Alliance Prayer Requests

December 15, 2014

Creative-Access Countries

Pray for the renewal of a worker couple’s residence papers this month.

Pray for seminary students and faculty to finish the semester well. “Students are feeling pressure with research papers and projects coming due,” the workers write. Pray for good success on final exams as well as God’s peace.

A family member of a child who attends church is in the hospital and may need emergency surgery after swallowing a sharp object. Pray for complete healing and protection.

Pray for healing for William, the child of Alliance workers. He was given a preliminary diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Pray for wisdom for the doctors as they monitor his situation. Also, pray for William’s parents as they seek a second opinion.

Pray that three Alliance partner churches will successfully complete government registration requirements before the year, enabling them to rent meeting places. Many churches in this area have faced obstacles in receiving government recognition. Pray for God’s favor.

Pray for an upcoming office Christmas party hosted by an Alliance worker couple, who will share the Christmas story with their guests. Pray that hearts will be touched by the message of Christ’s love.

Recently, an Alliance worker couple requested prayer for their unborn baby’s bladder obstruction. During a recent ultrasound, the child’s heart stopped beating. Pray for protection and complete healing, as well as peace for the parents.

Africa

Burkina Faso

Continue to pray against false teaching in the Sifarasso area. The churches are addressing the issue, but many people have fallen under the influence of this deception. Deliverance is needed. Pray for God’s truth to prevail.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Thanks to all who prayed for Deanna Harrison to write her doctoral dissertation. Pray for her as she prepares for her oral defense in early January. Also, praise God for good defenses of three students recently. Pray for them as they apply the material learned at FATEAC in their ministries.

Rejoice that Jeter Livingston is feeling better and had good medical visits while stateside. Pray for his safe return to Côte d’Ivoire on Friday. Also, pray for Laura Livingston as she visits their daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Jared, who are awaiting the birth of their son. He had health issues during the pregnancy but has progressed much better than doctors originally expected. Pray for a healthy delivery.

Pray for Ron and Ruth Julian’s children as they travel to be with their family for Christmas.

Pray for preparations for FATEAC’s community Christmas celebration this Saturday.

Pray for Mr. Konan, FATEAC administrative assistant, who is seeking a new rental home for his family.

Pray for Dr. Bernabe Mensa, professor at FATEAC, who experienced complications in renewing his passport after he returned to his home country. Pray that he will receive one quickly.

Guinea

Pray for wisdom regarding Alliance ministry in this nation. In November, all U.S. Alliance staff were temporarily withdrawn from the country because of concerns regarding the Ebola virus. Pray for International Ministries and CAMA leaders as they seek God’s direction for the staff’s return. Pray, too, for national colleagues who continue to minister there. Pray for those who are sick and who have lost loved ones as well as for opportunities to share the gospel with many who have been affected by the virus.

Mali

Pray for many Christmas outreaches during the next several days at various venues, including a local prison, a military camp, and with friends and neighbors.

Praise God that the only remaining Ebola patient in Mali was released from a treatment center. Continue to pray that the country will remain free of the virus.

Republic of the Congo

Thank the Lord for a productive time with members of the American Ambassador Football team. They played two games with Congolese teams and had many opportunities to share their testimonies in orphanages, a coaching clinic, a village, and in Alliance churches. Pray that God will continue to work in the lives of those who heard His Word.

Pray for Anne Stephens as she continues David Chotka’s study on Power Praying. Pray that her students will apply the material well and also teach others.

Pray for protection for Josh Howell and Eric and Vicky Bill to as they travel to the Congo for Christmas, as well as for the Howells and Anne Stephens, who will go to Turkey for a retreat.

Pray for God’s wisdom during round table discussions between the Bills and the national church this week.

Pray for the Pointe-Noire Munukutuba storytelling team, which will present a story and an appeal for more workers at its regional church gathering on December 28. Pray for the Lord to call believers to this ministry.

Asia and Pacific

Cambodia

Thanks to all who prayed for Kate Manske, who was diagnosed with viral meningitis. She had some difficult days with severe headaches but is feeling much better. Pray for her continued healing.

A pastor in Phnom Penh is suffering from a virus that has affected the nerves on the right side of his face. He is improving but still has symptoms. Pray for a speedy recovery.

Indonesia

Thanks to all who prayed for retired missionary Lorna Munroe, who was in a drug-induced coma after being hit by a car. She is now awake and able to stand with a walker, but is still using feeding and breathing tubes. Pray for her continued healing and full recovery.

