Alliance Prayer Requests

October 27, 2014

Omaha, Nebraska

Pray for U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo, Pastor Mark Ashton, and the C&MA the Board of Directors as they present the next Livestream Praise & Prayer Event, hosted by Christ Community Church (CCC) in Omaha, Nebraska, October 30, 7–8:30 p.m. (CDT). Members of area churches are welcome to join in person in Omaha while the entire Alliance family is invited to participate online.

Urgent Prayer Requests

Africa

Continue to pray against the spread of the Ebola virus. The first confirmed case of the disease has been reported in Mali; pray that it will not spread further. Pray, too, for protection of health care personnel and Alliance international workers in the country.

Leaders of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance made the difficult decision to temporarily withdraw all personnel from Guinea, West Africa, due to the rising threat of the Ebola virus. Pray for wisdom and a smooth transition for those being withdrawn. Read more.

Middle East

Continue to pray for peace in the Middle East, where thousands have fled persecution and genocide from Islamic State militants. Pray for protection and provision for these refugees and for Alliance workers, their partner agencies, and national believers who are caring for the immense physical and spiritual needs of those displaced. Also, pray for an outpouring of His Spirit on the people who live amid the violence and that many will embrace Jesus as Savior.

Russia/Ukraine

Pray for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Pray for members of the Alliance national partner church as they house, feed, and clothe those fleeing to Russia and for Christian workers to be able to continue ministry in this region despite tensions between Russia and the West. Also, pray for refugees to be drawn to Jesus through the love demonstrated by His people.

Creative-Access Countries

Pray for effective follow-up with contacts from a business English symposium attended by two international workers. Pray for the development of relationships with spiritual seekers.

Pray for workers who are facing various challenges in their lives. Pray for healing, wisdom, and victory in spiritual battles.

Pray for mature believers to answer God’s call to lead a core group of believers for a new church plant.

Pray for wisdom for an Alliance worker concerning a new ministry opportunity.

An Alliance worker couple requests prayer for their daughter, who suffers from heart problems. Pray for complete healing and for financial provision for her medical care; last year, she underwent expensive surgery. Pray, too, for God’s peace amid these difficulties.

Africa

Burkina Faso

The Bobo team requests prayer that the school year will continue without strikes or delays. “All schools in Burkina Faso are canceled this week as a precaution, but we pray this will not continue to disrupt the school year,” Alliance workers write.

Pray for the resolution of a dispute concerning church property in Tourni. A new official has taken land promised to the church and given it to another religious group. Pray for God’s intervention and favor.

Pray for solid teaching and effective discipleship in the areas where many Senefou people are coming to the Lord. Churches in Wuleni, Sayaga, and Sifirasso report rapid growth. Pray also for clarity regarding the practice of selling “healing oil.” Pray that believers will not be deceived by such false teachings.

Pray for peace in Burkina Faso this week as demonstrations are planned in opposition to the current political leaders. Pray for safety and that these activities will not turn violent.

Guinea

Thanks to all who prayed for Chad and Nicole Clason’s seven-year-old daughter, Anika, who has battled a severe cough and had difficulty breathing. “There is such a difference in Anika,” the Clasons wrote last week. “She stopped coughing and was able to attend school and her swimming class.” Continue to pray for complete healing.

Mali

Pray for God’s blessing on a Joint Teams Forum, November 3–7.

Pray for effective outreach at GoGlobal Mali, a ministry to professionals.

Pray for God’s wisdom and grace for the CPAM (Protestant Center for Medical Assistance) board as it considers some major issues in a meeting, October 28–29.

Pray that God will provide property for Hope Center within the needed timeframe.

Republic of the Congo

Pray for wisdom during a meeting with staff from Friends of the Bible, October 28.

Pray for God’s vision and direction for a church-planting seminar, November 6–8. Many Alliance churches will be represented. Pray that this event will inspire a fresh passion for church planting.

Pray for wisdom in preventing further flooding of the Moukondou church.

Pray for God’s provision for the Good Samaritan construction project. “We are unable to proceed until the necessary funds come in for the next stage of the construction,” Alliance workers write.

Asia and Pacific

Indonesia

Praise God for the Alliance Marriage Encounter (ALMA) team in Bandung and their vision to expand this ministry in Indonesia. Alumni from a June 2014 ALMA retreat have joined the team; pray for them as they receive training for these events. Also, pray for preparations for another ALMA weekend in Bandung, November 14–16. “We are praying for 16 couples to attend, the maximum amount the venue can hold,” write Jim and Sharon Kendall. Pray that the couples who attend will be encouraged to commit their lives and marriages to the Lord. Pray for lasting spiritual impact.

