ALLIANCE PRAYER REQUESTS
December 9, 2013
URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Praise God; the registration to operate in a country distrustful of foreigners was approved for a two-year period. “This is such a relief because we have eight family visas connected to the organizational approval that can now be renewed without their having to leave the country,” the workers write. “Thank you for interceding on our behalf.”
Continue to pray for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Several Alliance entities, including CAMA (Compassion and Mercy Associates) and CAMACOP (the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines), are partnering with other relief agencies to ensure that those who have suffered loss of loved ones and/or property will receive physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual support to rebuild their lives. Pray for wisdom and provision to meet the staggering needs. Also, pray that God will draw many to Himself through this tragedy.
Continue to pray for peace in Bangkok and surrounding provinces amid recent unrest. Alliance international workers have been advised to use extreme caution when out in public as the situation surrounding the massive anti-government protests has intensified. At a university stadium near the Agape Chinese C&MA Church, protestors shot and killed several students. Pray for God’s intervention and protection.
Remember creative-access country (CAC) workers around the world. Pray for protection, good health, and opportunities to share the good news. Pray that contacts will be drawn to Jesus. Pray that God will break down strongholds and give courage and boldness to national believers.
Pray for an Alliance partner as he establishes a business to support his family and seeks to reach his countrymen with the gospel. Pray that God will prosper this company and bless the believer's evangelism and discipleship ministry.
Pray that a national believer will receive quality medical treatment for a difficult pregnancy. Pray that God will bless the baby with good health.
Pray for salvation for a widower whom an Alliance worker couple befriended. Pray that he and his extended family will come to know Jesus through this couple's witness.
Pray that visas for an Alliance team of workers will be processed without complications.
Pray for continued progress in a worker’s recovery from heart surgery. Having received medical clearance to return to the field, she will need to pace herself when she resumes ministry. Pray for wisdom and God’s empowerment.
Pray for complete healing for an Alliance worker who has appendicitis. Pray that she will receive clearance to have surgery and that it can be scheduled soon.
Pray for an Alliance worker who was robbed of his monthly allowance, his tutorial staff’s salary, and part of his outfit fund, a total of nearly $3,000. Pray that God will restore what was stolen. Also, pray for protection against further thefts.
Recently, an Alliance worker shared the gospel with two young people. Pray for effective follow-up and that God will open their hearts to Him.
Pray for a young believer who is facing the possibility of being unjustly terminated from his job. Pray that he will be able to keep his job and that he will receive his pay. Pray also that the Lord will encourage him through these trials.
Pray for a Dogose Bible school student, who was unable to enroll this year due to delayed paperwork. He is quite disappointed. His wife has epilepsy; pray for complete healing. Pray, too, for their baby.
Pray for God’s blessing on an evangelism campaign in Bobo-Dioulasso, December 11-14. In preparation for this outreach, numerous prayer meetings have been and 1,000 counselors have been trained, but there has been some resistance. Pray that the Lord will bring many to Himself.
Pray for God’s blessing on a widows’ meeting this week, during which food will be distributed. Pray that the Lord will provide for their Christmas celebration.
Two members of an Alliance church will be recognized at a government ceremony this week. Pray that the Lord will receive all honor and glory for the work and influence that these believers have had in Burkina Faso.
Pray for peace in Bobo-Dioulasso; students are threatening strikes this week.
Pray for God’s blessing on a gift distribution at the pediatric unit of a local hospital. Due to supply shortages, often two or three children are assigned to the same bed and others are placed on mats on the floor. Pray that the Lord will use this ministry to encourage many.
Pray for Jakolia, Pastor Samuel’s daughter, who is not well and will undergo more testing. Pray for complete healing and against discouragement.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Thanks to all who prayed for Rachel Keita’s transition to Conakry, Guinea. She is doing well in her new home among old and new friends.
