Alliance Prayer Requests
February 8, 2016
Please continue to pray for the safety of Alliance international workers throughout the region, where many countries have had terrorist threats and attacks in recent months. “There will be a cost for going to places that do not have access to the gospel,” write Al and Lauralyn Stombaugh, regional director couple. “Our workers know that they live and minister in areas that call for great courage and boldness. We need you to pray!”
Lord, help Your workers in creative-access countries to trust You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. Your Word says when we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will make our paths straight. As surely as the sun rises, You will appear; You will come to us like the spring rains that water the earth. Thank You, Lord, that whoever follows You will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (Proverbs 3:5–6; Hosea 6:3; John 8:12).
Please continue to pray for the team that will lose at least one Alliance international worker because of a government order to leave the country. Later this month in a neighboring country, the team will have a retreat led by International Ministry leaders and a member-care couple. Pray that this will be a special time of renewal, rest, and clear direction for the future.
A worker couple was informed that their family’s visas have been denied and they need to leave the country immediately. No reason was given. This happened with two other families in the same region last summer. (They were able to return temporarily on tourist-visa status.) Please pray for wisdom for decision making in the days ahead. Also, pray for peace for Alliance workers there, as it is a difficult and stressful place in which to live.
Intercede for a couple that is transitioning to a new country, where they will have access to some of the world’s least evangelized people. Pray for the development of God-ordained friendships that will open doors for sharing His truth.
An Alliance worker couple requests prayer for one of their students, who is suffering from an undiagnosed illness and feels it’s necessary to withdraw from classes. This is someone who has been earnestly seeking truth. Please pray for complete healing, protection, and salvation.
Savior, we are not ashamed of the gospel, because it is Your power for the salvation of everyone who believes. Restore to our brothers and sisters in Africa the joy of Your salvation and grant them a willing spirit to sustain them. Then they will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You (Romans 1:16; Psalm 51:12–13).
Pray for Pete Brokopp (Envision), whose mother died suddenly after collapsing and being admitted to the ER. Pray for comfort and peace for the entire family, especially for Pete’s father.
Pray that many children will attend a Sunday school event at a village church and for a clear presentation of the gospel.
The Bobo team praises the Lord that two female prisoners who accepted Christ were released. They attended church recently and testified to God’s work in their lives. Pray for their ongoing discipleship and witness.
Pray for strength, protection, and God’s empowerment for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they present storying seminars at the Poundou Bible School.
Pray for Joe and Maria Howard as they travel with retired workers Dick and Lillian Phillips to encourage the use of the newly dedicated Samo Bible translation.
Intercede for Doug and Karen Conkle during the next two weeks as they host two well-drilling teams.
Thanks to all who prayed for an outreach by Dakar Academy students and Mountain Lake (Minnesota) Christian School, January 22–24. “Your prayers for a double-portion anointing were effective,” write Evan and Jewel Evans. “Logistically, this was the smoothest outreach we’ve had.” During the evening evangelistic campaigns, about 500 people responded to the invitation to accept Christ as Savior. Also, more than 30 individuals were healed by the power of Jesus. Pray for follow-up and discipleship of the new believers.
Republic of the Congo
Alliance churches in Pointe-Noire will begin “story groups” as part of an adult Sunday school program, which will involve learning Bible stories in a group and developing discussion questions for them. Pray for a good start to this effort to involve all church members in studying and sharing God’s Word.
Please pray for Pastor Osso, from Pointe-Noire, whose wife died last week. Pray for members of his family and church as they grieve this loss. One of their sons, David, has been a key part of the Vili orality team.
Senegal (Regional Office)
Pray for complete healing for Alexis, the daughter of Al and Lauralyn Stombaugh, who has struggled with asthma recently. Please pray that it will not affect her school attendance and she will sleep well.
Asia and Pacific
Father, Your Word says to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves. Please help each of Your workers in the Asia and Pacific Region to look not only to their own interests, but also to the interests of others. For whoever is kind to the needy honors You (Philippians 2:3–5; Proverbs 14:31).
