Alliance Prayer Requests
October 20, 2014
Urgent Prayer Requests
After much prayerful deliberation, leaders of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance (The Alliance) made the difficult decision to temporarily withdraw all personnel from Guinea, West Africa, for several months to better assess long-term implications regarding staff location and ministry. This decision was reached based on the current realities regarding the rapid spread of the Ebola virus. Read More
Continue to pray for peace in Ferguson, Missouri, where police arrested more than 50 people last Monday in a series of protests in the St. Louis area, “staged to draw attention to police violence more than two months after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager in a local suburb,” according to a report by Reuters.
Amid the turmoil, Alliance pastor Mike Robinson of dEstiny Family Church and other area clergy members have sought to bring peace to the community by sharing Christ’s love with people they meet on the streets. Pray for healing for residents of Ferguson, specifically those in the Canfield area, the site of the shooting. Pray for protection for Mike, his congregation, and their ministry partners in this volatile situation. Also, pray that dEstiny Family Church will be a catalyst for long-term change within the greater St. Louis area.
Praise God for recent progress in combating the Ebola virus in Africa. According to a report by Reuters, s“The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola on Monday after a 42-day period with no new cases, a success story for African nations struggling to contain the virus.”
Also, Reuters reports that 43 people “who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared of twice-daily monitoring after showing no symptoms during the 21-day incubation period, the [Texas] state health department said.”
- for healing of all those infected by the virus
- for a successful, cost-effective cure
- for provision, comfort, and care for children who have lost parents to Ebola
- for more aid workers and relief agencies to answer the call to assist in affected areas
- for protection of Alliance workers in Africa as they demonstrate Christ’s love amid this humanitarian crisis
- for wisdom for Alliance leaders in decision making
- for God to use this situation to draw people to Himself
Pray for an end to multiple conflicts in the Middle East, including Iraq, where thousands have fled persecution and genocide from Islamic State militants. Pray for God’s intervention as well as protection of Alliance workers, their partner agencies, and national believers. Also, pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people who live amid the violence and for lasting peace through the power of the gospel.
Although not breaking news, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues. Please pray
- for safety and protection for people living in battle zones
- for members of the Alliance national partner church as they house, feed, and clothe those fleeing to Russia
- For Christian workers to be able to continue ministry in this region despite tensions with the West
- For refugees to be drawn to Jesus through the love demonstrated by His people
Increasingly, Alliance international workers are moving to lands that have little access to the gospel. Pray that God will open doors “to proclaim the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:5). Pray, too, that the Lord will prepare hearts to receive His truth.
Pray for favor for a congregation that is seeking a building permit. Also, pray for needed resources for construction.
Lift up a couple who are teaching at an international school and conducting English ministries for one year. Pray for a good adjustment to the culture and that friendships they develop will make an impact on the Kingdom of God. Also, pray for several international workers involved in English ministries as they develop relationships and seek to share the gospel.
Pray for wisdom and direction as Alliance international workers seek a new location for a community center.
Pray for two people who recently received Christ through the ministry of a house church. Pray that they will grow in their faith and persevere amid challenges.
Join Alliance workers in praying for the ministry in the Sifirasso area, where people are coming daily from surrounding communities to learn about Jesus. Sunday morning worship services draw hundreds of people, with many new professions of faith each week. Healing and deliverance ministries are vital to the work here. Pray against attacks of the enemy, who has kept people in bondage for so long. Pray for protection for the believers as well as the pastor’s family.
Pray for God’s blessing and empowerment on the ongoing ministry of Christian radio stations to proclaim the gospel to unreached people.
Pray for the work of the Burkina Alliance’s Christian high schools. Lycee Maranatha has more than 1,000 students enrolled this year. Also, 50 students are attending new Orodara Christian High School.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Praise God for the safe arrival of all students from Guinea and for His blessing on opening activities, including a spiritual retreat, the inaugural worship service, and welcoming banquets.
Praise God that Deanna Harrison turned in the rough draft of her doctoral thesis. Pray for His blessing on her ongoing work.
Pray for God’s anointing on Randy and Deanna Harrison, Jeter Livingston, and Ruth Julian as they prepare for and teach classes.
Ask God to bless a FATEAC staff and faculty retreat, October 24–26.
Pray for safe travel for Ron Julian as he returns to Côte d’Ivoire this week after his speaking ministry in the United States.
Praise God that Elisabeth Livingston Cox’s baby has reached 30 weeks’ gestation. Pray for the tumor to shrink and for his lungs to grow.
Pray for a speedy recovery for Steve Straw, who underwent gallbladder surgery on October 14.
Chad and Nicole Clason’s seven-year-old daughter, Anika, has been battling a severe cough for more than a month and recently had difficulty breathing. Pray for God’s healing touch.
Republic of the Congo
Praise God for a good Sunday school teacher training that was held on Saturday. Pray as those attending put all of the teaching into practice.
Intercede for Pastor Paul Little as he undergoes surgery in Ontario, Canada.
Ask God to provide needed funds so construction of the Good Samaritan church building can continue. Preparations are under way to pour the foundation for the second story, where the pastor and his family will live.
Pray for Alliance international workers as they seek to identify committed Christians whom God is calling to minister in northern Congo.
