Alliance Prayer Requests
March 23, 2015
Urgent Prayer Requests
Pray for complete healing and protection for “E”, an 18-year-old girl whose guardians beat her with an axe handle and left her for dead. Someone found her and brought her to a local Alliance pastor, who has given her shelter. E’s assailants demanded that the pastor turn her over to them; they also threatened his family and attacked him when he tried to get help. Currently, E is in protective custody at a military camp, but Social Services is seeking to forcibly return her to her attackers. Pray for safety for the pastor and his family, for God to move in the hearts of officials to intervene on E’s behalf, and for the community to see the love and power of Jesus in the midst of this situation.
In light of the recent violence in North Africa, we want to convey that all our personnel are safe. Please continue to pray for this and other troubled areas in the world.
Pray for Alliance team members throughout the Middle East, who face escalated risks from ISIS and other militant groups. Americans and Christian workers are high on the list of potential hostage targets. Pray for protection, provision, and empowerment for all who minister the hope of Jesus to disenchanted people in this part of the world and that many will embrace Him as Savior.
O Lord, we know that You came to seek and to save lost and hurting people in creative-access countries. We ask You to bind and remove Satan’s work in their lives and open their hearts to receive Your truth as our workers share Your love with them. We intercede for our colleagues, Father, that You will guard their hearts and minds from the enemy’s attempts to unsettle them. Holy Spirit, fill them with Your peace as they serve You in the hard places (Luke 19:10, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Acts 16:14, Philippians 4:7, Romans 8:6).
Continue to pray for complete healing for William, who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Also, pray for his health during a short-term missions trip to Uganda, for a fruitful time of ministry, and a clearer sense of God’s leading in his life. Pray too for the daughter of a national church leader, who will also participate.
Pray that God will supply national leaders for several new church plants.
Pray for international workers as they disciple young believers who want to grow in their faith and to receive ministry training.
Holy Father, we praise You for the work You have done through Alliance workers in Africa for more than a century. We thank You that Your Word is spreading in Burkina Faso and pray that You will increase the believers’ faith. Yet there are many who do not know You. As our workers share Your message of salvation with the lost, we pray they will understand that their only hope for forgiveness and acceptance with You is through Jesus’ work on the cross. As Alliance workers serve You, Father, we pray in Jesus’ name that You will arm them with strength and keep them secure; make Your saving help their shield, and sustain them with Your right hand (Acts 6:7, Luke 17:5, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Psalm 18:32–35).
Intercede for the Burkina Alliance’s National Convention this week and for Doug Conkle, who will teach on the believer’s responsibility in missions.
Pray that a disruptive nightclub built illegally near the Alliance guesthouse facility will be removed.
Pray for successful evangelism outreaches in numerous villages this week.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Pray for Deanna Harrison as she prepares to lead a concert of prayer with Great Commission Women for Abidjan Alliance churches on March 27. Pray that participants will hear from God and learn more about interceding for His work around the world.
Pray for good health for faculty, staff, students, and their families, many of whom have been ill recently.
Praise God for no current cases of Ebola in Liberia; pray for this to become a reality in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where survivors of the pandemic continue to suffer great loss. Most are mourning multiple family deaths and have spent weeks at treatment centers, daily watching people die. They are often shunned by relatives or neighbors upon returning to their villages. Others return to find their businesses closed or their farmlands untended. Pray for complete eradication of the virus and for the thousands of survivors to find comfort and healing through Jesus. Also, pray for wisdom, protection, and strength for workers who are caring for the ill and grieving.
Pray for Lizette Lavoie, Canadian Alliance worker, whose sister, Christane, passed away from complications related to a brief illness. Recently, Christane had joined Lizette on the mission field and planned to minister to orphans. Pray for comfort and peace for Lizette and her extended family.
Asia and Pacific
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for sending The Alliance to the Asia and Pacific region, where many are accustomed to worshiping idols. We pray that You will empower Alliance workers to introduce seeking people in these lands to the one true God and Lord, Jesus Christ. We ask that You break the power of sin that hinders true seekers from coming to Christ. Abba, Father, encourage Your servants’ hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word; remind them that they can do all things through Christ, who strengthens them (1 Corinthians 8:5–7, Mark 9:43–47, 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17, Philippians 4:13).
Marinus, an Alliance colleague who recently suffered two strokes and several blood clots, continues to improve. “He is doing miraculously well, and his mobility is markedly improved,” Alliance workers report. Rejoice in God’s healing power!
Recently, a young believer in a local church was hospitalized; the situation has created opportunity for increased interaction with her husband and extended family. Pray for healing and wholeness for all.
Pray for complete healing and salvation for an administrative assistant at a local temple, who is suffering from hepatitis B and is in serious condition. His brother encouraged him to attend church. Pray for a divine encounter with the risen Christ.
Rejoice that several church members are attending a workshop on Bible story telling. Pray for opportunities to share God’s stories with others and for good recollection.
Sovereign Lord, we are grateful that You have appointed this time for The Alliance to be positioned in Europe and the Middle East so that lost people will find You through our work. We praise You for this opportunity to shine the light of Jesus into spiritual darkness and pray that You will go before our workers to prepare hearts to receive the truth. We ask, Father, that You pour out Your Spirit on young and old alike as Alliance workers share Your love in word and deed. Be glorified, Lord, in their work and in their lives, we pray in the powerful name of Jesus (Acts 17:26–27, Matthew 5:16, Deuteronomy 31:8, John 14:6, Joel 2:28, Colossians 3:17, 1 Peter 4:11).