Intercede for Andy and Lora Brake and Kara Gruber as they begin their teaching semester this week at Jaffray Bible School after a long break. Pray that those who attend their classes will become serious students of God’s Word as well as faithful Christ followers.
A couple from Holland will visit the Makassar team February 8–28 to decide whether they will join the members in reaching people in the southern portion of South Sulawesi. Pray for God’s discernment for the couple. Also, rejoice in a new believer who came to Christ through the ministry of a member of the Makassar church plant.
About 30 pastors and laypeople attended a recent missions education conference by the Taiwan national church. The event focused on building cross-cultural missions awareness and discussing how the Taiwan Alliance can better promote and support missions. Praise God for a growing passion among national believers to reach a lost world. Pray for His continued leading and global work through the Alliance national church.
Continue to intercede for Taiwanese Christians as they celebrate the Chinese New Year this week. Most Taiwanese will spend the holiday with their extended families. For those who are the only believers in their family, this is a challenging time as they often receive pressure to return to ancestor and idol worship. Please pray for Taiwanese Christians to be salt and light throughout the holiday, to be strengthened in Christ, and impact their families for Him.
Continue to pray for discipleship opportunities at the Aroma Church, an Envision outreach in Taipei.
Thank you, God, for always leading us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of You. May You be exalted over all the nations in the Europe/Middle East Region, Your glory above the heavens. We rejoice that Your purpose always prevails, though many are the plans in the hearts of men (2 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 113:4; Proverbs 19:21).
Germany (Regional Office)
Jerry and Shelly Kragt, regional director couple, request prayer for Jerry’s mother, who had surgery for a brain tumor last Friday. Pray for complete healing.
Father God, just as in Christ You forgave Your servants in Latin America, help them to also be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other. You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Thank You for the example You’ve set. And because we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Ephesians 4:32; Psalm 103:8; Galatians 5:25).
Pray for preparations for a marriage retreat hosted by Alianza, an Alliance church plant in Punta Cana, February 19–21. Pray that relationships will be strengthened and couples will be drawn closer to Jesus.
Please pray for members of the Butler (Pennsylvania) Community Alliance Church short-term missions team, who will serve in Santo Domingo February 12–20. Pray for protection as they work in construction on the Los Frailes Alliance Church and conduct children’s ministries.
Thanks to all who prayed for Isabel Rodríguez, the five-year-old daughter of Miguel and Keren, Alliance pastoral couple in Punta Cana. Isabel had appendix surgery and is recuperating at home. Pray for a speedy recovery and ongoing good health.
Envision El Salvador
Pray for God to provide the remaining short-term teams needed this year as well as more interns for various programs that continue to expand.
Pray that God will provide the resources to buy property to house female interns.
Tim and Janice Greenfield, Alliance international workers, request prayer for their friend Isidro, who had knee replacement surgery in January. He recently had the staples removed and has been in much pain. He and his wife, Dulce, assisted the first Alliance workers who arrived in Guadalajara in 1993.
Pray for complete healing for Elia Saavedra, daughter of international workers Carlos and Lily Saavedra, who was diagnosed with dengue fever, a painful illness with a long recovery period. Also, intercede for other family members who have experienced much sickness in recent weeks.
Please pray for the Mi Esperanza Church as it begins a new cycle of Bible Academy classes and ramps up its small-group ministry this month.
Pray for the national Alliance young adult retreat, February 26–28. Young people from Alliance churches will attend and have been encouraged to invite unsaved, unchurched friends. Pray that many will agree to go.
Pray for Bob and Joy Brougher, who are in Venezuela ministering to Alliance pastors and churches through March 4. Believers there have been greatly impacted by the country’s economic downturn in recent years. Bob and Joy, who previously served in Venezuela, will speak during the annual pastors’ and wives’ retreat, February 26–27. Also, pray for those who will assume responsibility for the Broughers’ ministries in Paraguay while they are away.
