Alliance Prayer Requests
August 22, 2016
Urgent Prayer Requests
Pray for all who have been affected by recent catastrophic flooding, considered the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago. Days of heavy thunderstorms poured 31 inches of rain across a third of the state. The Louisiana flood has reportedly taken 13 lives and damaged 40,000 homes. Two small Alliance church plants are located in the disaster area: Burning Heart Fellowship in Greenwell Springs (near Baton Rouge) and New Hope Community Church in Gretna (just outside New Orleans). While their buildings were spared, several Alliance church members’ homes have sustained damage.Learn more
Pray for the people of Mali in the wake of violent demonstrations following the recent arrest of a news reporter whom Malians highly esteem. All social media communications have been blocked since last Wednesday. Pray that God will prevent another uprising against the government and for the safety of Alliance workers, their ministry partners, and national believers.
Lord, give Your workers in creative-access countries the assurance that their sufferings are nothing compared with the glory that Christ will reveal within them. Let them trust in You so they will endure. You are their refuge and strength; therefore, they have nothing to fear though the enemy fights against them. Help them to be strong and courageous, for You are with them wherever they go (Romans 8:18; Psalm 125:1; Psalm 46:1–2; Joshua 1:9).
An Alliance worker couple requests prayer for successful language/culture learning, as well as safety and good physical, spiritual, and mental health.
An Alliance team has been restructuring its ministry for enhanced effectiveness. Please pray for God’s guidance in this process.
Father, give Your workers in Africa confidence to approach You in prayer, for they will receive whatever they ask of You if it is according to Your will. Help them to cast all of their anxieties on You because You care for them. Inspire more of the peoples in this region to bow down in worship before You, having seen Your workers’ courage and knowing that they walk with Christ (1 John 5:14; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 95:6; Acts 4:13).
Pray for an anointed International Alliance Women’s Conference this week in Dedougou. Pray for delegates attending from four West African countries. Also, pray for those presenting messages at this conference and for participants to realize their important role in evangelism.
Praise the Lord for a healthy baby born to a military chaplain’s wife! The couple had been told several days before the delivery that there was no heartbeat and the baby was dead. They continued to trust the Lord, and He answered their prayers.
Pray for the Alliance radio station’s recording equipment to be repaired quickly so broadcasts can be distributed to other stations.
Intercede for a young orphan at a hospital whom Bobo team members visited. The family member caring for him no longer wants to do so. Pray that Alliance workers will know how to help in this situation.
Intercede for a Joint Team Forum in Burkina beginning next Monday for Alliance international workers from Mali, Burkina, and Côte d’Ivoire. Pray for safe travel, protection of vehicles, and smooth border crossings. Also, pray for the speaker, Dave Lane from Edgewater (Florida) Alliance, and his wife, Susan. Pray for effective team-building activities and that each team will be encouraged and strengthened to work well together.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Pray for a good conclusion this week to FATEAC’s Summer Biblical Languages Institute and for students’ successful application of the material learned for ministry and spiritual development.
Several foreign students who finished their studies in the last academic year returned home with their families this month. Intercede for them, their spouses, and their children as they reintegrate into their home countries and into church ministries. Pray also for new students and their families as they prepare to move to Abidjan to begin the fall term.
Pray this week for safe travel for Randy and Deanna Harrison as they return from their vacation and for Ron and Ruth Julian as they participate in the Africa Region’s advisory council meetings in Dakar, Senegal.
Praise God for Go Global Mali’s (GGM) smooth relocation. Also, pray for final preparations for registering returning students and for conducting entrance exams for new enrollees early this week. Pray too for new evangelistic classes that have been added this trimester. The students are interested in this topic; pray for open hearts and clear understanding of the gospel.
Pray for GGM to be established as a recognized association with the government after two years of delays and the recent return of the application to the original office where it was filed. Please pray that the paperwork will be processed quickly so the center’s Internet service can be registered and installed at the new building.
New colleagues Ross and Elaine Moore were to arrive in Mali last week but are stateside on medical leave for two months due to Elaine’s health issues. Pray for complete healing, that prescribed medication will work effectively, and that the Moores will be able to join the team in October.
Republic of the Congo
Praise the Lord for a highly successful visit to five Vili villages with recordings of Bible stories from Creation to the Flood! Pastor Willy and Davy Okoko, the two team members, were warmly received. They presented the stories in numerous households; 52 of 98 people who heard the presentations made first-time decisions to follow Christ. They loved hearing the Bible in their own language and begged Willy and Davy to return to teach them to tell the stories to others. Village chiefs, young people, the elderly, and whole families responded enthusiastically, with nearly all asking, “What must I do to know this God?”
Please pray for Willy and Davy as they return home this week and begin to establish story-groups in these villages. Pray for wisdom as the team plans these groups and for continued receptive hearts.
Senegal (Regional Office)
Pray for complete healing for Caleb, the son of Stan and Jaynee Walker, who had surgery for a broken arm sustained in a fall from playground monkey bars.
Asia and Pacific
God, reassure Your servants in the Asia and Pacific Region that they are in You, for You have blessed them with an understanding of the truth through Your Son, Jesus. Save the people You have given these workers influence over so that those who fear You will be delivered (1 John 5:20; Psalm 60:5).
Rejoice for eight people baptized recently at Aroma Church, a ministry of Envision. Pray for these individuals to remain connected with the church and to grow daily in Christ.