Pray for safe travel for Alan and Carol Clason and Todd and Terri Althaus as they tour U.S. Alliance churches. Pray for God’s anointing on their presentations and for intercessors who will cover them in prayer during their next term.
Pray for Roy Reese, the newly elected interim French Alliance church president, who will serve a one-year term. Also, pray for Michel Viguier, the former president, who returned to full-time pastoral ministry at his church in Toulouse. Pray for members of the search committee as they seek a long-term leader for the national church.
Pray that more believers will respond to God’s call to serve French Alliance churches. Pray too for international workers as they continue to mentor church leaders. Believe the Holy Spirit for a revival within the French church, specifically the French Alliance.
Rejoice for good interactions between the Lumberjacks, an American-style football team that Mike Davis coaches, and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Pray that the team will be drawn to Christ through believers’ testimonies.
Holy God, thank You for drawing the nations of the Latin America region to Yourself through Alliance ministries. We pray for those who are resistant to the gospel or who have joined pagan practices to Your Holy Word; hear our cry for those who are deceived by Satan and led astray from the purity of devotion to Christ. We ask, Lord, that You give Your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our Alliance family that they will know how to reach lost people with Your promise of a future and a hope. Protect our workers’ lives, we pray, and defend their cause so that people will see and know that You are Lord (Revelation 5:9–10, 2 Corinthians 11:3, Proverbs 2:6, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 121:7, Jeremiah 51:36).
As Alliance international workers anticipate concluding ministry here, their main focus is to leave behind strong national leaders to continue the work. Developing intentional mentoring relationships is vital to achieving this goal. To that end, please intercede for several upcoming mentoring events, including a Mentorlink seminar that John and Colleen Schleh will attend in Colombia on March 24 and a training event for Dominican Alliance national church leaders, March 26–28. Pray that attendees will see the significance of this ministry and implement successful mentoring programs in their congregations. Pray too for preparations for mentoring workshops during April in each of the three Alliance districts throughout the country.
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for students who recently finished Theology of Spiritual Formation in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Biblical and Contextual Hermeneutics in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Also, pray for the students as they complete three weeks of related projects.
Pray for Professor Martin Ocaña as he teaches Biblical and Contextual Hermeneutics in Lima, Peru; and for Professor Angel Manzo as he teaches Theology of Spiritual Formation in Temuco, Chile, this week.
Pray for good enrollment in the first course being offered this year in Quito, Ecuador, March 29–April 2; and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Bogota, Colombia, April 13–17.
The Alliance World Fellowship’s Theological Education Commission, under the leadership of Dr. Miguel Palomino, will meet in Manila, the Philippines, March 27–30. Dr. Walter Perez, FATELA professor and board member, also will attend. Pray that this gathering will result in enhanced Alliance theological education around the world.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower Dr. Palomino as he delivers the commencement address this Sunday at the Alliance Graduate School in the Philippines.
North and Central Asia
Almighty God, we give You glory for Your divine plan to have The Alliance in the North and Central Asia region at this time. O Lord, bless the work of our colleagues’ hands as they bring Your truth into the lives of people who don’t know You. Let Your favor rest upon them, we pray. As our workers meet physical needs, Lord, open doors for them to meet spiritual needs as well. Holy Spirit, we pray that You will destroy any false ideas that north and central Asians may have about Jesus Christ and salvation through Him. Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light so they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus (Esther 4:14, Deuteronomy 2:7, Psalm 90:17, Colossians 4:3, Proverbs 14:12, Acts 26:18).
Gracious Lord, we thank You for Your blessing upon the U.S. Alliance and its mission to help complete Your Great Commission. Because of Your deep love for us, we are compelled to serve You. We pray that You will strengthen U.S. Alliance pastors; fill them with Your Holy Spirit and enable them to rest in You as You work in and through them. Grow our Alliance churches, Father God, with healthy, fully devoted disciples who will make more disciples (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, Hebrews 4:9, Matthew 28:19).
Association of Montagnard Churches
Intercede for Rev. Hendy Siu, association president and senior pastor of Grace Montagnard Fellowship Church in Ovilla, Texas, who is providing pastoral care to his colleagues and churches throughout the association.
Pray for complete healing for a new believer who has struggled with clinical depression for more than 15 years.
Intercede for a new believer at Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, who has started a monthly gathering with her friends to talk about God. Many do not know the Lord. Pray for Holy-Spirit guidance and lasting Kingdom impact.
Eastern Pennsylvania District
Pray for Spencer and Beth Sweeting, who planted City Alliance Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Praise God for 42 members who gathered last month to celebrate what the Lord has done and to seek Him for more. Also, pray that God will provide a new facility, as the congregation has outgrown its current space.
Praise God for the unexpected way a separated husband and wife were reunited at Hope Alliance Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pray for Rev. Adam Eshbaugh, the pastor, and for the church plant’s lasting impact in the community.
Pray for Rev. Jerry Y. Soung, superintendent, as the district seeks to multiply church-planting efforts among the younger generation.
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. Please pray that Alliance people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund to sustain and expand this vital work.
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