Please pray for the development of leaders and pastors for Alliance churches in Paraguay. Leadership development is the greatest challenge for the field team and the national church.
North and Central Asia
Teach Your children in north and central Asia Your way, O Lord, and they will walk in Your truth. Give them undivided hearts so that they may fear Your name. Those who hope in You will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint (Psalm 86:11; Isaiah 40:31).
Alliance World Fellowship
Please continue to intercede for Arie Verduijn, president of the Alliance World Fellowship, who recently suffered a heart attack. He was released from the hospital and is doing well. Pray for his ongoing recovery as he makes lifestyle changes to protect his heart.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to You. Help Your workers in the United States to love their enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Empower Your chosen people, holy and dearly loved, to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Psalm 86:5; Luke 6:35; Colossians 3:12).
Continue to pray for Rev. Bill Malick, South Pacific District superintendent and Fresh Start consultant. His quadruple bypass surgery went well, but he has many weeks of recovery ahead.
Association of Montagnard Churches
Pray that God will use Rev. Hendy Siu, association president, and his team to train and build up Montagnard pastors to lead their congregations in godly ways.
Whipple Heights Alliance Church in Canton, Ohio, recently celebrated 75 years of ministry. Pray that God will continue to use the church members to extend His grace to their community and around the world.
Pray for members of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, as they have opportunities to plant house churches. Pray that the Lord will provide more leaders for these congregations.
Pray for a districtwide youth pastor gathering the second Thursday of the month. Pray that God will give the youth workers wisdom and guidance as they meet for fellowship, prayer, and training. Also, pray for effective, Holy-Spirit empowered ministry to the next generation.
Pray for Rev. Jerry Soung, superintendent, and his staff as they minister to Hmong pastors and churches throughout the United States.
Pray for Bridge of Hope, an urban ministry in St. Louis, Missouri, which was robbed of eight laptop computers recently. Pray that the thief will confess. Also, two dear friends of the pastor, Rev. Stephen Boda, were murdered. Pray for him as he officiates at the memorial service this week; intercede as well for the family of the departed and for the community. “As thefts and violent crimes have escalated in the area, it has begun to directly impact our ministry,” write Stephen and his wife, Robin. “Pray for wisdom and safety as we boldly proclaim Christ’s love to all.”
North Central District
Pray for those who attended a Great Commission Women workshop in early February at Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota. Pray that the messages presented will continue to speak to the women, that they will be reminded of their foundation in Christ, and that they will experience freedom and victory in Him through the tools they received at the workshop.
Pray for Pastor Sileshi of Eagle Christian Worship Center International, a new church plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the congregation hosts a marriage and family seminar, February 11–14. The speaker will be Rev. Assayehgne Berehe, president of Leadership Legacy Ministry. Pray that participants receive encouragement, resources for spiritual growth, and guidance for their lives.
Pray for Anthony, the son of Adriaan and Diana Overbeek, pastoral couple at Crossroads Alliance in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, whose wife passed away suddenly. Pray for healing and comfort as he is emotionally and physically drained and struggles with a chronic back issue, along with deep brokenness of heart. Pray for God’s wisdom for Adriaan and Diana as they come alongside Anthony. Pray also for healing for Adriaan, who is battling kidney stones.
Praise God for meaningful ministry and interaction for Dave Manske, director for Church Multiplication and Missions Mobilization, as he taught a two-week course in the Middle East. These students with amazing faith stories responded very favorably to the classes. Pray for effective use of the material learned.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for healing and encouragement for Lynette Norris, wife of Superintendent Rev. Jeffery Norris, as she continues chemo treatments.
Kerry Moffet, wife of Rev. James Moffet who is the pastor of Corry (Pennsylvania) Alliance, recently had knee replacement surgery. Pray for her complete healing and recovery.
Please continue to pray for Melinda Lane, managing editor of Alliance Life, as she battles stage-four cancer. Pray that God will strengthen, sustain, and encourage her as she continues to seek Him for healing. Pray also for other National Office employees and their families who are facing serious health issues.
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