Alliance Prayer Requests

July 17, 2017

Creative-Access Countries

God, let Your workers in creative-access countries receive blessing and vindication from You, their Savior, for they seek Your face. You long to be gracious to them; show them Your compassion. Comfort Your people, and let them shout for joy. Be their Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Psalm 24:5–6; Isaiah 30:18; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 9:6).

Pray for a weekly "English with Friends" club and for Sunday evening language clubs for central Asians. Pray that relationships will be built and strengthened and hearts opened to the gospel.

Intercede for people in the southern part of a country who were evacuated from their homes because of flooding. They are living in temporary shelters and need food and clothing. Pray for local churches that are assisting them.

Africa

Lord Almighty, You are the King of glory. Your way is perfect, and Your Word is flawless; You shield all who take refuge in You. Remind Your workers in Africa that in Your great mercy, You have given them new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Your Son from the dead. Reassure them that they are secure because there is hope; they will look about them and rest in safety (Psalm 24:10; Psalm 18:30; 1 Peter 1:3; Job 11:18).

Burkina Faso

Pray for several church construction projects that are nearing completion.

Rejoice for the many open doors for ministry, especially among young people. Pray that Alliance workers will effectively present the gospel in their varied ministry settings. Also, praise the Lord for the hundreds of children who have come to Christ through kids' ministries in Bobo-Dioulasso this year. Intercede for them as they attend discipleship classes this summer to affirm their decisions.

Pray for two young men at the local hospital suffering from spinal cord injuries. One has accepted Christ. Pray for their long-term needs and for their families as they encourage and care for their sons.

Gabon

Intercede for a young woman who developed a traumatic cataract after her boyfriend hit her. She had surgery at Bongolo Hospital's eye clinic to remove the cataract but has a macular hole that is reducing her vision. She has heard the gospel and decided to follow Jesus. Pray that her eye will heal fully and that her father will not retaliate against her boyfriend but will forgive him.

Asia/Pacific

Father, help Your workers in Asia/Pacific be still and know that You are God; You will be exalted among the nations. Let them become more confident in You and dare to proclaim the gospel without fear. Remind them that they are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. May they worship You, their God, who is a consuming fire, with reverence and awe (Psalm 46:10; Philippians 1:14; Hebrews 12:28–29).

Cambodia

Thanks to all who prayed for Syna Lao's brother, Phaly, who was battling cancer. He passed away July 7. Pray for God's comfort for the entire family, including Phaly's wife, Rebecka, and their five children, who range in age from 4 to 19.

Indonesia

Intercede for Barry Jordan's complete healing after recent back surgery.

Please pray for peace among the Moni people in Papua, where there is political tension as well as relational conflicts among church members. Pray for wisdom for Lois Belsey, an Alliance worker from Canada, as she ministers in this location.

Pray for John Ellenberger as his new pacemaker is reformatted. Specifically, pray that the software is compatible and that the device will work properly.

Praise God for Gordon Swenson's invaluable ministry as the main speaker at the 85th anniversary celebration of Jaffray Bible School. More than 400 attended, and his messages were received well.

Taiwan

Summer is a time for Day Camp outreaches in Taiwan, some held at churches and others as outreach events using public school facilities. This week, the Sihhu Church will host a music camp with help from a C&MA team from Hong Kong. At the same time, Amazing Grace Church will host an English camp at a local school with help from a short-term team from Minnesota and youth from another C&MA church in Taiwan. Pray that students attending these and other camps this summer will respond to the gospel. Intercede as well for local Christians and international workers as they follow up with students after the camps.

Europe/Middle East

Father, You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the nations. Redeem the peoples in Europe and the Middle East with Your mighty arm. Have compassion on them and hurl all their iniquities into the depths of the sea, for Your grace that offers salvation to all people has appeared. Let Your workers in this region who are weary come to You, for You will give them rest (Psalm 77:14–15; Micah 7:19; Titus 2:11; Matthew 11:28).

France

Pray for a new worker couple preparing to join a team in Toulouse. They will first spend a year in language school in Albertville. Intercede for God's favor on July 31 as they apply for a one-year residence visa. Specifically, pray against glitches and for quick approval to travel to France in mid-August. Also, pray for God's provision for housing and transportation when they arrive.

Spain

This week a special five-day children's camp is being held for all Alliance churches in the greater Madrid area; 88 kids are registered, with about 20 from unchurched families. Intercede for the 11 children's workers from Canada and the 20 children's workers and helpers from local C&MA churches. Pray also for Roupen and Lena Zeitlian, Canadian international workers who are leading the camp.

Please pray for the two Bethany summer schools of discipleship and missions in Alicante, July 23–August 5 (in English) and August 10–31 (in Spanish). A total of 60 students are expected to participate.

