotional message in the evenings. Pray that the Lord will bless the work of their hands and that hearts will be transformed to the glory of God.
Pray for Called Ones, a retreat for all ages sponsored by district missionaries, senior pastors, and youth pastors for the purpose of advancing God’s Kingdom, October 11–12 at Lewisburg Alliance Church. Pray that God will use this time to affirm His will to those who sense a call to full-time vocational ministry.
North Central District
Pray for district church-planting couples as they meet October 12–14 for a retreat. Ken and Jane Burg will be the speakers; pray for them as they seek to usher attendees into God’s presence. Also, pray for refreshment and renewal as participants worship, pray, and support and nurture one another.
Praise God for safety and provision for Kyle and Molly Magstadt, team leaders at the Central Mission in St. Paul, Minnesota. They suffered a large kitchen fire, requiring them to move out of their house. Insurance is assisting them in cleanup and replacing destroyed items. Pray for the family during the next several weeks as they live in a hotel until their home is ready.
The churches in Cloquet, Minnesota, including C&MA Rock Worship Center, have been regularly connecting for combined prayer and outreach events. Pray for a spirit of unity among these congregations and a deep passion for the lost in their city.
Pray for Steve and Beth Hammer as they lead groups of ministry couples throughout the district using Emotionally Healthy Leader materials. God is using this tool to promote victory and growth among these couples on many levels. Pray for continued and lasting impact.
Rocky Mountain District
Pray for more than 170 official workers and spouses gathering in Bozeman, Montana, for Ignite, October 5–8. Pray for God’s anointing on the speaker, Rev. Doug Stolhand from Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Pray for the district women’s retreat, October 9–11. Pray for open hearts and minds and a good time of fellowship with the Lord and each other.
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Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please ask 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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