Alliance Prayer Requests
October 24, 2016
Urgent Prayer Requests
Thanks to all who prayed for Krista Ellenberger, who returned to the States for medical treatment after experiencing vision issues; it was thought that she had a detached retina. Thankfully, her retina is not detached, and she was diagnosed with a less serious issue called a posterior vitreous detachment. “We are so very happy for the Lord’s goodness,” the Ellenbergers write.
Haiti, the Caribbean, and the United States
Continue to pray for those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, whose effects are expected to be felt for months—up to a decade in some places. Pray for long-term recovery efforts and for survivors to find hope and help in Jesus.Read More
Lord God, You chose Alliance workers in creative-access countries and appointed them to go and bear fruit that will last. Please use their hands to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds so that one day every believer may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Strengthen Your servants with all power according to Your glorious might so that they may have great endurance and patience as laborers in the harvest (John 15:16; Psalm 147:3; James 1:4; Colossians 1:11).
Intercede for two female international workers and a colleague as they travel this week to a neighboring country. They will visit a women’s shelter with a vision similar to the ministry being developed in their field. Pray for safety and for wisdom in gathering needed information and insight.
Pray for God’s blessing on weekly English and local language classes for migrant workers. Specifically, pray for good relationships to develop and for spiritual discussions that will lead students to Jesus. Also, pray for lasting impact from a recent clothing giveaway for this group.
Pray for a seminar October 30–31 for female entrepreneurs on restoring relational harmony. Intercede for the presenter as she prepares content, for attendees to benefit from her expertise, and for good connections with participants that will lead to the development of future relationships. Also, pray for swift healing for the presenter, who is battling the flu.
An Alliance team will present three peacekeeping training events next month for local pastors. Please pray that their lives will be transformed through the material learned and that they will duplicate the training in churches. Currently, 31 people are registered, but there is insufficient space to accommodate them. Please pray for provision of a larger meeting place, as well as protection over this event.
Father, open the eyes of the peoples in Africa to seek the Lord and do what He commands. Your Son bore the sins of the world in His body on the tree so that those who put their trust in You might die to sins and live for righteousness. Thank You for conforming those You foreknew into the likeness of Your Son, who is the firstborn among many brothers (Zephaniah 2:3; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 8:29).
Praise the Lord for an encouraging leadership gathering in the town of Tougan. Please intercede for Joe and Maria Howard as they mentor pastors and work to promote church growth.
Pray for the Maranatha Bible Institute as the school year begins at the end of October. Also, pray that the Lord will call many of the students into full-time ministry.
Pray for complete healing for a young woman who was hospitalized with serious eye problems. Pray that she will soon be well enough to return to school.
Pray that Hope Clinic, an outreach cofounded by CAMA, will soon receive government permission to open a nursing school.
Rejoice that after a delay, new teammates obtained their visas. Pray that they will be able to keep up with language tutors until they can join regular classes in January.
A recent undertaking to translate a Christian radio program into Bambara has been completed and is currently being developed for a radio format. Pray that the project will progress well and that many listeners will tune in to hear the good news.
Praise God that two men from a Saturday afternoon gathering at a local farm attended church with one of the farm’s employees, who is a believer. “It is encouraging to see him boldly testify to those around him of God’s grace and goodness,” a Malian team member writes. Pray that the two men will come to Christ.
There have been increasing attacks in northern Mali. Pray for the security of Alliance workers and that God will open doors for their work.
Pray for safety for the many visitors arriving on the field and for team members traveling for ministry.
Thanks to all who prayed for a U.S.-appointed worker couple transitioning from a neighboring country to join the Alliance team in Mali. The family’s belongings have been released from customs. Please continue to pray for suitable housing.
Intercede for a young Guinea girl who is not responding well to cancer treatment at the Koutiala Hospital. Pray for God’s healing touch.
God, Your Word tells believers to pray for one another so that they may be healed. It also says that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. So we join Your workers in the Asia/ Pacific Region in praying for healing of that land. We know and rely on Your great love for these peoples. We ask, Lord, that You bring them access to the good news and open their hearts to accept it (James 5:16; 1 John 4:16).
Intercede for Lois Belsey, a Canadian Alliance international worker, who is on home assignment visiting churches and reporting on her ministry in Papua. Pray against bad weather during her travels and for safety on the road.