Japan

Pray for Don and Hazel Schaeffer as they resume ministry after traveling to the United States for the funeral of Don’s dad, who pastored Grace Church near Cleveland, Ohio, for 52 years.

Praise God for the salvation of Mrs. H at the Crossroad Chapel Yanasegawa. Pray for Alliance workers as they disciple her.

Pray for God’s blessing on a bazaar at the Kawaguchi Church this Saturday. Also, the Narita Church will hold one on Monday, November 3. Pray that these events will attract many people from the neighborhood.

Taiwan

Praise God for effective Bible-story ministries by several church plants in schools, homes, and kids clubs. Pray for God’s Word to be accurately shared in story form and for hearts to be open to the truth.

Alliance workers request prayer for a friend who was injured in a motorcycle accident. Pray for complete healing.

Europe/Middle East

France

Pray for an upcoming retreat for pastors and elders and their wives. The group will hear from a ministry couple from the Vaux Seminary (in the Paris area). Pray for this time of encouragement, teaching, and ministry.

As the French Alliance grows, there is an increasing need for pastors and leaders. Ask the Lord of the harvest to provide leaders for the churches. Pray, too, for revival in France and specifically in French Alliance churches.

Portugal

Pray for Brazilian colleagues, Danilo and Elaine Lima, who are expecting their first child in two weeks. Pray for a safe and healthy delivery for baby Eduardo.

Spain

Praise the Lord for favorable progress in last week’s Strategic Field Review. God continues to open doors for ministry across Spain with new invitations recently to partner with local churches and leaders in evangelism and church planting. Pray for His direction and discernment as the team makes important decisions regarding future ministry. Also, pray for wisdom in completing the final report of the review and for smooth implementation of the action steps contained therein.

Praise God for the arrival of a new worker family from Canada. Pray for a smooth transition into life and ministry.

Pray for wisdom for staff at the Bible Institute in Madrid as they consider renting a separate and more centralized facility for effective ministry.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

Pray for safe travel for Zac and Julie Stutler, who are touring U.S Alliance churches. Also, pray for God’s anointing as they challenge Alliance people to engage more deeply in missions.

United States

Church Ministries

Pray for preparations for the InterChange conference for district superintendents, association leaders, and spouses, November 8–11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Specifically, pray for safe travel. Also, Engage youth district point people will meet at the same time. Preceding InterChange will be additional meetings: Children’s Disciplemaking Regional Connectors, IDAK for Spanish leaders, and Multicultural Ministries Consultation. Pray for God-led discussions, interactions, and conversations.

Central District

The NEO House Church Network in Ohio plans to send a team to India in December to train leaders of an established church-planting movement. Pray for wisdom and empowerment as well as logistical concerns such as visa applications and travel expenses.

Pray for a Church Planters Basic Training at Toccoa Falls (Georgia) College. Pray that many young people will be encouraged to engage with The Alliance as church planters.

Pray for clarity, direction, and provision as Envision in Cleveland, Ohio, seeks to lay a strong foundation for reaching the urban Cleveland area.

Pray for the sale of Dan Samms’s house so his family can move to Amherst, Ohio, where he will minister at Restoration Church, a new church plant.

Continue to pray for Gordon Meier, who is hospitalized following major surgery. His condition is stable, but he is in much pain. Pray that doctors will develop an effective pain management plan.

Metropolitan District

Continue to pray for John Soper, lead pastor at Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains, New York, as he recovers from bypass surgery. Pray against further complications, for effective pain management, and for complete healing of his heart. Also pray for his wife, Mimi, and the family during this time.

North Central District

The Bridge Church in Watertown, South Dakota, will celebrate its second anniversary on Sunday, November 2. Pray that church members will continue to build good relationships with people in their community.

Pray for members of Audubon (Minnesota) Chapel as they seek a bi-vocational pastor or one who has retirement income.

Pray for Jade, the 19-year old daughter of Todd and Anne Block. (Todd is pastor of Triumphant Life Church and the Branded Cowboy Church in Bovey, Minnesota.) Jade has cerebral palsy. She had surgery last week to remove her large intestine; this was risky due to her health situation and many previous surgeries. Thankfully, this operation was successful. Pray for Jade’s full recovery and continued strength.

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The next Alliance Praise & Prayer event will be held at Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE on October 30, 2014. Join the greater Alliance family either in person or live via Web stream.

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