Praise God that the Australia C&MA has decided to send an international apprentice, Van Nguyen, to work with the Taiwan team for two years. Please pray for her as she applies for a visa and prepares to arrive in Taiwan in October. Pray for a good working relationship between Van and the team members and that her ministry in Taiwan will have lasting impact for the Kingdom.
Be like a fire, Father, surrounding Your workers in Europe and the Middle East, and be their glory within them. Remind them that Your commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of You will overcome the world. In all things they are more than conquerors through You, and nothing can separate them from Your love (Zechariah 2:5; 1 John 5:3–4; Romans 8:37, 39).
Intercede for complete healing of an Alliance team member who sustained a lower back and hip injury. She is unable to run and is unsure she will be able to start a girls’ running club this fall because of her physical limitations. Please pray for wisdom and direction concerning the next steps in dealing with her injury and the club.
Pray for three interns who will arrive next Sunday to serve at a community center. Pray for a quick adjustment to life in Bosnia and a fruitful ministry during their three months here.
Please pray for Veso, the son-in-law of the Shadys’ landlord, who has been hospitalized in critical condition for two weeks; doctors have been unable to diagnose his illness. Pray for his healing and that the Lord will be glorified through this situation.
Help Your workers in Latin America to love You with all their hearts, understanding, and strength and to love their neighbors as themselves. Help your servants to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have, doing so with gentleness and respect. Transform your workers into Your image with the ever-increasing glory that comes from Your Spirit (Mark 12:33; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Intercede for Julie Stutler, who will be the keynote speaker at an Alliance Women of Latin America conference in Santiago, Chile, August 24–26. Pray for a Holy-Spirit anointing on Julie during the six times she speaks throughout the event.
Pray for the Second Annual Missionary Congress in Santo Domingo for all Alliance churches, August 26–27. The special speakers will be five pastors from Peru. Please pray for Griselda, director of missions for the national church, as she leads Alliance people in reaching beyond the Dominican Republic with the good news.
Thanks to all who prayed for recent children’s and youth camps! Both were well attended, and God moved among the young people. Pray that commitments made during these events will be firmly established and members of the next generation will continue to grow spiritually.
North and Central Asia
Remind Your workers in north and central Asia, Lord, that to live is Christ and to die is gain. They will be raised in glory and power when You return, for they have triumphed over Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Give them the ability to love You more than their lives so that they do not shrink back from spreading Your truth (Philippians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 15:43; Revelation 12:11).
Lord, help us to live by faith and preach the gospel so that Your righteousness will be revealed. Return us to You for You are our Shepherd. Allow us to see with fresh eyes the pain that Christ bore for us on the cross so we will die to our sins and live for Your righteousness. Set us free again, Oh Father, and keep us from being burdened again by the yoke of slavery (Romans 1:17; 1 Peter 2:25, 23; Galatians 5:1).
Continue to pray for a smooth recovery for Dr. Richard Bush, Ministry Coaching director, as he recovers from quadruple heart bypass surgery. Richard will be in ICU for a few days.
Church Multiplication Ministries
Intercede for the Greenhouse Training and the Church-Planting BootCamp, August 22–26 at Lux Communities in North Seattle (Washington). Pray that attendees will receive fresh insight and support to help them in their church-planting efforts.
Pray for no further complications in the recovery of Ken Furl, an Alliance legacy planner, who underwent extensive heart and lung surgery three weeks ago. The right side of his heart did not respond well to the procedure, forcing him to reenter the ICU. He has since been released from the ICU but now faces a long road of healing and rehabilitation.
Pray for Rev. Todd Sovine, district director of church planting, and Rev. Clint Bieri, pastor at Center Pointe Church (Centerburg, Ohio), as they travel to Ukraine to lead a church planters’ training. Pray for wisdom and protection as they navigate the war-torn area. Pray also for the 70 Ukrainian church planters attending. Ask the Lord to give them His vision and strength for upcoming planting initiatives.
Members of Parma (Ohio) Alliance Church, a new church plant, rejoice for new families attending their prayer meeting. Pray that more people from the community will get involved in what God is doing and that the Holy Spirit will turn hearts to the gospel.
Chinese Churches Association
Pray for Rev. Wallace Mang, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray that he will help strengthen existing Chinese ministries and create new faith groups among unchurched Chinese communities globally.
Eastern Pennsylvania District
God is transforming many lives at York (Pennsylvania) Alliance Church. The church sponsors Redemption Groups, an intensive, Bible-based discipleship program for men and women who desire to experience freedom from sin and to pursue a deeper walk with Christ through His redemptive work on the cross. Pray that God’s Kingdom will advance as a result of this powerful ministry.
Great Lakes District
Pray for Nick Wagenmaker, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Muskegon (Michigan). This is a new church plant that developed from a partnership between two other churches that want to see Kingdom work accomplished in this community. Pray that God will move more members to greater involvement as they partner with several local ministries.
Pray for Rev. Jerry Soung, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches. Pray that he will be successful in encouraging church planting among the younger generation.
North Central District
Hawley (Minnesota) Alliance Church members praise God for 17 people who were baptized recently in a local lake. The congregation also rejoices in a recent vacation Bible school that 153 kids attended. The theme was “The Lord’s Army,” and past and present military personnel were invited to listen to the children recite verses and to interact with them. Eight children made decisions for Christ. The kids also gave $3,000 in an offering designated for Middle East refugees. Praise God for His work among the youngsters!
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