Alliance Prayer Requests
June 20, 2016
Heavenly Father, when we were dead in our sins, You made us alive with Christ. You forgave all our trespasses, nailing them to the cross. Having disarmed the powers and authorities, You made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. As a result, we pray that more people in creative-access countries will confess with their mouths, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in their hearts that You raised Him from the dead so that they will be saved. We rejoice that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (Colossians 2:13–15; Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Continue to pray for all people who are seeking God during Ramadan. Pray for open hearts to hear from Him and that many will find Him.
Please intercede for grace, wisdom, and encouragement for a worker who is seeking to start a new business after a year of many transitions. Pray that she will clearly discern God’s will in this endeavor and that He will make the way smooth for her.
Father God, Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. It was written to teach us so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. We pray that Your servants in Africa will have that same hope when You sanctify them by the truth of Your Word. Please make known to them the glorious riches of Christ living in them (Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; John 17:17; Colossians 1:27).
Intercede for Mariam, a young woman who is nearing the end of a seven-year prison sentence. Pray that her family will complete the necessary paperwork for her release and that her village will welcome her back. Pray too that Christians will reach out to her and help her during this transition.
Pray that several church roofing projects will be completed before rain can damage the walls that have been constructed.
Pray for Craig Hanscome as he conducts several orality training follow-up meetings. Pray that the Lord will bless this evangelistic initiative that reaches out to oral learners.
Pray that Christian workers in Burkina will put on the armor of God and firmly stand united against the powers of evil.
Because of an ongoing decline in district church contributions to the Alliance national church’s ministries, Telekoro Bible Institute, an Alliance seminary, has been unable to pay its professors for many months. Pray for Samuel Kamano, national church president, who has asked church leaders to develop a plan to resolve this problem. If it is not solved, Telekoro will close, and other C&MA ministries may be affected. Please pray for revival and transformation among church leaders, as well as for humility and wisdom for President Kamano, who is weary from this situation.
Intercede for multiple Koutiala team members in the process of transition; many are in the States preparing to join the field team or on home assignment. One couple will return to Mali next week, and two workers will soon start home assignment. Pray for smooth adjustments for all.
Pray for a medical-worker couple trying to balance their work and home life now that their children’s school year has ended.
Pray for Koutiala Hospital’s electrical system amid recent challenges and breakdowns. Ask God to protect the patients and provide solutions to electricity issues.
Pray for a productive, Spirit-empowered ministry for an Envision intern serving at the hospital for two months.
Republic of the Congo
Intercede for the Congo South orality team as they record five stories in the Vili language during the next four weeks. As each recording is completed, the Vili village team will travel to the villages of Youbi and Koutou and test the stories while seeking to reach area residents. Pray for God’s anointing and empowerment for this painstaking process.
Please pray against enemy attacks on the orality evangelism teams. Pray especially for Davy Okoko, a team member who has experienced an unusual number of physical problems in the past week, including a headache, muscle weakness, and a throat abscess. Intercede for his complete healing and ability to travel with the team.
Please pray that the Alliance Bible Institute in Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville will have a good finish to the academic year. Pray for God to prepare leaders who will assume complete oversight of the Pointe-Noire school this next year.
Senegal (Regional Office)
Al and Lauralyn Stombaugh, regional director couple, will participate in the Home Assignment Ministries Seminar and other meetings in Colorado Springs, July 6–August 4. Also, Al will attend the FATAEC (West Africa Alliance Seminary) General Assembly in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, June 29–July 2. Intercede for safety in travel and productive times with church leaders and mission personnel.
Pray for complete healing for Lauralyn, who received stitches after cutting her thumb with a knife several weeks ago. It is still quite painful and has taken a long time to heal. Please pray that God will speed up her recovery.
Asia and Pacific
Lord, strengthen Your workers in the Asia and the Pacific Region not to depart from the commands of Your lips. May they and the people they serve treasure the words of Your mouth more than their daily bread. Help them to delight in Your law and meditate on it day and night, because then they will be like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever they do will prosper (Job 23:12; Psalm 1:2–3).
Pray for a smooth adjustment for Khmer Evangelical (C&MA) churches in Poipet while Alliance international workers are stateside this summer. This is the first time in 13 years that these congregations will be without a missionary presence. Pray that they will be encouraged to take ownership of ministries and keep their eyes on Jesus.
Please pray for an end to an ongoing epidemic in the Intan Jaya area of Papua that has taken the lives of many people during the past year and a half. There is no clear diagnosis despite the efforts of physicians’ teams traveling to the region. Quinine has helped, but the illness does not appear to be malaria. Pray for wisdom for John Cutts and others working with him to formulate positive steps toward a remedy.
Pray for refreshment, renewal, and revival during the Indonesia Field Forum this week. Specifically, pray for Brent and Mandy Trask and their ministry team from Canada as well as Steve and Mary Westergren from Thailand, who will lead a seminar and provide member care.
Praise God that Fungyee Lam returned safely to Taiwan after her home assignment. Pray for a smooth transition back into ministry and life in Taiwan.