Japan

Pray that the Kropps will clearly communicate the good news as they host a kids’ party and other events this Christmas season. Also, pray for the salvation of members of a weekly Bible study group.

Taiwan

Pray for preparations for Christmas activities this weekend, including a Christmas flea market, caroling, and programs for youth and children.

Pray for Hannah Hwang as she assumes additional responsibilities while her husband, Soo, is away.

Pray for Charlie and Mary Dang as they host several activities at their local Alliance church and minister to Vietnamese immigrants. Also, pray for Mary’s recovery from carpal tunnel surgery.

Europe/Middle East

France

On December 20, EPI (Eglise Protestante Internationale), a young church in a suburb of Toulouse, will have a table at a local supermarket to raise funds for Iraqi refugees. Pray for good conversations with shoppers and that many will purchase holiday cookies and calendars. Pray, too, for Brad and Tina Reynolds as they lead this community of French-speaking believers.

Pray for French Alliance church members as they invite family members, friends, and neighbors to Christmas activities. Pray that many will respond and come to know Christ.

Pray for members of the Merignac church as they offer the Alpha course on Sunday afternoons. Pray that attendees will open their hearts to Jesus.

Pray for revival in French Alliance churches and that God will call pastors and leaders to serve them.

Kosovo

Melissa Singfiel will undergo knee surgery to repair her meniscus on Tuesday morning. Pray for wisdom for the surgeons and a speedy recovery.

Middle East

Pray for God’s peace, intervention, mercy, and protection amid ongoing conflict in this region. Also, pray for boldness among national believers and for opportunities to share the gospel, as well as provision for relief supplies.

Ukraine/Russia

Pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as safety and protection for those who live and minister there. Also, pray for opportunities to share the gospel with refugees fleeing war zones.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

Rejoice for 10 people who were baptized this week in the House of Blessing Church. Some were from the daughter church, Living Hope Alliance. Pray that they will continue to mature in their faith and be greatly used by God.

Pray for members of the Encounter Alliance Church in Santo Domingo as they experience a time of transition. The pastor has chosen to leave the pastorate to represent Congress. He was recognized by the Evangelical Association of Pastors of Santo Domingo. If elected, he will be the first evangelical congressman to serve in Santo Domingo. Pray that God will use him as a bold witness. Also, pray for a new pastor and for healthy church finances.

United States

Pray for all Alliance pastors as they prepare for Christmas celebrations in their churches. Pray for opportunities to share the good news and to reach out to their communities.

Central District

Rosedale (West Virginia) Alliance Church requests prayer for a young man who is searching for employment.

The Alliance Church in Pickerington, Ohio, requests prayer that God will draw people to a house church plant.

Pray for a Spirit-empowered outreach this Sunday at the Capon Bible Fellowship in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.

A member of Crowded House Church Network in Newark, Ohio, has had spiritual conversations with people at his gym. Pray for open hearts to the truth.

Central Pacific District

After a lengthy illness, Ed Kwong, former pastor of San Jose (California) Christian Alliance Church, passed away on December 8. Pray for his family during this difficult time.

Pray for Simpson University’s presidential search. Pray for wisdom for members of the search committee as they review applications and discern the right candidate for this position.

North Central District

Pray for seekers at the Alliance Community Church in Duluth, Minnesota. Pray that they will find Christ this Christmas.

Pray for a youth outreach in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where the Gospel of John will be distributed to more than 3,000 high school students in the area.

Pastor Todd Block and Triumphant Life Center in Bovey, Minnesota, served a Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 people in their community. Continue to pray for their outreach efforts to those in northern Minnesota.

Praise God for favor with city officials and the approval to buy property and a building for The Bridge Church, a new church plant in Watertown, South Dakota. Pray that God will use the members to impact their community.

Western Pennsylvania District

Pray for Roland Gray, pastor at Beaver Alliance Church, who suffered a mild stroke, irregular heart rhythm, and fluid on his lungs. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and for God’s healing touch.

The Great Commission Fund

The Alliance is answering God’s call to create access to the gospel in parts of the world where little or no access exists. Prayer is essential in helping to achieve this goal. Giving is also critical in placing and keeping Alliance team members in key unreached locations throughout the world. Pray that Alliance people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund to sustain and expand this vital work.

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