Alliance Prayer Requests

December 10, 2018

Creative-Access Countries

Father, because Your workers in creative-access countries trust in You, they will be like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Be their strength; make their feet like the feet of a deer and enable them to go on the heights. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, You surround Your workers both now and forevermore (Psalm 125:1; Habakkuk 3:19; Psalm 125:2).

Intercede for staff at a center that ministers to internally displaced people. In addition to regularly distributing food, team members offer Bible studies and have been seeking to go more in-depth with participants. Pray for the people who come to the center for help, especially that they will encounter Jesus, the Bread of Life.

Continue to pray for the development of a crisis pregnancy shelter that will assist migrant women in need. Praise the Lord for funds already received to help get the shelter up and running! Pray for the director as she works on future programs, reaches out to women in need, and studies in an intensive Christian counseling program.

Pray for a ministry that cares for the marginalized, including orphans and the disabled. Preparations are under way for a big Christmas outreach, during which groceries and gifts will be given in celebration of Jesus’ birth. Pray that volunteers will shine their lights brightly as they share God’s love with those in need.

Africa

Lord, stand at the right hand of the needy ones in Africa to save their lives from those who condemn them. Help Your workers in this region to make every effort to keep the unity of Your Spirit through the bond of peace. Bring them in and plant them on the mountain of Your inheritance—the place You made for Your dwelling, the sanctuary Your hands established (Psalm 109:31; Ephesians 4:3; Exodus 15:17).

Burkina Faso

The Bobo team requests prayer for youth in their city who are organizing an outreach event in a community where there is a new church plant. Pray for them as they organize and conduct evangelism training. “Pray that our young people will see the Holy Spirit at work through them to bring others to know Christ,” the team writes.

Pray for a joint marriage service at an Alliance church in the city of Bobo. “This allows impoverished couples who have been together to legalize their marriage in an inexpensive way,” the team says. “Pray that these couples will put Christ first in their homes.”

Intercede for several pastors’ wives who are seriously ill. Ask Christ our Healer to bring complete restoration and provide all that these women need.

Pray that God will give the Bobo Team a deep love for the people they serve. “Pray for our team’s efforts to bring the light of Christ into spiritually dark areas,” the members write.

Pray for Maria Howard as she continues her recovery from a motorcycle accident.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d'Ivoire)

Please pray for international workers Randy and Deanna Harrison and their extended family, as Randy’s mother recently passed away. Ask for God’s comfort and peace as they grieve this very painful loss.

West Africa

Continue to pray for favor and prepared hearts in two villages where an Alliance team desires to begin a Bible storytelling ministry.

Pray for the Alliance-affiliated national administrator, who will soon complete an intensive English course and then return home to his ministry. Pray for safe travel and good opportunities to cement his English learning in the months ahead.

Continue to intercede for a young cancer patient who is suffering from malnutrition and side effects of chemotherapy. Pray for his relief and healing as well as peace for his family.

Pray that God will be honored in upcoming Christmas celebrations and that believing and nonbelieving friends will come to a greater understanding of the significance of Christ’s birth.

Intercede for the family of a national mission employee who recently passed away. Pray for his wife and children as they cope with this painful loss. Ask for wisdom for their uncle, who is deciding how to best care for these dear family members.

Pray that language learners will make good progress and for wisdom and strength as they prepare for upcoming exams.

Asia/Pacific

God, Your workers in Asia/Pacific wait in hope for You, their help and shield. In You their hearts rejoice, for they trust in Your holy name. Let Your unfailing love rest upon them, even as they put their hope in You. You reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation. Restore the people in this region to Yourself so they will return to You (Psalm 33:20–22; Lamentations 5:19, 21).

Cambodia

Pray for Christmas celebrations throughout Cambodia to be God honoring and for open hearts to receive Jesus.

Indonesia

Pray for Todd and Debbie Adams, who are in Papua renewing their visas. Pray for them as they continue to mourn their daughter’s death, and that new friends they have made will walk with them through the grieving process.

Continue to pray for redevelopment efforts in areas of recent earthquakes. In one city, many homes were completely buried in mud and everything was destroyed. Ask for God's provision and empowerment for believers who are involved in the recovery process.

Intercede for a little boy from the majority religion who has been faithfully attending a weekly Bible club and recently recited a memory verse. Pray that God’s Word will be planted deep in his heart and bring transformation to him and his family.

Japan

Pray for churches that are hosting concerts and various outreaches for Christmas. “Praise God for the openness we have seen over the years during this season,” write Don and Hazel Schaeffer, field leadership couple. Pray also for speaking opportunities throughout the month and for a special Christmas celebration the Schaeffers are hosting for friends on Christmas Day.

Taiwan

Pray for Alliance international workers who minister in rural areas, where many older people die when the weather turns colder. Pray that these team members will have opportunities to share the truth of Christ with their Buddhist and Taoist neighbors as they conduct funeral preparations and wakes.

Intercede for preparations for Christmas celebrations in mission church plant locations December 16 and 23. Christmas is a time when people are more open to receiving Christian literature or attending a Christmas event. Pray for open hearts to receive the seeds of the gospel.

