Alliance Prayer Requests

July 21, 2014

Urgent Requests

Middle East

Continue to pray for peace in Iraq, where troops representing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continue to advance from the Syrian border toward Baghdad. According to a report from CNN, as many as 52 Christian families have reportedly fled Mosul rather than pay a tax or face death. Alliance staff members in the Middle East are monitoring security issues. Many people have been displaced, and congregations in cities further from the conflict have been ministering to believers who had to flee their homes. Pray for God’s provision and protection and for His purposes to be realized.

Pray for God’s intervention in Israel and Gaza, where tensions continue to escalate with continued rocket attacks and killings. Alliance workers are safe, and they are monitoring the situation to ensure ongoing security as they share the light of Christ. Pray for lasting peace through the power of the gospel. Pray, too, for protection of believers and that they will demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness.

Creative-Access Countries

Remember creative-access country (CAC) workers around the world. Pray for protection, good health, and opportunities to share the good news. Pray that contacts will be drawn to Jesus. Pray that God will break down strongholds and give courage and boldness to national believers.

Pray for complete healing for Wes, who is suffering from a serious infection that has caused intense pain, fever, and chills. Pray for God’s intervention as well as wisdom for the doctors.

Pray for divine protection, encouragement, and perseverance for a worker couple and their children, who have experienced severe trials and tribulation recently.

Africa

Burkina Faso

Pete and Alice Brokopp (Envision) request prayer for their son, Sammy, who is suffering from a bacterial infection. Also, pray that the rest of the family will not become ill.

Pray for Toby and Kiersten Hull as they transition back to Burkina Faso following home assignment. Pray that the Lord will clearly direct where they should focus their ministry efforts.

Praise the Lord that two young female prisoners accepted Christ. Pray that they will grow in their faith.

Pray for God’s blessing on a seminar for pastors’ children this week. Pray that it will be an encouragement to the youngsters.

Pray for an outreach planned for the village of Koumbia this week. Pray that many women will attend a food fortification seminar during this event.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Thanks to all who prayed for a preaching engagement by Ron Julian in Abidjan. He sensed God’s leading in his preparation and preaching. Also, continue to pray for Ron and Ruth as they oversee renovations to their new apartment. They hope to move during the first week of August. Pray for successful shipping of their belongings.

Pray for Laura Livingston who will go to Burundi, East Africa, on Wednesday for a children’s camp, where she will participate in trauma healing sessions. Pray that God will prepare the children’s hearts for the work He wants to do. Pray for Laura’s safe travel, for good health, and for the filling of the Holy Spirit as she interacts with the children and other staff members.

Pray for Randy and Deanna Harrison as they prepare for their daughter’s wedding in early August and return to Côte d’Ivoire in mid-August.

Gabon

The autoclave, a machine sterilizes instruments before surgery, at the Bongolo Hospital eye clinic is in need of repair. Pray that it can be fixed or replaced so surgeries may continue.

Pray for safe travel for Bongolo Hospital nursing students who are returning from or leaving for vacation.

Mali

Pray for God’s intervention concerning land for the Bamako Ministry Center. The property that the church received from the government has been designated for another use. The congregation may request another parcel of land but most likely will have to pay for it, necessitating additional funds than those needed for the building. Pray for God’s provision.

Praise God for good attendance at an “English Experience” hosted by the Salem (Oregon) Alliance Church group at Go Global Mali. Since then the students have been more open with Alliance international workers and have asked many questions. Pray that God will use these discussions to draw the students to Himself.

Pray for JP and Judy Schultz, who arrived this week to join the Bamako team. Pray for a smooth transition to life in Mali and a good beginning to language study.

Pray for Krista Ellenberger, who will return to the States this week to help her son get transition to college. Later, she will begin her speaking tour. Pray for safe travel and an anointing for ministry.

Pray for safe travel for a couple who is visiting with the Roeddings and who will depart for Guinea on Wednesday afternoon. Pray that God will clearly show this couple where He wants them to serve.

Praise God that the landlord of the Rahab Center’s building has agreed that the staff can remain there until the end of the year. Pray for provision of a new location next year.

Asia and Pacific

Cambodia

Pray for good health for Judy Johns’ parents. Specifically, pray that her mother’s memory will not deteriorate further. Also, pray for salvation of the Martins’ extended family members.

Pray for the logistics in preparing the classrooms/facilities of NewHope School for the fall semester. Also, pray for wisdom and insight for a teachers’ training program, which Judy Johns is coordinating.

Continue to pray for Borey, a seriously ill patient for whom the Alliance family was asked to pray recently. After receiving medical care in a Battambang clinic, Borey returned home and began having seizures again. His family decided to take him to another doctor. Pray for a miraculous healing and that he will return to the Lord.

Indonesia

Pray for unhindered progress in the translation of the Damal Old Testament by John and Helen Ellenberger and Rev. Timothy Birdshooter. Timothy struggles with some health issues; pray for complete healing. Pray for divine wisdom and protection in the translation process.

Patty Jordan is grateful for the opportunity to minister to a friend from the majority population, who requested prayer for deliverance. She continues to be troubled; pray for complete freedom in Christ.

Pray for responsive hearts at an upcoming youth retreat in West Kalimantan. Pray for protection and unity among committee members and others involved in preparations. Also, pray for safe travel and smooth logistics for Barry Jordan, who will minister at the event.

Pray for preparations for a youth retreat sponsored by the GKII (C&MA) church in Papua at the end of July in Sentani. Pray for God’s Spirit to work powerfully during this event.