Rejoice for an inspiring missions conference at the Jaffray Bible school in Makassar! It is the first such a conference was held at the school in a long time. After the students were challenged to respond to God’s call to missions, 36 said they want to be missionaries; 28 expressed interest, and others committed to pray for this work. Pray for good follow-up of those whom the Lord is calling to serve Him.
Creator God, You cause the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and You send rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. In the same way, help Your workers in Europe and the Middle East to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. Help them to be patient and kind, and not be envious, boastful, or proud. Empower Your people in this region to have no division among them but that each person would have equal concern for one another (Matthew 5:44–45; 1 Corinthians 13:4; 1 Corinthians 12:25–27).
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! Jesus, as You have loved us, help Your workers in Latin America to also love one another and those around them. By this, all men will know that they are Your disciples. May You dwell in their hearts through faith as they become more deeply rooted and established in Your love (1 John 3:1; John 13:34–35; Ephesians 3:17).
Pray for God to provide workers to serve with Envision El Salvador, including a pastoral family or couple for the church plant (Hungry Church) and staff to assist with finances and accounting at the Envision site office.
Intercede for members of the Breath of Life church in Guadalajara this week as they take possession of their new property. Also, pray for a work team that will help to clear the land and paint the surrounding security walls.
Pray for upcoming Thanksgiving events throughout November as Alliance workers host many friends for holiday meals. Pray for opportunities to minister Christ’s love to guests and for spiritual hunger to be stirred.
North and Central Asia
Holy Spirit, let Alliance workers in north and central Asia consider how they may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Empower them to love their neighbors as themselves and to remember that love is the fulfillment of the law. Thank You that You are not slow in keeping Your promise, as some understand slowness. You are patient, not wanting anyone in this region to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (Hebrews 10:24; Romans 13:8–10; 2 Peter 3:9).
You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. May we always be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer (Psalm 86:15; Isaiah 26:8; Romans 12:12).
Alliance New England
Pray for Faith & Pistons, an outreach of South Shore Community Church in Brockton, Massachusetts, that mentors young adults in the Christian faith and provides vocational training in automobile maintenance and restoration. Pray that these practical demonstrations of Christ’s love will have lasting impact in the community.
Association of African Churches
Pray for Rev. Siyum Gebretsadik, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Specifically, pray for the association as it partners with immigrant organizations to help resettle newly arrived African families in the United States.
Rev. Jeff Miller, district superintendent, had surgery last week to repair a retinal tear in his right eye. Rejoice that the surgery went well and Jeff’s vision has improved. Continue to pray for a complete recovery.
Intercede for District Superintendent Rev. Bruce Terpstra following the recent death of his mother. Pray for peace and comfort for Bruce and his family during this difficult time.
Ohio Valley District
Pray for Rev. Ed Mangham, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Ohio and portions of Kentucky. Pray for the district as it mobilizes and empowers young leaders to engage millennials in matters of faith.
North Central District
Intercede for strong Missions Emphasis events throughout the district.
Spanish Eastern District
Please pray for complete healing for Maritza Zabel, a member of the Randolph Spanish Alliance Church, who is in a coma in the ICU.
Freddy Diaz, pastor of Iglesia ACM Bread of Life church in Kearny, New Jersey, requests prayer for his wife, Carin, who is expecting another child. Pray also for Alex, their eight-month-old, who had five cranial surgeries and has not improved. Pray for complete healing and for strength for Alex and his family.
Pray that five evangelistic home Bible studies offered through Iglesia ACM de Nutley (New Jersey) will reach lost people and that new believers will become part of the church Body.
Continue to pray for Jonathan, the 11-year-old son of District Superintendent Jorge Cuevas. Jonathan has battled an inflammatory condition in his esophagus that causes almost constant pain. It is activated by an allergen that has not been identified. Jonathan has been on restricted diet, and his quality of life has been drastically affected by the illness. Pray for complete healing as well as peace for his parents, who are heartbroken by Jonathan’s suffering.
Praise God that no Spanish Eastern District churches were seriously affected by Hurricane Matthew. Please intercede for Alliance pastors and church members who lost their homes in the storm. Ask God to meet their needs as well as those of others affected by this massive storm.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for complete healing for Chris, the adult son of Rev. C. Timothy and Sharon Miller. Chris has been in a coma and went into cardiac arrest during a recent MRI. It is unknown how much brain damage he may have sustained. Chris has been placed in medically induced hyperthermia until the inflammation subsides. Please intercede for the Millers during this very difficult time.
Empowering Alliance Ministries
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