Europe/Middle East

Lord, Your workers in Europe/Middle East worship You with gladness and come before You with joyful songs. Let them praise You in loud voices for all the miracles they have seen. Be gracious to them; they long for You. Be their strength every morning, their salvation in time of distress. Remind them that You are the one who will sustain them. You have made them and will carry them (Psalm 100:2; Luke 19:37b; Isaiah 33:2; Isaiah 46:4).

Germany

Some time ago, thieves burglarized an Alliance church and the ministry director’s vehicle. In the weekly prayer requests, international workers asked the Alliance family to pray for restoration. Recently, C&MA workers reported that God replaced all the stolen items through the generosity of His people. Praise the Lord for His mighty provision, and thanks to all who prayed!

Spain

R. Z. praises God for finally confirming a good location for the Hidden Treasures summer camp for the Barcelona churches next year. Pray for him as he leads a teacher training event this Saturday, December 15. He and his wife have also organized a camper’s Christmas party on December 21; pray for God's blessing on this event.

Steve Irvin asks for divine guidance for this Saturday’s organization meeting for a countrywide Alliance missions conference scheduled for September 2019. “Bathe this project in prayer as we seek a shared vision of active involvement in cross-cultural missions,” says Field Director Tim Westergren.

Maarten and Nelleke Slot, international workers with CAMA Zending (the C&MA in the Netherlands), ask for God’s favor as their church’s nongovernmental organization talks with the mayor about hosting and assisting with Middle Eastern refugees. This would be a big step in building trust for opportunities to share His truth.

Latin America

O God, arise and come to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might. Let Your saints in Latin America be clothed with salvation and rejoice in Your goodness. You alone are their rock and fortress; they will never be shaken. They shout for joy and burst into song, for You comfort them and have compassion on them (2 Chronicles 6:41; Psalm 62:2; Isaiah 49:13).

Paraguay

Continue to intercede for Christmas events in all seven of the Alliance churches in Asuncion and Ciudad del Este and for openness to the gospel during this special season.

North and Central Asia

Most High, let Your workers in north and central Asia dwell in Your shelter and rest in Your shadow. Allow them to find refuge under Your wings; Your faithfulness will be their shield and rampart. Make them a light for the Gentiles, that they will bring Your salvation to the ends of the earth. Let more people in this region be justified through faith so they will have peace with You (Psalm 91:1, 4; Isaiah 49:6b; Romans 5:1).

United States

Father, let us enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise; we give thanks to You and praise Your name. Let us have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and deep is the love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Remind us that hope does not disappoint, because You have poured out Your love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom You have given us (Psalm 100:4–5; Ephesians 3:18; Romans 5:5).

Alliance New England District

Members of Maple Ridge Church (Sutherland, Massachusetts) have a ministry to international students called iFam. Through this outreach, the congregation desires to serve people from all geographic areas and ethnic and religious backgrounds. Rejoice that more than 30 students attended a Thanksgiving dinner the church hosted. Pray for members as they explore new opportunities to care for international students in the area and forge relationships with them.

Alliance Northwest District

Following the Camp Fire blaze, Medford (Oregon) Neighborhood Church, led by Rev. Lee Gregory, is serving as an I-CARE (Compassion sand Respect for Everyone) distribution center for displaced residents of Paradise, California, in the Rogue Valley area. Pray for the church as it ministers to many people in need.

Association of African Churches

Pray for Rev. Siyum Gebretsadik, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray specifically for godly wisdom in his leadership.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Rejoice with members of Iron Mill Church (Danville, Pennsylvania), a former church plant that has become an accredited church. Pray for them as they plan to launch a second service in January 2019. Pastor David Charles says the church desires to plant another congregation in the next few years. Pray that the Lord will send a church planter and that the congregation will be fully supportive of this initiative.

Members of True Vine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, believe in multiplying disciples for Jesus, which is why they meet at two different locations on Sundays. Intercede for the church members as they establish a new foundation and beginning through this plan.

North Central District

Praise God with Rev. John Braland, pastor at Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, for 73 people who were baptized last month. Pray for their ongoing discipleship and spiritual growth.

Puerto Rico District

A short-term team from several district churches will travel to Colombia this week and will remain until Christmas Eve. They will work with families, empowering men, women, and children while sharing the good news of Jesus. Please pray for a safe trip, good health, and a blessed time with the Colombian Alliance family.

South Atlantic District

Intercede for Rev. Mick Noel, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches. Pray that the district will become a movement of healthy, Christ-honoring, multiplying churches.

Metropolitan District

Continue to intercede for Bruce Terpstra, former district superintendent. He is feeling stronger each day. He recently began cardiac rehab, which went very well. The next significant report will be on December 17 when he learns about the change of his ejection fraction (the rate at which blood is expelled from the heart), which has remained at 35 percent. If it stays there, he was told he will need a defibrillator and pacemaker inserted surgically. Please pray for that number to increase; the normal rate is 65 percent.

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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 send workers to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. Currently, 60 new called, prepared, and equipped workers are waiting to be sent to some of the least-reached corners of our world. Pray for an outpouring of generosity to the Alliance Year-End Offering so they can share Christ’s love in some of the most spiritually impoverished places on earth.

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