Pray for God to provide housing for Gary and Sharon Howell. Also, pray for His blessing on their work among the youth in Alliance churches.
Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Chandra Bill, who will work with her parents in Oyo.
The rainy season this year was less than half the length of a normal one. This has affected crops, which will raise the cost of food. Pray for God’s provision for those most impacted by this situation.
Asia and Pacific
Don Kramer’s father passed away last week. Praise God that he received Jesus in his final weeks on earth. Pray for the family during this time, especially for two siblings who carry most of the responsibility for funeral details.
Pray for lay workers to join in the Taiwanese and Vietnamese ministry with the Dangs and the You Chang Church in southern Taiwan.
Praise God for A-Ywe’s baptism last Sunday. She is the wife of the first man baptized from Sihhu Alliance Church. Pray that as a couple, they will demonstrate Christ’s love to their extended family as they mature together in Him.
Pray for Alliance international workers as they gather this week for their annual Field Forum. Mitch and Elaine Schultz of Fruitful Vine Ministries are the speakers. Pray for the Schultzes as well as the team of workers.
Pray for revival to come to the French church. Pray especially that Alliance churches will experience refreshing from God’s hand. Ask the Lord to send workers into this His harvest field.
Presently, three French Alliance churches are in need of pastors. Within the next three to four years, three other congregations will need pastoral leadership. Pray for God’s provision.
Pray for volunteers to help with the youth work at the Freischwimmer church and Berliner Freiraum, a ministry center.
Praise the Lord for approval to establish an Envision site in Málaga, Spain. This will facilitate the ministry of short-term teams and also strengthen the work of a ministry to women. Pray for the Lord’s leading and timing in the arrival next year of additional international workers who will supervise this ministry.
Pray for a new family from Canada, who will arrive in Spain on October 28. Join them in praying for a good transition.
This week, the field will host U.S. and Canadian Alliance leaders during a Strategic Review of the overall ministry in Spain. Pray for the Lord’s direction and spiritual discernment as the team reviews where the Lord has been at work and where He would like to lead the field in the future; there are many new doors opening for ministry.
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for Dr. Miguel Palomino as he teaches the course Ministry to Latino Immigrants this week in Lima, Peru.
Pray for a successful launch to a new online course, Crosscultural Church Planting in the Urban Setting, taught by Dr. Fred Smith.
Continue to pray for sufficient income to meet FATELA’s expenses.
North and Central Asia
As winter approaches, pray for God’s provision for a young church facing many economic struggles.
Pray for Kim Vincent and Janice Rants in Church Ministries, as they travel overseas for a short-term missions trip. Pray for safety, good health, and opportunities to share Christ’s love.
Pray for Craig Smith as his surgeons consider a date for his twenty-third surgical procedure to address pain in his left sciatic nerve. Craig will need to undergo various cardiovascular tests, lab work, and X-rays before he can be approved for surgery. Once he receives clearance, pray that a surgery date will be scheduled soon and for a successful operation. Also, pray for Craig’s father, Ray, as he undergoes chemotherapy for a sarcoma. Pray for minimal side effects and that the cancerous tumor in his chest wall will shrink so it can be surgically removed.
Pray for Rev. Gordon Meier, pastor emeritus at Hope Church in Brunswick, Ohio, as he recovers from a recent surgery. The procedure went well, but the recovery is expected to be difficult. Pray for good pain management and God’s peace as Gordon continues his battle with this disease.
Pray that attendees of Christ Community Church in Shaker Height, Ohio, will remain Kingdom-focused as they navigate an upcoming transition.
Pray for an Apple Fest block party on October 26 at Crowded House Church Network in Newark, Ohio. Pray that this will be an opportunity for church members to connect with neighbors, build relationships, and advance God’s Kingdom in their neighborhood.
Recently, a young man in the Central District received Christ after Alliance church members prayed for him. Pray for the man’s wife, who has been resistant to the gospel.
Central Pacific District
Continue to pray for Rev. Ed Kwong, former pastor at San Jose Christian Alliance Church. After suffering an aneurysm in July, Ed was admitted to the hospital, because he has been unresponsive with lethargy and a low grade fever. Pray that doctors will determine the source of these symptoms and for God’s healing touch on Ed. Also, pray for peace for the Kwong family.
Doug Grogan is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, October 21, to repair a torn rotator cuff and other injuries sustained when he fell down the stairs in August. Doug’s request is that the surgeon can repair the shoulder so a shoulder replacement will not be necessary. It is anticipated this will be outpatient surgery, so prayers for Peggy are appreciated as she cares for Doug at home.
Pray for an upcoming spiritual growth weekend for youth at Sunnyside Alliance Church in Secretary, Maryland.
Continue to pray for John Soper, lead pastor at Ridgeway Alliance Church, White Plains, New York, as he recovers from bypass surgery. Specifically, pray for good pain management and for complete healing of his heart.
South Atlantic District
Pray for the 2014 middle school retreat, October 24–26, at Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) Christian Center. Pray that the teens will grow in their faith as they spend time in worship, Bible study, and fellowship.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for JOLT 2014, a junior high retreat in Erie, Pennsylvania, October 24–26. Pray that participants will mature in their journey with Christ.
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