Praise God for a successful Team Joshua youth retreat last week. Carolina, an influential youth leader, was unable to be present for most of the retreat because her sister, Yorin, was in a motorcycle accident. She remains in critical condition, with severe head injuries. Pray for complete healing.

Thanks to all who prayed for Judy Teeter’s cataract surgery. Pray for wisdom concerning when the cataract in her right eye can be removed.

Japan

Pray for members of the Advisory Team as they meet this week. Pray for unity and wisdom in the many discussions.

Pray for the Shibuya Evangelical Church, which will host an English vacation Bible school, July 23–25. More than 70 kids from the community have registered. The church has a burden to reach out in its neighborhood. Pray for God to speak to the children’s hearts and for their spiritual protection.

Pray for preparations for an upcoming basketball evangelistic outreach in Ishinomaki. Volunteers from the States as well as churches in Japan will participate in this event. The school and city have been cooperative. Pray that the gospel message will be clearly presented.

Carol and Don Love (Canadian) praise God for the baptism of Eiko, a woman who has been attending a small group. Her young daughter also believes in Jesus and was excited about her mom’s baptism. Pray for Eiko’s husband, who is supportive of her faith but has not yet trusted in Christ. Pray for opportunities to share with him while his heart is open. Also, pray for others in small groups as they grow and learn to share their faith.

Europe/Middle East

France

Pray for Alan and Carol Clason, pastoral couple at Trinity International Paris, and Todd and Terri Althaus, church-planting couple at Merignac near Bordeaux, who are on home assignment. Pray for their tour preparations. Pray, too, for the churches they have left behind, specifically that the leadership teams in place will successfully carry forward the ministry.

Pray for churches and ministries during summer vacation. Also, pray for preparations for the beginning of the church year in September.

Ask the Lord of the harvest to call pastors and leaders for French Alliance churches. Pray for a spirit of conviction and repentance, a precursor to revival, to come upon the French church and specifically French Alliance churches.

Kosovo

Pray for the relaunch of the International Ministries team to Kosovo, comprised of returning veteran workers and new appointees. The Singfiel family and Connie Seale arrived in mid-July. The Steinert and Vreeland families will arrive in mid-August. Pray for a smooth reentry process. Also, pray that God will provide suitable housing that is strategically located for ministry.

Spain

Pray for two mission families that are in transition to/from home assignment this week. Pray also for two other families currently on home assignment, specifically that they will experience spiritual refreshment and that the Lord will use them in presenting the needs of Spain as they tour churches.

A family from Canada is still awaiting visas for Spain. Pray for their prompt approval.

Pray for members of the Field Leadership Team as they make decisions this week regarding a new operating budget.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

Praise the Lord for a wonderful children’s camp recently. Nearly 180 children and workers attended from Alliance churches. The children will never forget the lessons and songs they learned about the armor of God. Pray that they will apply these truths in their daily lives.

Pray for members of a team from Cape Cod Alliance Church that will serve in the Dominican Republic, July 28–August 5. They will work with their partner church in Caña Segura. Also, pray for Pastor Eduardo and his wife as they shepherd this congregation.

Pray for the Dominican Alliance national church president, Enrique, and his wife, Violeta, as they spend many days traveling to visit pastors and churches on the island. Pray that God will protect them from a virus that has affected many Dominicans this year.

Mexico

Pray for a smooth transition for Bob and Cheryl Fugate, who arrived in Mexico last Sunday to join the team Guadalajara after serving for 24 years in Chile.

Pray for the salvation of participants in a women’s Bible study.

Pray for complete healing for Edgardo, who was hospitalized recently after feeling ill for quite some time. Pray especially for strength and improved eyesight.

Pray that God will continue to comfort Marina, an Alliance church member whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack two months ago.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the annual Mexico team retreat, July 21–25. Pray that the international workers will hear from God and be challenged and refreshed.

United States

Central District

Praise the Lord for a young woman who committed her life to Christ last week. Pray that she will grow in her faith as she participates in a discipleship group.

Praise the Lord for a woman who received Christ after attending a weekly home Bible study.

Pray for a couple who suffered the loss of their baby, which was stillborn. Pray that God will comfort them and draw them to Himself during the grieving process.

Pray for Chaplain Burger, who is teaching the Boundaries prison ministry program in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Seventy men are enrolled. Pray that this ministry will effect change in inmates’ lives.

Central Pacific District

Continue to pray for Rev. Ed Kwong. Last weekend, he was discharged from the El Camino Hospital to a skilled nursing facility. He has adjusted well and started various therapies. Pray for complete healing.

North Central District

Pray for Joe Boeringa as he resumes leadership of the Native American ministry, Vineland Indian Chapel. Pray for cultural relevance and that their testimony will bring many into the Kingdom.

Pray for seven people from ParkSide Church in Waconia, Minnesota, who are traveling to Cambodia this week to connect with their CAMA partnership.

Pray for Paul Osborne and his family as they settle in and begin their ministry at Lakeview Community Church in Hillman, Minnesota.

Recently, 17 teens from Turtle Mountain Church in Dunseith, North Dakota, attended Big Sandy Camp. Praise the Lord that four young people responded to the gospel; pray for them as they grow in their faith.

Western Pennsylvania District

Paul and Connie Cope were on a family vacation at Lake Lanier, Georgia, when Connie broke four ribs after falling off a jet ski. Pray for a quick recovery; also, pray for Paul as he cares for Connie.

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