A special worship service took place to celebrate the beginning of the FATEAC school year on Sunday, November 17. Pray for God’s blessing on students and faculty.
Pray for Laura Livingston and Elizabeth Coulibaly as they give oversight to the Women’s Academy this year and for Jeter Livingston and Ruth Julian who teach each Tuesday.
Continue to pray for the seminary’s finances.
Pray for Eric and Wendy Hofman’s children, Eli and Esther, who are recovering from illnesses. Esther was admitted to the ER with dehydration and has an ear infection. Pray for ongoing good health.
Recently, the main rebel group in northern Mali renounced the ceasefire it had signed with the government. There have been no hostilities so far. Pray that both parties will return to negotiations.
Pray for complete healing for Cheryl Roedding, who will undergo a minor surgical procedure in the United States.
Republic of the Congo
Pray for comfort for Marion Dicke, whose mom died last week.
Pray for God’s blessing on three Sunday school teacher training sessions in December in preparation for a Christmas lesson. Pray that the participating churches will teach this topic effectively.
Pray for Teresa Bill and Celestin as they prepare the first-ever Christmas program for the Kids’ Club and parents in Ollombo.
Pray for the Nelsons as they prepare for home assignment. Also, pray for Anne Stephens as she prepares to return to Brazzaville the first week of January.
ASIA AND PACIFIC
Pray for complete healing for Kay Kong, who will undergo cataract surgery on both eyes, December 10 and December 17. Pray for improved vision before the Kongs return to Cambodia in July.
Pray for a peaceful resolution between opposing political parties; also, pray that Christians will continue to have freedom to preach the gospel and plant churches in unreached areas.
Pray for a young woman who has become involved with a group that promotes false teachings. Pray that God will open her eyes to His truth.
Joyce Johns requests prayer for her dad, who is in a nursing home due to deteriorating health. Also, pray for safe travel as Joyce visits various villages.
Praise God for a good retreat with the team in Ishinomaki last weekend. Pray for outreaches on December 15, 17, and 22. Pray for lasting spiritual impact.
Pray for God’s blessing on a ladies’ Christmas tea at Kawaguchi Church, Friday, December 13. Pray for unsaved friends and English students who will attend.
The Asahigaoka Alliance Church will host a “Christmas Theater” on Saturday, December 14. Pray for a good response to more than 5,000 flyers that were distributed and that many who attend will come to know Jesus.
Praise God; the Shibuya Gospel Church will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday, December 15. Pray for God’s blessing on this event as well as for the workers at this church.
Retired international workers Richard and Janice Kropp returned to Japan to minister in a church. Pray for them as they travel to the States this week. Also, pray for a good adjustment.
Pray for a Nigerian believer who attends the Yachiyo Alliance Church. A kerosene stove caught fire, and he lost everything in his apartment. Praise God that his life was spared. Pray for provision to replace all that was lost.
Pray for Alliance churches as they prepare for Christmas outreach events. In Limoges and Leguevin, as well as in other churches, December 15 will be the day they invite their communities to hear the good news of Christ’s birth. In Leguevin (EPI), there will be an outreach concert on December 21 with a focus on worship. Pray for a clear presentation of the gospel to many who have never heard.
Pray for Tim and Becki Steiner as they lead the lay leadership training program. The course that began this autumn will end in January. Pray that students will apply what they have learned to their ministries. Pray, too, for Tim and Becki as they travel often to visit the various locations.
Pray for Brett and Celine Bower, team leadership couple for Alliance international workers in France. Pray for protection for them and their two children. Pray, too, for wisdom in leadership and for the people within their circle of influence whom they are seeking to reach for Jesus.
Pray for Michel and Lois Viguier as they lead the French Alliance national church. Pray especially for health and strength as they seek to fulfill their administrative responsibilities as well as pastor a local church in Toulouse.
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to France. Pray for revival and awakening in French Alliance churches.