Pray for financial provision to purchase the empty lot next to the Bethany House facilities in Alicante. The owners have offered the property at a discount because of Bethany House's ministry to young people. Pray for God's supernatural supply for this strategic piece of property; this land would enable considerable expansion of the Bethany House project.

Latin America

Lord, righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; love and faithfulness go before You. Blessed are Your workers in Latin America, for they walk in the light of Your presence. Let them proclaim Your Kingdom and teach about Your Son with all boldness and without hindrance, because if You are for them, who can be against them? (Psalm 89:14–15; Acts 28:31; Romans 8:31).

North and Central Asia

Father, You are the Good Shepherd. You laid down Your life for Your sheep. Answer Your workers in north and central Asia when they call on You in their distress. As they share abundantly in the sufferings of Your Son, allow their comfort to abound through You. Remind them that in You they have peace, for You have overcome the world (John 10:11; Psalm 120:1; 2 Corinthians 1:5; John 16:33).

Mongolia

Ryan and Emily Currie, who are currently stateside, request prayer for their visa situation and their newborn son Zion's passport. His passport has been delayed, and they cannot apply for visas until it arrives. They have return tickets for August 2. Intercede for God's favor and swift intervention.

Pray for Ryan as he prepares for his fall teaching ministries at KLTC, an Alliance Bible school and training program. Pray for his ability to understand and speak Mongolian as he facilitates and teaches.

Pray for the Mongolian Alliance church network as more responsibility has transitioned to Mongolians. Pray for God to strengthen the leaders and for field staff to have wisdom in how to best support and partner with those in leadership.

United States

God of Jacob, You are with us. You are our fortress. Help us seek justice, defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow. Remind us that we are the clay, and You are the potter; we are the work of Your hand. The Spirit You gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power so that we will not be ashamed of our testimony about You (Psalm 46:7; Isaiah 1:17; Isaiah 64:8; 2 Timothy 1:7–8).

National Office

Please pray for the family of Debbie Schermerhorn, digital content coordinator at the National Office, who entered into God's presence on Saturday, July 15, after her battle with cancer. Please pray specifically for Deb's husband, Gene, and her sister, Jennifer, as they mourn Deb's loss.

Church Ministries

Intercede for the Home Assignment Ministry Seminar (HAMS), July 15–20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pray for safe travels for Alliance international workers attending. May their time at the conference bring refreshment and renewal!

Alliance New England

Intercede for Seth and Jennifer McCoy, the new pastoral couple at Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Pray for a strong sense of vision for God's plans regarding the church.

Alliance Northwest

Rejoice with New Ground Alliance Church in Clarkston, Washington; the church plant's preview gathering saw more than 70 people in attendance. Many were new and from the neighborhood. Pray for relationships to develop that will open doors for ministry and evangelism. Intercede too for the lead planter, Bill Creutzberg.

Intercede for members of Anchor Church, a new congregation in Tacoma, Washington. They recently hosted a vision and information night, and 28 people indicated they are considering joining the core team. Pray for God's will to be clear to each.

Association of Montagnard Churches

Pray for Rev. Hendy Siu, association president, as he ministers to pastors in the United States. As these leaders embrace the Fourfold Gospel, pray that they will share Christ's love with others.

Central District

Pray for Rev. Jeff Miller, district superintendent, as he minsters to pastors and churches in West Virginia and Ohio. Pray for a transforming and multiplying work of the Holy Spirit throughout these states.

CrossPoint Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio, has taught English-as-a-second-language classes for several years, having served 375 students from 46 nations. The church members are partnering with the Akron public school system to reach more families. Pray for God's provision for this ministry. Seven Alliance churches are involved, and more are needed.

Thank the Lord for a successful week of church-planting training with approximately 30 Hispanic planters participating. May God continue to give them a strong vision for what He wants to accomplish through their partnership with Him.

Hmong District

Pray for SALT, a conference for Hmong youth and young adults, July 16–20 at Wheaton (Illinois) College. Pray that the Lord will challenge young adults to embrace Christ's call to serve.

MidAmerica District

Rejoice with members of Citylight Lincoln (Nebraska), which recently started an English language learner class for refugee women; 7 students and 20 volunteers are participating. The class has grown to 16 with nearly 30 kids. Pray that God will continue to open doors to build relationships with the potential to share the gospel.

North Central District

Pray for complete healing for Linda Hustad, the wife of Rev. Arnold Hustad in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Pray for full restoration and that her treatment will be effective.

Western Pennsylvania

Pray for God's blessing on Mahaffey Family Camp, July 21–30. May attendees be united in their vision, worship, and fellowship.

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