Pray for Eric and Mary Francisco as they prepare to transition to the Taiwan team this summer. Pray for a quick visa application process; for suitable housing to be found for them in Taiwan; and for God to provide a good nanny to care for their children while they are in language school.
Rejoice! A 95-year-old Taiwanese woman received Christ after her caregiver began bringing her to the Agape Vietnamese Alliance Church in Taiwan. Though her children were opposed to her decision to forsake traditional idol worship, the woman was recently baptized. Pray that she will remain strong in her faith.
Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in repentance and rest is our salvation, in quietness and trust is our strength. Help Your workers in Europe and the Middle East not to conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Then they will be able to test and approve what is Your good, pleasing, and perfect will (Isaiah 30:15; Romans 12:2).
Praise the Lord for the recent graduation of five students from the Barcelona campus of the Alliance Bible institute; most are already actively involved in ministry. Pray for God’s ongoing equipping and anointing as they serve Him. Combined with the 10 graduates from our Madrid campus (who graduated at the end of April), a total of 15 people composed the first graduating class. Pray for the remaining students enrolled as they continue to prepare for ministry. Intercede as well for the two new campuses started in the Canary Islands earlier this year.
Pray for final preparations for English camps in Madrid and Granada during July. Praise the Lord for providing short-term volunteers; pray for them and for the international workers leading these outreaches.
This August the Bethany House training center in Alicante, Spain, will hold its second intensive summer missions course for young people from across Spain and Western Europe. Important renovations to the key building are in process, and the deadline is approaching quickly. Please pray for God to provide the needed funding in a timely manner and that the work will be completed on schedule. Pray also for a good visit from two key European Alliance leaders, July 3–4. There is much interest in promoting this strategic project among the Alliance family throughout Europe.
Rejoice for 10 additional international workers and interns who have been approved to serve in Spain! All are expected to arrive this summer or fall. Please pray for a smooth visa application process, which can be quite challenging.
Holy Spirit, help Your workers in Latin America to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You. Help them to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. As they do these things, may their souls find rest in You alone, for their hope comes from You. You strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to You. May more people in Latin America dedicate their lives to You (2 Corinthians 10:5; Psalm 62:5; 2 Chronicles 16:9).
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for Dr. Miguel Palomino, FATELA’s rector, who will be involved in several ministries in Villarrica, Chile, June 20–July 10. He will preach daily and provide leadership training for the church; intercede for God’s empowerment.
Ask God for a joyful graduation ceremony July 9 for Chile’s FATELA students.
North and Central Asia
Dear Jesus, as the peoples in north and central Asia choose this day whom they will serve, stir their hearts to serve You and only You. Whatever they do, may Your servants work at it with all their hearts, as working for You, not for men. Even when they eat or drink, may Your followers do it all for Your glory (Joshua 24:15; Colossians 3:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
Lord, we submit ourselves to You. Help us to resist the devil so that he will flee from us. We rejoice that nothing is impossible with You! Our old selves are being corrupted by deceitful desires. Please make us new in the attitude of our minds so that we will put on the new self, created to be like You in true righteousness and holiness (James 4:7; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 4:22–24).
Eastern Pennsylvania District
The Heart of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) church building has experienced ongoing flooding problems when it rains. This has been a serious distraction to ministry at times. Pray for God’s wisdom and favor for an efficient, inexpensive resolution.
Jim Rudd, pastor and church planter at True Vine Community (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), reports that church giving is stronger than ever. Praise God for blessing the congregation with a spirit of generosity; pray for lasting Kingdom impact from the member’s good stewardship. Also, there is intense spiritual attack against marriages and families in the city; pray for married couples and families who attend True Vine to remain faithful and strong.
Pray for Rev. Ounkham Oudomlith, interim association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Also, pray for him as he leads the Lao Unity Alliance Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.
North Central District
Pray for a pastors’ retreat that Crown College will host, June 27–30. This will be a time to rest from the pressures of pastoral leadership while learning from one another, exploring new ideas, relaxing, worshiping together, and being refreshed. Pray that corporate worship sessions and teaching will enhance the pastors’ effectiveness in their ministries and help them to refocus on God’s call.
Pray for De Smet (South Dakota) Alliance Church members as they seek to connect with the Hispanic community. Pray for them to be effective in reaching this demographic as they represent Christ in their city.
Praise God for opportunities at Big Sandy Camp and Conference Center (McGregor, Minnesota) to share Christ with the community. Also, pray for safe travel and good health for campers and guest speakers.
Pastor Gary Dorn requests prayer for 13 people from Turtle Mountain Alliance Indian Church in Dunseith, North Dakota, who will travel to Missouri June 27 for a Warrior Leadership Summit, a gathering for Native peoples ages 15–35. Pray that participants will grow in their faith and sense God’s call on their lives.
Pray for Rev. Thach Le, superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray that God will strengthen the cohesiveness of all district churches.
The Great Commission Fund
Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please ask that God’s people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund, which sends our workers to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. From countries caught up in political and economic turmoil to those recovering from war and natural disaster, The Alliance is there, providing help and hope to hurting people. Thank you for partnering with our workers as they share Christ’s love in some of the most spiritually dark places on earth. Also, please pray for an outpouring of generosity to this year’s Great Commission Day offering.
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