Praise God for another Envision couple who will arrive in Spain this week for a two-year internship. Pray for a smooth transition to their new ministry. They will join a team that is focusing on an unreached people group. Also, pray that God will provide a suitable apartment.
Praise God for a productive and helpful visit last week by the regional director couple. Pray for wisdom in the implementation of several decisions.
This week a class on Alliance History and Thought will be presented in Barcelona through the Bible Institute. Pray for Dr. Ernie Klassen as he teaches this course.
The main church in Barcelona has desired to start daughter churches for several years. Praise God that in recent months, two new church-planting projects have been launched in the greater Barcelona area. Pray for divine appointments and God’s favor as the gospel is preached. Also, pray for the two men who are leading these projects; both are students at the Bible Institute’s Barcelona campus. Pray for protection for them and their families, as well as provision for their financial needs.
Praise the Lord for a wonderful Women’s Encounter in the House of Blessing Church, which was attended by 35 women. Several made decisions for Christ. Pray for follow-up Bible studies with the ladies.
Pray for preparations for Christmas programs in the Encounter Church, House of Blessing, and Alianza (Punta Cana), where international workers minister. Pray that God will speak to the hearts of many unsaved family members who will attend.
Pray that God will provide a Latin pastor for the Alliance church in Punta Cana before the Stutlers depart for home assignment in summer 2014.
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Praise God for encouraging visits with Dr. Palomino and several national church presidents during a recent trip through Latin America. Praise Him for a renewed commitment to support FATELA’s efforts to keep abreast of the challenges of ministry preparation on the continent.
Praise God for another good year as well as a recent graduating class in Peru.
Continue to pray for God’s provision for FATELA’s financial needs. Though the situation has been tenuous at times, God has been faithful to provide through His people.
NORTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
Pray for the political situation in Kiev, Ukraine. Demonstrators have set up tents in the city’s central square demanding the removal of the president for not joining the EU. The two Alliance families in Kiev are safe and report no incidents where they live. Pray for the team’s protection and for opportunities to share their faith during this time of unrest.
Pray for the work in St Petersburg among central Asians. Last week, the national worker with whom the team has partnered was detained while attempting to return to Russia after traveling out of the country. His wife and daughter are still in Russia but will join him later this month. Pray for peace amid this unexpected turn of events. Also, pray for wisdom for team members as they determine the next steps to take in this ministry.
Alliance Northwest District
Pray for Renew 2014—The Call, a retreat for pastors and their spouses in Cannon Beach, Oregon, on January 14. Pray for rest and encouragement for these families.
Pray for the Newark Alliance church-planting team in Ohio as they host a Christmas party for the staff of a local nonprofit with whom they are building a partnership.
Painesville Hispanic Church in Painesville, Ohio, will begin Sunday services on January 5. Pray for wisdom and discernment as the congregation moves forward in ministry and that many will trust in Christ.
Pray for the Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent Search Committee it selects potential candidates. Pray that God will direct the members in discerning the next leader for this district.
North Central District
Pray complete healing for Sandi Dutton, who was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer and is at home receiving hospice care. Sandi worked at Crown College, the National Office, and the North Central District office. Pray, too, for Sandi’s family during this difficult time.
During their first six months at Pointway Church in Baxter, Minnesota, Rev. Tom and Paula Gonzalez have experienced an encouraging beginning. New families have been added, giving has increased, membership classes are under way, a man was baptized, and GCF pledges were made. Pray for the Gonzalezes as they engage more deeply into the lives of the people in their church and community.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for complete healing for Rev. John Cogan, who suffered a series of ministrokes in the left frontal lobe with no lasting deficits. His toes are tingling, but that may subside. He has no restrictions and is allowed to return to work. Pray for his ongoing recovery.
Pray for Ed Depp, director/developer of Mahaffey Camp, who had hip reconstruction surgery. He is home recovering and has seen movement improvement each day. Praise God for improved range of motion and minimal pain during the hospital stay.
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